Nov. 8, 2013
Cross Country heads to NCAA regionalsBy David Boyce | 2013 NCAA Central Region Championship | Saturday, Nov. 9 | Sioux Falls, S.D.
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Obviously when Northwest Missouri State junior Anne Herbert and sophomore Nolan Zimmer step to the starting line for the cross country Central Region Championships, they will be in different races.
Their mindset will be similar for the meet in Sioux Falls, S.D. They are going to enjoy the competition and help their team be as successful as possible.
Herbert finished sixth in the MIAA Championships two weeks ago and earned all-conference honors. That result, by itself, gives her confidence.
“I’ve learned to enjoy races instead of being nervous and stuff,” Herbert said. “I have grown into it more now that I am an upperclassman.
“I am really excited for this meet. It is another opportunity to see what the team can do. Everybody is ready for a good race. We are at that point in the season where our training is all coming together. We are getting our speed.”
Experience has also helped Zimmer. A year ago, he finished 14th in the MIAA Championships. Zimmer made a dramatic improvement in one season, taking sixth and earning all-MIAA honors this year in conference.
“When I am standing on the starting line, I’m not so much nervous as I am excited for the gun to go off,” Zimmer said. “It is fun when you get to watch first hand your hard work and determination paying off.”
Experience at regional will help Zimmer.
“I did run in regional last year,” Zimmer said. “We race 8K all year, but regional and nationals it bumps up to 10K. Last year was my first 10K cross country meet. It is a tough race. It is not too different from an 8K. You go out and race the same.
“It is a huge blessing I get to race against some of the best runners in the nation.”
Herbert is pleased with her season and looking forward to the next challenge.
“I have been so thankful all season just because God has really given me good races and workouts and health,” Herbert said. “I have been taking advantage of that and doing the best I can with it. We have a lot of new girls. We are a very young team this year. It has been fun getting to know so many new people. It has been really nice.”
The men’s team has the best chance of advancing to nationals. They enter the meet ranked No. 8 in region. The top five teams advance to nationals, which will be Nov. 23 in Spokane, Wa.
“There are four or five teams fighting for that last spot,” Zimmer said. “It is going to be very competitive. That is not a bad thing. Teams are going to push us. There is definitely a chance we can make it.”
Northwest coach Scott Lorek is looking forward to both teams turning in their best performance of the season.
“I want us to run well,” Lorek said. “We are looking for that race where everybody is on at the same time. We have been close. For the women, at the conference meet, we didn’t get that. The men were closer.
“We are proud of what Nolan and Anne have done. They have been consistent throughout the whole season.”
For more information, please contact:
Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
email@example.com | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468