BOURBANNAIS, Ill. -- Against a competitive field at the Midwest Intercollegiate, the Sabercats finally had a race to learn from.
Jeremy Fopma finished fourth overall with a 15:56 5K to lead the MBU men to an eighth-place finish while Abigail Doak (23:03) and Sierra John (23:30) paced the Women's Team in their own 5K, qualifying individually for NCCAA Nationals at the same time.
On the men's side, Trine University and Olivet Nazarene went toe to toe with Trine coming out on top. The Thunder finished with 33 points and placed three runners in the top 10. Fopma's blistering 15:56 5K led the Sabercats past five other teams, including NAIA opponents Lincoln (Ill.) and Calumet (Ind.). Behind Fopma was newcomer Josiah Cochran, who was the first of six MBU runners to cross the line between the 19- and 20-minute marks.
On the women's side, Doak and John were the only two that qualified individually for the NCCAA National Championship. The Women finished with a team time of 2:09:55 - just under five minutes off of the team qualifying time for Nationals.
- Event: Midwest Intercollegiate
- Men's Finish: 8th of 13 / 235 points
- Team Time: 1:33:20
- First Runner: Jeremy Fopma - 4th - 15:56 (5K)
- Women's Finish: 10th of 10 / 279 points
- Team Time: 2:09:55
- First Runner: Abigail Doak - 44th - 23:03 (5K)
- Location: Bourbannais, Ill. / Aspen Ridge Golf Course
- Next Event: Saturday, October 3 at Warrior Invitational (West Allis, Wis.)
RESULTS (Men's 5K)
- 4th - Jeremy Fopma (15:56)
- 53rd - Josiah Cochran (19:09)
- 56th - Jordan Hoffmann (19:17)
- 60th - Zach Brungard (19:27)
- 62nd - Drew Smith (19:33)
- 64th - Jefferson Rupert (19:41)
- 65th - Jonathan Gilliam (19:59)
- (115th) - Jeremy Zobel (21:20)
- (130th) - Jeremiah Markle (27:00)
RESULTS (Women's 6K)
- 44th - Abigail Doak (23:03)*
- 47th - Sierra John (23:30)*
- 59th - Katie Jean Lingle (25:51)
- 64th - Rebekah Shetter (28:39)
- 65th - Katelyn Smith (28:51)
- 68th - Myah Hoffman (32:10)
*Qualified for NCCAA Nationals
The Sabercats will have another chance to compete next weekend, as they travel to West Allis, Wisconsin next Saturday for the Warrior Invitational. Find details at mbusabercats.com/schedule