The University of Northern Iowa cross country team put in another strong performance today at the Oz Memorial in Minneapolis, Minn. Senior Brett Egan, Waukon, won the men’s side for the second week in a row and the women had two top-25 finishers.

Egan finished the race in first overall with a time of 18:53.50, which beat his time at the Oz Memorial a year ago by over a minute. Running across the finish line second for the Panthers and 16th overall was Terry Nielson, NU High, with a time of 19:50.85. Nielson was also able to improve his time from last year’s competition by more than 30 seconds.

Junior Andrew Swanson, Pleasant Valley, finished the race third for UNI with a time of 20:07.18 followed by freshman Zach Buchheit, Pella, coming in fourth for UNI and junior Calvin Kibby, Ankeny, rounding out the Panther top-five.

“I was really happy with the men’s performance today,” assistant coach Dave Paulsen said. “We ran better than we did a year ago here. We had some freshmen that ran well and everyone did well. Brett winning two weeks in a row is a great accomplishment and we are excited to see what he can do.”

On the women’s side, the Panthers had two top-25 finishers with seniors Allison Fick, IC West, and Hayley Thomas. Thomas finished first for UNI is 16th place overall with a time of 23:19.95 earning nine team points for the Panthers.

Fick finished second for the Panthers coming in with a time of 23:33.41 and a 22nd place finish overall. Fick ran a time of 24:34.03 at last year’s Oz Memorial, beating that time today by over a minute.

Lindsey Wilkins finished third for the Panthers with a time of 24:18.29, which also beat her time from last year’s competition. April Davidshofer, W. Dubuque,  crossed the line fourth for UNI with a time of 24:49.36, beating her time from last year by over 40 seconds. Alex Wilson, Mt. Vernon, rounded out the top-five finishers for UNI with a time of 25:15.19.

“Hayley and Allison led the girls for the second week in a row,” Paulsen said. “Allison improving her time by one minute in a year is outstanding. We are really excited that two of our girls finished in the top-25.”

The Panther cross country program will have a small break before returning to action Sept. 28 when they travel to Carbondale, Ill. to compete at the Saluki Invitational.



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