Notebook: Nebraska Wesleyan Sweeps GPAC Champs
50 AND COUNTING: Mark two more notches on Dr. Ted Bullings belt. The Nebraska Wesleyan head coach led both the mens and womens teams to victory at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships on Oct. 29. As the programs coach in both cross country and track & field, Bulling has won a total of 50 conference championships.
Bullings league titles are a collection of 16 mens indoor and 18 mens outdoor track and field championships, nine mens and six womens cross country championships and one womens indoor track and field championship.
Levin Ashley paced the third-ranked mens squad as he captured medalist honors with a record time of 25:20.20 on the 8K course at the Wild Oaks Gold Club in Mitchell, S.D. He was named Hauff Mid-America/GPAC Mens Runner of the Year for his performance.
The womens team tied Concordia for the league title as Brittany Hubbard led the Prairie Wolves with a course record time of 18:32.42 in the 5K race. Hubbard also claimed the conference womens runner of the year award.
TOPS AGAIN: The top-ranked Williams College womens cross country team successfully defended its New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship as the Ephs out-distanced No. 5 Amherst by 11 points on Oct. 29. Williams has won three of the last four NESCAC titles.
Senior captain Caroline Cretti ran a time of 17:54 on the 5K course to win the individual championship. Cretti is just the third woman in NESCAC history to capture three league titles.
KNIGHT MOVES: Wartburg Colleges mens team won its eighth straight Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championship as the No. 6 Knights placed seven runners in the top 15 on Oct. 29.
Senior Keith Solverson took first-place in the 8K race with an IIAC record time of 24:59, three seconds better than the previous mark set last year by Josh Moen. Solverson earned the conferences Most Valuable Runner award, the ninth time a Wartburg student-athlete has collected the award. This was a tough race, Solverson said. I just knew down towards the end that I really wanted that record, so I had to keep pushing myself. Its a great feeling to be able to win this and break the record. EAGLES SOAR: The Emory University womens cross country squad climbed seven spots to No. 16 in the latest national rankings after earning a second-place finish at the University Athletic Association Championships on Oct. 29. It is the highest ranking of the season for the Eagles.
Emory placed second behind No. 4 Washington University (Mo.) in the eight-team race. Junior Amy DiBianca ran a time of 22:42.7 on the 6K course to finish fifth in the field of 78 runners. She earned All-UAA honors for the third straight year.
The Eagles are the only team in the South/Southeast Region with a spot in the national rankings. Emory was won 13 of the last 14 regional championships, which automatically qualifies the winner for the NCAA Championships.
NOTABLE: The Milwaukee School of Engineering won its ninth straight Lake Michigan Conference Championship as seven runners placed in the top 15. The Raiders were paced by Kyle Gleason, who finished third with a time of 27:40 in the 8K race ¦ Haverford placed five runners in the top seven to capture its 13th consecutive Centennial Conference Championship. Head coach Tom Donnelly has led the Fords to league titles in 42 of the last 43 cross country, indoor and outdoor track championships since 1991.