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MARIAN UNIVERSITY Indianapolis

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country 2010


quick facts and table of contents Marian University Quick Facts Location.................................................. Indianapolis, IN 46222 Founded................................................................................. 1851 Nickname...........................................................................Knights Colors.........................................................Marian Blue and Gold Facility......................................................St.Vincent Health Field Surface...................................................Artificial (ProGrass) Capacity......................................................................... 3,000 Phone.............................................................. 317.822.6853 Affiliation................................................................................ NAIA Conference........................................Mid-Central College (MCC) President.............................................................Daniel J. Elsener Director of Athletics..........................................Joseph R. Haklin Alma Mater (Year)......................... Wabash College (1973) Athletics Phone..................................................... 317.955.6123 Athletics Fax...........................................................317.955.6121 Athletics Web Site.....................................www.muknights.com

TABLE OF CONTENTS Quick Facts...................................................... 1 St.Vincent Health Field.................................. 2 2010 Schedule............................................... 3 2010 Roster.................................................... 4 Coaching Staff................................................ 5 2010 Season Preview................................. 6-7 2010 Meets.................................................. 8-9 2009 Highlights............................................ 10 2009 Statistics and Results....................... 11 Follow the Knights........................................12 Click on the specific title to jump straight to that page.

cross country History First Year.........................................1985 (Men’s and Women’s) Men’s MCC Championships.......................................... 1 (2009) Women’s MCC Championships.................................... 1 (1994) Men’s NAIA Appearances.............................................. 1 (2009) Women’s NAIA Appearances........................................ 1 (1994) Coaching Staff Head Coach............................................................ David Roberts Alma Mater (Year)..........................Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1970) Office Phone.......................................................... 317.955.6585 Mobile Phone........................................................ 317.513.6628 Email..........................................................droberts@marian.edu Assistant Coach.....................................................Shawn Murray Alma Mater (Year).............................. Marian University (2009) Team Information 2009 Men’s MCC Finish.......................................................... 1st 2009 Women’s MCC Finish....................................................7th 2009 Men’s NAIA Finish........................................................20th Sports Information Director............................................. Geoffre N. Sherman, Ph.D. Office Phone.......................................................... 317.955.6125 Mobile Phone........................................................ 317.509.9613 Graduate Assistant/Contact.................................Lindsey Olsen Office Phone...........................................................317.955.6173 Mobile Phone........................................................ 847.344.0389 Office Fax................................................................317.955.6121 Email.............................................................. lolsen@marian.edu Mailing Address.....................................3200 Cold Spring Road ................................................................. Indianapolis, IN 46222

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st.vincent health field FIELD

The home to Knights football, soccer, and track and field is St.Vincent Health Field at Marian University. It is a stateof-the-art facility featuring an eight-lane track and a synthetic playing surface for soccer and football. Phase one of construction was completed in 2008 allowing the Knights’ men’s and women’s soccer teams to compete on the ProGrass® surface. The women’s soccer team won its first-ever conference regular season title on the field and successfully defended its title in 2009. The press box is fully functional with booths for home and visiting coaches as well as home radio or television talent. The press box features a split-level work area and has fully functional public address system, hard-wired ethernet connections, several analog phone lines, wireless Internet, live

statistics, and scoreboard functions. The wireless internet access point will also service the spectator stands for an enjoyable experience featuring Wi-Fi. The scoreboard is a state-of-the-art Daktronics® board featuring bright red LED digits so everyone in and around the field knows the score. The board also features a Galaxy® message center for sponsors and advertisements during the season. A four-foot panel showcases the sponsors of Marian University athletics and a new four-foot panel showcases St.Vincent Health as the stadium sponsor. The Knights are 19-2-1 on the pitch at St.Vincent Health Field. They are in search of MCC title number three in 2010.

