Women's Cross Country with a Slate of PR's at IIAC Championships

Women's Cross Country with a Slate of PR's at IIAC Championships

Buena Vista served as the host of this year's Iowa Conference Cross Country Championships held on Saturday at Sunrise Point Golf Course, and the Beavers were led as a team by sophomore Katie Puls, who came in 62nd overall out of 125 runners.

Puls reached the finish line in a time of 25:17.8 which was just slightly slower than her season-best time two weeks ago at the Loras College Invite.

Kennedy Snyder was next to cross for BVU, finishing in a time of 27:12, which was her best time by nearly 30 seconds.  Maya Rowe turned in her best time by five seconds (27:51) while Tara Harris also turned in her best time by nearly 40 seconds.

Courtney Studer was nearly two minutes faster than her previous best time which was also at Sunrise Point in late September.

"We have a lot of work that still needs to be done, but the conference meet allows us to see where we stack up in the conference and what we need to shoot for in the future," said BVU head coach Colt Slack. "We cannot be satisfied with where we are. There is still work to be done."

Loras College's Audrey Miller was the top overall finisher in 21:43.9, holding off Dubuque's Fabiola Ortiz by 20 seconds.

Nebraska Wesleyan had four runners finish in the top-10 and took the team title in their first year as a member of the league.  The Prairie Wolves totaled 40 points to edge runner-up Wartburg College by 14 points.

Next up for the Beavers will be the Regional Championships on Saturday, November 12 at St. Olaf College.