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2013 Season

All-Region IV team: Aileen Gorman
All-Conference team:
Gorman (#1)

Day Date Race Location Time Results
Fri. 8/30 Earlybird Invitational @
Elmhurst College
Eldridge Park
Elmhurst, IL
5 p.m. 10th o/o 12 Teams
Fri. 9/6 Midwest Classic @
Olivet Nazarene University
Aspen Ridge Golf Course
Bourbonnais, IL
5 p.m. 8th Place o/o 10 Teams
Fri. 9/13 Illinois Intercollegiates @
Olivet Nazarene University
Aspen Ridge Golf Course
Bourbonnais, IL
5 p.m. 14th Place o/o 15 Teams
Sat. 9/21 Gil Dodds Invitational @ Wheaton College St. James Farm
Warrenville, IL
10 a.m. 11th Place o/o 12 Teams
Fri. 9/27 College of DuPage Invite St. James Farm
Warrenville, IL
4 p.m. 12th Place o/o 17 Teams
Sat. 10/5 Warrior Invitational @
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Greenfield Park
West Allis, WI
11 a.m. 17th Place o/o 29 Teams
Sat. 10/19 Brooks Invitational @
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Lake Breeze Golf Course
Winneconne, WI
10:30 a.m. 35th Place o/o 37 Teams
Sat. 10/26 Skyway Conference @ Moraine Valley Community College
Palos Hills, IL 10 a.m. 2nd Place o/o 5 Teams
Sat. 11/2 NJCAA Region IV Championships @
Joliet Junior College
 Channahon, IL 11 a.m. 4th Place o/o 7 Teams
(National qualifiers: Jessica Flores and Aileen Gorman)
Sat. 11/9 NJCAA Championships @
Iowa Central College
Fort Dodge, IA 10 a.m. Aileen Gorman- 50/281 (19:49)
Jessica Flores- 208/281 (22:05)

2012 Season

Day Date Race Location Time Results
Fri. 8/31 Earlybird Invitational @
Elmhurst College
Eldridge Park
Elmhurst, IL
5 p.m. 12th o/o 16 Teams
Katie Burke-93rd (17:59.6)
Diana Dinh-97th (18:11.1)
Angela Flores-113th (18:43.4)
Maritza Najera-129th (19:23)
Amanda Gerzon-139th (19:59)
Nancy Ibarra-144th (20:22.7)
Fri. 9/7 Midwest Classic @
Olivet Nazarene University
Aspen Ridge Golf Course
Bourbonnais, IL
5 p.m. 10th o/o 11 Teams
Fri. 9/14 Illinois Intercollegiates @
Illinois State University
University Golf Course
Normal, IL
5 p.m. Katie Burke- 22:19
Diana Dinh- 23:01
Angela Flores- 23:52
Amanda Gerzon- 24:33
Sat. 9/22 Wheaton Invitational @ Wheaton College St. James Farm
Warrenville, IL
10 a.m. 10th o/o 10 Teams
Fri. 9/28 College of DuPage-Puma Invite St. James Farm
Warrenville, IL
4 p.m. 7th o/o 8 Teams
Sat. 10/6 Warrior Invite @
Wisconsin Lutheran College
Greenfield Park
West Allis, WI
Noon 9th o/o 14 Teams
Sat. 10/13 Brooks Invitational @
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Lake Breeze Golf Course
Winneconne, WI
10:30 a.m. 37th o/o 37 Teams
Sat.  10/20
Skyway Conference @ Moraine Valley Community College Palos Hills Golf Club
Palos Hills, IL
10 a.m. 4th o/o 7 Teams
Team Results
Sat. 10/27 NJCAA Region IV Championships @
Sauk Valley Community College
Dixon, IL 11 a.m. 5th o/o 7 Teams
Sat. 11/10 NJCAA Championships @
Rend Lake College

February 25, 2013
Runners honored for academic performance

Four members of the cross country team earned 2012 Academic All-NJCAA honors from the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association for their outstanding work in the classroom.

