Women’s cross country repeats at regional meet

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Kasey Jones
Jones claims individual crown

By Drew Patrick
Contributing Writer/Spectator

SLIPPERY ROCK - The weather was cold at the Atlantic Region Cross Country Meet. Edinboro’s cross country teams were hot.

The Fighting Scot harriers dominated the 2014 Atlantic Regional Cross Country Meet held at Slippery Rock University, with both the men’s and women’s teams qualifying for the national meet as the women’s team claimed the regional title for the second-straight season.

The men’s race was first and the freezing rain was falling, making the ground slick for the runners. Elliott Martynkiewicz led five Fighting Scots to earn All-Region honors recording a seventh place time of 32:37.1. Matt Link finished right behind Martynkiewicz in eighth, covering the course in 32:38.9. Tim McConnell placed 18th with a mark of 33:06.8, Corey Welfing finished 23rd at 33:22.5 and Logan Kempney came in 25th with a time of 33:27.0.

Those finishes allowed the men’s team to finish with 81 points, good enough for a third-place finish and a trip to Louisville, Kentucky, for the 2014 NCAA Division II Championship meet.

Martynkiewicz was elated with the team’s strong finish.

“We wanted to come out and show what we could do today and we were second at 5K with the conditions the way they are, [they’re] tough to deal with,” he said after the race. “I’m excited that we qualified for nationals.”

The women’s race followed and the rain had subsided, but the path was still slick for the 6K race. The Edinboro runners got off to a great start including having the top three runners together at the 3K mark.

Senior Kasey Jones claimed the individual title to lead the Edinboro women’s cross country team, with a time of 22:03.2. Emma Sullivan moved all the way up to third place with a time of 22:43.9. Anna Hosl came in 12th with a time of 23:08.9, with Emily Ahrens 16th (23:13.0).  Megan Maffett was Edinboro’s final finisher, taking 19th place with a time of 23:16.7.

All top five runners finished with All-Region honors as the team finished with 51 points.

Despite just claiming the regional individual title, Jones was focused on the team’s performance.

“The defining moment of that race was when the top three were running all together, it was the greatest feeling I’ve ever felt in my career,” Jones stated. “This is a huge boost of confidence for us. We feel we’re overlooked by the NCAA and this will show we have a lot more guts than they think.”

Boro will wrap up the 2014 season in Louisville, Kentucky, at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday.     

Drew Patrick is the contributing writer for the Spectator. He can be reached by sports.spectator@gmail.com