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Men's & Women's XC - Mon, Sep. 16, 2013
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FULL MEN'S RESULTS

FULL WOMEN'S RESULTS

 

NORMAL, Ill. – The men's and women's cross country teams completed week two of competition down at the Illinois Intercollegiate Meet with improved results for both squads. The women's cross country team finished 7th out of 15 placing schools; while the men continue to improve finishing 18th overall.

 

Running on the same course as the Eagles did in week one, the weather conditions proved to be much better for racing and both Judson teams took advantage.

 

The top five finishers for the women's team saw their cumulative team time drop by five total minutes (1:43:00 to 1:38:00) for an average of 20:40 per athlete. Likewise, the top five men dropped 10 minutes in cumulative team time (2:46:00 to 2:36:00), which sliced off over two minutes for an individual average of 31:18 per runner.

 

Senior Meaghan Gard-Ciochon continued to lead the women's side and rewriting history in the process. Gard-Ciochon broke a Judson record in the 5K event with a mark of 18:29. The senior was the top NAIA finisher and placed third overall out of 165 runners in the event.

 

Junior Sarah Miller finished 26th overall while cutting nearly two minutes off her time from week one. The Jordan Wagner finished 32nd, Gabby Nystrom came in at 50th with Rachel Cavender one spot behind her.

 

The Lady Eagles defeated Trinity Chrisitian who bested Judson in week one along with finished in front of CCAC foe Robert Morris. Ciochon believes that this women's squad has the ability to be a force in the CCAC.

 

"[This team] has the potential to be a top three team in the conference," Ciochon said.

 

On the men's side, Mitch Mallary led the way for Judson in the men's 8K with his career second best time of 28:40 coming in 79th overall. Elijah Bobell finished second for the men placing 91st overall while Charles Sievers improved his time by over five minutes.

 

The first year head coach was pleased with the finished by both Mallary and Escobar.

 

"Mallary is working very hard this season on consistency which makes his 28:40 a good sign for the year," Ciochon said following the meet. "As the team's top runner we need consistent, strong improvements out of him each week and today was a good indicator of the season ahead."

 

"[Escobar] also had a good race. It wasn't super flashy in improvement; but his determination was evident," Ciochon stated. "Last week after the second mile you could tell he started to throw in the towel. But this week he fought to get faster in miles 3-to-5."

 

Both teams continue to improve and their head coach is pleased with where both squads are in their current states.

 

"In general I felt like we were a completely different team than last week," Ciochon said. "We were competitive, determined, and confident. This week was a much better display of our potential for both the women and the men."

 

The two cross country teams will have the next two weeks off of competition to gear up for a competition at Wisconsin Luther Oct. 5.

 

Meaghan Ciochon

SR

18:29.4

Sarah Miller

JR

19:22.4

Jordan Wagner

JR

19:29.7

Gabby Nystrom

JR

20:22.5

Rachel Cavender

FR

20:25.1

Justine McDowell

SR

20:40.3

Amanda Zylstra

FR

21:54.0

Cassie Criminger

SR

22:20.8

Alexis Buechler

SO

23:00.4

Shannon Dennis

FR

23:06.1

Ashley Goeke

FR

23:58.9

Lindsey Mayer

FR

24:09.1

Kristi McClure

FR

24:49.8

Alyssa Warner

SO

26:08.2

 

Mitch Mallary

SO

28:40.0

Elijah Bobell

FR

29:30.2

Charles Sievers

SO

31:15.6

Jared Escobar

JR

32:58.2

Mason Mellinger

JR

34:08.1

Trevor Sheedlo

FR

39:45.7