Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Women's Cross Country Alumni Recap

The UW-Eau Claire women’s cross country team began their season on Saturday competing at the UWEC Alumni Open Meet at Lowes Creek County Park in Eau Claire. Mary Palmer, a 2009 graduate and three-time All-American for the Blugolds, defended her 2008 and 2009 titles on the challenging 5k course with a winning course record time of 19:02. The Blugolds responded placing the next 16 runners ahead of the alums. Elly Prunty (Sr.-Antigo) led the way finishing 2nd in a time of 19:39. Rounding out the top 7 was All-American Alyssa Sybilrud (Jr.-Burnsville, MN) 19:48, Molly Woodford (Sr.-Waukesha, WI – South HS) 19:54, All-American Margaret Ho (Sr.-WI Rapids) 20:05, Ashlyn Mauer (So.-Sheboygan Falls) 20:18, Maria Peloquin (Sr.-Prescott) 20:20 and Nicole Blahnik (So.-Antigo) 20:28. The Blugolds won the meet with 20 points. Here’s a link to the complete alumni results:

The women’s team begins the 2010 season ranked 1st in the nation after winning Conference, Regionals and Nationals in 2009. Five of the women from the 2009 national championship team return this year including two All-Americans (= top 35): Alyssa Sybilrud, who placed 21st at nationals in 2009, and Margaret Ho, who placed 33rd at nationals last year. Rounding out the returners from the national championship team are Elly Prunty, Beth Easker (Sr.-Wittenberg-Birnamwood) and Kacey Rindy (Jr.-Fennimore). There are eleven freshmen on the women’s roster this year, which should make the team strong in years to come. Here’s a link to the CC roster:

The next competition for the Blugolds is the Luther All-American Invite this Saturday, September 11th in Decorah, Iowa. For complete results after the race please check out the women’s cross country homepage at:

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