The MVC Championships was contested on the SIU XC course this year. It was expected to be a close battle for the title and this prediction lived up to its billing. The top three mens team were separated by only 9 points. Southern Illinois and Indiana State finished tied for the top spot with 73 points with the tiebreaker going to the Sycamores 3-2. Bradley University finished a strong third in the conference standings.
Indiana State's John Mascari paced the field on his way to winning the event and being voted Athlete of the Year in the MVC.
SIU place three runners on the All-Conference First Team with Michael Castel, Oscar Medina and Juan Carrera finishing 6-8 respectively for a great 1-2-3 punch for the Salukis.
The MVC women's team race went to a strong Bradley squad with a point total of 39. The Lady Braves had the OA winner and placed three runners in the top five spots.
Illinois State Univ and Southern Illinois finished in the 2-3 team spots with 71 and 78 points respectively.
SIU's Krista Menghini finished in 10th place OA and earned All-Conference First Team honors. SIU's Kelley Gallagher and Kristen Levi also finished in the top 15 and placed 12th and 15th respectively.
L to R: Michael Castel, Oscar Medina and Juan Carrera move along with the lead pack early on in the 8K race.
Matt Hazel and Nick Schrader.