Pioneer Women Beat Multiple Ranked Teams at Pre-Nationals

Pioneer Women Beat Multiple Ranked Teams at Pre-Nationals

Battling warm temperatures, the Pioneers where led with a trio of personal best performances. Katie Wardinski finished 21st out of 332 runners with a lifetime best of 22:24 for the six kilometer course. Following close behind was Johanna Meister in 23rd crossing in a best of 22:29. Next was Camille Felton finishing 113th with a personal best of 24:04. Caitlyn Ifft (152nd, 24:37) and Janelle Ferguson (173rd, 25:00) finished strong to help bring home the Pioneers' top-5. Rounding out the scoring top-7 were Kim Gutierrez (219th, 25:55) and Mariah Brown (222nd, 25:59).

Also representing the Pioneers were Kaitlyn Galgon (230th, 26:13), Hannah Ihlenfeldt (242nd, 26:28), Anna Drazkowski (274th, 27:52), and Haley Daniels (313th, 31:15).

On the men's side, the team met expectations beating those ranked below them but falling short of those ranked ahead of them. The No. 27 ranked Pioneers finished 16th out of 39 teams. Their 437 points beat out No. 30 ranked Emory University (17th, 494 points) and No. 31 ranked Albion College (18th, 558 points). The top-15 teams beating the Pioneers were all ranked ahead, including No. 1 ranked North Central College who took the meet with 47 points.

The eight kilometer race, which included 354 finishers, saw two Pioneers finishing in the top-20. Zach Lee led the charge with a 16th place finish and a time of 25:33. Walker Rynes followed in 17th place with a time of 25:34. Logan Steinhoff was the Pioneer's third finisher in 147th place crossing the finish in 27:10. Mitch Muffler joined the Pioneer top-5 for the first time finishing in 152nd place and 27:15. Ben Rhode was close behind in 157th place and 27:17. The scoring top-7 was capped by Cole Shurbert-Hetzel (167th, 27:25) and Isaac Schuetz (177th, 27:32).

Also competing for the Pioneers were Alex Clark (184th, 27:35), Mitchell Frager (189th, 27:38), Ben Nemec (228th, 28:14), Kyle Herbrand (236th, 28:27), and Nolan Wallenkamp 249th, 28:48.

The Pioneers will compete a partial squad next Friday, Oct. 20 at UW-Oshkosh before contesting the WIAC Championships at UW-Whitewater on Oct. 28.