The men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the NCAA Midwest Regionals on Saturday Nov. 12 in DeKalb, Ill., hosted by Northern Illinois.
On the men’s side, the Roos placed 13th (390 points), the best finish in school history at an NCAA Midwest Regional meet. Junior Cosmas Ayabei also earned himself a trip to the NCAA Championships, becoming the first UMKC runner in history to do so, after recording a 7th place finish with a time of 31:23.46.
Rounding out the finishing positions for the men’s team was junior Zach Mathias with his finishing time of 42:43.54, which was enough for a 52nd place finish and senior Brandon Leibold, who placed 87th with a 33:41.53 total time.
Oklahoma State placed 1st out of 25 teams with 42 points. They saw four of their runners finish, in the top 10. Minnesota’s Hasson Lead led all runners with a time of 31:16.81 in the 10K race.
The men finished higher than Summit League foes North Dakota State and South Dakota on Saturday. Two weeks ago at the Summit League Championships in Tulsa, Okla., the men finished 4th behind both schools. This display marked an excellent response from the blue and gold.
In the women’s 6K race, Iowa State came 1st of 28 teams, compiling 64 points and ranking four runners in the top 10. Wichita State junior Aliphine Tuliamuk led all runners with her 20:40.68 finish.
For the Lady Roos, senior Jylian Jaloma led the way with a 68th place overall finish with a time of 22:40.82. Like the men, this was the women’s highest finish in a NCAA Midwest Regional meet in school history.
Up next will be the NCAA Championships on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. where Cosmas Ayabei will represent the Roos. Times and location are to be announced.
The rest of members will begin preparation for the indoor track and field season.