The St. Ambrose women’s cross country team finished sixth in a stacked field at the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede hosted by Mount Mercy University.
Karyn Paisley was the top finished for SAU, as she took 19th overall in 19:17, shaving off more than 50 seconds from her season’s best 5K time. The sophomore now holds the seventh fastest time in school history. Keeley Knobloch was two seconds faster than her season best, finishing in 19:47 which is the second fastest freshman time in school history.
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Also jumping into that freshman list were Ashley Plumb and Mallory Rettenmeier. Plumb raced to a time of 20:02, while Rettenmeier made her first appearance in the varsity top 5 with a time of 20:04. Those times are good enough to rank them fifth and sixth for freshmen all-time at SAU.
Junior captain Katie Nelson ran her fastest time of the season, finishing in 20:02, only three seconds away from a lifetime best. Nelson was the Bees No. 4 runner as she, was sandwiched between the two freshmen who raced towards breaking the 20-minute mark in the final stretch.
Freshman Chloe Gunn ran as the Bees No. 6 runner, finishing in 20:17, matching her season and personal best and ranking her No. 11 for freshen in SAU program history.
For the third straight meet, Abby Hammer ran as the No. 7 runner for the Bees, and chopped 15 seconds off her previous lifetime best with a finishing time of 20:38. Ann Froeschle and Ashlyn Rulis rounded out the day for the Bees as they both were 18 seconds faster than any race this season.
“This was a good improvement for our ladies,” SAU head coach Dan Zeimet said. “There are things we can do from here to improve in how we race to be prepared for the conference meet in two weeks. This is when we want to peak and we can see it’s going to be great.”
The women ran 99:14 which was more than a full minute faster than their best time this season. The sixth place finish was where the Bees came into the meet ranked out of the 22 schools. The No. 12-ranked St. Francis University Saints won the meet, with fellow CCAC teams St. Xavier (3rd) and Trinity Christian (5th) also ahead of the Bees.