Cross country: Duhawks fly again

By Marion Edwards (TheLorian)

COVID-19 may have created issues for both the men’s and women’s cross-country teams, but the Duhawks dusted their wings off to fly again. On Sept. 12, the Duhawks men’s and women’s cross-country teams competed in their season opener at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

The women’s cross-country team had seven runners place in the top ten with junior Kassandra Rosenbum breaking her own Loras record of 17:56.7.

“Due to the hilly course, I finished right on my personal record or beat it by one second. I wasn’t sure so I had to wait for about 30 minutes,” Rosenbum said. “The race was tough and I really wanted to go out there and PR by much more, but I am very happy with the results. I feel I have improved so much so finishing the season should be a good one.”

The women’s team continued to show out with respective times in the 5,000-meter race. Junior Kaylee Osterberger (20.44.6) and senior Brianna Renner (20:49.6) finished the race in fourth and fifth places with junior Ellie Osterberger finishing in 6th place with a time of 21:02.9.

“A lot of the challenges I faced during quarantine were mental. Everything was so uncertain and we didn’t know if we were going to have a season,” E. Osterberger said. “It was hard to stay motivated, not knowing if we would get the chance to compete this fall. One of my biggest blessings was having my sister to train with. We hold each other accountable, so lucky we were able to motivate each other on our bad days.”

Director of Athletic Communications Emily Adlfinger wrote “Marianne Gleason (21:15.9) and Emma Earles (21:53.9) also earned top-ten finishes in ninth and tenth, respectively.”

The men’s cross-country team flew into success as well. Junior Luke Guttormson won the 6,000 meter-race with a time of 19:25.2.

“We were really excited to finally see another team in a competitive setting. We haven’t been able to race any non-Duhawks since March so the whole team was really hungry to see how we measured up against some other competition,” Guttormson said after ranking 8th on Loras’ all-time list. “With missing the outdoor track season and nearly every other team in the country not competing, it makes us cherish this time with teammates even more.”

Placing second overall, first-year Evan Jamrozy flew into second place behind Guttormson with a time of 19:31.4 ranking ninth overall in the program’s history. 

“Joey Schultz had an excellent start to his senior season with a third-place finish (19:45.5) and Ryan Harvey finished fourth in his collegiate debut with a time of 19:50.1. First-year Will Yasdick rounded out the scoring for the Duhawks, posting a sixth-place finish with a time of 20:04.7,” Adlfinger said. “Wyatt Kelly on Yasdick’s heels, finishing seventh with a time of 20:04.8 and Ethan Hammerand placed eighth with a time of 20:06.9.”

Both the women’s and men’s team won the season opener, placing both teams in the best position to start their season.

The Duhawks will be competing again on Sept. 26 at 2 p.m. on their home course in Dubuque.

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