RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University Kokomo men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the first meet of the 2013 season and the first meet as a member of the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, traveling to the inaugural Regional Campus Rumble at IU East. The big story for the day was the men’s team title, the first in IU Kokomo history.
After the Cougar women finished, the Cougar men competed in the men’s 8K race. The men’s team was able to capture the first meet victory in program history, finishing ahead of IU East and Purdue Calumet. Javier Vasquez led IU Kokomo, finishing in second place overall with a time of 29:44. Vasquez was immediately followed by Jon Flory (third) and Cody Phelps (fourth), all of whom won individual awards for their performances. The Cougars were able to place five runners in the top 10 on a hot afternoon.
“After a long offseason of training the team performed well,” said senior Jeremy Gilman. “The most difficult factor that we faced today was the heat, but as the season continues with more favorable conditions our overall team performance will improve.”
Coach Dr. Jason VanAlstine was very pleased with how the men’s team performed.
“Our returning runners really stepped up today,” said the coach. “They have done the training that they needed to do since the end of last season and the results show that.”
The Cougar women finished second and were led by Alisha Hobbs and Amy McCauley who earned individual awards for finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
“Amy and Alisha have really been pushing each other at practice the past few weeks,” VanAlstine said. “As the season progresses I think they will continue to work together to improve their times and lead an inexperienced team to reach new heights for our program.”
Hobbs and McCauley both were pleased on the positive way that the team approached the adverse conditions and the impact that it will have for upcoming meets. Freshmen Breanne Robertson finished 10th in her fist college race. Overall coach VanAlstine was pleased with how both teams performed and is excited about the upcoming season.
“Today was a great learning experience that will pay dividends in October and November,” he concluded.
(Courtesy of IU Kokomo)