Cross Country Concludes Season at NCAA Regionals
Nov. 9, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Missouri – The UIC men’s and women’s cross country teams wrapped up the 2012 season at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet on Friday afternoon on the campus of Missouri State. Freshman Pat Niyork was the top male finisher for UIC in the 10K race, placing 100th overall as sophomore Tess Ehrhardt piloted the women’s squad in the 6K competition, crossing the line 101st.
The Flames entered the meet fresh off an impressive Horizon League Championships performance, which both teams earned runner-up honors. The NCAA regional featured numerous nationally-ranked programs including the No. 1 Oklahoma State men’s team and the No. 2 Iowa State women’s team.
“We left a lot of our best efforts at the Horizon League Championships,” said head coach Jim Knoedel. “We have a very young team and have a lot to look forward to next year. Pat (Niyork) started slow, but finished strong and Tess (Ehrhardt) has really come on strong at the end of the season.”
Niyork posted a time of 32:56.86 for an average of 5:17.50 per mile. He was trailed by freshman Marcus Garcia with a time of 33:03.19 and placed 110th overall. Junior Angelos Karkalis was the third Flames’ finisher with a result of 33:28.30, crossing the line in 130th place.
Ehrhardt recorded a time of 22:47.33 for a mile average of 6:06.80. She was followed by freshman Emma Preston who posted a result of 23:12.21 and placed 122nd overall. Senior Grace Millhorn was 123rd in the field and trailed Preston by a little over two seconds at 23:14.35. Senior Jamie Johnson rounded out UIC’s top four with a time of 23:43.02.
The Flames will now focus their efforts on indoor track season which will begin in early January.