Salukis look to repeat as MVC Champions
Six earn presigious President's Council Academic Award
Kristen Levi (20th) and Kelley Gallagher (21st) both earned All-Midwest Region honors.
Seven cross country MVC Scholar-Athletes are the most in a single season in SIU history.
This is the first time since 1989 that the same school has swept the MVC cross country championships (Illinois State), and only the second time since 1987 that the same head coach has won both titles (Wichita State, John Kornelson).
Photos from the SIU sweep of the Missouri Valley Cross Country Championships on Nov. 2, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa.
MVC Scholar-Athlete...Finished 12th at the MVC Championships as a part of the first SIU women's cross country title in 21 years...Also ran at the NCAA Midwest Regional and finished 140th...Helped the Saluki women to their highest regional finish in school history (fourth)...Ran in six total meets...Posted two top-10 finishes and three top-15 finishes...Clocked new personal bests in both the 5K (17:55.30, MVC Championships) and 6K (22:09.40, Pre-Nationals).
Participated in five races for the Salukis...Notched two top-15 finishes, including her highest of sixth at the SIU Early Bird.
Attended St. Joseph's Academy competing in volleyball, track and cross country... Earned four varsity letters... All-American selection 13 times...Four time national champion...13 time All-Conference...Nine time All-District and All-Regional...Six time All-State honoree... Named All-Metro by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch three times...Holds four school records in the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, and 5K...Set the Missouri state record for winning three state medals in one day in volleyball and cross country...Holds school record for earning nine state medals for her high school athletic career... Qualified for the USATF Junior Olympics in 2010... Also a four year volleyball varsity starter... helped St. Joseph's to Missouri Class 4A state championships during sophomore and senior seasons with a fourth-place finish her junior year...Angels volleyball went 100-34-6 during her tenure...Ranks fourth in school history with 1,456 career assists and 694 career digs...Named to the AVCA Under Armour High School Watch List.
Full name is Krista Marie Menghini... Born on March 31, 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri...Daughter of Matt and Terri Menghini...Has four siblings, Nick, Marcus, Travis and Melissa...Majoring in exercise science...Member of the SIU volleyball team in 2011...Mother Terri Fiala Menghini played volleyball at Missouri State University... Uncle Neil Fiala is a former SIU baseball player as well as played with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds...Uncle Rick Fiala former SIU baseball player...Grandfather Neil A. Fiala played baseball for the Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals.