ISU Cross Country Picked 13th and 15th in Region Poll
Suzy Turner
Suzy Turner

Sept. 11, 2007

NEW ORLEANS - The Illinois State men's and women's cross country teams are ranked No. 13 and 15 in the Midwest region, respectively in the Division I Cross Country regional polls as announced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday.

Head coach Jeff Bovee feels that the regional ranking validates that the Illinois State cross country teams are on the rise, however he and his teams are not getting too excited.

"We are trying not to focus on the polls," said Bovee. "We are focusing on the next step and working toward finishing higher than the polls predict."

The 2007 season is just beginning to warm up. The men's and women's cross country teams both finished in second place in their first competition of the season at the Illini Challenge on Aug. 31. The women's performance was keyed by senior Suzy Turner, who finished in second place. On the men's side freshman Matt Mroczynski was the key performer with a second place finish as well.

Last season the Redbird men's team finished 14th at the NCAA Midwest Regional, while the women's team entered four individuals to run at the regional meet.

"Last year the women's team was so small that by the end of the season we did not have enough runners to field a team to race at the regional meet," said Bovee. "The men's team was able to finish strong at the meet and I think that the polls reflect the strong start we had at the Illini Challenge."

Check out the regionally ranked Redbird cross country teams as they host the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships Friday at 5 p.m. at the D.A. Weibring Golf Club at Illinois State University.