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Jennifer Luksan-Dowling-Bradley
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Luksan Leads Braves at the Illini Open

Jenny Luksan-Dowling-Bradley ©Jim Kirby

Jenny Luksan-Dowling-Bradley
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With just one week until the 2017 Missouri Valley Conference Championship, the Bradley cross country teams wrapped up the regular season at the Illini Open on Friday.

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The BU women’s team finished second of five teams in the field, finishing just behind Purdue. Senior Jennifer Luksan led the team with a third-place performance, running the 5K course in a career-best time of 18:47.5 – 11 seconds better than her previous PR time. Sophomore Sam Lechowicz also finished in the top five and posted a mark of 18:51.3.

Senior Nicole Alfano (11th in 19:21.0), freshman Arsinoe Del Real (12th in 19:21.3) and sophomore Emma Makowski (19th in 19:33.8) also ranked among the top 20 finishers on the afternoon for the Braves.

The Braves also featured two runners in the men’s 8K as Nick Porter placed 33rd in 28:30.7 and Scott Seymour was 36th in 28:49.4.

The Braves now turn their attention toward the MVC Championship, held on Saturday, October 28 at Missouri State. The men aim for their third-straight title, while the women look to reclaim the top of the podium after titles in 2014 and 2015.

Prescott Leads Gophers at Jack’s Twilight Run

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota   ©Golden Gopher Athletics

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
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Elyse Prescott led the Golden Gophers and finished as the overall runner-up as the University of Minnesota women’s cross country team hosted the 10th annual running of Jack’s Twilight Run at Les Bolstad Course Friday evening.

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Twenty-two Gophers raced, and 19 recorded career-best times led by Prescott’s runner-up time of 20:56.7. Unattached Gopher Jaycie Thomsen posted a PR of 21:13.2 in fourth place overall while Molly Eastman came in fifth in a career-best 21:20.2.

Zetta Mason (21:28.6), Paige Peschel (21:35.8), and Ally Smith (21:47.3) also recorded career-best times and finished within the top-10 overall finishers in sixth, ninth, and 10th, respectively.

Fifty total competitiors toed the line at Jack’s Twilight Run led by individual champion Julia Webb of the Bowerman Track Club in 20:47.1.

The Gophers travel to Bloomington, Ind., for the 2017 Big Ten Conference Championship next Sunday, Oct. 29.

Gopher Results at Jack’s Run
2. Elyse Prescott, 20:56.7, PR
4. Jaycie Thomsen, 21:13.2 (UA), PR
5. Molly Eastman, 21:20.2, PR
6. Zetta Mason, 21:28.6, PR
9. Paige Peschel, 21:35.8, PR
10. Ally Smith, 21:47.3, PR
11. Sophie Schmitz, 21:55.1 (UA), PR
12. Kelli Schmidt, 22:06.1, PR
14. Abby Lange, 22:14.5, PR
15. Sarah Werking, 22:15.8, PR
16. Carissa Dock, 22:19.5, PR
17. Anastasia Korzenowski, 22:24.5 (UA), PR
18. Tate Sweeney, 22:25.8 (UA), PR
20. Haley Rasmussen, 22:35.4, season-best
21. Sarah Klecker, 22:39.2, PR
22. Bit Klecker, 22:58.4 (UA), PR
23. Maria Eastman, 23:01.6 (UA), PR
24. Samantha Prouty, 23:08.4, season-best
25. Delaney FitzPatrick, 23:10.6, PR
27. Kelsey Sather, 23:45.8, PR
28. Abby Kargol, 24:01.1
29. Jenna Conzemius, 24:09.7, PR

S. Dakota Women's XC 2017
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Iowans Lead Coyotes to Victory at Bradley

Eldon Warner-CB Thomas Jefferson-S. Dakota ©Coyote Athletics

Eldon Warner-CB Thomas Jefferson-S. Dakota
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South Dakota junior Megan Billingtonled the Coyotes to a women’s team victory at the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday at Newman Golf Course.


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South Dakota’s women captured the meet title with a score of 105 points. It marks the first time USD has won the Bradley Pink Classic in program history after a fifth-place finish a year ago.

Billington completed the 6,000-meter course in a personal best time of 21 minutes, 11.6 seconds. Billington, who finished fifth in the individual race, has led the Coyotes at all four races this season.

