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Webster University cross-country ends season at NCAA D-III Midwest Regional
Stackhouse takes top time as women’s team finishes 34th in season finale
The Webster University women’s cross-country team reached the finish line on their season at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis. Junior Eroica Stackhouse was the top runner for the Gorloks at the tournament. She finished the 6K race with a time of 24:36 (129th overall out of 276 runners).
Senior Jane McKibben was next to finish with a 25:22 mark, placing her 170th overall. Junior Julie Greenough ran the course at 25:43 and sophomore Kassandra Ochoa recorded a 30:09. Freshman Jessica Tautphaeus finished at 32:18. Junior Heather Heisse, who led the Gorloks in the majority of their races this season, did not compete in the regional due to illness. Webster finished 34th among 40 schools in the NCAA regional.
McKibben said this season has been tough on her.
“We’ve been dealing with a whole bunch of injuries,” McKibben said. “So, to run under a 25:30 for the 6K was good enough for me. It was pretty much all my body can handle. It’s been a long time since I’ve been competing and doing numerous things like ROTC on top of that. I was definitely able to balance the two, but sometimes it just gets to the point when your body is just like, ‘no mas.’”
For now, McKibben plans to take some time to recover before the track and field season starts.
“This year was definitely enough for me,” McKibben said. “I’m pretty much going to focus on lifting and getting stronger as far as my body is concerned and stretching a lot. Depending on how I want to go into the track season, I just want to focus on recovery for the next week or two, and then think about what I want to do with the track season. The body’s hurting.”
Jeffries sets men’s record for NCAA regionals
The Webster University men’s cross-country team wrapped up its first season under coach Kelly Parsley on Saturday, Nov. 10. The Gorloks competed in the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis.
Senior Ethan Jeffries finished in the Webster record books with the fastest time in an NCAA regional and fourth fastest time in an 8K event at 27:00. Senior Daniel Henkey finished with a time of 27:06, the sixth-best time in the Webster record books and 127th overall out of 271 runners in the regional. Sophomore Jason Hickson’s mark of 27:11 was good for eighth best in Webster history and 132nd in the race.
Sophomore Greg Fletcher finished with a time of 28:24, freshman Charles Whitehead ran a 31-minute 8K race and senior David Koppelmann finished with a time of 32:30. The Gorloks finished the NCAA regional 30th overall out of 39 schools.
Although Jeffries finished first for Webster and 119th overall, he said he was upset about how the regional meet went.
“I thought I was going to go a lot faster than I was. I can’t speak for the whole team, but I know most of us expected to be faster,” Jeffries said. “We just had an off day.”
In his first and only season running for Webster, Jeffries said training with the team and getting to know everyone will stick with him. He also noted becoming especially close with seniors Henkey, Koppelmann and Tony Morales made a lasting impression for him. Jeffries said there is a chance he’ll be back next year, but it won’t be the same without Henkey, Koppelmann and Morales.
“If I return next year, they won’t be there because they are graduating at this point,” Jeffries said. “We all became pretty close. That’s going to suck not being with them anymore.”