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Photo Courtesy: Denise Fritz
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications
Photo Courtesy: Denise Fritz
Panther Cross Country Squads Picked Seventh for MVC Championships
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Wednesday 10/25/2011

The University of Northern Iowa men's and women's cross country teams were each picked seventh in the Missouri Valley Conference's pre-championship poll released Tuesday.

The 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Cross Country Championship will be held this Sun., Oct. 30, at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind.

UNI earned 26 points in the men's poll to secure seventh place. Junior Brett Egan has led the Panther men all season, and he owns the top 8k time on the team heading into the MVC Championship. Egan will be joined by seniors Brady Fritz, Aaron Vosberg, Brendan Thompson and David Nielsen, junior Ryan Krogmann and freshmen Terry Nielsen and Tanner Reyhons.

On the women's side, the Panthers garnered 34 points in the poll for the seventh-place nod. Senior Jill Lageschulte owns the fastest 5k time by a Panther this season. Joining Lageschulte in Terre Haute will be juniors Scotti Schon, Leah Blanchard, Hayley Thomas, Lindsey Wilkins, Allison Fick and April Davidshofer, and freshman Alex Wilson.

The Southern Illinois men and Wichita State women were voted as the pre-championship favorites in the poll of league head coaches. The Saluki men have earned the most team championships in the Valley and hope to make this year their 13th title. The Shocker women are seeking to continue their winning streak with a seventh-consecutive title, which would be the 13th title in school history as well.

The men's 8k race will start at 10:30a.m. on Sunday, followed by the women's 5k race at 11:30 a.m.

2011 Men's Pre-Championship Poll

Rank Team (1st-place votes)                Points

1. Southern Illinois (3).............................. 73

2. Indiana State (4).....................................70

3. Drake (1)................................................68

4. Wichita State (1)................................... .59

5. Illinois State............................................44

6. Bradley...................................................31

7. UNI........................................................26

8. Evansville...............................................21

9. Creighton...............................................13

2011 Women's Pre-Championship Poll

Rank Team (1st-place votes)                Points

1. Wichita State (7)....................................97

2. Illinois State (2)......................................88

3. Missouri State........................................69

4. Southern Illinois.....................................67

5. Indiana State (1).....................................62

6. Bradley...................................................61

7. UNI........................................................34

8. Drake......................................................30

9. Evansville...............................................24

10. Creighton..............................................18

 


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