Cross Country ends season at NCAA Regionals
November 18, 2016
It was a cool, windy day at Lake Breeze golf course in Winneconne, Wisconsin, the site for the NCAA Division III Midwest cross country regional. The men’s team saw a drastic improvement from a season ago as they moved up to a 24th place finish and the women’s team stayed steady with a 16th place finish, the same as a season ago.
On the Women’s side, Joanna Podosek finished first for the team with a personal best time of 22:51 for the 6k course. Sophomores Caitlyn Allen and Kate Saulcy were the No. 2 and 3 runners for the Scots as they ran close together on the course finishing only 17 seconds apart. Jessica Salinas ran a 24:05 to finish fourth for the women’s team. The fifth and sixth runners were Kelci Foss and Amy Wollenburg as they ran 24:46 and 25:04 respectively. And rounding out the top seven for the Scots was senior Katelynn Propes with a 26:24.
On the Men’s side for the 8k race, it was Junior Cooper Pauley leading the way with a 26:45. Bryent Van De Wostine and Tate Heiple finished close together as they came through in times of 27:05 and 27:10. Tyler Bland earned the fourth spot for the Scots with a personal best 27:25. Sophomore Jay Gray ran a 28:02 while Freshmen Tanner Heiple and Joe Stewart completed the top 7.
Cooper Pauley had this to say as he reflected on the season, “Both the men and women had great years. Both teams finished in the top half of the conference and each meet we continued to improve and get closer together in races. We had a lot better teamwork in practices and races compared to previous years. That shows that we have matured a lot and become more confident in our race plan. There was a lot of improvement this season and we will continue to get better as a whole.”