The University of Northern Iowa cross country program competed at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational September 19, with the men finishing in third place and the women placing fourth as a team.
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Kelsey Kirchoff led the Panther women for the second meet in a row, scoring a top-10 finish in the 6,000 meter race. She finished with a time of 22:35.90 in sixth place overall, beating her time from last season by over 30 seconds.
Hanna Martin notched an 18th place finish with a time of 23:13, improving on her course time by over a minute. Coming in third for the Panthers was Callie Matthews, grabbing 20th place overall with a time of 23:15.60. Brette Correy rounded out UNI’s top-30 finishers, placing 28th overall with a time of 23:23.80.
On the men’s side, Trai Bunch was UNI’s first finisher, earning a 21st place finish and a time of 26:06.30. Sophomore Bailey Wetherell turned in a strong performance, finishing second for the Panthers with a time of 26:28.30, beating his course-best by two minutes.
Shane Kirchoff and Ben Fick came in third and fourth for UNI’s top finishers, both running course personal records. Kirchoff finished with a time of 26:36.80 while Fick came across the line in a time of 26:38.80.
The Panthers will return to action on Oct. 2 when they compete at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. The meet is set to start at 1 p.m. CT.