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Completed: 2009 Field Surface: ProGrass® (artificial) Track Surface: Latex Dimensions: 120 yards long by 65 yards wide Capacity: 3,000 Main grandstand: 2,500 Secondary stand: 500 Press Box Phone: 317.822.6853

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2010 cross country schedule Date Opponent Location Time 08.28.10 Alumni Run Indianapolis, Indiana 9 a.m. 09.04.10 Wabash Hokum Karem Crawfordsville, Indiana 9 a.m. 09.10.10 Midwest Classic Bourbonnais, Illinois 9 a.m. 09.17.10 National Catholic Championships Notre Dame, Indiana 9 a.m. 10.02.10 Huntington Invitational Huntington, Indiana 9 a.m. 10.08.10 Eagle Invitational Lisle, Illinois 9 a.m. 10.16.10 Evansville Invitational Evansville, Indiana 9 a.m. 10.23.10 Southeast Classic Mount Berry, Georgia 9 a.m. 11.06.10 MCC Championships Mishawaka, Indiana 9 a.m. 11.21.10 NAIA National Championships Vancouver, Washington 9 a.m.

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2010 men’s and women’s rosters

MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ROSTER Name Year Hometown/High School Chase Ayres Fr. Columbus, Indiana/North Emile Conde So. Indianapolis, Indiana/Ben Davis Kevin Crockett Fr. Georgetown, Indiana/Floyd Central Michael Foerster Sr. Ferdinand, Indiana/Forest Park Chris Hanson Fr. Cumberland, indiana/Mt. Vernon Derek Harris Jr. McCordsville, Indiana/Scecina Memorial Chris O’Connor Fr. Elizabeth, Indiana/South Central Nick Sefton Jr. Indianapolis, Indiana/Ben Davis James Simms Fr. Erlanger, Kentucky/Covington Catholic James Wangari Sr. Nairobi, Kenya/Githiga Ryan Wieser Sr. Guilford, Indiana/East Central WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY ROSTER Name Year Hometown/High School Lauren Borchelt Fr. Fort Wayne, Indiana/Concordia Lutheran Jacquelyn Dossey So. Indianapolis, Indiana/Roncalli Kassandra Gearlds Fr. Indianapolis, Indiana/Franklin Central Brittany Gillespie So. Lawrenceburg, Indiana/Lawrenceburg Laura Hacker Fr. Franklin, Indiana/Franklin Community Laura Neuman Jr. Rushville, Indiana/Rushville Staci Roberts Fr. Fort Wayne, Indiana/Bishop Dwenger Adrienne Shepherd Sr. Kokomo, Indiana/Kokomo Amy Walker Fr. Frankfort, Indiana/Clinton Central Samantha Walsh Fr. Indianapolis, Indiana/Franklin Central Head Coach: David Roberts (26th season) Assistant Coach: Shawn Murray (2nd season)

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coaching staff David Roberts Head Coach

The ROBERTS File

David Roberts enters his 26th season as the head coach of the men’s and women’s cross country programs. The 2009 season was special for Roberts as he guided the men’s team to its first-ever Mid-Central College Conference championship and senior Kyle Murray won the MCC individual championship to become the sixth individual runner to earn the conference title. He was also named the MCC Coach of the Year for the third time in his career and had the fifth student-athlete in his career earn NAIA All-America honors. During his tenure at Marian University, Roberts has led 26 Knights to individual national qualification and also led the women’s program to the 1994 MCC championship. He has also coached 24 Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and he has had the women’s team named NAIA Scholar Team four times while the men earned the honor on three occasions. A member of the 2006 and 2007 USATF outdoor championships organizing committee, Roberts was instrumental in the production of events in the city of Indianapolis on both the local and national levels. He also served as a coach at the 1996 Indianapolis Peace Games. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife and they have four children.

Two MCC Championships Three-time MCC Coach of the Year Numerous national qualifiers

Shawn Murray ’09 Assistant Coach

Shawn Murray is entering his second season as assistant coach for the Marian University cross country program. Murray, a three-year letter winner at Marian University, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sport management in 2009. He lettered as a competitor from 2006 through 2008 and was a 2009 NAIA national qualifier in the marathon where he finished 28th. Currently, Murray holds the school record in the marathon with a time of 2:53:27. He resides in Indianapolis.

