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|Monmouth College Cross Country Duo Named MWC Performers of the Week
|Leading from start-to-finish at last weekend's Olde English Classic Invitational in Beloit, Wis., resulted in Monmouth College's Mary Kate Beyer and Geoff Bird earning this week's Midwest Conference Performer of the Week honor in women's and men's cross country, respectively.
The Olde English course layout included jumps over straw bales and three creek jumps, making for a slower course than the teams were accustomed to. That didn't seem to hurt Beyer or Bird, who both finished just ahead of a teammate.
Beyer clocked a 5,000-meter time of 19:43.8, setting a Monmouth record for the course. Even with the slower course layout, Beyer's time is the seventh-fastest in the Midwest Conference for the 5K distance. She finished nearly 30 seconds ahead of teammate Katie Staab in second place, as the Fighting Scots took the women's team title.
Bird completed the 8,000-meter course in 27:06.0, just ahead of teammate Jon Welty and nearly 30 seconds ahead of his next competitor. Led by Bird, Monmouth also won the men's team title.
(Monmouth College Athletic Department)