Kansas Sweeps Sunflower Showdown
Sept. 8, 2006
LAWRENCE, Kan. –
The University of Kansas cross country teams continued its march towards the Big 12 Cross Country Championships by sweeping the Kansas State Wildcat Invitational. In the dual meet with Kansas State, the women’s team edged the Wildcats by one point, 28-29. The men’s team registered the top-three finishers of the meet, including junior Colby Wissel who repeated as the meet’s champion, and won 25-30.
All six women Jayhawks who competed at last year’s dual shaved substantial time off their performances. KU was led by junior Alicia McGregor, whose third-place finish in a time of 18:50.2 cut 90 seconds from her performance last year. She was followed by junior Lisa Morrisey, who also sliced 90 seconds off her performance from last season to finish fourth in a time of 18:58.6.
“I felt strong today,” McGregor said. “I went out fast and that helped me set a good pace for the entire 5k.”
Junior Melissa Moody was the next Kansas finisher, placing sixth in a time of 19:44.1, an improvement of over two minutes from last season. Junior Hayley Harbert, finishing in a time of 19:46.5, placed seventh and cut 45 seconds from her time. Sophomore Megan James rounded out the scoring for the Jayhawks, placing eighth in a time of 19:56.0, an improvement of 55 seconds.
“The team did very well today,” sophomore Bridget Moran, who placed 11th in a time of 20:16.1, said. “It was a legit performance by the team as we head to Minnesota for the Roy Griak Invitational.”
On the men’s side, Wissel guided the team to a victory behind a sub-15 minute performance in the 5k race. The Elm Creek, Neb., native repeated as the meet champion, cutting 15 seconds off his winning performance from last season. He was closely followed by junior Patrick McGowan, whose second-place finish cut nearly a full minute off his time from last year, finishing in 15:30.3. Freshman Bret Imgrund, competing in his first meet for the Jayhawks, placed third with a time of 15:42.6.
“I thought the race went very well,” Wissel said. “The team is headed in the right direction and that is important and encouraging. It is very exciting to see the improvement because it is a great indication that our training and plans for the season will pay off.”
Coach Stanley Redwine echoed Wissel’s thoughts on the team’s improvement.
“Today was a total team effort,” Redwine said. “Alicia [McGregor] stepped up and I was pleased with Colby’s performance. Patrick McGowan was unbelievable. We are looking forward to Minnesota and continuing our training and practice with hopes that it will pay off in the future.”
The Jayhawks return to the course on Sept. 23 when they head to Minnesota to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational. The women will compete in a 6k race while the men will run in an 8k event.