Stowe, Bussing Pace KU Cross Country at Wisconsin adidas Invite
Oct. 14, 2011
MADISON, Wis.- Kansas cross country seniors Rebeka Stowe and Austin Bussing were the top KU finishers Friday afternoon, Oct. 14, at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, helping the women capture 34th overall and the men place 23rd.
"I thought they ran really tough today," said Assistant Coach Michael Whittlesey. "We beat three nationally-ranked teams and a couple other teams that are receiving votes. I would have been happy to be in the top 20 but I had no problem with their effort or execution in the race."
Stowe had a great showing in her third meet of the season, clocking a 6K time of 20:51 and placing 34th overall in a field of 305 runners and 44 teams.
"I was not up to par today overall but we had some really good individual races from people," said Stowe. "We went out so fast it was just kind of a shock to everyone. We need to keep the confidence up though. The season isn't over; there's still a lot of opportunities to get to nationals."
Fellow senior Kara Windisch once again finished as KU's No. 2 runner, placing 100th overall and clocking a 6K time of 21:18. Seconds apart from each other at the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots were senior Cori Christensen and juniors Kyra Kilwein and Tessa Turcotte. Christensen crossed the finish line with a time of 21:51, a personal best. Rounding out the Jayhawks' top five were Kilwein and Turcotte placing 219th and 233rd overall with 6K times of 22:04 and 22:15, respectively.
On the men's side, Bussing led the KU pack for the first time this season with a career-best 8K time of 24:42, crossing the finish line 79th in a field of 270 runners.
"I thought the men executed exactly like we talked about," explained Whittlesey. "We had all seven guys together for the first two miles and we stayed within 21 seconds of each other from one to five. I thought everyone looked pretty strong."
Junior Zach Zarda also had a strong performance, finishing as KU's No. 2 runner with a time of 24:47. Junior Josh Baden and freshman James Wilson were the Jayhawks' No. 3 and 4 finishers. Baden ran a career best 8K time of 25:01 to finish in 132nd place, while Wilson right on his heals at 25:03 to finish 138th. Sophomore Josh Munsch was just behind Wilson as KU's No. 5 finisher, crossing the finish line at 139th with his time of 25:03.
"Today's race, more than anything, was an affirmation about how good they are," concluded Whittlesey. "They knew they could run together and they proved that today. We just need to keep following through with that in our future races and hopefully it will pay off."
The Jayhawk cross country teams will be back in action on Saturday, Oct. 29, in College Station, Texas, for the Big 12 Championships.