Senior Lindsay Mizok closed our her XC career at the NAIA National Championships on Saturday.
Cross Country - Sun, Nov. 20, 2011
Heading to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships for the second time in her athletic career, Senior Lindsay Mizok was the Cavalier's lone representative at this year's championship meet. Running on a tough, muddy course, thanks in large part to the rainy climate of southern Washington, Mizok finished 231st overall in a time of 20:21 over 5,000 meters. "Lindsay is just such a competitor. She got out strong, ran a good first couple miles, but just didn't have it at the end. She's not real happy with her race, but honestly I think she ran a good race. She got out, put herself in good position, and gave it a good run," remarked a very proud Coach Herbert. "She's one of the best athletes I've ever had the priviledge of coaching and I'm very proud of her for training hard and making her way back to the National Championships."
The race certainly was not without excitement; "I had to hurdle a girl at two miles," says Mizok. "She slid on the mud right in front of me and I literally jumped over her! So many girls fell on this course." Coach Herbert agreed saying, "Fort Vancouver is such an awesome place for this race, but the problem is that every year the course breaks down. Last year the girls ran first and the guy's race was terrible because of all the mud. This year the guys were first, so the girls race was muddy and tough. I'd like to see the race moved back to Kenosha myself, but as I said to Lindsay, the we have to remember is that everyone runs in the same conditions."
Mizok qualified for this year's championships by placing 5th in the AAC conference meet two weeks ago. Although Mizok had qualified for the championships once before, she hadn't reached the final race since her freshman year in college back in 2008. "Our number one goal this year was to make sure that Lindsay closed out her career with a bang by qualifying for the XC championships her senior year. She did that, she gave a good effort, and now we're looking forward to qualifying for NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this May," says Coach Herbert.
Mizok and fellow Senior Jared Nielsen will travel to the Kiawah 1/2 Marathon on December 10th in an effort to qualify for the 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.