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MADISON, Wis. – Indiana State freshman John Mascari became the seventh member of the Indiana State men’s cross country team to advance to the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championships after finishing seventh at the Great Lakes Region Championship Friday. The Sycamore men were 10th as a team.
“The regional is always unpredictable,” John McNichols, Indiana State men’s cross country coach, said. “We came in ranked eighth and finished 10th with teams shifting all around us. Some teams behind us had great days and some teams ahead of us faltered.”
Mascari ran the 10,000 meter race in a personal best 30:56 which is also the fourth fastest in Indiana State history. He joins former Sycamores Charles Warthan (1970 and 1971), Kyle Hobbs (1991), Jason Gunn (1999 and 2000), Justin Kunz (2006), Scott Keeney (2008), and Eric Schulz (2009) in advancing to the National championship.
“During most of the race I kept hearing that I was the fourth individual,” Mascari said. “I knew if I were to make it I would have to beat the Purdue and Notre Dame guys. With 3K to go I knew I just had to tough it out and make it happen. It was a great race.”
Mascari is the fourth Sycamore to finish in the top 10 of the Region Championship and the second highest finisher. Eric Schulz finished sixth at the 2009 Regional with Kyle Hobbs eighth in 1991 and Jason Gunn eighth in 1999.
“John stayed up there and ran a great race,” McNichols said. “It was great for our program and I look forward to watching him race at the NCAA Championships in Louisville.”
This is the fifth straight year and the seventh out of the last eight championships that Indiana State has had at least one runner be named to the All-Region team. Mascari became the 17th Sycamore to finish in the top 25 of the Regional Championship and earn All-Region recognition.
Seniors Al Escalera and Dustin Betz stayed with the lead pack for most of the race but faded in the final 1,000 meters as Escalera finished 28th overall with a time of 31:51 while Betz was 54th with a time of 32:23.
“We were hoping to have our top three up front and they were but that may have a little much for them later one in the race,” McNichols said. “Corey ran a great race as our number four and Gabe was fifth after some injury problems.”
Indiana State finished 10th in the team standings with 316 points. Wisconsin won the regional title with 43 points with Michigan second at 73 points with both teams automatically qualifying for the nationals. Indiana was third (107), Michigan State fourth (113), Notre Dame fifth (122), Miami of Ohio sixth (214), Purdue seventh (215), Ohio State eighth (269), and Butler ninth (287).
Behind the Sycamores were Akron (334), Central Michigan (340), Cincinnati (367), Eastern Michigan (367), Marquette (371), Dayton (440), IUPUI (458), Kent State (482), Xavier of Ohio (484), Ohio University (529), Evansville (579), Toledo (588), Oakland (610), Detroit Mercy (670), Wright State (677), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (727), Valparaiso (807), Bowling Green (899), IPFW (942), and Wisconsin-Green Bay (944).
Wisconsin’s Mohammed Ahmed won the individual title with a time of 30:37 with Indiana’s Zachary Mayhew second (30:43), Michigan’s Don Lowry third (30:46), and Indiana’s Andrew Bayer fourth (30:46). Wisconsin’s Maverick Darling was fifth (30:47), Wisconsin’s Red Connor sixth (30:53), Indiana State’s John Mascari seventh (30:56), Purdue’s Matt McClintock eighth (30:57), Notre Dame’s Martin Grady ninth (31:02), and Kent State’s Michael Heller 10th (31:07).
ZANGMEISTER LEADS SYCAMORE WOMEN
Six of the seventh runners for the Indiana State women’s cross country team ran personal bests but it was not enough to put the Sycamores into the top half of the team race as Indiana State finished 21st overall with 637 points.
“I was disappointed with our finish today,” John Gartland, Indiana State women’s cross country coach said. “We have struggled at the fifth position all season and it was evident again today.Our top four were not quite where they usually are as well.”
Junior Jessica Zangmeister paced the Sycamore effort as she lowered her personal best in the 6,000 meters by 12 seconds, finishing 55th overall in 21:37. That is the fourth fastest 6,000 meters in Indiana State cross country history. Also breaking into the top 10 records at Indiana State was sophomore Nicole Lucas to knock seven seconds off her personal best in finishing 91st overall in 22:07. That is the ninth fastest in school history.
Junior Kalli Dalton came close to her personal best as she finished 143rd in 22:54 while senior Hanna Mercer did set a personal best by finishing 155th in 23:05. The other three Sycamores in the competition also set personal best with sophomore Amy Hicks finishing 193rd in 24:11, sophomore Lindy Jones 195th in 24:18, and junior Shelby Sands 197th in 24:40.
“Jessica ran a great race for 55th and her time was the fourth best in school history,” Gartland said. “We wanted her to make nationals with John but sh4e was not quite ready for that yet.”
Michigan won the team title with 41 points with Michigan State second at 77 points. Both teams automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. Notre Dame was third (89), Butler fourth (144), Toledo fifth (162), Ohio State sixth (166), Indiana seventh (180), Wisconsin eighth (182), Purdue ninth (267), and Miami of Ohio 10th (306).
Eastern Michigan led the second 10 (345) followed by Ohio University (373), Xavier of Ohio (396), Central Michigan (453), Dayton (458), Marquette (491), Bowling Green (516), Akron (5256), Cincinnati )553) and Kent State (570). Behind Indiana State were Oakland (665), Evansville (696), Ball State (713), IUPUI (713), IPFW (726), Western Michigan (755), Detroit Mercy (804), Wisconsin-Green Bay (844), Valparaiso (854), Wisconsin-Milwaukee (919), and Cleveland State (1046).
Ohio University’s Julie Accurso won the individual title with a time of 20:07. Butler’s Katie Clark was second (20:10) with Michigan State’s Sara Kroll third (20:12), Michigan’s Jillian Smith fourth (20:14), and Wisconsin’s Ashely Beutler fifth (20:19). The second five had Wisconsin’s Gabi Anzalone sixth (20:25), Michigan’s Rebecca Addison seventh (20:30), Shannon Osika eighth (20:38), and Lindsey Hilton ninth (20:40), and Notre Dame’s Kelly Curran 10th (20:40).