Sarah Steffensmeier-Ft Maddison-Neb. Omaha
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Iowans Set PR’s for the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks

Alyssa Averhoff-CR Kennedy-Neb. Omaha ©Jim Kirby

Alyssa Averhoff-CR Kennedy-Neb. Omaha
©Jim Kirby

Renata Valquier-Chavez led the Omaha cross country team for the second straight meet, posting a 6K personal best at the NCAA Regional Preview at Iowa.

Valquier-Chavez ran the course in a time of 22:28.6, 66 seconds faster than her previous season best. She finished 28th overall in the field of 73 runners.

“After three tough weeks of racing, I’m proud of how we showed up and just let loose,” said assistant coach Cliff Cisar. “For the first time, all Maverick runners in the race were under 25 minutes. That proves a lot about the hard work that was put in within the last three weeks and the grit it takes to show up and compete at a high level with less than fresh legs.”

Willa Koenig was second for UNO and just behind Valquier-Chavez in 29th with a time of 22:28.8, 25 seconds faster than her previous season best at Nebraska.

Kayla Sabotin ran third for the Mavericks and finished 32nd with a time of 22:46.5 while breaking her previous season best by 49 seconds. Alyssa Averhoff was 10 spots back in 42nd place with a time of 23:17.9. While scoring 38 points, Averhoff also broke her season best by 51 seconds.

Finishing up the scoring for Omaha and running 43 seconds faster than previous season best, Sarah Steffensmeier finished 53rd overall with a time of 23:40.6.

As a team, the Mavericks were seventh among the seven teams with a score of 167. Illinois won with a score of 50, just ahead of South Dakota with 58 and Iowa with 66.

Omaha has next weekend off and returns to action Saturday, Oct. 22 at the Mount Marty Invite in Yankton, S.D.