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Women finish 15th in nation; Simpson has best finish in university history

George Jones

Issue date: 12/4/09 Section: Cross Country
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The women's cross country team, ranked 15th in the nation in the latest US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll, looked to improve upon that ranking in the NCAA championships in Cleveland. While the team ended up finishing at their exact ranking, the Spartans had two All-American runners for the second year in a row and the third time in four years.

The team finished 15th with 413 points. The winning team was the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with 171 points.

"Well, usually in a national race, you need to get out fast. You need to get out in the front and try to hold your position. That's typically the way nationals run: where you start in the first 600 meters is typically where you finish," said coach Kathy Lanese. "It's going to vary a little, but I would say you typically finish around 20 or 30 places from where you start. So, get out fast, hold your position, and run with your teammates. Our strategy was those three things."

"The team's strategy was to run with each other and try to pass as many people as possible," said junior Justine Jeroski. "With this many runners this close together, a few seconds can easily be 5 places. Overall we had a pretty good day."

"For nationals, Coach gave each of us an individual place-goal so that we would know where we needed to be in the race," said senior Elaine Simpson. "We knew that there was going to be an overwhelming number of people in the race, so we went in prepared. 5 out of the 7 of us had run at nationals we knew what to expect. We went into the race knowing where we should be and with something to prove."

Simpson finished 14th in the nation and earned All-American status (given to the top 35 runners) with a time of 22:30.5. Her finish was the highest ever for a Spartan female runner at nationals. "After running the nationals course for the first time earlier in the week, I freaked out. The course was really hilly and I knew it was going to be muddy, and I really felt like I wasn't good in the mud or on hills. The next few days my teammates really calmed me down and kept telling me that I would be an All American. I started to feel better about the course, and by the time nationals came I was ready to race," said Simpson.
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