November 8, 2003
Harriers End Season at South Central RegionalMARYVILLE, Mo. - The Northwest Missouri State University cross country squads ended their seasons Saturday at the South Central Regional Championships in Commerce, Texas.
The Bearcat men took fifth place out of 16 teams with a score of 149 and missed qualifying for nationals by one place. Abilene Christian won the men's regional with a score of 26, followed by Truman State (69), Central Missouri State (115) and Missouri Southern (118).
John Heil (Sr., Excelsior Springs, Mo.) led the men in 13th place overall in a time of 31:50.60. Kyle Keraus (Sr., Garner, Iowa) paced Heil in 15th place in a time of 32:14.70. Both Heil and Keraus took All-South Central Regional honors in their last race as Bearcats by placing in the top 15.
Chad Fowler (Sr., Kearney, Mo.) took the third spot on the team with a 32nd place finish (33:04.10). Bryan Touney (Fr., Lake Lotawana, Mo.) finished up a solid freshman season by finishing 37th in a time of 33:18.80. Jamison Phillips (Sr., Chesterfield, Mo.), who had to withdraw from the MIAA Championships two weeks ago due to injury, place 53rd overall (33:47.50).
The Northwest women went into the regional meet unranked in the top ten but came away with a 10th place finish. MIAA leaders Pittsburg State and Missouri Southern finished one-two, respectively, in the region.
Ashley Grosse (Jr., Blue Springs, Mo.) once again broke her 6K personal record time of 23:49.23, which she set at the MIAA Conference meet Oct. 25. She ran the regional course in a time of 23:42.90 to lead the women in 33rd place overall.
Megan Hamilton (Fr., Winfield, Iowa) also broke her 6K PR time of 25:20.72 set Oct. 25 by finishing 51st overall in a time of 24:21.90. Betsy Lee (Jr., Lawrence, Kan.) rounded off the top three finishers for the women, placing 56th in a time of 24:31.76.
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