Kansas Cross Country Set to Compete at NCAA Midwest Regional

Nov. 13, 2008

2008 NCAA Midwest Regional
Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008
Location: Stillwater, Okla.
Start Time: Women: 11 a.m. CDT; Men: 11:45 a.m. CDT
Course: OSU Cross Country Course
Distances: Men: 10K; Women: 6K
Host: Oklahoma State University

Kansas NCAA Midwest Regional Meet Notes
LAWRENCE, Kan. – It’s make or break time for the Kansas cross country teams as they head to Stillwater, Okla., for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday, Nov. 15. The women’s race features the top 31 teams in the Midwest and covers a distance of 6K, while the men’s 10K race features the top 28 teams in the region.

“For the men, it’s their first 10K,” Kansas head coach Stanley Redwine said. “I think everyone’s in great shape. For some of the freshmen, it will be their first time ever running the 10K. Hopefully the 10K benefits some of our older athletes because they are more experienced and know how to race it. We’re looking to be in the top six, definitely in the top 10. Hopefully we’ll have some men and women individually qualify for the NCAA Championships.”

The KU women’s team will once again be led by Lauren Bonds and Amanda Miller. Bonds, a junior from Hutchinson, Kan., is coming off a 12th-place performance at the Big 12 Championships in Ames, Iowa, that earned her all-conference honors. Miller, a sophomore out of Overland Park, Kan., finished in 38th place at the Big 12 Championships and has been the second Jayhawk women’s finisher in every race this season.

Joining the two leaders in Stillwater this weekend will be senior Megan James, junior Alison Knoll and freshmen Lindsey Schaefer, Rebeka Stowe and Kara Windisch.

The men’s team will be highlighted by freshman Donny Wasinger and junior Bret Imgrund. Wasinger, a Winona, Minn., product, placed 28th at the Big 12 Championships and looks to continue to improve at the Midwest Regional. Imgrund finished in 38th in Ames, and has consistently been one of the leaders for the Kansas men this year.

Running alongside Wasinger and Imgrund will be senior Brock Ternes, junior Isaiah Shirlen, sophomores Nick Caprario and Dan Van Orsdel, as well as freshman Kaleb Humphreys.

The top two finishing teams automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, as well as the top four individuals who are not members of the two advancing teams. At-large bids are determined on Monday after each regional has been reviewed by the selection committee.

“We don’t want to wait and see, we want to take care of business now,” Redwine explained. “We want to have individuals automatically qualify.”

Midwest Regional action from the OSU Cross Country Course will begin at 11 a.m. CST with the women’s race and wrap up with the men’s race, which begins at 11:45 a.m. CST.

The NCAA Championships will take place on Monday, Nov. 24 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course located at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind.