Senior Lindsay Mizok raced to a 5th place finish and qualified for the NAIA National XC Championships
Cross Country - Sun, Nov. 6, 2011
The Montreat Cavalier cross country team competed at the AAC XC Championships on Saturday and turned in a number of good individual performances. Despite two of the top male Cavalier athletes being suspended, the men persevered for a fourth place finish in the AAC and were led by talented freshmen Andy Roof and Joel Gibbs. Roof finished first for the Cavaliers for the fourth time this season, while Gibbs finished second for the Cavs in just his third race of the year. Roof, 14th overall, likely will not qualify for the National Championships despite finishing inside the required top-15, but nonetheless Coach Herbert was impressed with his efforts.
"It's been a great season for Andy. He probably just missed qualifying for Nationals, although we won't know for sure until Monday afternoon, but he ran a gutsy race. Both Andy and Joel are young, they have years ahead of them and I think that they will continue to push each other to get better and better," says Coach Herbert. Roof and Gibbs were followed by Junior Noah Hall who had one of his best races of the year, and his highest team finish of the season. "Noah had a great race! Not his best time, but on a tough course like the one they ran on Saturday, he did a heck of a job. I couldn't be more proud," exclaims Coach Herbert. Senior Jared Nielsen struggled and finished fourth for the Cavaliers to round out his cross country career. "A lot of people will look at this and say wow, not Jared's best day, but I think he ran a tough race. He knew that being the first person to not qualify or being last in the race was exactly the same thing, so he went for it and he put himself in that top group of qualifiers and he ran there as long as he could. Unfortunately for Jared, he bombed out at the end there and couldn't hold the pace, but it takes a lot of guts to run like he did and I was proud of him for sticking it out and finishing the race," remarked Coach Herbert. Spencer Clark rounded out the scoring for the Cavaliers, while Jordan Lukacena and William Parker finished sixth and seventh for Montreat. "Spencer had a good run, and he's been an integral part of our team this season. Jordan and Billy came out and ran with us for the AAC meet, and I'm grateful for their support," said Coach Herbert.
On the women's side, Senior Lindsay Mizok finished fifth overall and qualified for the NAIA XC National Championships in Vancouver, WA in two weeks. "This is the second time Lindsay has qualified in XC, and I couldn't be more proud of her. She was nervous so I just kept telling her that she had nothing to be worried about, just go run her race and she'll be fine. She did, and now we're going to Vancouver. I can't think of a better way to end your senior season," exclaimed Coach Herbert. Junior Lauren Kelly and Freshman Dagny Signorelli finished second and third for the Cavs and 18th and 24th respectively overall. "These two are fighters, and that's really all I can say about them," said Coach Herbert. "Lauren has run through shin splints all year and then she got sick on Thursday, barely ate anything for the last couple days, and she still came out here an ran a solid race. She had a chance to qualify for most of the race, and just missed there at the end, but I have a feeling that next year will be a different story. Dagny has had an ankle injury for over a month and we've worked and worked to get her healthy. Neither of these two will be happy with their times or performances, but they are both incredibly tough and I can't wait to see them healthy this track season." Kayla Basto was fourth for the Cavs, followed closely by Katlyn Lukacena, while Hali Bosma and Caitlyn Chambers rounded out the competitors for the Cavaliers. "These four came out and ran for us today to fill out our team and they were awesome," said Coach Herbert. "Kayla ran awesome, especially when you consider the fact that she traveled with our women's soccer team the day before, and Katlyn, Hali, and Caitlyn also joined us for their first races of the season. Not only did they run well, but they had a good attitude about the race and that's all you can ask for from these four girls. I'm very proud of them!"
While most of the Cavaliers are finished for the season, Senior Lindsay Mizok will represent the Cavaliers one more time at the NAIA National Championships in Vancouver, WA on Saturday Nov. 19th.