Phil Culbertson, Rich Ferneau, Aaron Spengler, and Diana Dinh were recognized for academic achievement for the fall 2012 semester. Culbertson also earned the honor in 2011.

In addition, the men’s team earned Academic All-NJCAA Team designation, ranking 18th among Division I colleges. Culbertson, Ferneau, Spengler, Adam Gurke, and Eugene Rivera comprised the academic team.

The women’s team also earned recognition as the 24th ranked team in Division I. This is the first time that both teams have been ranked in the top 25 in the same season.

The Moraine Valley cross country program has fielded 36 Academic All-Americans/Academic since the program was reinstituted in 2000.

“These scholar-athletes are simply outstanding. They attend class full time, work part time, and excel as athletes and students. Their performance on and off the field speaks highly of them. I am very proud of their achievement. It is a tremendous honor for them and Moraine Valley,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer.

November 2, 2012
Cyclones lay solid base for bright future
The 2012 season is in the books for the young Cyclones and will be looked upon as a year of experience and a strong base upon which to build.

“The future is indeed bright for the women,” said Mark Horstmeyer, who completed his 13th season as head coach. “The girls gained a lot of racing experience that should carry over into the off-season so they know how much they will need to do to prepare for what could be a very, very good year next fall.”

There were a lot of positives for the team consisting of first-year runners, according to their coach. One of the most important was that team members showed they can run well as a “pack.” Their times from race to race were consistent. “Despite awful racing conditions, they remained solid in their effort. They could have spent the season dwelling on a lot of ‘what-ifs’, but they didn’t. "We had our share of injuries and illness, so we were never truly healthy during the season, and yet that didn’t deter them from giving their all every time out. They were competitive, and with that kind of attitude we can certainly help them build a bright future,” Horstmeyer said.

Diana Dinh (Sandburg) led the charge for the Cyclones from week to week followed by Amanda Gerson (Stagg), Maritza Najera (Thornton), Angela Flores (Argo), Alexis Vanoskey (Shepard), Nancy Ibarra (Eisenhower), and Sury Rosete (Argo).

“Their work ethic was impressive despite every one of them having to deal with some kind of nagging injury or illness. We asked a lot of them, and they responded as best as they could,” Horstmeyer said. “They wanted to compete. They wanted to go out there and help their teammates. Their times and finishes may not have indicated every week the success they had, but their coaches noticed their accomplishments. If they work hard in the off-season and stay focused and committed, they will enjoy a lot of success that will extend beyond themselves and their coaches. We are really excited for next year.”

October 29, 2012
Cyclones finish fifth in NJCAA Region IV championship
The Cyclones turned in another solid effort on Oct. 27 in winding up their 2012 season at the NJCAA Region IV Division I Cross Country Championship. They finished fifth in the seven-team race.

Diana Dinh led the way again over the 5K course at Sauk Valley Community College in Dixon placing 24th out of 58 finishers in 22:14. Amanda Gerzon was next in 26th place in 22:18 followed by Angela Flores (27th, 22:26), Maritza Najera (33rd, 23:14), Alexis Vanoskey (38th, 23:49), Nancy Ibarra (40th, 24:05), and Sury Rosete (55th, 28:03).

“They really had a great finish to their season,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “Some of the girls ran personal bests, and that’s a terrific way to end the season. We also liked the way they ignored illness and injuries and just went out and gave it their all. That’s all you can ask. They made really good strides this season, and they have a lot of positives to build on for next fall.”

October 22, 2012
Cyclones finish fourth in conference championship
The running Cyclones turned in solid effort and finished fourth at the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Cross Country Championship on Oct. 20.

Diana Dinh led the seven-women contingent, finishing in 14th place out of 39 runners in 22:12 over the challenging 5K course on the Moraine Valley campus. Amanda Gerzon was next in 18th place in 22:47 followed by Maritza Najera (20th, 23:11), Angela Flores (21st, 23:15), Nancy Ibarra (25th, 24:23), Alexis Vanoskey (26th, 24:41), and Sury Rosete (38th, 28:31).

