Kansas Cross Country Teams Finish 18th and 24th in Terre Haute
Oct. 16, 2010
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. –
Kansas cross country was faced with its largest and most competitive field of the season at the ISU Pre-Nationals Invitational on Oct. 16 in Terre Haute, Ind., competing against 18 of the top 30 teams in the nation. The women finished 18th in a field of 40 teams, while the men placed 24th in field of 36.
ISU Pre-Nationals is divided into three categories for both men and women. The KU men and women both competed in the white race, the men competing in a field of 241 runners and the women raced against 274.
“The men competed hard, but we need to close the gaps and learn how to focus more in big races,” head coach Stanley Redwine. “Twenty-fourth place wasn’t the goal coming in, but that is where we ended up. We have to get better and correct our mistakes before the Big 12 meet.”
For the fourth consecutive race this season, junior Donny Wasinger paced the men, as he finished 47nd overall with a career-best 8K time of 24:33.7. Senior Nick Caprario also ran a career-best time, finishing the 8K course in 25:18.3 to take 116th place.
Junior Austin Bussing was the Jayhawks’ No. 3 finisher, as he crossed the finish line in 25:21, which marked a career-best time. Josh Baden ran a 25:34.6 to finish in 147rd place overall, while Josh Munsch rounded out the scoring with a 159th-place finish and an 8K time of 25:40.90.
Freshman Jose Luis Munoz also competed for the crimson and blue, crossing the finish line with an 8K time of 26:09.
On the women’s side, Stowed finished as the Jayhawks top finisher for the second meet in a row, clocking a career-best 6K time of 20:43.9.
“I thought Rebeka Stowe, Natalie Becker and the women’s team ran well and hard,” Redwine said. “There were a couple spots where we lacked focus and that’s where we got passed. We have to continue to close gaps and have confidence in our fitness levels because all of them (women) finished extremely well. The more confidence we have in our fitness, the better we are going to compete.”
Freshman redshirt Natalie Becker had a standout race, finishing as KU’s No. 2 runner, placing 52nd overall and clocking a 6K time of 21:25.
“I thought Natalie Becker raced extremely well today and I thought she looked stronger and stronger as the race went on,” assistant coach Michael Whittlesey said. “She is stepping up and coming into her own.”
Tessa Turcotte and Kara Windisch finished just two seconds apart to take 134th and 137th place, respectively. Turcotte clocked in at 22:08.4, while Windisch ran a time of 22:10.2.
Sophomore Kyra Kilwein filled the No. 5 spot for the Jayhawks, as she also ran a career-best 6K time of 22:21.6 and placed 160th overall. Sophomore Allie Marquis crossed the finish line in 22:30 to take 177th place overall and senior Amanda Miller rounded out the meet for the Jayhawks, clocking a 6K time of 22:32.2.
ISU Pre-Nationals was the final meet before the Big 12 Championships, which will be held in Stillwater, Okla., on Oct. 30.
Team Results (40 teams)
Kansas Individual Women’s Results
18. Kansas (21:45.9 108:49.1)
16. Rebeka Stowe 20:43.9
52. Natalie Becker 21:25.0
134. Tessa Turcotte 22:08.4
137. Kara Windisch 22:10.2
160. Kyra Kilwein 22:21.6
177. Allie Marguis 22:30.0
183. Amanda Miller 22:32.3
Team Results (36 teams)
Kansas Individual Men’s Results
24. Kansas (25:16.7 126:23.5)
47. Don Wasinger 24:33.7
116. Nick Caprario 25:13.3
132. Austin Bussing 25:21.0
147. Josh Baden 25:34.6
159. Josh Munsch 25:40.9
194. Jose Luis Munoz 26:09.0
Head Coach Stanley Redwine
On the men’s race:
“The men competed hard, but we need to close the gaps and learn how to focus more in big races. Twenty-fourth place wasn’t the goal coming in, but that is where we ended up. We have to get better and correct our mistakes before the Big 12 meet.”
On Rebeka Stowe and Natalie Becker:
“I thought Rebeka Stowe, Natalie Becker and the women’s team ran well and hard. There were a couple spots where we lacked focus and that’s where we got passed. We have to continue to close gaps and have confidence in our fitness levels because all of them finished extremely well. The more confidence we have in our fitness, the better we are going to compete.”
Assistant Coach Michael Whittlesey
On the Jayhawks performance:
“I didn’t think we performed as well as we know we are capable of performing. We need to be mentally tougher in the middle of the race.”
On Natalie Becker:
“I thought Natalie Becker raced extremely well today and I thought she looked stronger and stronger as the race went on. She is stepping up and coming into her own. We have other women that can run with her, but they have to stay committed during the middle part of the race. If we do that then we will be running up to our potential.”
Junior Rebeka Stowe
On her performance:
“The meet today, for me personally, was a step in the right direction. Although, I would have liked to run up in the pack more, but I didn’t commit to it as much as I should have. I need to believe in myself and my training more, but it hasn’t come full circle yet. I am happy, but I always want to do better.”
On Natalie Becker and Kara Windisch:
“Becker raced very well for never being in a race of this size and caliber and she moved up through the pack nicely. Kara’s (Windisch) first race back was testing the waters for her, trying to figure out where she is at. It is exciting to have everyone back together and healthy.”
On the Big 12 Championships:
“The Big 12 meet is very exciting for us because there are a lot of good teams in our conference. I think we need to run in a pack, it is so much easier to run a race like that when you have someone next to you encouraging you. We need to come out as a group and stay together to support each other.”
On the last two weeks:
“We have had a lot of good things happen to us in the last couple of weeks, but we need to make sure everything transfers over into the races because the potential is there.”