Saluki men's cross country wins MVC Championship, women place third

    Southern Illinois men's cross country wins the 2012 State Farm MVC Cross Country Championship.

    Southern Illinois men's cross country wins the 2012 State Farm MVC Cross Country Championship.

    Oct. 27, 2012

    By Tyler Wooten

    NORMAL, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois men's cross country team claimed its first Missouri Valley Conference title since 2008 Saturday at the State Farm MVC Cross Country Championships.

    The Saluki men edged out the winner of the previous three team championships, Indiana State, by six team points. Southern landed five runners in the top 10 who received All-MVC honors, the most under head coach Matt Sparks and the most in the Missouri Valley on the men's side since 2009 (Indiana State, five).

    This is Sparks's fourth men's championship at Southern Illinois (2004, 2007, 2008, 2012), which ties Lew Hartzog (four, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1981) for second place in SIU history, and is one behind Bill Cornell for first (five, 1982, 1983, 1991, 1994, 1995).

    Zach Dahleen (second, 24:25), Brian Dixon (sixth, 24:42), Nick Schrader (seventh, 24:43), Oscar Medina (ninth, 24:49) and Juan Carrera (10th, 24:52) all received All-MVC honors for finishing in the top 10. This is Dahleen's and Dixon's second straight All-MVC honor, and this was Dahleen's third straight top-15 finish at the MVC Championships.

    Also finishing high for the Saluki men were Evan Ehrenheim (19th, 25:13), Lucas Cherry (20th, 25:19) and Cole Allison (29th, 25:38).

    The Saluki women had a strong showing as well, finishing third behind second-place Wichita State and champion Illinois State. Third place is the Saluki women's best finish since 2006 when they took second place.



    Sophomore Sadie Darnell continued her superb season six seconds shy of claiming her first All-MVC honor. Darnell finished 11th with a 5K time of 18:02 to pace the Saluki women.

    Kelley Gallagher (15th, 18:05), Kristen Levi (18th, 18:10), Alyssa Allison (24th, 18:20), Lacey Gibson (28th, 18:34), Tori Parry (38th, 18:56), Eileen Schweiss (45th, 19:06) and Mobola Rotibi (47th, 19:11) rounded out the Saluki women contingent.

    Men's Results:
    2. Zach Dahleen - 24:25
    6. Brian Dixon - 24:42
    7. Nick Schrader - 24:43
    9. Oscar Medina - 24:49
    10. Juan Carrera - 24:52
    19. Evan Ehrenheim - 25:13
    20. Lucas Cherry - 25:19
    29. Cole Allison - 25:38

    Women's Results:
    11. Sadie Darnell - 18:02
    15. Kelley Gallagher - 18:05
    18. Kristen Levi - 18:10
    24. Alyssa Allison - 18:20
    28. Lacey Gibson - 18:34
    38. Tori Parry - 18:56
    45. Eileen Schweiss - 19:06
    47. Mobola Rotibi - 19:11

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