WEST ALLIS, Wis. – The course was wet, it was sloppy, and it didn't slow any of the MSOE runners down. Both teams had an outstanding showing at the NACC cross country championships with the men's team winning the conference title and the women coming in second.
Women's Team – 2nd out of 12
Men's Team – 1st out of 10 (NACC conference champions)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Heading into the race, the Raiders men's squad were confident that they could turn in a good performance and contend for the title. They not only contended; they destroyed the competition. MSOE finished with a total score of 38, with the nearest team being Aurora with 75. All but one runner finished in the top 50, and the five that scored came in 1st, 6th, 9th, 10th, and 12th. The top finisher for the Red & White was Blake Bostwick. He finished a second quicker than his Concordia Wisconsin opponent, earning Runner of the Year honors. Head coach Bill Massoels earned Coach of the Year as the men win their first conference title since 2014.
The women also did incredibly well this afternoon and ran well a solid race with the strategy that head coach Allie Nicosia gave them. Their top five scorers all finished 23rd or better and were led by Rachel Ruona and Kendall Marks. Ruona finished about a minute back of the women's individual winner from Benedictine who blew the competition away. The mud proved to be an issue for some of the Raiders, with one running most of the race with one shoe thanks to a mud pit, but once again almost all the MSOE runners finished in the top 50. The Red & White finished in second place, their best showing in a conference championship run since the 2001 season.
Both teams will now prepare for the NCAA Regionals which will take place on November 16th at the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis. starting at 11:00 am.