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Cross Country Opens Season at Home in Dual Meet

Sunday, September 02, 2012  
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ROCKFORD - Ill. - For the first time in decades the Regents cross country teams opened their seasons in front of their home fans with a race around the Rockford College campus. The course was set up for runners to be able to make loops on the outer edge of campus around the athletic facilities. The women's ran first around a 2.5 mile course followed by the men running a 3.5 mile course. 

The women's team got their season off to an excellent start winning their dual meet against the College of Lake County. The women's cross country team had three of the top four finishers in the race. Junior Genesis Cerrato (Las Vegas, Nev./Valley) picked up right where she left off last season winning in her first race of the year. Cerrato finished with a time of 16:10 which was 41 seconds faster than the second place finisher. Junior transfer Elizabeth Tidei (Lake Villa, Ill./Grant Community) came in second in her first race in a Regent uniform posting a time of 16:51. Freshman Jessica Kirshenbaum (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) finished 4th in the race with a time of 17:43 just behind her sister who ran unattached on Saturday. The ladies easily defeated the College of Lake County 19-26 despite only using four runner's scores for Lake County.

The men's team was locked in as close of a match as possible between two teams. The Regents however did come out on the short side losing the dual to the College of Lake County 28-27. Freshman Zach Quinn (Heyworth, Ill./Heyworth) opened some eyes with his second place finish in his first collegiate race. Quinn finished just 7 seconds off the lead posting a time of 19:06. It was indeed an impressive performance as he trailed only an unattached runner earning himself and the Regents first place points for his effort. Sophomores Carl Rapp (Union, Ill./Belvidere North) and Tim Lydy (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) each started off their seasons with top 6 finishes as well.  Rapp finished fifth in the race with a time of 19:30 and Lydy completed the course in 20:17, good enough for a sixth place finish.  

Both cross country teams will take part in the Falcon Invitational at Concordia University Wisconsin on Saturday, September 15th.  The women will race first beginning at 11 a.m. with the men to follow at noon.

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