MCC Championship in the sights of men’s and women’s cross country

By Ryan Miller

Sports Editor

 

      Men’s and women’s cross-country have completed their regular season races, having only the Midwest Collegiate Conference (MCC) Championship and potentially the NAIA National Championship left. 

      The MCC Championship for the V-Hawks is Nov. 9. The race is important, as it determines conference rankings, as well as which runners will qualify to advance to Nationals.

      “Going into the conference meet the work is done. We prepare for conference by resting,” Michael Lessor, senior dietetics major from Kaukauna, Wis., told Lumen. “Any work we do now is just to maintain our fitness and get to the starting line [of the race] feeling good. We lower our mileage and focus on staying healthy as well as mentally prepared for that race.”

      The women normally ran 6k races throughout the season. With the MCC Championship being only a 5k race, the women are making slight adjustments. “We have been scaling back our mileage, focusing a little more on speed,” Cassidy Mayberry, junior English major from Hillsboro, Wis., said.

       “The goal for conference is always to qualify for Nationals or continually improve upon what we did last year,” Lessor said. “This year we have some potential for qualifying for Nationals. We just have to put it all together on that day.”

      In the preseason rankings, both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams were predicted to place fifth out of six teams in the MCC Championship. “I think we have exceeded expectations…I am confident we will finish higher up than that,” Mayberry said.

      “It [the season] has gone pretty well. We won the first two races of the season, which I think really got us excited for how the rest of it was going to go,” Mayberry said. “We have had some races that were not as strong as others, but overall I think we are performing well.”

        “The season for the men’s team thus far has been a learning experience for many guys on the team,” Lessor said. “Many of our men are still young and adjusting to what an 8k race feels like compared to the 5k they [ran] in high school.”

        Both teams also competed in the Wisconsin Private College Championship. The women finished third out of fifteen and the men finished fourth out of ten. “We did well at it for how young our teams are,” said Lessor.

      “It was a great look at what our competition is for the MCC,” Meredith Jones, freshman dietetics major from Apple Valley Minn., said. “Many of the same teams at the Wisconsin Private College Championships will be in the MCC.”

       Viterbo cross-country had three finishers receive all-state honors in the Wisconsin Private College Championship. On the men’s side, Lessor was first team and Will Jeffries was second team. For the women, Jones was second team and Rachel Turi was only one place away from making third team all-state. 

 

Upcoming Viterbo Sporting Events

 

Women’s Basketball

November 1 at 7 p.m.

Against Cardinal Stritch

 

Men’s Basketball 

November 1 at 7 p.m. 

Against Silver Lake

 

Men’s Basketball

November 3 at 1 p.m.

Against Wisconsin-Green Bay

 

JV Women’s Volleyball

November 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Against Grand View

 

Varisty Women’s Volleyball

November 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Against Grand View

 

Men’s Basketball

November 7 at 7 p.m.

Against Valley City State

 

Woment’s Basketball 

November 8 at 7 p.m.

At Home against Bethel

 

Men’s Basketball

November 8 at 7 p.m.

Against North Dakota State

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