McKayla Cole claimed Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year honors on Saturday, while her Northern Iowa teammates finished just shy of repeating as league champions at the MVC Championships.
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Cole finished 10th overall at the MVC Championships to claim UNI’s second-consecutive Freshman of the Year honor, joining Hannah Truniger who won the award last season.
As a team, the Panther women had six runners claim top-25 finishes, as Tiffany Christensen and Cole earned All-Conference honors after coming in ninth and 10th overall respectively . The UNI men finished seventh overall, with two top-30 individual finishes.
Bradley won both the men and women’s races on Saturday, as the Braves fulfilled the pre-championship poll predictions. UNI’s women finished with a score off 56, while Bradley earned a 30 to take the conference title.
The UNI women claimed spots 9-12 on the individual board, as Christensen, Cole, Ashley Noremand Truniger were packed in tightly together. Brette Correy (14th) and Gabby Champion (25th) were not far behind to round out the top-25. Norem, Truniger and Correy all claimed All-MVC Honorable Mention as well on Saturday.
With Saturday’s results, Christensen and Correy now have four top-15 finishes this season, while Truniger owns three with all four of her races this year being at least top-20 showings. The top 10 for Cole was her collegiate high at UNI.
CJ May posted the highest finish for the UNI men, coming in 22nd after running a time of 25:52.9. The finish for May ranks as the sophomore’s highest at the MVC Championship, while also being May’s highest for the 8K this year. Alex Johnston also earned a top-30 after clocking a time of 26:06.9 to finish 28th overall.
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MVC Championship (WOMEN)
Oct. 28, 2017 – Springfield, Mo. (5K)
9th Tiffany Christensen (17:47.5)
10th McKayla Cole (17:51.5)
11th Ashley Norem (17:54.0)
12th Hannah Truniger (17:55.9)
14th Brette Correy (17:58.6)
25th Gabby Champion (18:11.2)
41st Alyssa Williams (18:56.1)
47th Gabby Skopec (19:09.7)
MVC Championship (MEN)
Oct. 28, 2017 – Springfield, Mo. (8K)
22nd CJ May (25:52.9)
28th Alex Jackson (26:06.9)
33rd Mitch Pritts (26:23.4)
38th Ethan Smith (26:28.7)
40th Ben Ahlrichs (26:35.7)
43rd Dillon Timmerman (26:38.8)
48th Luke Johnston (26:55.7)
51st Logan Murray (27:11.6)