Nov. 9, 2012
NCAA Midwest Regional Championships -- Team and Individual Results
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Northwestern Cross Country ended its 2012 campaign on an extremely high note, earning a fourth-place finish out of 31 teams at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships hosted by Missouri State University Friday afternoon.
The Wildcats, who entered the meet ranked No. 5 in the USTFCCCA's regional poll, were topped only by three teams ranked among the top-30 in the country: No. 2 Iowa State, No. 21 Oklahoma State and No. 28 Minnesota. With 204 team points, NU overcame fourth-ranked Tulsa to nab the fourth position in the team standings.
The showing is one spot better than NU's fifth-place finish a year ago and the best for Northwestern since the Wildcats' second-place finish in 2002.
Individually, junior Lexie Goldsmith led the way with a remarkable ninth-place finish in a personal-best 6K time of 20:53.73, earning All-Midwest Region honors for a second consecutive season. She was joined in earning postseason honors by classmate Michelle Moriset, who was 20th out of more than 200 runners with her effort of 21:23.94. It is the first All-Region accolade of Moriset's career.
Northwestern's effort came despite seeing its 6K school-record holder, two-time NCAA All-Midwest Region performer and senior leader Audrey Huth
collapse after running in the lead pack for nearly the entire the race. It was an unfitting end to an extraordinary four-year Northwestern career for Huth, who fought her way through the last 150 meters to finish her final race as a Wildcat.
In Huth's stead was her fellow senior Lauren Neuschel, who contributed a season-best 6K time of 21:48.49 to finish 39th overall. Junior Libby Kocha made her debut at the NCAA Regional meet and performed well, crossing in 22:09.15.
Rounding out Northwestern's list of scorers was another junior as Ann Powers, running in only her second meet of the year, posted a time of 22:46 and finished 74th.
After five seasons with the Wildcats, redshirt senior Sophie Ewald also ran her final race for NU, making her third career appearance at the regional competition and finishing in 22:19.
By virtue of their taking 1-2 in the team standings, Iowa State and Oklahoma State received the automatic bids out of the Midwest Region to advance to the NCAA Championships meet Nov. 17 in Louisville. The top four individual finishers who are not a member of an advancing team also earned trips to the upcoming national meet.
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