Racing on the road

By Keegan Godwin (TheLorian)

WAVERLY, IA – As a cool breeze flowed through the Max Championship Cross Country Course this past Saturday morning, records were hours away from being broken. The grassy field in Waverly, Iowa hosted three teams at the Wartburg Triangular meet, the Wartburg Knights, Buena Vista Beavers, and your Loras Duhawks. All eyes were on junior Kassie Rosenbum of the Duhawks as she looked to continue her historic season. The team as a whole, who has placed 1st, 1st, and 3rd in this year’s meets, looked to score big at the tournament. Rosenbum, prior to the meet, had placed first in every meet and looked to continue that undefeated streak into Wartburg.

As the runners lined up for the start of the 6k at 12:00 p.m., the starting pistol sent them off. The team got off to a great start as Rosenbum took her lead at the front of the pack. Just behind her included juniors Brianna Renner and Kaylee Osterberger in the fight for the front. After 900m, Rosenbum’s time was 3:17.63 just leading the top three by .02 seconds, followed closely by senior Carina Collet and sophomore Aubrie Fisher of Wartburg. Renner’s 900m mark was 3:40.36 while Osterberger’s time was 3:40.41. The team continued to push through the 6k against their rivals. 

Coming down the final stretch, it was all Rosenbum as Collet of Wartburg would be 14 seconds behind her. Rosenbum continued her undefeated streak with a total time of 21:13.27 which solidifies her as the best runner of this season. Renner would finish second for Loras and ninth overall with a time of 23:09.71, and Osterberger would finish third for Loras and twelfth overall with a time of 23:33.63. Loras would average a 23:19 and place second overall in the tournament. 

Rosenbum’s time of 21:13.27 was a new course record that was just set nearly two weeks ago by Wartburg. 

Speaking with Coach Shultz after the meet, he spoke about how he felt overall about the women’s performance. “I think we competed better than we did two weeks ago at Luther… I thought they execute our race plan really well,” he stated, also mentioning how proud he was of his team to compete at the level they did against a top-five team in the nation. Schultz also included, “I feel really bad for her [Rosenbum] because I think she could win a national championship this year… but the good thing is she has two more cross country seasons left and I can’t wait to see what that young lady does.” 

Following the women’s 6k, the men’s team lined up for their 8k. The starting pistol sounded off and the race began. Junior Luke Guttormson led the Duhawks from the start and kept it that way throughout the whole race. Guttormson and first year Evan Jamrozy led the pack for the Duhawks and battled hard the entire way. At the 1k mark, Guttormson had a time of 2:47.47 while Jamrozy had a time of 2:47.38. 

Despite a good effort from the team, senior Joe Freiburgerof Wartburg would win the 8k with a time of 24:31.91. Guttormson placed fourth and finished with a time of 24:47.66 while Jamrozy placed sixth and finished with a time of 25:05.05. Loras would place second in the meet with an average time of 25:31. 

Although the team did not finish with a runner in the top three, the team had many personal records for the day. Guttormson PR’d by nearly a minute with his fourth-place finish, ranking him fifth all-time here at Loras. Junior Wyatt Kelly, nearly missing the top ten with an eleventh place finish, PR’d with a 25:47.42. 

Coach Shultz had nothing but high praise for his men’s team; “Our guys were fearless. We had three first years in our top five today… it was just a great race they executed our race plan really well”.

The future is nothing but bright for this young men’s team. 

They will be competing on Nov. 7 at the ARC Championship.

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