2007 Kansas Cross Country Wrap Up
Dec. 6, 2007
LAWRENCE, Kan. -
Despite neither team qualifying for the NCAA Championships, Kansas cross country had a solid season with 12 Jayhawks earning All-Big 12 Academic honors and the continued success of seniors Paul Hefferon and Colby Wissel and sophomore Lauren Bonds.
Following his performance at the
In its first big meet of the season, the
At the Big 12 Championships,
Competing in it's biggest meet of the season, the Midwest Regional, the team was unable to qualify for nationals as they placed 10th. However, the meet did have bright spots, with Wissel and Hefferon earning all-region honors. Wissel placed fifth to earn a spot at the NCAA Championships.
At Nationals, Wissel placed 39th with a 10K time of 30:36 and was named All-American by virtue of him being one of the top 30 American-born finishers. Wissel was the fifth Jayhawk overall and the first to be named All-American twice since legend Billy Mills did it in 1959.
Five men's runners were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team. Hefferon, junior Alex Rock and sophomore Dan Van Orsdel were named to the first team. Wissel joined junior Levi Huseman on the All-Big 12 second team.
Throughout the season Bond solidified her spot as the team's number one runner as she was the top Jayhawk to cross the finish line at every meet she ran. Bond's season was highlighted with a personal best 6K time of 21:05 at the Midwest Regionals. Her 25th place performance earned her all-region honors.
Along with Bonds, senior Alicia McGregor was the most consistent Jayhawk runner. McGregor usually placed second with the best time of her career coming in the last meet of her career. She ran a 21:56 while placing 70th at the Midwest Regionals.
Seven women made the Academic All-Big 12 team. Sophomores Clair Hall, Sarah Nackley and Bonds joined senior Lisa Morrisey and junior Megan James on the first team. While senior Hayley Harbert and sophomore Kaitlyn Coen earned a spot on the All-Big 12 second team.
Departing are seniors Morrisey, Harbert and McGregor. Although losing three seniors is tough, the Jayhawks are young with having only one junior, James, on this year's team.
Freshman Amanda Miller will return to improve on a great first year. Miller finished in the top five on the team in five of the six meets this season. Sophomore Alison Knoll, who finished either fifth or sixth in every meet, had a personal best time of 22:25 at the Midwest Regionals.