Ummel Captures First at Hawkeye Invitational
Aidan Askin

Aidan Askin

Aug 31, 2013

IOWA CITY, Iowa—Sophomore Kaley Ummel outpaces the competition Friday, as she takes home first-place at the Hawkeye Invitational with a 3K time of 10:56.90, and freshman Jeff Bajema takes home second-place for the men with a 4K time of 12:38.86.

“The highlight of the day had to be the breakthrough performance of Kaley Ummel, as she came into her own as a cross country runner,” said head coach Jeff Bovee. “I think she will get a booster out of this competition, and it will propel her to a great season. She worked hard over the summer, and I really think it has paid off.”

Newcomers Haley Goers and Haley Verbeke crossed the finish line in sixth and eighth, respectively.  Goers notched a 3K time of 11:09.81, while Verbeke captured an 11:22.12 in the event.

“The two Haleys’ debut performances at ISU were strong, and they will be able to make some nice contributions in the future,” Bovee said. 

Sophomore Ellen Devereux finished 10th with a time of 11:26.88, followed by junior Ashley Kamin and sophomore Krista DeCeault who picked up times of 11:34.28 and 11:40.22, respectively, to finish 12th and 13th.  Senior Sarah Castel was next to finish for the Redbirds running an 11:51.90 earning a 15th-place finish, and rounding out the lineup was sophomore Kimi Sanden who notched an 11:58.69 to take home 16th.



On the men’s side, sophomore Aidan Askin ran a 12:49.64 to capture a seventh-place finish. Right behind Askin, were freshmen Paul Steeno and Marcelo Burbano who picked up times of 12:51.48 and 12:56.47, respectively, to finish eighth and ninth.

“I think the young guys on the team really competed hard,” Bovee said. “We battled all the way up to end of the race, and I was really proud of their efforts.  Steeno’s first race was fantastic, and Aidan made nice improvements as well.”

Freshman Jesse Hahne ran a 13:08.13 in the 4K event to earn an 11th-place finish, while sophomores Ryan Bybee and Scott Janusick were neck-and-neck with times of 13:15.78 and 13:16.11, respectively, to finish 13th and 14th. Freshman Brendan Hoskins rounded out the lineup with a time of 13:32.81 to finish 18th.

Both the men's and women's cross country teams return to action Friday, Sept. 6, as they travel to Peoria, Ill., to run in the Bradley Open. The women's 3-mile race is slated to begin at 5:30 p.m., with the men's 8K race to follow at 6:15 p.m. Fans can follow the action live on Twitter at @ISURedbirds and @ISU_Track_XC. Your online source for Illinois State Athletics tickets, Weisbecker Scholarship Fund gifts, multimedia, Redbird merchandise, photos and more.