Nov. 11, 2015
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The University of Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams compete at the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional in Lawrence, Kansas, on Friday. The University of Kansas hosts the championship event at Rim Rock Farm. The women’s 6,000-meter race begins at noon (CT), followed by the men’s 10,000 meters at 1 p.m.
Live results will be available on the cross country schedule page of hawkeyesports.com.
IN THE RANKINGS
The Hawkeye men and women are ranked 11th and 13th, respectively, in the USTFCCCA Midwest Regional poll released Nov. 2.
ABOUT THE NCAA REGIONAL
Thirty-three teams from twelve conferences are represented at the 2015 Midwest Regional. The top two teams and the next four individuals — not on qualifying teams — earn a spot to compete at the NCAA Championship on Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky. Additional teams and individuals are chosen through an at-large selection process following the regional competition.
The Hawkeye men face five teams ranked inside the USTFCCCA Top 30. Those teams include Oklahoma State (6), Tulsa (14), Illinois (19), Minnesota (T26), Oklahoma (T26) . The women’s team races against three nationally ranked teams — Oklahoma State (13), Iowa State (16), and Minnesota (21).
A DAY OF TENS AT B1GS
Both the Hawkeye men and women registered 10th-place finishes at the Big Ten Championships on Nov. 1. Iowa’s top finishers, sophomores Michael Melchert (17th) and Madison Waymire (31st), each clocked the 10th-fastest times in school history. Waymire completed the women’s 6,000-meter course in a collegiate-best 21:01.8, while Melchert raced to a lifetime-best 23:57.5 in the men’s 8,000 meters.
The Hawkeyes return five student-athletes — sophomore Michael Melchert, juniors Ben Anderson, Kevin Docherty, and Nate Ferree, and senior Anthony Gregorio — to this year’s lineup. Freshmen Daniel Soto and Ian Eklin will make their NCAA debut. Freshman Andrea Shine, sophomores Madison Waymire and Kelly Breen, and junior Alana Jones — will compete on the NCAA stage for the first time. Sophomore Marta Bote Gonzalez, and juniors Carolyn Newhouse and Tess Wilberding are returning point scorers.
ONE MORE FOR WAYMIRE?
Sophomore Madison Waymire has led the Hawkeye women in all five races this season. Another top finish and she’ll become the first Hawkeye to lead the team in six straight races since Sarah Arens in 2000.
The 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championship is scheduled for Nov. 21 in Louisville, Kentucky.