OSHKOSH, Wis. – Race well or go home. That was the challenge facing the cross country teams of MSOE at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh. While the women didn't race enough student-athletes to qualify for a team score, the men came away with their best ever finish at a regional on Saturday morning, even if it wasn't enough to move on to nationals.
Women – No Team Score
Men – 11th out of 36
Women – Kendall Marks (109th – 24:43.3)
Men – Jesse Lambrecht (61st – 26:13.5)
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Raider men got hot at the right time this season and entered the NCAA regionals in a position to move on to nationals, but things would have to fall their way for that to happen. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be, but that doesn't mean they didn't have a successful race. The team truly raced as a pack, with only seven seconds separating Jesse Lambrecht, Nick Bath, Nolan Kozinski, and Blake Bostwick, who were the top four finishers for the Red & White. Out of those four student-athletes, only Bostwick is scheduled to graduate at the end of this year, and with the team winning the NACC in 2019, next year's team might just be the ones to finally take it to the next level.
Kendall Marks was the top runner for the Raider women who only raced three at the event, short of the five runners that were needed to score as a team. Marks just missed finishing in the top 100, as the team looks to make the move from rebuilding to contending next year. Morgan Balog and Lauren Hodal rounded out the female efforts, with respective finishes of 195th and 249th.
Today's event marks the end of the 2019 season for both squads, but most of their athletes will be back competing once the 2020 track and field season starts shortly after the new year.