Cross-country teams shine on national stage

The Duhawks closed out the cross country season on an extremely high note as the men finished 10th place in the nation, the best finish by a Loras cross-country team in history. Audrey Miller astounded the crowd at the national invite as well, finishing second place in the nation – a result not many were expecting, but that Miller knew she could achieve.

Both Miller and the men’s team went into nationals with the utmost confidence in themselves, and it showed as they posted immaculate results.

Finishing higher than their seed, the Loras men continued to show the field their strength with a top 10 finish on the national stage.

“Our guys executed our race plan to perfection,” said Coach Bob Schultz.

Schultz couldn’t be more correct in his statement, as the men were in last place as a team at the first split time, and moved all the way up to tenth by the end. Mason Tope followed up his impressive 2015 performance with another All-American honor, continuing his impressive career at Loras. Schultz also took time to point out the performance of junior Justin Adams.

“He put it all together at the end of the year, finishing as our number two runner for the first time in his career.”

Audrey Miller once again showed her pure talent and drive on the course, on her way to a second place finish at nationals and a bright future ahead for the already-decorated sophomore. Look for Miller as the front-runner to win Nationals next season, as another full year of training could make her even more of a dangerous competitor than she already is. Schultz had nothing but praise for his National runner-up.

“Audrey does an amazing job of keeping things in perspective and not making a big deal out of things, and that is such a huge variable to having success,” Schultz said.

The future of the Duhawks looks immaculate as a majority of the varsity men’s team returns, and the women maintain nearly all of their varsity runners as well. The Track and Field program is inheriting most of the men’s and women’s cross country team, so look for outstanding results to come pouring in from track and field as well.

From the men, seniors Ben Hedges, Colin Ensminger, and Nate Kimbrell finished their final season with the Duhawk cross country team, as did Emily Day and Abby Heiderscheit from the women’s team.

The Duhawk men and women would also like to thank the Loras community for their support throughout the entire season. From every member of the cross country program, thanks for the continued support and unending faith in the team. Until next season.

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