Panthers compete at Bradley Pink Classic

DREW HILL, Opinion Columnist

The UNI men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Bradley Pink Classic for their third and final regular season meet. In their last meet, the Gans Creek Classic, the UNI women finished in 12th place out of 24 teams. The men finished in 17th out of 22 teams.

The UNI women finished as the 18th place team out of 42 teams with 519 points in the 6K race. They were led by Emma Hoins, who finished in 85th place out of 306 runners with a time of 21:54 to wind up in the top 100. This was just one second slower than her 21:53 time at Gans Creek. Paige Holub was next, finishing just outside the top 100 in 102nd place with a time of 22:00. Kate Crawford was just seven seconds behind her in 112th place with a time of 22:07. Isabelle Schaffer set a new career-best time for the 6K with her time of 22:14, nine seconds better than her previous best time of 22:23. She finished in 129th place. Sydney Schaffer was the fifth Panther to finish, finishing 142nd with a time of 22:21.

The men finished as the 33rd place team out of 35 teams with 864 points in the 8K race. They were led by Caleb Shumaker, who finished in 155th place with a time of 25:22, which was his best time of the season. Next up was Brady Griebel, who finished in 169th place with a time of 25:29. Finishing just outside the top 200 was Payton Marrs, who finished in 203rd place with a time of 25:51. Drake Hanson finished shortly behind him in 221st place with a time of 26:03, which was his best time of the season. The fifth finisher for the Panther men came just five seconds later as Jayden Dickson finished in 228th place with a time of 26:08.

The top women’s team overall was Northwestern, who finished with 68 points. The top men’s team was Loyola-Chicago, finishing with 82 points. UNI’s next meet will be the MVC Championships on Oct. 28.