AMES, Iowa (EIU) — Eastern Illinois men's and women's cross country wrapped up the 2017 season on Friday competing at the NCAA Midwest Regional hosted by Iowa State University. On a cold morning at the ISU Cross Country Course, the EIU women placed 23rd while the Panther men placed 22nd.

The women were led by senior Maria Baldwin, who placed 62nd in the 6K race, setting the school record with a time of 21:21. Ali Gutt also posted a career top-five EIU 6K time as she finished in 72nd with a time of 21:29.

On the men's side, senior Chris Orlow placed 64th with a time of 30:21.32. Marcus Skinner, Tyler Lay and Jaime Marcos just finished outside the top 100. Skinner was 102nd with a 10K time of 30:54.88. Lay was 106th with a time of 30:57.36. Marcos was 109th with a time of 30:59.56.

Michael Mest, Joe Carter and Jose Aguilera rounded out the men's runners at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Mest was EIU's final scorer runner finishing in 145th with a time of 31:36.30. Carter was 162nd with a time of 32:07.69. Aguilera was 173rd with a time of 32:32.77.

Grace Rowan, Kate Bushue and Caroline Collet were the other three scorer women's runners for EIU. Rowan was 111th with a time of 21:53. Bushue was 176th with a time of 22:36. Collet was 187th with a time of 22:56.

Maggie McPherson and Avani Flanagan were the final two EIU women's runners in the meet. McPherson was 195th with a time of 23:06. Flanagan was 198th with a time of 23:16.

Iowa State was the men's and women's team champion at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

EIU volleyball beats UT Martin in four sets

MARTIN, Tenn. (EIU) — Eastern Illinois volleyball traveled to UT Martin Friday evening, and the Panthers beat the Skyhawks, winning a four-set Ohio Valley Conference match 20-25, 25-13, 25-21, and 25-20.

The Skyhawks came out strong in the first set against the Panthers, taking the set 25-20. UT Martin was able to pull away in the set when they went on a 4-0 run. The Panthers would fight back with the help of Taylor Smith, who totaled five of her nine kills but would fall short in the set.

The second set was all about Eastern Illinois as they grabbed the set 25-13. The Panthers jumped out to an early 7-0 run off a Maria Brown kill. EIU hit .375 in the set.

The third set featured more balanced play as both teams tied a total seven times. EIU was able to hold off UT Martin to win the set 25-21. Leading the charge defensively for the Panthers was Brown, who totaled six of her 12 digs.

EIU closed out the match strong in the fourth set, defeating UT Martin 25-20. Leading the charge for the Panthers in the fourth set was Allie Hueston, who tallied three kills. Abby Knight led the Panther defense, claiming four blocks.

Smith claimed her NCAA-leading eighth triple-double of the season, finishing with 12 kills, 20 assists, and 10 digs. Bailey led the Panthers totaling 12 kills in the match, and Gina Furlin helped offensively collecting 20 assists. Hueston led the Panthers with seven blocks.

The Panthers return to action Saturday afternoon where they will close out the season against Southeast Missouri in a conference showdown at 2 p.m.

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