EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – The SIUE cross country teams will travel to Ames, Iowa, to compete Friday in the NCAA Cross Country Championships Midwest Regional.
The regional will consist of the top Division I teams from around the region, including teams from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East.
The Regional will get underway Friday with the women's 6K starting at 10:45 a.m. and the men's 10K to follow at 11:45 a.m.
"All of our training has led to this point," Assistant Coach Kayla Brown said. "The hard work and miles we've run have prepared them to finish strong."
On the men's side, Landon Skelly will look for continued success for the Cougars. Skelly ran a personal record (25 minutes, 38.1 seconds) at the Ohio Valley Conference Championships Oct. 28, and was awarded with the OVC Runner of the Week for his fourth place finish at the Bradley Invitational Oct. 6.
Senior Tyler Owens has three top 20 finishes this season for SIUE, including a 10th place finish at the Walt Crawford Open Sept. 1. Austin Woodard has had an impressive sophomore season, placing top 20 twice including an eighth-place finish at the Bradley Invitational. Freshmen Liam O'Connell finished 12th at the Bradley Invitational, running his top 8K time of 26:24.3.
The SIUE women have been led by Haley Miller this season. The Cougars senior was awarded with All-OVC second team honors for her 14th place finish at the OVC Championships. She has four top 20 finishes with a fourth-place finish at the Bradley Invitational.
Jess Clarke was awarded with the OVC Runner of the Week for her second-place finish at the Bradley Invitational. Clarke ran a PR (18:32.5) at the OVC Championships. Allie Sweatt also ran a PR at the OVC Championships and was the third place finisher at the Bradley Invitational. Aly Goff has two top-30 finishes on the season.
"Our goal remains the same - to close gaps within our groups and the race," Brown added. "We look to the seniors to help guide us with their experience."