The Penn State men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action this weekend at the Big Ten Championship meet hosted by Indiana University. The men’s team tied for seventh place overall, while the women’s team placed fourth in a very competitive field featuring several nationally-ranked teams.
The men were led by junior Colin Abert, who collected Second-Team All-Big Ten honors with a 12th place finish in a time of 24:27.7. Abert, who has been a strong front-runner for the Nittany Lions all season, was followed closely by senior Timothy McGowan, who posted a time of 24:42.3 and earned 21st place.
The scoring positions were rounded out by sophomore Andrew Sell in 39th, senior Bobby Hill in in 44th, and and senior John McGowan in 45th. Billy McDevitt, Ben Bumgarner, and Brady Bobbitt also competed for the Nittany Lions and all finished within the top 100 runners.
The seventh place showing for the mens team is an improvement from last year’s ninth place showing, and they hope to bring this momentum to the Mid-Athlantic Regional competition November 10.
The No. 9 ranked Penn State women finished fourth at the Big Ten Championship with the help of Jillian Hunsberger. Hunsberger has been making waves all season, and has put herself on the national stage during her senior year campaign. She finished her Big Ten career with First-Team All-Big Ten honors with a seventh place finish in 20:28.7.
Alison Wiillingmyre, a freshman, crossed the line second for the Nittany Lions with an 18th place finish in 20:48.8 and sophomore Kathryn Munks was only a few seconds behind, finishing in 20th place in 20:58.0. Senior Greta Lindsley and sophomore Danae Rivers also finished in scoring position, coming across in 25th and 37th place, respectively. Lisa Bennatan, a senior, Victoria Crawford, also a senior, and Noemie Noulett, a junior, also competed.
The women hope to have a stronger showing on November 10, where they will also compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regionals with a hope of qualifying for the NCAA National Championships for the third straight year.