Women's Harriers Take on Fast Track at Falcon Invite

Taylor Novak Debuted at 6000 meters on Saturday with a time that put her 36th on the Rams all-time list.
Taylor Novak Debuted at 6000 meters on Saturday with a time that put her 36th on the Rams all-time list.

RIVER FALLS, Wis.-- In their first attempt at a full six kilometer race women's cross country showed great potential at the Falcon Invitational on Saturday. The Rams took advantage of a cool evening and a fast loop course at Killarney Hills Golf Course.

Junior Taylor Novak (Minot, N.D./Minot State) was the top Ram on Saturday with a 54th place finish. A time of 29:17 gives Novak a 36th place debut on the NCU career list. 

Freshman Holly Peterson (New Brighton, Minn./Irondale) came in next followed closely by junior Brianna Griffin (Reedsburg, Wis./Reedsburg) to give them 56th and 58th place finishes respectfully.

Freshman Sidney Palmer (Stillwater, Minn./Homeschool) finished 60th with junior Danelle Pageler (Warren, Minn./Warren-Oslo-Alvarado) wrapping up the scoring for NCU with a 63rd place finish.

As a team the Rams finished seventh and posted a team average time over one minute faster than their opening 6k race in 2016.

Meet host Wisconsin-River Falls (River Falls, Wis.) won the team competition led by their top runner, Abigail Fouts, also winning the individual title.

North Central will be back in action next Saturday with a trip to the Chicagoland area. The Rams will race at the Gil Dodds Invitational hosted by Wheaton College (Wheaton, Ill.) at St. James Farm. The 6000 meter women's race is scheduled for a 10 a.m. start.