Sept. 12, 2014
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NORMAL, Ill. — Senior Kevin Lewis led the University of Iowa men’s cross country team to a first-place finish Friday at the Illinois State Invitational. Lewis clocked a time of 24:22 for a fourth-place finish in the 8,000 meters. The Hawkeyes finished four points ahead of Indiana State with a team score of 48.
“Kevin was our quarterback in the race tonight. He held back and ran with the team for about the first 6,000 meters and then he got aggressive,” Anderson said. “The top finishers are certainly All-America guys and he is capable of matching their performance.”
The Hawkeye men earned six spots in the top 15. Sophomore Ben Anderson and senior Ben Witt finished ninth (24:42) and 10th (24:46), respectively. Sophomores Anthony Gregorio (12th/24:54) and Taylor Soltys (13th/24:58) rounded out Iowa’s scoring. Sophomore Nate Ferree placed 14th in 25:00.
On the women’s side, Katie Adams paced the Hawkeyes to a second-place finish in the 5,000-meter race. The sophomore ran a personal-best time of 17:51 to earn sixth place. She was one of two Hawkeyes to earn a top 10 finish. Sophomore Samantha Zishka placed eighth in 17:56.
“This was a breakthrough race for her,” Anderson said of Adams. “She has really worked hard at her mental approach to racing and has come back in great shape this year. She handled herself well tonight and ran with great composure.”
Junior Courtney Martin (15th/18:08), redshirt freshman Courtney Bruns (16th/18:09), and sophomore Tess Wilberding (17th/18:10) ran in a tight pack to round out Iowa’s top five. The Hawkeyes posted a team score of 62.
“It was an outstanding day overall for both teams,” Anderson said. “They did a great job of running in packs and controlling their efforts. I thought we raced well from the top of our lineup on down. This was a great starting point to our season.”