September 30, 2002
Men's Harriers Win Miner Invitational, Women 3rd
ROLLA, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State men's cross country team picked up its first victory of the season Saturday, winning the Missouri-Rolla Invitational. The Bearcat women turned in a third-place finish in the meet.
For the men, Northwest scored 27 points to out-distance Missouri-Rolla, which tallied 43. There were five full teams in the men's competition.
John Heil (Jr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) was the Bearcats' top finisher, taking third overall. His time of 26:49.2 was less than 15 seconds off the winning pace. John Kasoa (Sr., Makueni, Kenya) was fourth, was Chad Fowler (Jr., Kearney, Mo.) was right behind him in fifth.
Kyle Keraus (Jr., Garner, Iowa) was seventh, while Jamison Philips (Jr., Chesterfield, Mo.) rounded out the Bearcats' top five runners with an eighth-place finish.
In the women's race, Northwest faced a bit more competition as 11 teams competed. The Bearcat women, paced by Dia McKee (Fr., O'Fallon, Mo.) took third place. Northwest finished with 91 points, while Truman State won the event with 53 and Missouri Southern was second with 63.
McKee finished eighth with a time of 19:41.3. Ashley Grosse (Soph., Blue Springs, Mo.) was 17th in 20:12.0. Jessica Lane (Jr., Auburn, Neb.) was 22nd and Toni Sexton (Fr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) was 24th. Julie Toebben (Fr., Vichy, Mo.) rounded out the Bearcats' top five, finishing 25th.
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