Kinley runs lifetime PR at NCAA Championships
PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Schaffer
PHOTO COURTESY: Kyle Schaffer
Sat, Nov. 19, 2011 - [Women's Cross Country]

NCAA Division III Championships RESULTS

 

In the middle of the pack on Saturday in Winneconne, Wisconsin was Genna Kinley, the lone Duhawk out to make her mark on the 2011 NCAA Division III Women's Cross Country Championships.

 

She crossed the finish line on Saturday 22:28 and put a bow on the always-improving career she made for herself in a Loras uniform.

 

"I look back and it has been cool to see just how much progress can be made over the four years when you put the time in to do it," Kinley said on Saturday night. "It has been a great four years."

 

Saturday's race was different on a couple of levels for Kinley, who qualified as an individual.

 

 "The race went out fast, but there were lots of Loras people cheering us on," Kinley noted.

 

"My teammates came to watch, too, and I ended up running a PR, so that helped get through the difficult part of running by myself."

 

For any senior, the realization that the race they are about to run is the final race of their career can set in at different times – getting off the bus, at the starting line, at the finish line. For Kinley, it was pre-race.

 

"It hit me before the race in the huddle," Kinley said.

 

Mixed emotions followed at the finish line.

 

"It was sad, but also exciting (to have it end at nationals)."

 

Kinley's nationals effort turned out to be the second fastest time in program history for the Waukee, Iowa native. She finished 124thin the 277-runner field.

 

That was the goal Kinley had laid out going into the race.

 

"This was no doubt this was the best race of her career," head coach Bob Schultz said. "Her goal was to reach second on Loras' all-time list and she did that. It was a great way to end her career…she reached her goal."