The Coyotes’ second through fifth runners finished with 10 seconds of one another. Freshman Laura Nelson took 20th in 21:33.7 and junior Lindsay Joyce finished 23rd in 21:36.2. Junior Madeline Huglenfinished 27th in 21:40.7 and senior Erin Wetzstein rounded out the Coyote scorers in 30th with a time of 21:42.5.

South Dakota’s top seven included junior Bethany Kozak in 40th with a time of 21:52.4 and sophomore Kianna Stewart in 55th with a time of 22:11.1.

Ten regionally ranked women’s teams competed in the field, including South Dakota’s No. 8 Midwest squad. Marquette (No. 13 Great Lakes) finished runner-up with 136 points and Bradley (No. 11 Midwest) took third with 152 points.

The Coyote men finished 11th with a score of 297 points. Iowa captured the men’s team title with 84 points. Eight regionally ranked men’s teams competed in the field.

Junior Eldon Warner led the Coyotes for the third race this season with a ninth-place finish. Warner finished the 8,000-meter course in 24:52.3.

Freshman Luke Bailey was the second Coyote across the line in 25:38.2 for 46th place with senior Brice Cowman close behind in 25:41.2 for 50th.

Junior Nathan Wendt and freshman Isaac Benz rounded out the Coyote scorers. Wendt took 78th in 26:05.8 and Benz finished 114th in 26:42.8.

Next up for the Coyotes is the Summit League Championships held Oct. 28 at The Bluffs Course in Vermillion, S.D. South Dakota hosts the championship meet for the first time in program history as the Coyote women look to capture their fourth-straight Summit League title.

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7 Top Ten Finishers For Panthers at the Bradley Pink

UNI Men's XC 2016 ©Panther's Athletics

UNI Men’s XC 2016
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Led by seven top-25 finishes on Friday, Northern Iowa cross country wrapped up a successful Bradley Pink Classic to conclude the 2017 regular season.

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“I’m proud of how our ladies finished today and happy with the effort on our men’s side,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “This was a tough race with a lot of good teams, so we competed well. We’re going to focus now on the postseason and accomplishing the goals we set out at the beginning of the season.”

The women finished Friday’s 6K with seven top-25 finishes, with two groups of runners competing in the Red Race and Open Race.

UNI’s Brette Correy (15th – 21:29.0) and Hannah Truniger (18th – 21:30.5) claimed two of the top-25 finishes in the Red Race, while Gabby Champion (2nd – 22:39.4), Alyssa Williams (4th – 22:45.8), Alayna Kollasch (15th – 23:26.7), Maddie Reynolds (20th – 23:33.3) and Tess Roorda(24th – 23:35.3) finished with top-25’s in the Open Race.

Friday also saw the men turning in a promising performance. Senior Luke Johnston (67th – 25:53.3) and junior Alex Jackson (112th – 26:36.0) each posted new bests in the 8K as Panthers to cap the regular season.

The Panthers turn their focus now to the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Oct. 28 in Springfield, Mo.

For more information on the UNI cross country program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

Oct. 13, 2017 – Peoria, Ill. (6K)

15th – Brette Correy (21:29.0)
18th – Hannah Truniger (21:30.5)
36th – McKayla Cole (21:51.2)
45th – Ashley Norem (21:58.2)
67th – Tiffany Christensen (22:16.9)
110th – Gabby Skopec (22:52.6)
114th – Lyndsie Schinkel (22:54.4)
147th – Kelsey Leedy (23:12.3)

Oct. 13, 2017 – Peoria, Ill. (6K)

2nd – Gabby Champion (22:39.4)
4th – Alyssa Williams (22:45.8)
15th – Alayna Kollasch (23:26.7)
20th – Maddie Reynolds (23:33.3)
24th – Tess Roorda (23:35.3)
26th – Josie Kriener (23:36.4)
28th – Lucy Conroy (23:42.5)

Oct. 13, 2017 – Peoria, Ill. (8K)

67th – Luke Johnston (25:53.3)
99th – Mitch Pritts (26:27.8)
112th – Alex Jackson (26:36.0)
166th – Ben Ahlrichs (27:32.0)
195th – Peyton Twedt (28:33.6)

Kyle Kepler--Utah
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Iowans Kepler and Moreno Represent Utes at Nuttycombe

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah ©Utes Athletics

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah
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Led by a second-place finish by Grayson Murphy, the 22nd-ranked Utah cross country team finished in 16th place at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday morning.

