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Women's Cross Country competes at NCAA Midwest Regional

Women's Cross Country competes at NCAA Midwest Regional

WINNECONNE, Wis. – Freshman Bethany Coop once again paced the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Cross Country team as the Falcons wrapped up their season at the NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals Saturday.

Coop (Mora, Minn.) was the 72nd runner to cross the finish line in the 281-competitor field. The freshman was the top Falcons finisher in every race this season as she ran a new PR Saturday with a time of 23:05.70. This was on the heels of her impressive performance at the NACC Championships two weeks ago where she raced to Freshman of the Year honors.

Two other Falcons ran PR times in junior Jessica Rice (Canton, Mich.) and sophomore Ashley Scheele (Kohler, Wis.). Scheele finished just behind Coop as she ran a PR time of 23:14.40, good for a 78th-place finish. Her time was 18 seconds faster than her previous best set two weeks ago.

Rice continued an unbelievable finish to her season, one that saw her PR in each of her final five races. Her time from her first race this year to her last improved by over three minutes as she clocked in at 24:15.80 on Saturday, the fourth Falcons runner to complete the course.

Freshman Nora Imperl (Greenfield, Wis.) finished between Scheele and Rice as she recorded a 24:09.40 on the 6K course, completing an impressive rookie season. A third freshman, Paulina Agnello (Brookfield, Wis.) ran a 24:24.50, as CUW had three rookies as scoring runners at the regional meet. The Falcons team of seven Saturday was comprised of four freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors.

Junior Larissa Schlitz (DeForest, Wis.) ran a 24:42.10, while freshman Cassandra Sprotte (Abbotsford, Wis.) came in at 25:53.20 to round out the CUW lineup.

Washington University won the regional title by scoring 62 points, 29 better than runner-up UW-La Crosse. WashU also had the top individual as Lucy Cheadle completed the course in 20:55.50.

It was a strong season for the youthful Falcons as they placed second at the NACC Championships two weeks ago, which included three runners earn First Team All-NACC honors.