TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State senior Dustin Betz has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Cross County Athlete of the Week it was announced Tuesday by the league office.
Betz led six Sycamore runners into the top-10 including the top three spots at the Bradley Open last Friday with a winning time of 24 minutes, 57 seconds in the 8K event. Betz, a 2012 MVC All-Conference performer, ran a patient race while leading a pack of Sycamore runners that maintained contact with the lead group through most of the race. The senior then took control in the final kilometer, passing a pack of Iowa runners and two Indiana State teammates in pulling away for the win by three seconds.
Evansville junior Kelby Jenkins was name the MVC Women’s Cross Country Athlete of the Week.
Indiana State junior Jessica Zangmeister was named a notable performer for the Valley. Zangmeister ran to a seventh place finish at the Bradley Open last Friday as she completed the three-mile event with a time of 17:34. The Sycamores were up against three of the best teams in the Midwest Region led by the Iowa Hawkeyes who took the top four spots in the race. Zangmeister ran a strategic race and was moving up in the final kilometer to finish just behind two Bradley runners and lead three other Sycamores into the top 20.
The Sycamores will host the Indiana Intercollegiates this Friday on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Valley Family Sports Center. The first race begins at 3:30 p.m. with gates opening at noon.