Written by Maura Vizza
It was delay of season for Moraine Valley College runners.
At least that was so for the Cyclones men, who weren’t able to complete their initial race of the campaign because of rain on Aug. 30. The inclement weather washed out a portion of Elmhurst College’s Early Bird Invitational.
The women’s race was run in its entirety, but Moraine did not have an especially auspicious debut as it took 10th in a 12-school field. Marist grad Aileen Gorman was the Cyclones’ highest finisher, occupying the 54th position among 158 individuals after timing out in 17 minutes, 31 seconds over the 4K course at Eldridge Park.
Following their teammate down the chute were Queen of Peace alumnus Miranda Reyes (82nd in 18:44), Jessica Flores (121st, 20:12), Alexis Mindock (129th, 20:54), Nancy Ibarra (131st, 21:12), Stagg product Amanda Gerzon (136th, 21:53) and Maritza Najera (141st, 22:41).
Although the first outing was something of a mixed bag results-wise, Moraine coach Mark Horstmeyer took into account the conditions when assessing the Cyclones’ performance. He applauded his athletes’ efforts in a hot and humid environment.
“For Aileen, Jess and Lex, who were all running in their first collegiate race, it was an eye-opener,” Horstmeyer said. “They learned a few things about racing and about themselves, so they’ll go back to work.
“There’s a lot of work left to be done. I know the girls felt the same way.”