Cross Country Teams Finish Season

By Scott Van Eman, SID Assistant
November 13, 2000

The Bluffton College men's and women's cross country teams wrapped up their seasons last Saturday at the Great Lakes Regional Meet at Hanover College. The men's team tallied a 30th place finish while the women's team finished 25th, which was their best finish in three years at the regional event.

The women's team was led by Dawn Daniels who finished with in 20:49, good for 80th place overall. Dawn's finish is the highest ever for a BC woman at the meet. Freshman Christina Hysell finished her season strong with a time of 22:25. Also contributing were Rachel Noirot (22:46), Jen Oyer (22:58), Heather Showalter (23:17), Mandy Borgelt (23:55), and Alyssa Inniger (24:44).

Coach Bluman stated that it was Showalter's gutsy performance that will be most remembered. "I'm not sure if it was as big as Willis Reed's effort, but it was impressive,"

Bluman stated, noting that Showalter has been bothered by a severe shin splint and a sore ankle over the past month. "Her personal sacrifices and unselfish actions have shown what kind of teammate and quiet leader she has become over the past two years," Bluman added.

The men's team overcame flu symptoms to finish 30th at the meet, led by Cory Schoenherr who ran a 28:41. Jeremy Olson and Steve Borga also faired well for the Beavers, while Jeremy Gaub and Devon LaFollette rounded out the top five BC runners and Stephen Rabe ran his best time of the season.

"Overall, it was kind of bittersweet season," Bluman reflected. "I know that both teams gave it their all and tried their best over the past 12 weeks. Hopefully if one bright spot comes out of this season, both teams will finally realize just how important summer training is."

Both teams are expected to get stronger for next year, as the women return 11 of 12 runners and the men return their entire squad.