Updated: Friday, 09 Nov 2012, 5:52 PM EST
Published : Friday, 09 Nov 2012, 5:52 PM EST
MADISON, Wisc. - The IU cross country squads participated in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on Friday afternoon. Indiana’s Zach Mayhew finished second overall as teammate & Leo high school grad Andy Bayer placed fourth. By placing that high, it guarantees a spot for both runners in the NCAA Championships as individuals.
As a team, the men finished third overall (107 points) and will have to wait until the NCAA announces at-large team qualifiers this weekend to see if they will compete in the national meet. Only the top two finishing teams in each regional earn an automatic berth into the NCAA Championships. Wisconsin took first place and Michigan came in second on the men’s side. The Hoosier women placed seventh as a team.
Mayhew clocked in at 30:43 in the 10K run and Bayer’s time was 30:46. Also scoring for the men’s team in a close pack were Robby Nierman (32nd, 31:56), Evan Esselink (33rd, 31:58) and JR Ricker (36th, 32:01).
The IU women’s team was led by Kelsey Duerkesen who took 14th place overall, finishing in 20:47 in the 6K race. Caitlin Engel was the next Hoosier to finish in 27th position in 21:01. Arianne Raby clocked in next at 21:29, followed by Molly Winters (46th, 21:31) and Erica Ridderman (50th, 21:34).
Stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com over the weekend to see if the Hoosier men will compete at the NCAA Championships as a team. The national meet will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.
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