Duhawks ready for NCAA III Cross Country Championships
Wed, Nov. 16, 2011 - [Cross Country]

"This has been one of the most memorable seasons in my 20 years of coach," is how head coach Bob Schultz expressed his feelings on Loras College's 2011 season.


On Saturday, Schultz will take his men's team and Genna Kinley of the women's team to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh's course for the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships after seasons with student-athletes Schultz calls "a special group to work with."


Loras enters the 2011 men's championships seeded 30thamong the 32 qualifying teams. The team's goal is to finisher higher than that seed, according to the Duhawks' leader.


"I am confident that this is a group that can do that," Schultz notes. "It is a famously fast course, so my hope for all seven of our guys is that they end the season with a ‘PR'."


"This (qualifying for nationals) has been a goal for these guys since the season ended last year and they did it. They worked so hard this past summer and all fall and made so many sacrifices to make this a reality. I fell very blessed."


Loras sends the same seven runners to Oshkosh that they did to Waverly, Iowa for the regional last weekend. Dan McDermott, Jerry Olp, and Austin Steil made the All-Region cut. Rob Howe, Steve Loran, and Ty Wittman – all freshmen – join Chris Higgins to round out the purple and gold lineup.


On the women's side, senior Genna Kinley runs the final cross country race of her career after finishing 20thin Waverly in 22:47. She and Mary Rector earned All-Region honors a week ago at the NCAA Division III Central Region race.


"I am very excited for Genna to end her Duhawk running career at the national championships," Schultz beamed. "She has worked so hard all four years and she has certainly earned this trip."


Kinley, a Waukee, Iowa native, will look to maximize the opportunity Schultz admits wasn't always front and center as one of Kinley's goals.


"She was having significant success half way through her senior season and came to realize what was possible this season. Genna has improved so much from her freshman year – it's incredible."


Kinley will take to the course at Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin first at 11:00 am. The men's team will leave the starting line at noon.


You can follow the championships HERE.