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2010 men’s season preview MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW After a phenomenal year in 2009, the men’s cross country team is looking to repeat the same success. The Knights earned their first Mid-Central College Conference Championship and qualified as a team for the NAIA National Championships. “This is a rebuilding year for us,” said head coach Dave Roberts, the 2009 MCC Coach of the Year, of the upcoming season. “We lost All-American Kyle Murray to graduation as well as Thomas Jeschke, who was an All-MCC athlete as well. So, it is going to be difficult to fill the shoes of those student-athletes.” Murray earned the individual MCC title and finished 26th at Nationals, and Coach Roberts believes he will be sorely missed. The loss of Murray and Thomas Jeschke, both All-MCC performers, also hurts the depth of the program. But, Coach Roberts is excited about the prospect of rebuilding in 2010 with a trio of seniors, a junior, two sophomores, and five freshmen coming to run for the Knights. Leading the crop of returners are fifth-year senior Michael Foerster, senior Ryan Wieser and junior Derek Harris. Foerster and Harris each finished in the top 150 in the nation in 2009 and earned All-Conference honors last season. “Michael and Derek each placed in the top 200 in the country last season, so we do have some experience,” said Roberts. “ We do have Michael returning, who placed 100th at the NAIA meet, and Derek Harris, who placed 190th at the NAIA meet. Those two guys as well as Ryan Weiser will be the ones we are counting on to rebuild.” Junior Nick Sefton was an All-MCC performer in 2009 and he was a last-minute returner to the program after having left the program during the summer. Sefton will help to lead and provide stability this season for the Knights. “Nick is a great runner and proved that last season,” said Roberts. “We expect big things from him this season.” Coach Roberts also has senior James Wangari and sophomore Emile Conde in the mix to provide a little more depth for the Knights. Three incoming freshmen will make the team very young, but Coach Roberts sees this as an opportunity for those young athletes to compete well. Freshmen Chris Hanson, Chris O’Connor, and James Simms will be young and inexperienced, but Roberts believes they will adapt quickly. “We have three outstanding runners coming in,” said Roberts. “James Simms, who placed 24th in the Kentucky State meet, and Chris Hanson, who finished fourth in the Indiana regionals are a pair of great performers. We feel as though those two young men as well as Chris O’Conner will be counted on heavily this year.” The Knights have proven to be a dominant force against other NAIA opponents, but will have to rebuild in order to repeat some of the same success against higher level opponents in 2010. A tough schedule lies ahead, but Roberts is takes it in stride. “I will be happy if we finish in the top of the conference,” he said of their chances this season. “But, realistically, we lost several really strong athletes. So it will be tough.” click to hear coach roberts discuss the 2010 season

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2010 women’s season preview WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY PREVIEW The women’s cross country team will be looking to improve on a seventh-place finish at the Mid-Central College Conference Championships in 2009. With six members returning for the 2009 campaign and only two graduating, the Knights return as an experienced, but young, team. “We always like to think we have a shot to finish in the top half of the conference,” said head coach Dave Roberts. “However, we are relatively young so we have a lot of work to do.” Even though the Knights lost Emily Miller and Marissa Gill in the off-season, senior Adrienne Shepherd, the team’s Most Valuable Runner in 2009, is returning for her final season of competition after a 22nd-place finish at the 2009 MCC Championships. Coach Roberts is expecting a lot out of Shepherd and sees bigs things for her this season. “The loss of Emily Miller and Marissa Gill hurt pretty badly,” said Roberts. “However, Adrienne (Shepherd) finished 22nd at the conference meet last year, so we know that she will make a significant contribution this season.” Junior Laura Neuman and sophomore Jacquelyn Dossey are expected to provide a significant contribution this season. But, Roberts is more excited about his recruiting class and the potential that exists within the corps of five runners. Sophomore Brittany Gillespie was a pleasant surprise last season, and Coach Roberts is looking forward to seeing what she can do if she stays healthy this season. Sophomore transfer Kassandra Gearlds was one of the top runners at Franklin Central High School two years ago. After spending one season at Florida Southern College, she transferred back to Marian for the 2010 season. “Kassandra Gearlds was a runner we recruited a couple of years ago,” said Roberts. “She competed well at Florida Southern and I look forward to her making a solid contibution this season.” Freshmen Lauren Borchelt and Staci Roberts were both strong runners at their respective high schools. Borchel finished 14th for Concordia Lutheran at last year’s sectionals, while Roberts finished 39th for Bishop Dwenger at sectionals. Coach Roberts is excited about the talent these ladies bring to the program. Samantha Walsh is another newcomer that Coach Roberts expects big things from in 2010. “We think we have got some young people that can help us out this year on the women’s side,” said Roberts. “We are optimistic that we are going to improve this season, but we do have a lot of work to do.” The Knights have another season full of tough competition, but Coach Roberts believes they will improve significantly this season and look to get back toward the top of the conference.

