Shine places high while Mylenek breaks a school record at NCAA regional

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David Harmantas

Madison Waymire (right) and Andrea Shine run up a hill at the Hawkeye Invitational Cross Country meet on Friday, September 1, 2017. (David Harmantas/The Daily Iowan)

Iowa cross-country’s 2017 season came to a close after its performance at the NCAA regional on Nov. 10 in Ames. The men placed 11th as a team in the 10,000 meters with 314 points and the women 12th with 351 points in the 6,000.

Despite missing the qualification for the NCAA Championships, Andrea Shine placed high individually, while three Hawkeye men made changes in Iowa’s record books.

Junior Shine led the women with a 20th-place finish, 70 spots higher than last year’s regional championship. Shine finished the 6,000 with a personal-best time of 20:46.2.

Other notable finishes on the women’s side include senior Madison Waymire at 21:09 (42nd), senior Marta Gonzalez at 21:28 (70th), and junior Lauren Opatrny at 21:44 (97th).

Sophomore Nathan Mylenek’s performance put him at the top of Iowa men’s top-10 all-time best performers in the 10,000. Mylenek’s time of 29:53.2 placed him 32nd, a 52-spot difference from the 2016 regional. The sophomore’s record-breaking time surpassed Hawkeye alum Jeff Thode’s 10,000 time of 29:55 from the 2010 NCAA regional.

Junior Daniel Soto and sophomore Brandon Cooley contributed their revisions in Iowa’s top-10 list in the 10K as well. Soto now ranks second behind Mylenek with a time of 30:04.43. Cooley took Iowa’s ninth all-time spot with a finishing time of 30:29.32. With the times, Soto placed 43rd, and Cooley finished 73rd at regionals.

Other placings for Iowa men included junior Ian Eklin at 30:32.88 (81st), and junior Bailey Hesse-Withbroe at 30:35.69 (85th).

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