MINNEAPOLIS — The Illinois State men’s cross country team finished the season Saturday with a 14th-place finish in the NCAA Midwest Regional at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.
Sophomore Mike Richardson finished in 62nd place with a time of 32:44.34 over the 10-kilometer course to pace ISU, which scored 430 points. Oklahoma State claimed the team title with 72 points, while Iowa’s Micah Vandenend was the individual winner in a time of 30:40.14.
Other ISU placers included freshmen Scott Krapf in 80th place (33:12.49) and Jordan Anderson in 96th place (33:43.69); junior Brian Glaza was 107th (34:00.29); senior Bronco Meeks 113th (34:10.14); and sophomore Brian Syring 144th (35:37.79).
“For the first time since I have been coaching at ISU, the men got after it from the beginning,” said ISU coach Jeff Bovee. “All the guys got out quick and established themselves. Mike Richardson had a great race, as he got out 10 seconds faster after the first mile than he did at the Valley championships.”
Four members of ISU women’s squad competed as individuals in the 6K race, led sophomore Kathleen Thompson who placed 97th (23:21.82). ISU’s other finishers were freshman Kim Ebbesen (115th place, 23:43.37), sophomore Kim Smudde (132nd, 24:06.77) and sophomore Stacey Turilli (162nd, 24:58.92).
“I feel real good after watching the women run today,” Bovee said. “They went out and got in the race and competed very hard. They fought hard, especially Kim Smudde, who showed a lot more fight and improved her fitness level after coming off an injury.