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Women's runners perform well at Wisconsin Private College Championships

Women's runners perform well at Wisconsin Private College Championships

BELOIT, Wis. – Concordia University Wisconsin's cross country teams traveled to Leeson Park for the Wisconsin State Private College Championships, hosted by Beloit College. The weather was not favorable for running and the course was wet, which resulted in slower times for some runners.

Overall, both Falcon teams competed very well and many runners had their season best times, and a few finished with personal bests.

"We are improving and I like the direction we are heading," head coach Russ DeLap said. "Although, we need several runners to really step up the next two weeks and get ready for the conference tournament, which CUW will be hosting on Oct. 27. The team has been working very hard and preparing to run their fastest times at the end of the season."

CUW's men placed second, seven points behind winner MSOE, out 12 competing teams.

Junior Martin Hinze (Bourbonnais, Ill.) led the Falcons with a sixth-place finish with a time of 26:55.57. His teammate, sophomore Andrew Coop (Mora, Minn.) ran 26:57.84 to finish one spot behind him. Junior Jordan Guenther (West Bend, Wis.) placed 15th overall after running 27:43.72. Senior Kevin Gries (Howards Grove, Wis.) ran 27:53.35 to place 17th as an individual. The four was all named all-state.

The Falcons' women's team finished fourth out of 13 competing teams.

Freshman Larissa Schlitz (DeForest, Wis.) led the women with an 11th-place finish after crossing the finish line in 24:18.94. Sophomore Samantha Nelson (Frederic, Wis.) placed two spots behind after running 24:34.54. Senior Bethany Doerr (Chilton, Wis.) ran 24:47.67 to finish 15th overall as an individual. The trio was named all-state.

CUW Men Results
Martin, Hinze, 26:55.57
Andrew Coop, 26:57.84 [PR]
Jordan Guenther, 27:43.72
Kevin Gries, 27:53.35
Daniel McKee, 28:25.45 [PR]
Robert Meilbeck, 28:32.71
TJ Helgren, 28:47.14
Josh Tillman, 29:05.99
Alex Rosenau, 29:08.82
Stephen Bernau, 29:13.17 [PR]
Johann Hinck, 29:15.14
Brendan Pettis, 29:58.54 [PR]
Micah Fritz, 32:18.93 [PR]
Steven Stiller, 33:14.71 [PR]
Paul Horener, 37:29.32

CUW Women Results
Larissa Schlitz, 24:18.94
Samantha Nelson, 24:34.54
Bethany Doerr, 24:47.67
Kelsey Wagner, 25:22.88
Jolyn Achs, 26:22.23 [PR]
Ashley Lyons, 26:29.33
Caitlyn Stern, 26:48.94
Haley Ring, 27:20.48
Holly Peterson, 27:28.02
Ashley Birenbaum, 27:44.17
Jessica Rice, 28:05.81
Stephanie Kennett, 28:14.03
Jordyn Jurss, 28:22.90
Taylor Brown, 29:06.89 [PR]
Brittney Duewell, 29:42.85
Elizabeth Small, 35:02.13
Kaytlin Kramer, 38:06.39