Sports / The Prairie Fire / September 25, 2008

Cross country team faces challenges at Saturday’s meet

Last Saturday the men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Platteville, Wis. to compete in the Pioneer Open. This was a new meet for the cross country team so both team and coach did not know what to expect going into the meet.

“I wasn’t sure what the times and performances would be like,” said head coach Patrick Irwin.

The times were slower than expected but Coach Irwin was pleased with the team; he attributed the slower times to a surprising course layout with some unexpected hills. Also, the day had turned out to be warmer than expected making running conditions tougher.

The ladies placed second out of five teams to Viterbo University located in Lacrosse, Wis. Four women placed in the top 20 including senior Karen Brophy in third, sophomore Tayna Novotnak in eleventh, sophomore Chole Bohm in thirteenth, and freshman Brenna DeGan in fifteenth.

“As a team we all did really well. The course was super hard but we had a strong race and finished close together,” said DeGan said.

The men’s team placed fourth out of five teams placing three runners in the top twenty, including captains senior Mike Dooley in fourteenth and junior Chris Mouzakitis in twentieth. Also in the top twenty for the Prairie Fire was junior Ryan Maniscalco placing sixteenth.

The next meet is the Forester Invitaional on Saturday the 27th in Lake Forest, Ill. Coach Irwin has high expectations for his team at this meet. Everyone is excited and he expects them to run well.

Irwin commented on his hopes for the next meet. “A lot of the runners should come away with season or career best [times].”

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