Blue Knight Women's Cross Country
Hooks Nabs All-Conference Honors at MEC Championships
On a crisp autumn morning at Pipestem State Park in West Virginia, the Urbana University men’s and women’s cross country teams put the finishing touches on the most successful seasons in program history. Competing in the first-ever Mountain East Conference Championships, the Blue Knight men placed 8th out of 9 squads. The UU women had just four runners compete, missing out on a team score by one runner. However, the Blue Knights’ four runners turned in an average time of 27:31 in the 6K, which placed them behind just the top four squads in the field of 10. Jenna Hooks ran her second fastest 6K of the season in a time of 26:04.75. She averaged 6:59 a mile and placed 14th in the field of 76 runners. Her finish earned her Second Team All-MEC honors. Read More
Hooks Captures CC Program's 1st MEC Runner of the Week AwardOct. 22nd, 2013
Urbana's Jenna Hooks and West Liberty's Caleb Casto have been named Mountain East Conference Runners of the Week. Hooks, a freshman from Sidney, Ohio, ran her second-fastest time of the season and the second-fastest 5k in school history at the Wilmington College #JennaStrong Classic. She crossed the line in 20:50.39 to lead the Blue Knights. Hooks becomes the first UU runner, male or female, to earn a conference runner of the week award. The Blue Knight cross country program returned in 2008. Read More
All 4 Runners Land in UU's Top 10 at WCOct. 21st, 2013
The Urbana University cross country teams turned in one of their most impressive weeks of the season over the weekend at the Wilmington College #JennaStrong Classic. The men picked up 4 wins, finishing 32nd in a talented field of 36 teams from across the region. Three Blue Knights ran personal bests in the Friday night race. On the women's side, Urbana's 4 runners each ran 5K's that landed them in the Top 10 all-time at Urbana.
The women were once again paced by freshman Jenna Hooks. Hooks' 5K time was 20:50, good for the 2nd fastest race of her career and the 2nd fastest 5K in UU history. Teammates Nicolette Holthaus (pictured; 21:48), Jackie Smith (21:49) and La'Donna Bonner (21:51) were a minute behind Hooks, and each finished within 3 seconds of each other. Holthaus' time was the 5th fastest 5K in UU history. Smith's time was a personal best and the 7th fastest 5K in school history, and Bonner missed out on her personal best by just 3 tenths of a second, but she still landed in the Top 10 all-time at Urbana with the 9th fastest 5K in program history. The team's average 5K of 21:34 would have placed the squad 25th in the women's field of 34, 2 seconds ahead of the hosts' average time. Read More
Hooks, Smith Lead #UUWCC at All-Ohio RaceOct. 4th, 2013
For the second straight race, the Urbana University cross country teams ran the Elvin King course at nationally ranked Cedarville University. On a hot and muggy Friday afternoon, the Blue Knights competed in the All-Ohio Championships hosted by the Yellow Jackets. Four members of the women's team again took to the course for Urbana, which wasn't enough to log a team score, but all four Blue Knights crossed the finish line within 45 seconds of each other, averaging a time of about 27:17 in the 6K. Sophomore Jackie Smith thrived in the tougher conditions more than any other Blue Knight. She moved up from the fourth position on her squad two weeks ago at Cedarville to second on Friday, turning in a time of 27:24.99. She trimmed almost 64 seconds off her last 6K race. Read More
Cross Country Competes at Nationally Ranked CedarvilleSep. 21st, 2013
The Urbana University cross country teams returned to a familiar course on Saturday to compete in the 23rd Annual Friendship Invitational hosted by former conference foe Cedarville University. The Blue Knight men finished behind Kentucky State University in points, despite turning in a better average team time, and had to settle for 11th place. Urbana's women did not register a team score with just four runners competing in their first 6K of the season.
Freshman La'Donna Bonner (pictured) finished 2nd for the Blue Knights for the 1st time this season, edging teammate Nicolette Holthaus by 6 seconds in the 6K. Read More