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    Nov. 14, 2013

    CHICAGO- The women’s cross country team will compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by Iowa State University, Friday Nov. 15 in Ames, Iowa.  The women will be running the ISU 5K Cross Country Course, with the race set to begin at 12:15 p.m. CT.

    “There are 33 teams and our goal is to finish in the top 15,” said Head Coach Jim Knoedel. “Tess has a realistic shot at making the All-Region Team, something that hasn't been accomplished since Jenni Goebel in 2003.”

    The women seek to improve their 24th-place finish from the 2012 NCAA Regional.  They will look for help from Horizon League Runner of the Year Tess Ehrhardt who placed first at the Horizon League Championship.  Ehrhardt also joined Rebecca Zaiter on the All-League First Team, finishing with times of 17:47.63 and 18:47.56, respectively.  Lauren Lindholm and Emma Preston will also play a large role in assisting the team reach their full potential during the last meet of the season.  Lindholm (19:16.85) and Preston (19:30.72) finished within the top-20 runners at the Championship. 

    “In cross country it’s impossible to be successful unless each athlete does their job,” said Knoedel.  “Each one has to be accountable to their teammates.”

    The team will be competing against crosstown-rivals DePaul and Loyola, as well as, Big Ten foes Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern and Illinois.

    “I think the good performance at conference gave them confidence for Regionals,” said Knoedel.  “As competition gets tougher confidence becomes more important, so I look forward to a top-15 performance on Friday.”