GENEVA, Ill. — The North Park women’s and men’s cross country teams competed at the NCAA Midwest Regional this past weekend, led by a 33rd-place finish in the 6k par Pati Miazek. Miazek’s time of 23:30.6 was good for recognition of all regions.
Pati Miazek – 33rd place (23:20.6)
Ellie Parker – 148e place (27:38.5)
Erika Ver Beek – 164e place (28:49.7)
Sean Sanagan – 96th place (27:25.2)
Ali Karatas – 200e place (31:24.1)
Luis Chavez – 202n/a place (31:27.0)
Men – Chris Basave (35:21.7)
Strong points – In the last race of his college racing career, Pati Miazek placed 33rd overall to earn the first all-NCAA region honors since 2006. Pati is only 4e North Park Viking has won all NCAA region honors since at least 1996. His 33rd The finish berth earned him just seven spots to qualify for the NCAA National Championship meet in East Lansing, Michigan.
As a collective, the women achieved their highest team ranking in an NCAA region since 2006 – winning 20e place as a program.
Despite the loss of a shoe in the first kilometer of the 8 km race, Sean Sanagan still leading our men’s program with an impressive 96e final place in a field that included 5 nationally ranked programs. Men ranked 29e overall in the team classification.
Coach Alex RosenauQuote from:
It was great to see all the hard work of our athletes over this season pay off with some great racing. Have our women place 20e as a team is an incredible achievement considering where we come from as a program. The icing on the cake is certainly Pati who places 33rd overall and earning top honors from all regions – something that hasn’t been accomplished in our program since 2006.
On the men’s side, we made great progress and finished on a high – improving on average 1 minute and 25 seconds from the time we raced this course in October.
I am especially proud of our elders – Luis, Christian, Pati, Jackie and Ellie Joining who ran their last collegiate cross-country race on Saturday. These five people (plus Moa and Leticia) can all proudly say that the program is in a better place than it was when they first joined because of their hard work and commitment to this team.