UNI Women's XC 2017
©Jim Kirby 2017

Panthers Welcome Back Brette For 7th Place Finish at Regionals

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI ©Panthers Athletics 2017

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI
©Panthers Athletics 2017

The Northern Iowa women’s cross country team held its own against some of the nation’s best competition at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, as the Panthers earned the program’s highest finish at a regional meet after claiming seventh overall.

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UNI’s highest finish before Friday’s race was in 2016 after the Panthers came in 10th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Iowa City.

“I am very proud of the standard this team set this season,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “To end the season with the program’s best finish at a regional meet is a great feeling and it’s a testament to how special this group is.”

As a team the Panthers finished second among schools from the state of Iowa with host Iowa State claiming the regional title, while Iowa and Drake finished 12th and 31st respectively. The Panthers also finished ahead of seven teams from the Power 5 conferences (Northwestern, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Nebraska and Illinois).

The Panthers had four runners finish within six seconds of one another on Friday, as Brette Correyled the pack with a time of 21:13.1 to finish 47th overall in the 6K. Correy was followed by fellow senior Ashley Norem with a time of 21:16.0 (53rd overall), Hannah Truniger at 21:18.6 (55th overall) and reining MVC Freshman of the Year McKayla Cole at 21:19.0 (58th overall).

“We had terrible weather conditions today with the wind and cold,” Paulsen said. “But our team battled against it and executed a great team race with only 15 seconds separating our 1-6 runners.”

In their final cross country race as Panthers, seniors Correy and Norem etched their names into the UNI history books as the pair posted the eighth and ninth-fastest 6K times in program history. Norem already owns the fourth-fastest (21:08.9) 6K time at UNI and the eighth-fastest (17:40.0) 5K time, while Correy owns the seventh-fastest (17:39.2) 5K time at UNI.

For more information on the UNI cross country program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

NCAA Midwest Regional (WOMEN)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Ames, Iowa (6K)

47th     Brette Correy (21:13.1)
53rd     Ashley Norem (21:16.0)
55th     Hannah Truniger (21:18.6)
58th     McKayla Cole (21:19.0)
73rd     Gabby Champion (21:28.7)
74th     Tiffany Christensen (21:28.9)
172nd Alyssa Williams (22:33.7)

NCAA Midwest Regional (Iowa Teams Only)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Ames, Iowa (6K)

1st        Iowa State (90)
7th        UNI (286)
12th     Iowa (352)
31st      Drake (806)