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2010 cross country meets 49th Annual Wabash College Hokum Karem Host: Wabash College Location: Crawfordsville, Indiana Date: September 3, 2010 Web site: www.wabash.edu/sports

Midwest Classic

Host: Olivet Nazarene University Location: Bourbonnais, Illinois Date: September 10, 2010 Web site: www.olivet.edu/athletics

National Catholic Championships Host: University of Notre Dame Location: South Bend, Ind. Date: September 17, 2010 Web site: www.und.com

Indiana Wesleyan Invitational Host: Indiana Wesleyan University Location: Marion, Indiana Date: October 2, 2010 Web site: www.iwuwildcats.com

Eagle Invitational

Host: Benedictine University Location: Lisle, Illinois Date: October 8, 2010 Web site: athletics.ben.edu

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2010 cross country meets Evansville Invitational

Host: University of Evansville Location: Evansville, Indiana Date: October 16, 2010 Web site: www.gopurpleaces.com

Southeast Classic

Host: Berry College Location: Mount Berry, Georgia Date: October 23, 2010 Web site: www.berry.edu/athletics

Mid-Central College Conference Championships Host: Bethel College Location: Mishawaka, Indiana Date: November 6, 2010 Web site: www.mid-centralconf.org

NAIA National Cross Country Championships Host: NAIA Location: Vancouver, Washington Date: November 21, 2010 Web site: naia.cstv.com

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2009 highlights Knights snag 10th at national catholic championships

The Knights placed 10th out of 32 teams at the NCC at the University of Notre Dame. Marian University was the smallest college of the top 10 finishers. The field included NCAA Division I foes Notre Dame, Xavier, Bellarmine, DePaul, Detroit Mercy and Canisius.

men earn back-to-back runner-up finishes

The men’s team traveled to the Eagle Invitational and Evansville Invitational and earned a pair of runner-up finishes. Senior Kyle Murray won the Eagle Invitational, and he led the Knights to a 1-2-3 finish at the Evansville Invitational as they captured the Small College Division title in the men’s competition.

women win small college division at evansville

The women’s cross country team won the Small College Division title at the Evansville Invitational in Evansville, Ind. Three Knights placed in the top 10 of the Small College Division, including juniors Adrienne Shepherd and Emily Miller and senior Brooke Meier.

men win first-ever mcc championship; murray medals

The men’s cross country team won its first-ever Mid-Central College Conference championship in 2009. Five Knights finished in the top 12, including another individual victory from senior Kyle Murray. MU finished five points ahead of Taylor University. Coach David Roberts was named the MCC Coach of the Year after the victory.

roberts named coach of the year; five named all-mcc

Seniors Kyle Murray, Thomas Jeschke, and Michael Foerster and sophomores Nick Sefton and Derek Harris were all named All-Conference in 2009 after winning the MCC title for the first time. Head coach Dave Roberts was named MCC Coach of the Year on the men’s side and it was the third time in his career he has won the honor.

Knights finish 20th in the nation at naia meet

The 2009 MCC champion Marian University men’s cross country team completed its first-ever trip to the NAIA National Championships with a 20th-place finish out of 32 teams in its in Vancouver, Wash. Senior Kyle Murray finished 26th overall, his bestever finish, and earned NAIA All-America honors for the first time in his career.

three knights named daktronics naia scholar-athletes

Seniors Michael Foerster, Jill Kuntz, and Kyle Murray were named Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes after the 2009 season. Foerster earned his fifth Scholar-Athlete award, while Murray and Kuntz each earned the honor for the third time.

