St. Peter, Minn. – The Gustavus men’s and women’s cross country teams are set to compete at the NCAA Regional Championships Saturday in Northfield, Minn. The men’s race will begin at 11:00 a.m. with the women to follow at 12:00 p.m.
After a 10th place finish at the MIAC Championships on Oct. 27th, the Gustavus men’s cross country team will look for a stronger performance on Saturday morning. Sophomore Dillon Emo (Brookings, S.D.) led the way for the second consecutive year at the conference meet. Emo finished 41st after crossing the line in 27:02.6. The next finisher for the Gustavus men was Adam Lund (Sr., Burnsville, Minn.) who crossed the line in 27:11.4 for 47th place. This weekend, the men’s field will include all 11 MIAC schools, as well as Bethany Lutheran, Buena Vista, Central (Iowa), Coe, Cornell (Iowa), Dubuque, Grinnell, Loras, Luther, Marin Luther, Minnesota-Morris, Nebraska Wesleyan, Northwestern (Minn.), Simpson, St. Scholastica, and Wartburg for a field of 27 teams.
Following its first place MIAC Championship performance, the Gustavus women’s cross country team will attempt to repeat their performance at the Regional Championships on Saturday. The Gusties used strong performances across the board on their way to the second conference championship in program history. Rebecca Hare (Jr., Albany, Minn.) led the way for the Gusties. Hare finished fourth in 22:29.4 and was followed by Caitlin Fermoyle (Sr., Mendota Heights, Minn.) in fifth with a time of 22:33.0. Seniors Kate Eggers (Montevideo, Minn.) and Beth Hauer (Little Falls, Minn.) earned their third All-Conference honors after finishing 10th (22:56.6) and 12 (23:01.9), respectively. Like the men, all 12 MIAC schools will be represented in the race, and will be joined by Bethany Lutheran, Buena Vista, Central (Iowa), Coe, Cornell (Iowa), Dubuque, Grinnell, Loras, Luther, Martin Luther, Minnesota-Morris, Nebraska Wesleyan, Northwestern (Minn.), Simpson, St. Scholastica, and Wartburg to complete the 28 team field.