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.
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.
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