“I am really pleased with their effort. They gave it everything they had,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. "We still aren’t close to being healthy, but that’s cross country, and the girls accepted that and pushed on.”

Now the Cyclones are preparing for the NJCAA Region IV Division I Championship on Oct. 27 at Sauk Valley College in Dixon. “In addition to the Skyway conference teams, three more quality teams will be entered, so we definitely have our work cut out for us. I know the girls will be ready, and I know they will give it their best. They always do, and that’s all the coaches want,” Horstmeyer said.

October 15, 2012
Cyclones show game effort in soggy Brooks Invite
The running Cyclones put up a game effort Oct. 13 battling injuries and less than ideal running conditions at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational, finishing 37th of 37 teams.

Diana Dinh led the six-women contingent over the 6K course at Lake Breeze Golf Course on a rainy, windy and cold morning, finishing in 429th place in 27:54. Amanda Gerzon was next in 457th place in 28:56 followed by Maritza Najera (461st, 29:09), Angela Flores (464th, 29:21), Nancy Ibarra (489th, 31:57), and Sury Rosete (499th, 35:33). There were 500 finishers.

“We aren’t very healthy—in fact, we had to leave one of the girls at home because of illness,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “So combine that with the weather conditions, and we just had to gut it out the best we could. I think they did that.

“Saturday’s race will be memorable not only because of the horrible weather conditions but also because of when the women started their race—two minutes after the men,” Horstmeyer said. “The men’s race was delayed by 45 minutes because of lightning which meant the women’s race would be pushed back by that same time frame. But UW-Oshkosh officials felt that if the women waited an additional 45 minutes, the race may never get off, so they decided to start the men at 11:15 a.m. and the women at 11:17 a.m. It worked!

“It really was fun to watch—first you had a wave of 500 men and then two minutes later a wave of 500 women. Because the weather was so cold and rainy, we told the kids just run across the finish line and head straight to the vans and to get warm and put dry clothes on,” Horstmeyer said. “Let’s keep our fingers crossed that Saturday isn’t the same, although our kids will be ready if it is.”

The Brooks Invitational concludes the regular racing season. The Cyclones will prepare for the championship season, which begins Saturday with the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference at Moraine Valley followed by the NJCAA Region IV Division I Championship on Oct. 27 at Sauk Valley College.

October 8, 2012
Cyclones rise to challenge with good team effort
The Cyclones confronted a challenging 6K course at the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invitational and finished ninth of 14 teams with another positive outing.

Maritza Najera led the Moraine Valley assault with a 50th place finish in 27:39. Amanda Gerzon was next one place back in 51st in 27:49, followed by Diana Dinh (55th, 28:05), Angela Flores (60th, 28:18), Alexis Vanoskey (66th, 29:05), and Sury Rosete (92nd, 35:00). There were 104 finishers in the field.

“We told the girls that we weren’t so much interested in their time as we were in how close they finished to each other. I think for the most part they accomplished that, so we’re pleased with their effort on a hilly course,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “We still have work to do, but we continue to move in the right direction, and that’s what we need at this point with the championship season just around the corner.”

The women travel to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for the Brooks Invitational on Saturday to compete in a very competitive field. UW-Oshkosh’s invite is the pre-race for the NCAA Division III Midwest Regional, so there will be some nationally ranked teams jumping in. "I’m looking forward to the girls having another good outing,” Horstmeyer said.

October 1, 2012
Cyclones continue positive push
The Cyclones took advantage of ideal weather conditions and familiarity with the 5K course to record personal bests and finish seventh of eight teams in the College of DuPage-Puma Invitational on Sept. 28 at St. James Farm in Warrenville.

This time out Maritza Najera led the Moraine Valley charge with a 46th place finish out of 85 in 21:50. She was followed by Amanda Gerzon (53rd, 22:11), Alexis Vanoskey (56th, 22:30), Angela Flores (63rd, 23:25), and Sury Rosete (82nd, 28:59).

