JOPLIN, Missouri – The Northwest Missouri State University men’s cross country team qualified for the 2019 NCAA national championship meet with a second-place team finish at the Central Region meet.
The men’s team had four runners earn all-region honors led by Jhordan Cope’s seccond-place finish. Ccope covered the 10k course in a Northwest record 29:38.1. Ccope becomes the first Bearcat runner to run under 30 minutes in a 10k cross country race.
Augostine Lisoreng placed sixth in the meet with a time of 30:25.9, this is the third fastest time in Northwest history. Karim Achengli placed ninth with a time of 30:37.0 a year after he had placed second at the NCAA region meet. Mike Lagat placed 18th with a time of 31:20.6, this is the 10th-fastest time in the Northwest history. Jacob Norris placed 29th with a time of 31:45.3, which ranks as the 15th-fastest time in Bearcat cross country history.
The Bearcat women’s squad placed 26th in the team scoring led by sophomore Caroline Ross’s 38th-place finish. Ross covered the 6K course in 22:42.4, which ranks as the eighth-best time in school history. The other runners who placed for the Bearcats were Keely Danielsen , Shayleigh James, Erinn Fitzgerald, and Amaya Hernandez.
2. Jhordan Ccope – 29:38.1
6. Augostine Lisoreng – 30:25.9
9. Karim Achengli – 30:37.0
18. Mike Lagat – 31:20.6
29. Jacob Norris – 31:45.3
119. Kyle Drzka 33:49.1
134. Tucker Dahle – 34:17.8