Saturday, November 12, 2005
I guess Cedar Rapids was the place to be last night, as Bruce Weber, Steve Alford and several scouts stopped by to take in the Kirkwood Classic. Tony Freeman, Greg Brunner, and Jeff Horner also attended in order to watch possible future Hawkeye Jamarcus Ellis. You can still see Ellis play tonight at five o'clock against Illinois Central.
Congratulations are in order for the Iowa men's cross country team. They finished in second place at today's Midwest Regional meet in Iowa City, which qualifies them for Nationals on November 21. Iowa started with a strong pack among the race's top 15-20 runners. They gradually slipped back but hung on long enough to edge out third place Kansas by 2 points. Iowa State freshman (and former DM Roosevelt standout) Kiel Uhl led late in the race and finished second overall.
Only the top two teams at each of the country's nine regional meets automatically qualify for Nationals, and it was a close fight for that second spot today -
Oklahoma State, 48
Teams that finish third or worse are eligible for a handful of at-large bids.
Stop by later this weekend - I have a handful of basketball-related ideas that might eventually turn into writing.