Schroeder Headlines Rams All-time Fastest Five at Blugold Invite
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-- North Central University Women's Cross Country ran to a 16th place team finish at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blugold Invitational. Several Rams recorded fantastic performances including Freshman Annalise Schroeder who set the North Central Freshman 6k record in her first try at the NCAA collegiate cross country race distance.
The Rams had two impressive debut runs from a pair of freshman and a career day for a senior to record the fastest top five in Rams history. Freshman Annalise Schroeder (Readfield, Minn./New London) broke the former North Central freshman record by over 20 seconds with a 24:46.29 which puts her in third place in the all-time Rams record books. Fellow freshman Jacie Jawaski (Breckenridge, Minn./Breckenridge) also had a top 10 all-time effort in her 6k debut with a 25:38.37.
Senior Meghan Smith (St. Croix Falls, Wis./St. Croix Falls) was the third runner for the Rams on a day where she bettered her previous best time by over a minute. In her first 6k race of the season Smith laid down a 25:58.48. The rest of the Rams top five included sophomore Amanda Schexneider (Elizabethtown, Ky./Elizabethtown) and junior Kara Montanez (Carrollton, Ill./Carrollton).
The Rams team average time was 25:47 which betters the previous best for an NCU top five by 4 seconds. The previous best was set at the 2011 Crown College invitational by Catherine Mead, Amanda Schexneider, Rachel Hovland, Tesa Bertell and Meghan Smith.
The Rams will be back in action on Saturday at the Beloit College (Beloit, Wis.) English Style Cross Country Race. The Belvitch-Erikson Collegiate Women's 5k race will begin at Noon at Dr. Leeson Park in Beloit.