St Ambrose Women XC
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Fighting Bees Handle the Heat at Auggie

Karyn Paisley-St. Ambrose  ©Fighting Bees Athletics-2017

Karyn Paisley-St. Ambrose
©Fighting Bees Athletics-2017

The St. Ambrose women’s cross country team ran one of their best races in school history. Times won’t tell the story though, becuase on a day when heat indexes went above 100 degrees, the Bees ran a smart, tough race to finish 5th at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite. The two-race meet that featured 34 total teams saw the Bees put five women inside the top 40 in the premier race.

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Ashley Plumb led the way with an 8th-place finish in the 244-person race, nearly running a personal best time of 19:37. She was just two seconds away from her lifetime best time.

It wasn’t just Plumb, though. Freshman Meg Grady ran a 30-second personal best and finished as the Bees No. 5 runner to finish off a pack that rolled in less than a minute apart. Grady finished in 20:32, Keeley Knobloch was second for the Bees, and 18th overall, in 20:02. Chloe Gunn and Jenny Dickes finished side-by-side for the third time this year, in 32nd (20:22) and 33rd place (20:26) respectively.

Another newcomer, junior Abby Sears was the Bees No. 6 runner with a personal best of 20:56 and senior Abby Hammerrounded out the Bees seven scorers.

The rest of the team either equaled or beat their previous season bests.

“This was a very good race for us,” SAU head coach Dan Zeimet said. “We were mentally prepared for the heat today, anticipated what it would feel like and ran a great race.”

The Bees will continue to train with sights now set on the Fighting Bee Invite at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf on October 7.

SAU results
8, Ashley Plumb – 19:37
18, Keeley Knobloch – 20:02
32, Chloe Gunn – 20:20
33, Jenny Dickes – 20:22
37, Megan Grady – 20:32 (personal best)
57, Abby Sears – 20:56 (personal best)
64, Abby Hammer – 21:06 (season best)
66, Ann Froeschle – 21:09 (season best)
69, Mallory Rettenmeier – 21:11 (season best)
85, Sarah Adams – 21:29 (season best)
115, Amy Brouch – 22:03
124, Ashlyn Rulis – 22:16 (season best)
132, Sara Stockdale – 22:24 (season best)
175, Shelby Carlson – 23:45 (season best)
217, Carrington Curphy – 25:24 (personal best)
233 ,Kathryn Gray – 27:13