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|Scots' Beyer Headed to Nationals; Staab Named All-Region
|The Monmouth College cross country team experienced a bittersweet weekend at last Saturday's NCAA Midwest Regional at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin.
Monmouth's women placed 13th of 39 teams and the men were 25th of 39, but it was a pair of women's individual performances for the Scots that took center stage.
Junior Mary Kate Beyer placed 14th in the field of 273 runners and earned her second straight trip to the NCAA Championships and achieved all-region status. Beyer bettered her own class record, touring the 6K course in 22:03.4.
Senior Katie Staab earned her first all-region honor and it could have been more. Staab was less than a half second off her season's best and placed 21st, just outside the last national qualifying spot. Running in her final collegiate cross country race, Monmouth's No. 2 runner just missed qualifying for the national meet by one place and 1.9 seconds.
"Katie ran very well and earned all-region honors for placing in the top 35," said Roger Haynes. "It was unfortunate that she came up one position and 1-point-9 seconds short of being the last individual qualifier. I'm sure that was difficult for her to take."
Another senior and a freshman provided more bright spots for the Scots' women. Newcomer Rachel Bowden placed 104th, running within four seconds of her season's best with a 24:04.0. Senior Amy Aghababian's season's best 24:13.5 put her 109th.
The rest of Monmouth's women - Whitney Didier, Brittany Frazier and Tori Beaty - finished 155th, 167th and 186th, respectively.
While Beyer and Staab ran as expected for the women, Monmouth's men had a nice surprise. Freshman Jake Barr was the first Scot across the finish line in an 8K race for the first time this season, finishing 111th in 26:43.3.
"Jake ran very well," praised Haynes. "He made a step in the right direction."
Barr was just two seconds ahead of Geoff Bird in 115th and eight seconds faster than Paul Davies who placed 121st. Alan Rosiquez (152nd), Connor Shields (158th), Tim Bentz (184th) and Damon Bautista (243rd) rounded out the men's scoring.
Beyer will run at the NCAA Championships Saturday at Highland Park Golf Course in Cleveland, Ohio.
Mary Kate Beyer
(Monmouth College Athletics)