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“Unbelievable performance by Grayson Murphy as she took second overall,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “She was up with the front group the whole way and with a mile to go she worked her way up to the runner-up spot and I believe she ran one of the top-10 fastest times ever ran on this course so outstanding job by her.”

Grayson Murphy finished the 6-km course in a time of 19:39.4 to capture the second-place finish in a field of 225 finishers. Coming in behind Murphy was sophomore Poppy Tank who finished the race in a time of 20:34.4 which was good for a 42nd-place finish and sophomore Amanda Gehrich who finished in 76th-place with a time of 21:00.6.

“Another great performance that will kind of get lost in this is Poppy Tank, our number two runner,” Kepler said. “I thought she ran outstanding, and she ran a minute faster than she did last year on this course so I really feel good about her improvement and where she is at.”

Rounding out the five scorers for the Utes in the championship race were seniors Hannah McInturff and Louise Mercer. McInturff finished the race in 163rd with a time of 21:55.1 and Mercer finished in 166th place with a time of 21:56.8.

Also competing for the Utes in the championship race was freshman Trina Moreno and senior Jessica Sams. Moreno finished in 171st place with a time of 21:58.5 and Sams finished in 186th place with a time of 22:11.7.

“Those two big scores that we had to take in the 160’s, we just can’t have that,” Kepler explained. “But Trina Moreno, a true freshman in her first big time race like this I thought she ran great. Running under 22 minutes in her first 6k, I thought she handled the meet very well.”

As a team, Utah finished in 16th place with 449 team points. No. 3 ranked New Mexico took home the team title with 87 points followed by sixth-ranked San Francisco (126 points) and seventh-ranked North Carolina State in third (169 points). Utah finished fourth among the Pac-12 teams behind seventh-place Washington (257), eighth-place Stanford (292) and 15th-place California (444).

“As a team, we took 16th and honestly we were disappointed by that,” Kepler explained. “We were really hoping that we were going to finish in the top ten again, and we probably didn’t hurt ourselves but we will probably lose a few spots in the rankings and just didn’t take full advantage of an opportunity to help ourselves later in the season.”

Several Utes also competed in the open race on Friday morning. Senior Dakota Grossman led the Utes with a 41st-place finish in a time of 22:11.3. Following up behind Grossman was junior Caitlin Faust who took 52nd with a time of 22:18.7 and freshman Aubrey Argyle who took 58th

with a time of 22:29.5. Freshman Bella Williams finished in 82nd place with a time of 23:11.1 and sophomore Nicole Griffiths finished in 89th with a time of 23:30.5.

The Utes have a weekend off before competing at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27. The conference meet will be held in Eugene, Ore.

Anna Holdiman-McDonald-Waverly Shellrock-Boise St
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Top 5 Finish For Boise St’s Holdiman-McDonald at Nuttycombe

Anna Holdiman-McDonald-Waverly Shellrock-Boise St ©Jim Kirby

Anna Holdiman-McDonald-Waverly Shellrock-Boise St
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Entering the race as the seventh-highest ranked team in the field, the No. 13 Boise State women’s cross country team excelled with a fourth-place (233 points) finish at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational, Friday.

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Allie Ostrander led the Broncos in ninth place, moving through the field in the latter stages of the race. Ostrander was in 26th at the 2-kilometer mark, but finished strong to extend her streak of top 10 cross country finishes to eight. Ostrander has never finished outside of the top 10 in her collegiate cross country career.

The redshirt sophomore traversed the 6-kilometer Thomas Zimmer Championship course in 20:00.2.

Pack running propelled Boise State to finish above 11 ranked teams – the five scorers finished within a 56-second spread.

Minttu Hukka (20:33.4) finished in 40th-place, while Clare O’Brien, Emily Venters and Alexis Fuller finished within the same six seconds to round out the top five for Boise State.

No. 3 New Mexico won the women’s title (87 points), while the Lobos’ Ednah Kurgat won as an individual (19:23.1).


In the women’s B-race, Kyra Lopez and Anna McDonald finished in the top 5 to lead the Broncos to a third-placing showing as a team.

