Summit Championship Awaits Mavericks
The Omaha cross country team will conclude the 2013 season at the Summit League Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Fort Wayne, Ind. The 6K women’s meet will begin at 11 a.m. The Maverick’s finished fifth at last year’s championship. The Mavericks could advance to NCAA competition if they win the Summit League Championship.
The Mavericks are competing in their 32nd season of women’s cross country in 2013. It is also the third year of their reclassification to Division I. They are not eligible to participate in NCAA championship competition until completing their four-year reclassification, nor are they eligible to win the Summit League Championship. The Mavericks will be able to win the Summit and compete nationally in 2015.
Chris Richardson is in his first season overseeing the Omaha cross country and track & field teams as the head coach following six years as an assistant coach. Assistant coach Marc Bierbaum, now in his fourth season, guides the cross country team in addition to UNO’s distance runners in track & field. Last year, he led the Mavericks to a fifth-place finish in the Summit League Championship after the Mavericks were picked ninth in the pre-season coaches poll. Bierbaum was a three-time national qualifier in cross country and track at Dana College where he graduated in 2001. He is assisted by volunteer assistant coach Cliff Cisar.
Last Time Out
Several Mavericks ran personal bests to put the Omaha cross country team in fifth place at the Tori Neubauer Invitational at Wisconsin-La Crosse on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Mavericks finished with 153 points. Wartburgh won the 6K event with 81 points while the University of Minnesota was second with 90 points. The host team, Wisconsin-La Crosse, was third with 100 points while Iowa Central was fourth (140).
For the second time this season, freshman Lindsey Bruns led the Mavs with a career-best 6K time of 22:31.7, placing her 11th overall. Ashley Kildow ran second finishing with a time of 22:46.1, improving her personal-best 6K by 42 seconds. She placed 21st overall.
Kristin Rogers was third for the Mavs and 31st overall, posting a time of 23:02.8. She shaved three seconds off of her Rim Rock Classic finish on Oct.5, her previous personal best. Katarina Zarudnaya finished fourth for UNO, placing 38th overall with a time of 23:09.3. MiKayla Peck completed the scoring for the Mavs posting a time of 23:23.1 and finishing 52nd.
Also running for UNO were Catherine Davison (23:33.3/63), Kristen Carmichael (24:38.7/164), Avery Schmidt (25:23.4/259) and Brittany Phillips (26:18.6/325).
Personal, Career and Season Bests
Six Mavericks posted season and career bests on Oct. 19 at the Tori Neubauer Invitational at Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Freshman Lindsey Bruns currently holds the fastest 6K time for the Omaha cross country team this season with her career-best 22:31.7 finish. Ashley Kildow posted a personal record time of 22:46.1 while MiKayla Peck ran a personal-best time of 23:23.1.
Kristin Rogers improved on her 6K finish several times this season and earned her current career-best time of 23:02.8 at Wisconsin. Catherine Davison earned a personal record time of 23:33.3, and Katarina Zarudnaya ran her season best with a time of 23:09.3.
Kristen Carmichael ran her career-best 6K at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational on Sept. 21 with a time of 23:59.0.