Oct. 1, 2010
Northwest wins ESU Planet Sub Invitational
Adams third Bearcat to break 18 minutes
EMPORIA, Kan.-Northwest Missouri State junior Angela Adams was the top collegiate runner and second-place finisher at Emporia State's Planet Sub Invitational held at Jones Park Friday.
Adams finished the five-kilometer race in 17:57.27, nearly 16 seconds ahead of Butler County's Elida Burciaga. Adams is the third Bearcat to finish a 5K in less than 18 minutes. She joins Kathy Kearns and Heidi Metz who finished in 17:33 and 17:34, respectively, at the same race back in 1996.
Adams bested a field of 148 collegiate runners and finished second of 202 competitors overall. Tenley Determan won the race with a time of 17:29.79.
Northwest placed five runners in the top 21 and won the team event with a score of 56. Kansas Wesleyan finished second with a score of 76 and William Jewell took third with 108. A total of 22 teams took part in the race including programs from NCAA Division II, NAIA and two-year colleges.
Sophomore Jordan Esry competed in her first collegiate 5K race and placed eighth among collegiate runners with a time of 18:49.46. Senior Madison Marshman took 12th with a personal-best time of 19:00.33 - a full minute better than her previous best set back in 2007.
Junior Kayli Hrdlicka (14th, 19:03) and seniors Jennifer Dittburner (21st, 19:12) and Mary Jantz (29th, 19:33) all finished in the top 30 for the Bearcats. Freshman Taylor Woodruff improved her top 5K time and finished 51st with a time of 20:01.
Men finish third of 25 teams
Four Northwest Missouri State cross country members finished within 10 seconds of one another and placed among the top 35 runners in leading the Bearcats to a third-place finish at Emporia State's Planet Sub Invitational.
A total of 25 teams competed in the event. Missouri S&T won the event with a team score of 75. The host Hornets finished 20 points behind in second place. Northwest's team total of 123 was seven points ahead of Johnson County.
Junior T.R. Pursell led Northwest's top quartet with an eight-kilometer time of 26:10.21 - good for 23rd place among 234 competitors. Pursell has been the Bearcats' top finisher in all three races this season. He finished 12 seconds behind his personal-best time set last weekend in Minneapolis.
Junior Ryan Darling finished two seconds off Pursell's pace in 25th place. Another junior, Sean Feehan, was eight seconds behind in 30th place.
Northwest freshman Ryan Podjenski improved his 8K time by more than a minute from last week and finished 34th overall with a time of 26:20.50. Podjenski ran 27:26 in Minneapolis. Fellow frosh David Nilges nearly accomplished the same feat. His time of 27:24.59 Friday is a 58-second improvement from last week's race in Minnesota.
Sophomore Carl Larsson's time of 26:44.75 is a personal-best and was good for 49th place. Junior Josh Coburn's time of 29:31.51 was a collegiate best for him.
Kansas Wesleyan's Nathan Mesta won the race after finishing in 25:08.62. Kaspars Briska from Cloud County finished four seconds behind in second place.
Next Up: Northwest's men's and women's teams are scheduled to compete at the University of Arkansas' Chilli Pepper Festival Oct. 16 in Fayetteville.
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