Nov. 12, 2011
DEKALB, Ill. -- The Missouri State cross country team concluded its season with the 2011 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on Saturday in Dekalb, Ill. In a 28-team field with stiff competition, the cross country Bears finished 25th overall.
Sophomore Erin Edwards was Missouri State's top finisher, cracking the 23-minute plateau in the 6K race at the NIU North 40 Course. Edwards' time of 22:55.57 landed her in the top-100 as she placed 88th overall. The Kansas City, Mo. native is the third Bear to take home top-team honors.
Also placing in the top-100 for Missouri State was Emily Beaver. The junior recorded a time of 23:06.30 and finished 100th.
After Beaver, the next Bear to cross the finish line was freshman Emma Burditt (23:37.52), placing 135th.
Other Missouri State finishers included Lisa Imgrund (165th), Nicole Thate (171st) and Terry Phillips (179th).
Hosted by Northern Illinois University, the Midwest Regional featured schools from 10 different conferences including the Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Conference USA, Great West, Horizon League, Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley and Summit League.
The top two teams and top four individuals not on a qualifying team automatically advanced to the NCAA National Championships being held on Nov. 21 in Terre Haute, Ind. Iowa State and Oklahoma State finished first and second in the team standings, while Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk earned individual top honors.