“They just did a tremendous job for us. Their confidence is rising, and their teamwork is improving,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “We were really pleased with their performance. This was Sury's first collegiate race, and she didn't know what to expect. Now she knows what she's capable of doing. Maritza just wouldn't be denied. She had a goal, and she just gutted it out. Amanda is amazing. She constantly has to deal with respiratory issues, but she just digs down and gets it done. Alexis is really coming on. This was only her second race of the season, and she just keeps dropping her times. I’m really proud of the work that Angela’s doing. She has a nagging knee injury, but she just doesn’t let it bother her when it comes time to compete,” Horstmeyer said.

“The neat thing is they know they can get better, and they understand what they have to do to accomplish that. I know they were pleased with their effort. Now they have something to build on, especially some of the kids who still have to deal with nagging aches and pain and ailments. They are accepting it and moving forward,” he added.

The Cyclones are back in action on Saturday at the Wisconsin Lutheran College Warrior Invitational, and they will confront their first challenging 6K course. “We're really excited for what we think the girls can accomplish. This will be an excellent measuring stick for them,” Horstmeyer said.

September 24, 2012
Cyclones bounce back at Wheaton College
The Running Cyclones proved that old saying that looks can be deceiving. If you just consider the team finish, you would miss what really happened at Wheaton College’s Gil Dodds Invitational on Sept. 22.

Although they finished tenth of ten teams, they turned in a solid performance and in doing so once again showed what they are capable of achieving.

Diana Dinh was the first to cross the finishing line with a 113th place finish in 27:45 over the 6K course, followed by Maritza Najera in 120th in 28:01, Amanda Gerzon 130th in 28:31, Angela Flores in 131st in 28:31, and Alexis Vanoskey in 136th in 29:03. There were 150 finishers in the field.

“Several things really stood out today for us,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “They improved greatly over last week as we knew they would. They showed how capable they are of running together and they showed us that they are nowhere near what they are capable of doing.”

The women’s focus was on finishing a strong 5K to prove to themselves that last week was just an off day, and “then we wanted them to finish the last 1K as strong as possible to get some understanding of what that race length means,” Horstmeyer said.

“I know the girls were really pleased with their effort as were we. Diana is still struggling with her allergies but is getting stronger and stronger as is Maritza. Amanda had her best race of the season, and that will be a confidence booster for her. Angela is just gutting it out right now because of a sore knee, and we are proud of her effort. This was Alexis’ first race because of an injury, and she showed a lot of potential. Most important, however, was the team effort. Their scoring finish was one right after another. That’s a great team effort,” Horstmeyer said.

September 17, 2012
Cyclones look to recover Saturday after slipping at ISU

The Running Cyclones took a bit of a step backwards at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Illinois State University on Sept. 14 with only four runners “officially” crossing the finishing line.

“It was not the race any of us expected, especially the girls,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “So we just have to chalk it up to experience and move on and get ready for Saturday.”

Because of injuries, the Cyclones ran only five team members—the minimum number for scoring as a team. “Unfortunately, one of the girl’s scoring chip fell off her shoe during the race, so when she crossed the finishing line she wasn’t counted. I felt bad for her, but there’s nothing much you can do about it. I know it was a hopeless feeling for her,” Horstmeyer said.

Katie Burke, who had been battling a bad cold all week, still led the Cyclones charge with a 222nd finish in 22:19, an improvement on her performance the previous week. Diana Dinh, who has been struggling with allergies all season, was next in 241st in 23:01, followed by Angela Flores in 258th in 23:52 and Amanda Gerzon in 264th place in 24:33. There were 300 finishers in the championship that includes colleges and universities from all NCAA divisions, NAIA schools and community colleges.

“We just have to keep working hard, get healthy, learn something from each race, and remember it for the next time,” Horstmeyer said. “We have a series of smaller-sized races coming up over the next several weeks, and this will help us out a lot. We have a ways to go, and I think the team will learn a lot about themselves in the weeks ahead. I’m looking forward to seeing how they respond on Saturday.”

