Nov. 12, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. – The DePaul men’s and women’s cross country squads closed out their respective seasons this afternoon after competing at the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by Northern Illinois University.
The DePaul men took home 23rd place while the women finished in 27th. The first race came at noon when the men’s runners took part in the 10K Championship race. On the NIU North 40—Northern Illinois’ home for cross country—the Blue Demons found themselves matched up against a challenging grass course on rolling terrain.
DePaul junior Zak Koronkiewicz, who has performed at a consistently solid level this season, was the first Blue Demon to cross the finish line, doing so in a time of 34:08.70 and good for 110th place out of 171 competitors.
Behind Koronkiewicz was Herald Alvarez who completed the course in a time of 34:27.04, just 16 places behind Koronkiewicz. Rounding out the rest of the pack for the Blue Demons was senior Brian Begalke (34:51.20), sophomore Ian Sanchez (35:23.49), sophomore Chris Miedema (35:48.43) and junior Tyler Schmitt (36:46.52).
On the women’s side, senior Kelly Pickering completed her final cross country race as the first Blue Demon to cross in the 6K race. Pickering, who finished with a time of 23:14.78, took 112th out of 189 competitors.
Finishing just over 30 seconds later was freshman Jacqueline Kasal who crossed at 23:47.52. Senior Claire O’Brien, also competing in her final cross country competition, was the next DePaul runner to cross when she did so at 24:19.39. O’Brien was followed by Taylor Hynes at 24:38.46 and senior Erin Lakie at 25:08.52.
With the finale of the cross country season complete, the Blue Demons now look to the start of the indoor track season which begins January 14th in Madison, Wis., at the annual Badger Track Classic.