Cerrato and Rapp Lead the Way at Regionals for Regents

WINNECONNE, Wis. - Both the men's and women's cross country teams competed on Saturday in the 2012 NCAA Midwest Regionals. This year the Midwest Regional was hosted by UW-Oshkosh at Lake Breeze Golf Course. The women's field consisted of 276 student-athletes and forty teams that posted a team score. The men's field had 271 runners at the Regional and thirty-nine teams that recorded a team score. Neither the Rockford College men's or women's team recorded a team score as each had three runners participate when a minimum of five is needed to get a team score.

Junior Genesis Cerrato (Las Vegas, Nev./Valley) was the top finisher for Rockford on Saturday. Cerrato placed 74th and competed the course in 23:25.21. This was the junior's best time of the 2012 season and the second best time of her collegiate career. Her time on Saturday also ranks as the 3rd best time since the women's cross country program was restarted in 2004. Freshman Jessica Kirshenbaum (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) finished in 232nd place completing the race in 27:01.52. Her sister Net Kirshenbaum (Streamwood, Ill./Streamwood) finished right behind her in 248th place with a time of 28:06.28.

On the men's side sophomore Carl Rapp (Union, Ill./Belvidere North) was the top finisher at the 2012 Midwest Regionals for Rockford. Rapp placed 155th out of 271 runners and finished the race in 27:36.82. Saturday's time was his third best of the 2012 season. Sophomore Timothy Lydy (Germantown, Wis./Germantown) finished the course in 29:18.47 and placed 225th. Senior Eric Woelbling (Florissant, Mo./McCleur) placed 237th and finished the race in 29:48.67. Woelbling's time on Saturday was the second best time during his career at Rockford.