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  • 2019-20 Shocker Men XC and Track & Field

    Track and Field Welcomes 2019 Signing Class

    "I am really pleased with how this recruiting class came together ultimately," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Steve Rainbolt. "There was a time in the winter when I was concerned with how recruiting was going. Ultimately, we finished strong, and I feel we put together a terrific group of freshman and transfers."

    The Wichita State track and field teams welcomed 31 new members to the squad Monday. There are 19 new additions to the men's team including 10 freshman, a sophomore transfer from D-11 Lindenwood, 7 juco transfers (5 of those from Cowley County CC) and 1 Englishman who will be a junior.

    Winner of the Coolest Name Award is freshman multi out of Emporia, Storm Dial.

    Don't seen anyone who will soften the loss of Rayvon Allen to OU but not really expecting that would happen.

    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 3 weeks ago.

  • #2
    2019 IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships: Arneson Toughs It Out for the Win

    With 13,000 spectators cheering them on at picturesque Ch√Ęteau de Bressuire (France), an international field of heavy events athletes competed in the prestigious IHGF World Amateur Highland Games Championships and when the dust had settled, Skylar Arneson (USA) claimed the title.

    In all, this IHGF Amateur World Championships was one of the best to date, the crowds were wonderful, a total of 5 ground records were established. For Arneson it was a hard-fought battle with Nys, with Arneson crowned the new IHGF Amateur Highland Games world champion.

    Overall places
    1. Skylar Arneson (USA) 21
    2. Glenn Nys (Belgium) 23
    3. Jamie Gunn (Scotland) 29.5
    4. Murdo Masterson (Scotland ) 35
    5. Johan Longhurst (Holland) 35
    6. Joe Pocock (Canada) 52.5
    7. Svavar Sigursteinsson (Iceland) 54
    8. Stefan Kolitsch (Germany) 65.5
    9. Fabien Patheney (France) 75.5
    10. Yrjo Hamalainen (Finland) 79
    11. Maxime Billeaud (France) 79.5
    12. Tibor Kiss (Hungary) 83.5

    Congratulations Skylar.
    Last edited by 1972Shocker; 3 weeks ago.


    • #3
      Shockers Geared Up for 71st JK Gold Classic

      The Shocker men return nearly everyone on the roster from a year ago.

      Wichita State's men's squad brings back six of its top seven from the AAC Championships. The only loss was Pedro Montoya who ran out of eligiblity.

      Zack Penrod was the low stick at the AAC Championships in 2018 and had great seasons on the track to bolster his momentum coming into the cross country season. Penrod won the Mile indoors and the 1,500 meters outdoors at the AAC conference meets.

      Clayton Duchatschek also returns for the Shocker men. He was the best Wichita State runner at last year's Midwest Regional and at Pre-Nationals. Duchatschek is coming off a redshirt during the 2019 outdoor campaign.

      Ethan Kossover was also in Wichita State's top three at the AAC Championships and Midwest Regional. Kossover barely missed out on all-conference honors with a fourth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the outdoor conference meet.

      The Shockers hope to improve on last year's fourth-place conference finish with a strong veteran presence.


      • #4
        Regarding the race times there are a couple things to keep in mind. XC races can be run at varying distances that, for the men, generally range from 4K on the short end up to 10K. Conference Championship races are usually 8K races and NCAA regional and championship races are 10K races. The JK Classic is typically the 1st race of the season for the Shocks and I think they run the shorter 6K race as a way to "ease" into the season. Obviously, you aren't looking to peak at the start of the season. Also keep in mind that race times in cross country meets can vary significantly depending on weather conditions, the condition of the racing surface and the terrain of the course.

        That said I think the times put up by the Shocker men were quite respectable. The Shocks had 5 runners finish under 19 minutes and all 5 within a 16.6 second range. The top 5 finishers for each team factor into the team scoring. The Shockers top 5 finishers (with comments about their times) were as follows:

        1. Ben Flowers (18:38.2) - A 6K PR for Ben who has battled anxiety problems. He did not run in the JK Classic last year but in 2017 he ran a 19:02.7.
        3. (2nd in scoring) Jed Helker (18:47.8) - This is Jed's 1st official 6K time. He ran unattached in this race last year with a time of 19:30.3. A very nice improvement this year.
        4. (3rd in scoring) Cory Landon (18:48.8) - A 6K PR. Cory's previous best in this race was a 18:57.5.
        5. (4th in scoring) Adam Moore (18:50.2) - First race as a Shocker for the Junior from England.
        7. (6th in scoring) Zack Penrod (18:54.8) - Zack's PR in a 6K XC race is 18:41.0

        The Shockers team score was 16 points (1+2+3+4+6). This meet was essentially an triangular with Kansas State and Emporia State.

        Shocker junior Ethan Kossover finished 2nd in 18:43.2 but was running unattached and therefore doesn't factor into the scoring. That would indicate he may be redshirting this season. Looks like this was Ethan's 1st 6K XC race. Redshirt freshman Bryce Merriman finshed 8th overall in 19:02.2 in what appears to be his 1st collegiate 6K XC race. Jr. Clayton Duchatschek also looks to be redshirting and finished 13th in 19:18.3. Clayton ran a 18:59.7 in this race last year. Of course, redshirts can always be pulled.

        I would think Coach Hunter is probably pretty pleased with these performances at this early stage in the season especially the tight grouping of his top 5 guys (top 6 if you count Ethan Kossover). Obviously, they want to be in peak condition and readiness for the AAC Championships on November 1st in Memphis. Till then everything is training and conditioning for that.
        Last edited by 1972Shocker; 1 week ago.


        • #5
          RH: Flowers Wants To Share His Story

          Shocker junior Ben Flowers working on overcoming performance anxiety. Sounds a little bit like the issues Samajae Haynes-Jones had to deal with.

          Seems to be working at this point as Ben kicks off his junior year with a win and a solid time at the JK Classic.

          He points to changes he made after dropping out of an October race during last season because he didn't eat properly.

          He talked with Wichita State's athletic training staff and told them he knew he needed help. With the help of doctors, he started a routine of meditation and visualization that calmed and focused him.

          Interestingly, Ben is a psychology major.