A second contingent of Broncos will race Saturday, at the Inland Empire Challenge in Lewiston, Idaho. Next up for Boise State will be the Mountain West Championships, Oct. 27, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Women’s Championship Race (6-kilometer)

9. Allie Ostrander – 20:00.2
40. Minttu Hukka – 20:33.4
56. Clare O’Brien – 20:50.8
62. Emily Venters – 20:54.2
66. Alexis Fuller – 20:56.3
97. Sadi Henderson – 21:16.7
161. Grace McConnochie – 23:30.8


Women’s B Race (6-kilometer)

3. Kyra Lopez – 21:11.1
5. Anna McDonald – 21:14.3
32. Amy Pfaff – 22:00.6
38. Erin Mullins – 22:09.4
55. Megan Lacy – 22:23.6
79. Jordan Jacob – 23:05.9

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
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Mizzou’s Thomas Shines at Bradley

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2016

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
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Redshirt senior Sheldon Keence (St. Charles, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Mo.) paced the Tigers on Friday at the Bradley Classic. The meet was the first of two this weekend for the Tigers, who will have its top runners compete at the Pre-National Invitational tomorrow.

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Keence, who finished 58th overall, led Mizzou to an 18th-place finish with 495 points. Iowa won the men’s team race with 84 points, while Bradley finished second with 98 points and Nebraska third with 131 points.

In the women’s race, Racette finished 78th and Mizzou finished 19th with 506 points. South Dakota won the race with 105 points, while Marquette finished second with 136 points and Bradley third with 152 points.


Racette paced the Tigers in her debut in the Black & Gold, crossing the finish line with a time of 22:26.2. Junior Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa) finished not far behind, clocking a time of 22:34.6. Redshirt senior Kaelyn Balch (Wichita, Kan.) posted an 8k personal record in the race, finishing at 22:53.7.


Mizzou Assistant Coach Stephen Smith

“I’m proud of the effort each and every one of our student athletes put forth on the course today,” said assistant coach Stephen Smith. “It was great to see Sophia get back on the course after a long time away battling injuries. She has worked hard to get back to where she is, and will continue to get better through training and competing. It was also good to see the exceptional effort from our mid-distance crew. The 6k and 8k is a bit out of their comfort zone, but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how hard they were running at the end of the race.”


Mizzou will close regular season competition with the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky., tomorrow. After, the Tigers will head south to Athens, Ga., for the SEC Championships on Oct. 27, then north to Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10, and east to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Women’s 6k Results – 19th Place (506 points)
78. Sophia Racette, 22:26.2 // 94. Hannah Thomas, 22:34.6 // 102. Melissa Menghini, 22:43.7 // 111. Kaelyn Balch, 22:53. 7 // 121. Kayla Funkenbusch, 22:58.7 // 165. Lexi Maddox, 23:36.8 // 182. Kayla Glowacki, 24:05.7 // Kiley Deain, 24:40.0 // Valeska Halamicek, 24:40.6

Women’s Open 6k Results
11. Karina Liz, 23:12.3 // 38. Emmie Hahn, 24:01.7 // 41. Vivien Jepkemoi, 24:02.7 // 54. Faramola Shonekan, 24:19.7 // 77. Erica Rideout, 25:15.9 // 78. Elly DeTurris, 25:17.2 // 92. Richelle Bain, 26:14.8

2016 ISU Women's Conference Champions
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Cyclones Set For Nuttycombe

Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough and the ISU Cyclones ©Jim Kirby

Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough and the ISU Cyclones
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The No. 18 Iowa State cross country team is set for competition tomorrow at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour. The Cyclones last competed at the Roy Griak Invitational where they finished second place as a team.

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The women’s race will begin at 12:20 p.m., followed by the men’s race. You can stream the event live on FloTrack ($) and live stats will be provided by the University of Wisconsin. Links to those pages are listed above.

The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational is one of the nation’s premiere regular season events every season. The Cardinal and Gold will be joined by some of the nation’s best in Madison, Wisc. In the field are 17 of the 33 teams slated in the top-30 by the USTFCCCA. At last year’s event, the Cyclones took eighth place as a team.

ISU returns to the course after a great performance at the Roy Griak Invitational. Freshman Cailie Loguecontinued her hot start to her career, pacing the Cyclones to a runner-up finish. Logue (5th) was one of four Cyclones to finish in the top-20 individually (Anne Frisbie – 6th, Kelly Naumann – 14th, Amanda Vestri– 18th.)

