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Courtesy: Mike Spomer

Cross Country Teams Run at MVC Championships

NORMAL, Ill. -- The Creighton women finished 10th and the men ninth at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Saturday in Normal, Ill.

Illinois State took the women's team title with 42 points. Wichita State (83) finished second and Southern Illinois (96) third. Bradley (112), Northern Iowa (126), Indiana State (154), Drake (170), Evansville (179), Missouri State (213), and Creighton (262) rounded out the team scoring.

Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State finished first with a time of 16:59 for her second league title.  Rachael Brewer (17:31) and Elise Sigg (17:34) of Illinois State finished second and third, respectively.

Southern Illinois won the men's title with 34 points, Indiana State second with 40 and Wichita State third with 96 points followed by Drake (137), Northern Iowa (144), Illinois State (146), Evansville (157), Bradley (167), and Creighton (273).

John Mascari of Indiana State won individual honors with a time of 24:21.  Zach Dahleen of Southern Illinois (24:25) and Brogan Austin of Drake (24:26) finished second and third, respectively.

For the Bluejay men, senior Mike Hitt led the way, finishing 49th with a time of 26:18. Freshman Garrett Kenyon was the second to cross the line for the Jays. He finished the 8K course 52nd with a time of 26:23. Sophomore Drew Prescott finished 59th running the course in 26:56. Sophomore Steve Raimondi (64th, 27:19), senior Tom Shimp (66th, 27:40) and junior Danny Diaz (67th, 28:11) all competed in the championships. 

For the women, Courtney Sawle finished first for the Jays. The sophomore completed the 5K course in 18:58 and finished 39th.  Freshmen Emily Peterson (19:24) and Emily Mauser (19:26) finished 54th and 55th respectively. Sophomore Meghan Barry (63rd, 19:43) and junior Meagan Wilderson (68th, 20:00) rounded out the top five.

The Jays will take the next week off to prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 9th in Springfield, Mo.

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