November 23rd, 2014

BU's Frith races to runner-up finish at Midwest Regional

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D


BU's Frith races to runner-up finish at Midwest Regional
Emily Frith motored to a runner-up finish on Saturday at the Midwest Regional / photo by Megan Stearman

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Emily Frith is coming home.

On Saturday afternoon in the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional at Angel Mounds State Historical Site, the Bellarmine University senior motored to a runner-up finish in the women's 6K event that sealed her placement in the Louisville-hosted NCAA Championships. Only Hillsdale's Emily Oren finished ahead of Frith, winning the individual title in 20:45.4.

Not only did she sew up a spot at nationals, Frith set a new Bellarmine record in the 6K with a time of 20:53.4. The two-time and reigning Great Lakes Valley Conference Runner of the Year bested the 20:57 that former All-American Angela Musk ran in the 2012 NCAA Championships. The Knights advanced to nationals as a team that season, and Frith finished 31st overall in gaining All-America honors. She'll line up again at cross country's premier event, which will be held Dec. 6 at Tom Sawyer State Park.

Junior Flannery Musk also had an impressive showing for Bellarmine. She barely missed out on All-Region accolades, which are awarded to the top 25, after placing 29th in 21:55. With that mark, Musk ties herself for the 14th-best 6K time in school history. Freshman Caitlin Carroll finished third on the Knights by placing 70th in 22:55.9.

Because the Midwest Regional contained a whopping seven top 25 women's teams, Bellarmine Coach Kris Horton set a top-10 finish at the meet as a reasonable goal to achieve. The Knights did just that by finishing in ninth out of 30 teams with 272 points. They placed third among GLVC teams after finishing fifth at the GLVC Championships, meeting another goal of Horton's of knocking off some GLVC squads that bested them at the conference event.

The top four teams on both the men's and women's side advanced to the NCAA Championships. Top-ranked Grand Valley State won the women's crown with 42 points led by four top-10 finishers. No. 7 Hillsdale was next with 76 followed by No. 8 Wayne State (115) and Malone (132). Just missing out on a nationals berth was No. 12 Southern Indiana (145) in fifth. The only other GLVC team to finish ahead of Bellarmine was No. 24 Lewis (232) in eighth.

On the men's side, injury-depleted Bellarmine finished in 24th out of 29 teams with 650 points. Junior Cody Parks topped the Knights in 68th place in 32:56.8. Freshman Nathan Wilkey was next for the Knights in 101st place in 33:46.2.

No. 2 Grand Valley State also won the men's side, finishing first in the 10K meet with 43 points behind five top-12 placers. Also advancing to the NCAA Championships was No. 12 Malone (91), No. 5 Southern Indiana (101) and No. 20 Ashland (116), which edged No. 19 Wisconsin-Parkside (117) by a single point.

Southern Indiana's Tyler Pence won the men's individual title by finishing first in 30:24.6. Grand Valley State's Alan Peterson was the runner-up, finishing in 30:28.7.

 

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