ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – In a cross country year, you also want to run your best during championship season. The Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Cross Country team took that to heart after posting the school's best-ever finish at the NCAA Midwest Regionals, placing 10th in the 40 team field. In addition, six of seven Falcons had personal-record times on Saturday.
Falcons Score: 352 points (Haegler – 20th, Scheele – 51st, Imperl – 59th, Sprotte – 88th, Agnello – 134th)
Location: Saukie Golf Course – Rock Island, Ill.
Team Champion: Washington University of St. Louis (68)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Falcons ran six personal-bests which is the key in turning in the 10th-place finish. CUW was the highest finishing NACC school, even defeating NACC Champion Edgewood College, which took 13th.
- Senior Marya Haegler (West Bend, Wis.) was one second away from qualifying for nationals after posting an impressive PR time of 21:44.3. She finished 20th in the 271-runner field. Haegler earned All-Region honors for her efforts.
- Next in line for the Falcons was junior Ashley Scheele (Kohler, Wis.) as she posted a PR time of her own, running a 22:43.5. She was followed by sophomore Nora Imperl (Greenfield, Wis.) who ran a 22:51.5. What's even more impressive about Imperl's time is she battled injuries early on in the season and improved by four minutes from race on to the final race of the season.
- Sophomore Cassandra Sprotte (Abbotsford, Wis.) was the next on the PR list for the Falcons, turning in a 23:22.8.
- The final scoring runner for CUW was sophomore Paulina Agnello (Brookfield, Wis.) as clocked in at a personal-best 24:08.5. The final PR for CUW came from freshman Sara Kieselhorst (Waukesha, Wis.), who recorded a 24:19.0
- Freshman Carolyn Arndt (Rochester, Minn.) concluded her strong rookie season with a time of 25:20.5.
- Before the season head coach Russ De Lap thought this could be the best CUW team in the history of the program. He certainly looked good on that prediction with the 10th-place finish at the regional meet, along with the countless number of impressive times during the season.