2009 Men’s MCC Champions

2009 Women’s Evansville Small College Division Champions

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2009 statistics and Results 2009 men’s Cross Country Results Date Event Location Results 09.05.09 Wabash Hokum Karem Crawfordsville, Indiana 4th 09.11.09 Midwest Classic Bourbonnais, Illinois 3rd 09.18.09 National Catholic Meet South Bend, Indiana 10th 10.03.09 Loyola Lakefront Invitational Chicago, Illinois 14th 10.09.09 Eagle Invitational Lisle, Illinois 2nd 10.17.09 Evansville Invitational Evansville, Indiana 2nd 10.24.09 Southeast Classic Louisville, Kentucky 6th 11.07.09 MCC Championship Fort Wayne, Indiana 1st 11.21.09 NAIA National Championship Vancover, Washington 20th 2009 Men’s Cross Country Season Statistics Name Midwest NCC Loyola Eagle Evansville Southeast MCC Nationals Emile Conde 38:55.50 38:52.0 DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR Michael Foerster 27:34.10 27:37.30 27:06.00 26:47.92 26:44.19 26:28.13 26:50 26:33.00 Derek Harris 27:43.80 27:35.00 26:56.00 27:18.31 29:07.72 26:25.27 27:28.00 27:21.00 Thomas Jeschke 28:22.74 26:35.20 26:33.00 27:15.29 26:38.65 26:24.35 27:02.00 26:37.00 Kyle Murray 26:05.92 26:40.00 26:42.00 26:33.59 26:34.24 25:53.19 26:20.00 25:47.00 Alan Nordholt 37:38.22 DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR 37:24.00 DNR Dean Rothenberger 30:41.25 DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR Nick Sefton 28:23.54 27:38.00 27:22.00 27:35.85 27:11.58 27:09.06 27:17.00 27:31.00 Ryan Strom 28:45.27 28:54.60 28:24.00 28:58.74 28:40.22 28:27.75 29:01.00 29:17.00 James Wangari DNR DNR DNR DNR DNR 32:31.18 DNR DNR Michael Wieser 28:36.88 28:23.70 28L11.00 28:11.85 28:51.29 27:32.85 28:23.00 27:59.00 2009 women’s Cross Country Results Date Event Location Results 09.05.09 Wabash Hokum Karem Crawfordsville, Indiana 5th 09.11.09 Midwest Classic Bourbonnais, Illinois 5th 09.18.09 National Catholic Meet South Bend, Indiana 30th 10.03.09 Loyola Lakefront Invitational Chicago, Illinois 28th 10.09.09 Eagle Invitational Lisle, Illinois 6th 10.17.09 Evansville Invitational Evansville, Indiana 12th 10.24.09 Southeast Classic Louisville, Kentucky 11th 11.07.09 MCC Championship Fort Wayne, Indiana 7th 2009 women’s Cross Country Season Statistics Name Midwest NCC Loyola Eagle Evansville Kristen Bogue 25:15.64 DNR 25:08.00 DNR DNR Audra Gehlhausen 24:28.23 23:48.80 22:34.00 27:27.70 22:51.71 Marisela Garcia DNR DNR DNR 30:18.48 25:42.67 Marissa Gill 23:49.58 22:27.10 DNR DNR DNR Brittany Gillespie 23:58.00 DNR 24:41.00 29:04.44 24:56.79 Lauren Kissel 29:09.56 DNR DNR 30:41.76 27:11.94 Jill Kuntz 24:27.55 25:16.00 23:54.00 28.08.72 24:40.14 Ashlee Maupin DNR DNR DNR DNR 21:45.13 Brooke Meier 23:07.31 22:46.30 21:49.00 25:32.92 21:45.56 Emily Miller 22:04.40 21:46.00 20:57.00 25:23.17 21:27.98 Laura Neuman 22:32.99 22:11.20 21:58.00 26:46.39 23:08.43 Adrienne Shepherd 20:40.31 20:41.80 20:17.00 24:45.17 21:08.61

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Southeast DNR 21:45.52 24:52.16 DNR 23:16.71 25:36.53 23:40.53 21:07.66 20:48.37 20:26.56 21:53.90 20:46.36

MCC DNR 23:10.00 DNR DNR 24:21.00 27:58.00 24:49.00 DNR 21:58.00 20:48.00 22:29.00 20:26.00

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