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Cross country Pre-Nationals results

The men’s and women’s teams competed in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday.
On the women’s side, Janet Jesang finished 5th out of 249 runners from teams across the nation. In the 6,000-meter race, Jesang ran a 20:34 and was within 36 seconds of the winner, Jenny Barringer of Colorado. The women’s team finished 21st of 37 teams in the Blue Invitational.
For the men’s team, Patrick Cheptoek finished 47th out of 238 runners, completing the 5-mile course in 24:41. His first three miles were completed in 15:11. The team finished 32nd out of 34 teams in the Blue Invitational, missing three top runners in sophomore Kyle Chettleburgh, freshman Sabastian Rhode and senior Mark Bowers.
The race was a preview of the course the teams will run on in the NCAA Championship on Nov. 23.

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Cross country teams have strong showing in Louisville

The men and women cross-country teams competed in the Greater Louisville
Classic today.
For the Lady Tops, Janet Jesang won the race a 16:47 setting a new
course record defeating over 300 runners.
Marion Kandie finished 4th overall with a time of 17:21.
“Janet did an outstanding job coming out and running against quality
nationally ranked athletes,” head coach Erick Jenkins said, “Those two
ladies coming to a meet of this caliber and finishing in the top 5 is a
tremendous move for our program, and we are extremely excited about the
possibilities down the road. We have to stay healthy, and stay humble
and keep working.”
Purdue won the race (88 points), followed by Kentucky second (130
points), Louisville third (141 points), and Western Kentucky tied with
Missouri for fourth (173 points).
In men’s action, Patrick Cheptoek finished 16th with a time of 24:27 out
of more than 300 runners.
“Patrick did another fine job. The men ran very well. We are a young
team continuing to improve,” Jenkins said.
The teams compete next in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals on
October 17th.
-Emily Patton

The men and women cross-country teams competed in the Greater Louisville Classic today.

For the Lady Tops, senior Janet Jesang won the race in 16:47, setting a new course record and defeating over 300 runners.

Junior Marion Kandie finished 4th overall with a time of 17:21.

“Janet did an outstanding job coming out and running against quality nationally ranked-athletes,” head coach Erick Jenkins said. “Those two ladies coming to a meet of this caliber and finishing in the top 5 is a tremendous move for our program, and we are extremely excited about the possibilities down the road. We have to stay healthy and stay humble and keep working.”

Purdue won the race (88 points), followed by Kentucky second (130 points) and Louisville third (141 points). Western tied with Missouri for fourth with 173 points.

In the men’s race, senior Patrick Cheptoek finished 16th with a time of 24:27 out of more than 300 runners.

“Patrick did another fine job,” Jenkins said. “The men ran very well. We are a young team continuing to improve.”

The teams compete next in the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals on October 17th in Terre Haute, Ind.

-Emily Patton

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Three Western athletes honored by Sun Belt

Senior midfielder Kellie Walker was named the Sun Belt Conference player of the week on Tuesday.

Walker, who had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s 4-1 win over previously-unbeated Marshall, was named the offensive most valuable player at last weekend’s University of Kentucky Tournament.

This is the first career player of the week award for Walker, who holds third place in career assists and fourth in career goals at Western.

The Sun Belt also named senior cross country athletes Janet Jesang and Patrick Cheptoek as women’s and men’s performer of the week, respectively.

At Saturday’s Old Timers Classic at Kereiakes Park, Jesang took the women’s 5,000-meter race in a course-record 17 minutes, 7 seconds.

Cheptoek took the men’s five-mile race in 24 minutes, 24 seconds, the 25th man to ever break 25 minutes on the course.

– Sarah Hyman

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Western making final preparations for Indoor Track Championships

The 35th-ranked Lady Toppers will send athletes to compete in three events at this weekend’s NCAA Indoor National Championships in College Station, Texas. Janet Jesang qualified with the ninth-fastest 5,000-meter run time, Valerie Brown will run in the 400 meters and the women’s 4×400 squad (composed of Miaie Williams, Samantha Smith, Alexcia Brown and Valerie Brown) will also compete.

The two individuals and one relay team is a school-record number of competitors for Western, and doesn’t take into account Brown’s lack of declaration to run in the 200-meter dash alongside the 400 meters and the 4×400.

Although the men’s 4×400 team finally sprinted to an NCAA provisional qualifying time last weekend, it didn’t hold up along with a few other Hilltopper performances recorded over the winter. Gavin Smellie’s 21.39-second 200-meter time from the Sun Belt Indoor Championships fell through the cracks, and Jesang’s 3,000-meter run time was bumped on the final weekend.

-Jonathan Lintner

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A look at the qualifiers for the NCAA Indoor National Championships

Western has a number of athletes currently qualified for the NCAA Indoor National Championships March 13-14 in College Station, Texas. Janet Jesang has earned the only NCAA Automatic Standard time for the team, running 16:04.78 in the 5,000 meters at the UW Husky Classic Feb. 14.

At the Sun Belt Indoor Championships last weekend, Valerie Brown lit up the board with a 0.3-second improvement on her 400-meter provisional-qualifying time (53.28) and put herself in position to compete in the 200-meters with a time of 23.94. Also breaking through last weekend was Gavin Smellie. The junior sprinter overcame a nagging knee injury to run a 21.48 provisional-qualifying time in the preliminaries, then improved to 21.39 in the Sunday final.

Success at the Rod McCravy Invitational in early February is still spilling over to nationals. Jesang recorded a provisional time in the 3,000 meters with a 9:26.68 and the women’s 4×400 relay team posted a 3:37.97, good enough for second nationally at the time an still holds solidly in tenth.

The men’s 4×400 has a legit shot at marking a provisional-qualifying time at the Iowa State Last Chance Meet this weekend in Ames, Iowa.

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