Sept. 20, 2014
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa senior Kevin Lewis led the Hawkeyes to a second place finish (50) at the Big Ten Preview on Saturday at the Ashton Cross Country Course. The Iowa women finished fifth overall with a team score of 113. In addition to Iowa, the event featured Kansas State, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Northwestern also competed in the women’s race.
Lewis crossed the 8,000-meter line in 24:44 to finish third behind a pair of Michigan runners.
“I felt pretty good until 1,000 meters to go, but then I fizzled out a little bit,” said Lewis. “My goal was to win, which didn’t happen. Hopefully, I can get them next time.”
Iowa clocked four top-12 finishes on the day. Sophomore Ben Anderson finished eighth with a time of 25:17.52, while senior Ben Witt (25:17.81) and sophomore Anthony Gregorio (25:21) placed 11th and 12th, respectively. Sophomore Nate Ferree rounded out Iowa’s scoring with a 17th-place finish (25:42).
“I thought we did a good job of getting out in our packs and racing well,” UI head coach Layne Anderson said. “Kevin continues to lead a good pack effort, but I think we have to keep the pack closer.”
Jocelyn Todd was Iowa’s top finisher in the women’s 6,000-meter race. The St. Louis, Missouri native finished 27th overall with a time of 22:21.
“This is my last year. I just want to make every race my best, and at one point I just felt good,” Todd said. “This course and this team mean a lot to me. I told myself `you know what, if my team feels good they’ll go with me, if not, I have to do this for me.'”
Sophomores Katie Adams (22:27), and Samantha Zishka (22:31) finished close behind, placing 29th and 31st, respectively. Sophomore Tess Wilberding (36th; 22:43) and junior Courtney Martin (40th; 23:08) rounded out Iowa’s scoring.
“I thought we were capable of a better effort,” said Anderson. “We could have been a little bit further up in the pack and a little more competitive with Northwestern and Wisconsin. We will have to race better than we did today. It’s time to get back to work.”
The Hawkeyes return to action Oct. 3 at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Indiana.