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KWU Women’s Cross Country Claims KCAC Title

KSAL Sports - November 11, 2013 5:56 am

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WINFIELD – It was a great day for the Kansas Wesleyan Women’s Cross Country team as the Coyotes edged Ottawa University by one point to win the KCAC Championship on Saturday at the Winfield Veteran’s Home. It is the first KCAC title for the Coyotes on the women’s side since 2010 and the first title for Coach Brent Bailey.

“It was a very exciting day.  My ladies ran a very smart race and came through the mile in seventh place as a team but kept moving up and fought all the way to the end,” Bailey said. “All season I had said that it would be close and winning by one point proved how tight it was but it also showed the strength and depth of this team.  Every one of those ladies did everything thing they could the entire season and I couldn’t ask for a better team to coach.”

Valarie Segay paced the Coyotes with a ninth place finish in 19:40.89 and was immediately followed by teammates Tara Davis(10th – 19:44.34) and Hillary Callaway (11th 19:49.59). Betzabeth Garcia was next for the Coyotes in 25th with a 20:58.04,Sabrina Hayes was 28th with a 21:09.42, Kara Reimer was 29th with a 21:11.61, Lindsey Cook was 48th with a 22:34.53, Dena Hallman was 52nd with a 22:47.85, Keara Lenard was 54th with a 23:01.83, Erin Gilmour was 62nd with a 24:03.30 and Bekah Hallman was 63rd with a 24:16.75.

Bailey was selected as the KCAC Women’s Cross Country Coach of the Year by the conference coaches for leading the Coyotes to the KCAC Championship.

Wesleyan edged Ottawa 83-84 in the team results, followed by Southwestern in third with 87 points as four points separated the top three teams.

Hunter Stayton punched his NAIA Nationals ticket with a seventh place finish to lead the Coyote men, who finished ninth in the team standings.

“The men’s team had a good day but the depth that made the ladies champions definitely hurt the men as they are not as deep,” Bailey said “Hunter Stayton ran a perfect race and booked his trip to nationals, and I can’t wait to see them race again.”

Jason Berry was the next finisher for the Coyotes in 23rd, covering the 8K course in 27:46.47. Right behind him was Omar Pelayo in 24th with a 27:46.82. Ian Woods was 57th with a 29:35.19, Garret Young was 72nd with a 32:16.37 and Conner Gies was 78th with a 34:05.93.

Saint Mary was the men’s team champion, besting Southwestern by seven points for the team championship. Third place McPherson was 85 points behind the top two teams, while Friends was fourth and Tabor rounded out the top five.

Next up for the Coyote women and Hunter Stayton is the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on November 23 at Rim Rock Farm near Lawrence.

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