September 10, 2012
Cyclones continue progress at Midwest Classic
Neither rain nor lightning could deter the Cyclones from their appointed first 5K race on Sept. 7 at the Midwest Classic XC Invitational, where they finished 10th of 11 teams. The weather was not the only challenge the young Moraine Valley team faced as they were the only community college in the field.

"They acquitted themselves quite well," said coach Mark Horstmeyer. "This was the first 5K of the season for them, and it was also very competitive. We were pleased with the progress they showed."

Katie Burke (Sandburg) led the way again with a 95th place finish in a time of 22:25. She was followed by Diana Dinh (Sandburg) in 99th in 22:42, Angela Flores (Argo) in 106th in 23:14, Maritza Najera (Thornton) in 110th in 23:43, Amanda Gerzon (Stagg) in 114th in 23:59, and Nancy Ibarra (Eisenhower) in 125th in 24:42. There were 137 finishers in the race hosted by Olivet Nazarene University at the Aspen Ridge Golf Club in Bourbonnais.

"The race was delayed by over 30 minutes because of lightning, so the girls had to readjust their preparation, and I liked the way they handled it. The course was soggy from all the rain even up to the start of the race," Horstmeyer said. "I also liked the way they had a controlled start and stayed together. We need to continue to work on keeping it tight all the way through, but they definitely are heading in the right direction."

The women will continue to gain experience when they compete this Friday at the Illinois Intercollegiate Championship at Illinois State University. "This is a big race with Illinois colleges and universities of all sizes competing. This is a fun meet and gives the kids an opportunity to mix it up with some of the best teams in Illinois that are also nationally ranked. It will be fast and competitive, and I'm excited to see how the team continues to improve," Horstmeyer said.

September 3, 2012
Cyclones battle challenging conditions in first outing
The running Cyclones had to overcome high temperatures, humidity and tough competition at Elmhurst College’s Earlybird Invite on Aug. 31 to place 12th of 16 teams.

Katie Burke (Sandburg) led the way, finishing 93rd out of 166 finishers in 17:59 over the 4K Eldridge Park course. Following her across the finish line were Diana Dinh (Sandburg) in 97th in 18:11, Angela Flores (Argo) in 113th in 18:43, Maritza Najera (Thornton) in 129th in 19:23, Amanda Gerzon (Stagg) in 139th in 19:59, and Nancy Ibarra (Eisenhower) in 144th in 20:22.

“I was pleased with the effort in our first outing,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer. “This was the girls’ first collegiate race, and I think they now are beginning to understand what they will have to do to raise their game. They have potential and commitment. I think they also understand there’s a lot of hard work ahead.

“We’re looking forward to seeing how they respond to their first 5K on Friday. It should be fun for them. We’re excited to see what they can do,” Horstmeyer added.

August 28, 2012
New season, new team
The 2012 edition of the Running Cyclones is brand new. No one returns from last year. But don’t mistake newness with lack of experience. This year’s Cyclones crew is far from that, and shares one thing in common with last year’s team—they want to be in the championship hunt.

“We have all new faces this year, but I’m excited about our prospects,” said coach Mark Horstmeyer, who is in his 13th season at the helm. “The girls all have high school experience and come from solid high school programs, and that’s already beginning to reveal itself in our workouts.”

The team consists of Katie Burke and Diana Dinh, both from Sandburg; Argo grads Angela Flores and Sury Rosete; Amanda Gerson (Stagg); Alexis Vanoskey (Shepard); Maritza Najera (Thornton); and Eisenhower product Nancy Ibarra.

“Their work ethic is impressive. We could tell they put in time over summer to establish a base, so we have been able to build from that. They have responded very well to what we want them to do. We have a long way to go, but we are pleased by what we see in the early going. We need to stay healthy and get stronger, and I’m confident we will. I’m excited to see how they progress over the next couple of months as we get ready for the championship season,” Horstmeyer said. “It should be a fun season!”