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JCU cross country teams qualify three runners for Nationals

November 20th, 2014

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Women’s Cross Country

 

The majority of the John Carroll University women’s cross country team concluded its season with a solid eighth place finish (235 points) amongst 35 teams that competed at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Cross Country Championship Meet this on Saturday,  Nov. 15.

 

The seven runners representing JCU did not let the freezing temperatures stop them from running well at the meet, hosted by Wilmington College in Mason, Ohio. Sophomore Becky Rohwer was JCU’s first runner to cross the finish line, coming in with a 13th place finish and a time of 22:16.6 in the 6K (3.73 mile) race.

 

Her place as the seventh non-qualifying team finisher has secured her a spot to compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships. Her stellar performance warranted All-Region Honors.

 

Rohwer was elated with the opportunity. “Qualifying for nationals is so surreal,” she said.  “I still can’t believe it actually happened, but I’m really excited for this opportunity.”

 

Other notable performances included senior Nicki Bohrer’s 45th place finish (22:57:8)   and junior Hanna Sterle’s 51st place finish (23:05:2). Freshmen Cassie Schillero and Erin Kiley rounded out the Blue Streak scorers with 63rd and 67th place finishes, respectively.

 

Rohwer will continue her cross country season at the NCAA Division III National Championship race taking place this Saturday, Nov.  22 at 10 a.m. on the same course that JCU raced on for Regionals in Mason, Ohio.

 

The three runners that the JCU cross country program will be sending to the National Championships is the most the program has sent since they sent three runners during the 2004 season.

 

Men’s Cross Country

Thirty-eight years ago was the last time the John Carroll University men’s cross country team had two individual runners qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship. This weekend, that all changed when senior Tadhg Karski and freshman Elliot Thorkelson rewrote history with stellar efforts at Regionals, held in Mason, Ohio.

 

The men posted their best finish ever at the meet, landing themselves in fifth overall with an impressive array of solid individual performances on the 8K course.

 

The highlight was Karski’s 10th place overall finish, with a time of 24:45.6. His finish was enough to punch his ticket to the National Championship as the fifth non-advancing team individual.

 

It wasn’t until Sunday that Thorkelson, who was 17th overall and clocked in at 24:58.7, learned he would join Karski as the seventh non-qualifying individual from the Great Lakes Region. This makes him the only freshman in JCU history to represent the Blue Streaks at the National Championships as an individual.

 

Karski said, “I’m really excited to race this Saturday at Nationals, especially with a fellow teammate.”

 

Other strong races included junior Michael Hurley, who was third for the Blue and Gold (57th, 25:33.7), junior Patrick O’Brien (61st, 25:35.7) and Augustine Kazek (69th, 25:41.7), who rounded out the top five.

 

While the majority of the men have concluded their grueling season, Karski and Thorkelson hope to continue to make an impact at the NCAA DIII National Cross Country Championships, which will be held in Mason, Ohio on Saturday, Nov. 22.