Panthers conclude season at NCAA Regional

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Panthers conclude season at NCAA Regional

Courtesy Photo/UNI Athletics

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ELIOT CLOUGH, Sports Writer

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For the second consecutive meet in postseason competition, the UNI men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in Peoria, Ill, at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

Leading the way for the Panther men was Drake Henrichs, a freshman from Urbandale, Iowa, finishing the 10-kilometer race in a time of 32:33.8 and placing 78th. Wal Khat placed 80th, adding another top-100 individual finish for the Panthers, running a time of 32:34.1. The men’s team as a whole placed 19th out of the 31 teams at the meet.

McKayla Cole paced the Panther women with a time of 21:58.5 on the six-kilometer course, placing 86th. Gabby Champion placed 98th for the Panthers, running a time of 22:04.4. The women’s team placed 22nd out of 34 teams. 

Many UNI runners will now turn their attention to the indoor track and field season. The Panthers’ first indoor meet of the season will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at the Jimmy Grant Invite in Iowa City. 

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