Jacks harriers compete against Midwest best

Chris Mangan

Chris Mangan

The men and women’s cross country teams will be competing in the Midwest Regional Meet at Stillwater, Okla., on Nov. 15.

Both teams are coming off strong performances in the Summit League Meet.

The women, led by Ashley Storm’s seventh-place finish, placed four runners in the top 15 and edged IPFW by three points for the Summit League title in Tulsa, Okla.

The men’s team finished fifth in the Summit League. The highest place finish at the Summit League Meet for the men was freshman Michael Krsnak in 10th place. Senior Joe Roby was the only other Jackrabbit that finished in the top 25.

The men are young with two upperclassmen on the roster, but they are prepared. Krsnak and sophomore Marshall Kambestad have been the most consistent runners for the Jacks, usually leading the pack of Jackrabbits to the finish line.

“(We’re) a young team with tremendous talent that has suffered setback after setback,” head coach Rod DeHaven said. “They’re going to get exposure.”

The women, meanwhile, are looking to ride the momentum of wins in their last two meets to give them a high finish at the Regional Meet. Several upperclassmen for led the way for the Jacks. Seniors Caitlin Berry and Claire Steinke and juniors Nicole Davis and Storm are usually near the top of the individual results.

“If we end up 10th, we’re going to beat schools like Oklahoma and Missouri. That says a lot that a school with fairly meager resources can beat programs that probably spend more on shoes than we do on travel,” DeHaven said.