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Women's Cross Country - Thu, Sep. 7, 2017

For the second straight year the St. Ambrose women's cross country program opened the season by breaking a school record. 

At the WIU Early Bird Invite, the Bees raced to a second place team time of 77:51 which broke the one-year old record by ten seconds. Junior Ashley Plumb led the Bees with a fifth place finish and ran the second fastest 4k in school history, 15:20.

The host Leathernecks took the top three spots en route to winning with 40 points, just three points ahead of the Bees who finished 7 points ahead of Augustana with Webster and Fontebonne rounding out the team scoring. The Bees had the fastest team time in the meet.

Fellow SAU juniors Keeley Knobloch and Chloe Gunn finished seventh (15:31) and ninth (15:37) respectively with sophomore Jenny Dickes also garnering top-10 recognition with her tenth place (15:39) finish. The Bees varsity five was rounded out by Karyn Paisley (12th, 15:43) while freshman Megan Grady was 13th in 15:45 and sophomore Sarah Adams was the final varisty runner, coming through in 16:17 for 23rd place.

Sara Stockdale and Jenny Lopez also turned in personal best performances.

"This was a good tune-up for us," SAU coach Dan Zeimet said. "It was good to go and get a taste of competition and this will prepare the women for some tougher races down the road."

SAU will head to Luther College on September 9 for the All-American Invite, a meet they won the last time they raced there in 2013.

WIU Early Bird results

Team results: 1, Western Illinois (78:07), 40; 2, St. Ambrose (77:51), 43; 3, Augustana (77:53), 50; 4, Webster (81:03), 98; 5, Fontbonne (100:38), 150).

SAU results
5, Ashley Plumb - 15:20
7, Keeley Knobloch - 15:31
9, Chloe Gunn - 15:37
10, Jenny Dickes - 15:38
12, Karyn Paisley - 15:43
13, Megan Grady - 15:45
23, Sarah Adams - 16:17
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24, Abby Hammer - 16:20
28, Mallory Rettenmeier - 16:31
29, Abby Sears - 16:34
33, Ann Froeschle - 16:40
35, Sara Stockdale - 16:59
42, Ashlyn Rulis - 17:25
51, Jenny Lopez - 18:03
57, Shelby Carlson - 18:43
60, Megan Curley - 19:01
65, Carrington Curphy - 19:57
66, Kathryn Gray - 20:04