Iowa State Probables
Karly Ackley
Abby Caldwell
Larkin Chapman
Anne Frisbie
Grace Gibbons
Evelyne Guay
Cailie Logue
Kelly Naumann
Megan Schott
Jasmine Staebler
Erinn Stenman-Fahey
Amanda Vestri

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota  
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Minnestoa’s Prescott is Finding Her Groove

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota  ©Jim Kirby

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
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University of Minnesota sophomore Elyse Prescott began the 2017 cross country season by racing unattached at two meets before making her official sophomore debut at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K. Prescott reflects on how she chose the University of Minnesota, her kinesiology major, and more.

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Gopher Sports: How did you pick the University of Minnesota?

Elyse Prescott: I wanted to go out of state, but I explored a few other options and I even looked in-state a little bit, but when I came on my visit to Minnesota and met with Coach Hopkins and Coach Nick (Larson), I just felt a real connection with them right away. Then on my official visit, just hanging out with the team, I felt like I was at home. It was a good distance from home, and I also loved the school itself and all the opportunities that it gives. The Twin Cities is a great place to live.

GS: What is your major? Do you know what career path you want to explore?

EP: I’m a kinesiology major, and I’m thinking physical therapy right now.

GS: What sparked your interest about physical therapy?

EP: Being a runner and an athlete in high school and being in PT clinics. We have a few close family friends that are physical therapists that kind-of sparked that interest and I slowly realized that, although it’s not fun to be in PT clinics, it’s fun to watch the patients and the progress they make through the care of physical therapists.

GS: Do you have a favorite motivational quote or running mantra that you use?

EP: One of my favorite mantras is, “Strong and relaxed, I’ll run fast.”

GS: Complete the sentence: Running is _______.

EP: Running is freeing.

GS: Do you consider yourself more of a cross country-sided or a track-sided runner?

EP: I would say a little bit more track. I like the distances in track a little bit better, but I love the team in cross country and I’m starting to get used to that 6K, so hopefully we can figure it out soon.

GS: What’s your favorite place to run in Minneapolis?

EP: I love Stone Arch. Even though you don’t get to be on it for very long, I always love seeing all the people that are on it. It’s always busy, and all the dogs and interesting people playing the guitar and different things. It’s always exciting.

GS: What is your favorite thing about cross country and what is the most challenging thing about cross country?

EP: The most challenging would probably be the distance, the 6K is just kind-of a weird distance and it kind of pushes my range a little bit more. Also, our course is pretty tough, but it’s also pretty exciting to have. It’s fun to be able to practice on that. The thing I like the most would be the team atmosphere and that everybody’s fighting towards a common goal.

Hannah Truniger-UNI
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Panthers off to the Bradley Pink Classic

Coach Dave Paulsen ©Panthers Athletics

Coach Dave Paulsen
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Wrapping up the 2017 regular season, the Northern Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Peoria, Ill., this Friday for the Bradley Pink Classic.

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The event will be hosted at the Newman Golf Course, with the men racing in an 8K at 3:15 p.m. CT and the women running a 6K at 4 p.m. CT. The UNI women will also send a select group of runners to compete in an open 6K race at 2:30 p.m. CT as well.

“We’re excited to finish the regular season on a strong note this Friday,” head coach Dave Paulsensaid. “We’ve had a great couple of weeks training before this meet, so we’re looking forward to executing our game plan against a tough group of teams on Friday.”

Last time out, the UNI women won its first race of the season after taking the Joe Piane Invitational 5K on Sept. 29. The Panthers were led by sophomore Hannah Truniger, who set the fifth-fastest 5K time in UNI history after finishing ninth overall with a time of 17:32.8. UNI also had two other Panthers set records that day, with Brette Correy (17:39.2) and Tiffany Christensen (17:39.9) earning the seventh and eighth-fastest 5K times in UNI history.

The men turned in an improved performance last race, with all eight Panthers turning in their fastest 8K times of the seasons at the Joe Piane Invitational. UNI has competed in two 8Ks this season, with CJ May (fifth) and Alex Jackson (10th) each earning a top-10 finish at the Wisconsin Mayflower Day Open.

Bradley will provide results after the conclusion of the race on Friday at

After wrapping up the regular season, the Panthers will focus on the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Oct. 28 in Springfield, Mo.