UNI junior Wal Khat finished eighth and sophomore McKayla Colefinished 12th to lead both teams to fifth-place finishes at the Missouri Valley Conference Championship at the Newman Golf Course Saturday.
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Khat finished with a time of 24:24.2, his fastest time of the season by more than 30 seconds. He was with the leaders for most of the race before the top finishers pulled away over the final two kilometers. He earned all-conference honors for his efforts.
Alex Jackson was second for the Panthers at 26th with a time of 25:20.49, CJ Maywas 30th at 25:39.82, Drake Henrichs finished 37th with a time of 25:50.71 and Logan Murray closed the scoring for the Panthers at 38th with a time of 25:53.56.
UNI finished with an average time of 25:24 and a spread of 1:29. The Panthers closed with 136 points which tied Southern Illinois in points, but UNI won the tiebreaker.
On the women’s side, Cole finished with a time of 17:45.4, the fastest time of her career. She was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.
Gabby Champion also put up a career-best with a time of 18:01.9 to finish 19th place overall. Tess Roorda was 23rd with a time of 18:13.9, Alyssa Williamsfinished 27th with a time of 18:18.7 and Gabby Skopec closed the scoring with a time of 18:24.9.
As a team, the Panthers closed with an average of 18:08 and a spread of 0:39. UNI closed with 111 points just four spots back of fourth-place Indiana State.
The Panthers now prepare for the NCAA Regional Meet which will take place on the same course as Saturday’s meet on Nov. 9.