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Cross country runs personal bests

November 17, 2017

The Fighting Scots cross country team traveled to Rock Island, IL this weekend for the NCAA Midwest Regional meet hosted by Augustana College. The Scots matched up against some of the most competitive division three teams in the nation with a field of almost 40 teams.

The Scots ran exceptionally well in the women’s 6K. Leading the Scots was senior Joanna Podosek who clocked a time of 22:12.8 placing her 47th. Following close behind Podosek, senior Stephanie Saey crossed the line with a 22:46.3 placing her 74th. Along with Saey, junior Caitlyn Allen placed 81st and finished with a 22:53.2. Senior Kelci Foss and junior Kate Saulcy worked off one another throughout the race to push them both through personal bests with Foss clocking in at 23:37 and placing 128th and Saulcy placing 140th with a time of 23:54. Junior Natalia Bobak and freshman Teagan McKenna formed a tight two-person pack to finish off for the Scots with Bobak placing 173rd with a time of 24:27 and McKenna placing 187th with a time of 24:49. The Scots place 15th in a very competitive field with seniors Joanna Podosek and Stephanie Saey recoding honor roll times in program history.

In the men’s 8k, the Scots also turned out for an excellent performance. Leading the Scots, senior Cooper Pauley recorded the seventh fastest 8k time in MC history (25:07.2) placing him 65th in a field of over 250 runners. Following closely behind, junior Tate Heiple also recorded a regional honor roll time of 25:38.6 placing him 96th. Finishing after Heiple, freshman Griffin Morrill clocked in a time of 26:29.2 and placed 138th. Forming two-person pack, junior Jay Gray and sophomore Tanner Heiple pushed each other to the finish line with Gray placing 170th with a time of 27:04 and Heiple placing 182nd with a time of 27:14. Finishing off for the Scots, juniors Tyler Bland and Brandon Allsop came in with times of 27:40 and 27:42 placing them 191st and 194th.

The Fighting Scots cross country team plan to continue their success on the track in January.

Griffin Morrill
Contributing Writer

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