IOWA CITY, Iowa – Yazmine Wright ends his breakthrough season with a 17e-placing the finish at the NCAA Cross Country Midwest Regional in the Women’s 6K race in Iowa City, Iowa. Clayton duchatschek led the Shocker men in their 9e-team final place, the best finish for the Wichita State team since 2004 (9e).
“Both groups handled the weather and conditions extremely well (37 ° F, snow), which is what I expect from my team,” said the head coach. Kirk Hunter noted. “I’m proud of them for coming out and being strong competitors.”
Wright fought in the 6km race in 21: 11.06 after seeing her last week of training interrupted by illness.
“It was a tough race to run any day,” said Hunter. “We are not people who make excuses, but we were not able to prepare this meeting as we wanted because of last week. We lost a week of training, and when you are only three or four seconds off To get to the national competition, that little fluid workout you needed to perform at the best possible level is all it takes, and you’re missing the goal you really want. “
Wright’s medal-winning performance concludes an incredibly successful season in which she won individual titles in four of the five competitions leading up to the regional competition.
“I really commend her for being able to do what she did, and she fought all the way,” Hunter said. “You can’t take away what she’s done this year and the accomplishments she’s made, so I’m really proud of what she’s done. She’s really done a great job making her way through it. this race considering the situation she had to face with that last week. “
Danielle Rinn crossed the line in 90e, with Lubna continued, Jenna muma and Miranda Dick also scoring for women in the state of Wichita.
Duchatschek led the way for Shocker’s men in the 10k with a time of 31: 14.77.
“Clayton did a great job just putting his nose in there and he was smart at the start,” Hunter said. “He kept moving through the crowd making big movements and even at the end he passed three guys.”
Bryce merriman and Adam moore finished just behind with their 40th and 45the-placing the finishes, and Jackson caldwell was the fourth Shocker to cross the line in 60e.
“They had a spectacular run,” said Hunter. “Jackson, Bryce, and Adam really started moving around the crowd and eliminating people as they went.”
Jed helker fought to be the Shockers’ fifth goalscorer, placing 68e.
“We couldn’t have had a successful year without Jed,” Hunter said. “Our success is because of him. We need people like him who can fight every step of the way, no matter what comes their way and that is exactly what he did.”