The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Zach Lee, Walker Ryne, Johanna Meister, and Katie Wardinski were named individual qualifiers for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Sunday.All four Pioneers earned All-Region honors for their finishes at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Saturday.
Four Pioneers earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Midwest Regional meet. Zach Lee and Walker Rynes finished 4th and 6th place in the 8,000m race. Their places will assure them an individual qualifying spot to the NCAA National meet next weekend. Johanna Meister and Katie Wardinski finished 11th and 15th in the 6,000m race to earn All-Region honors. They are both likely individual qualifiers to next week’s NCAA National meet.
Four Pioneers earned All-Conference honors as both teams ended the day with fourth place finishes at the WIAC Championships. The men’s 8,000m and women’s 6,000m championship races were hosted by UW-Whitewater were 92 men and 88 women competed.
Kyle Herbrand won the UW-Oshkosh Open on Friday. He settled into fourth place early in the 8,000 meter race before picking up the pace during the middle miles. Herbrand worked his way up to the leader and overtook him in mile 4. He cruised to a 19-second lead and the win in 27:05. This was Herbrand’s first collegiate cross country win. The race featured 63 runners and five teams.
The UW-Platteville cross country teams competed at the Principia Cowbell Classic which served as this year’s pre-nationals meet. The women exceeded expectations finishing 15th out of 36 teams with 406 points beating No. 15 nationally ranked Calvin by 12 points. The Pioneers also finished ahead of No. 32 ranked UW-Stevens Point. The pointers finished 18th with 520 points.
The UW-Platteville men headed into the Blugold Invitational with a No. 9 regional ranking and nationally unranked. Ready to prove themselves, the Pioneer men had an agreeseive start to the race before settling in. They trailed No. 17 nationally ranked St. Olaf at the 5,000m mark. During the final two miles of the race the Pioneers would claw their way ahead of St. Olaf to finish fourth in the 13-team invitational. The Pioneers’ 124 points edged out St. Olaf’s 140 points. Finishing behind St. Olaf was No. 7 regionally ranked UW-Whitewater with 169 points. UW-LaCrosse won the meet with 33 points, host Eau Claire was second with 80 points and UW-Stout third with 91 points.
The UW-Platteville Cross Country teams opened the season at the Tom Hoffman Invitational hosted by UW-Whitewater. Many runners used the competition partly as a training race with many of the Pioneer runners running in pairs.