A third-consecutive conference title was never in question for the University of Wisconsin-Superior at the 2018 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Men's Cross Country Championship thanks to five Yellowjackets placing among the top 10 finishers Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Benson (Minn.) Golf Club.
UWS outpaced the rest of the field by 28 points with a score of 32.
Despite being the top team, the Yellowjackets did not have an individual win the conference race for the first time since joining the UMAC in 2015. Isaac Boedigheimer of St. Scholastica crossed the line first with a time of 26:11.7 to help his Saints place second with 60 points.
The Yellowjackets were led by senior Jordan Koski, who was third with a time of 26:43.6. He was followed closely by Harrison Hirsch, fourth in 26:50.1; Edward Carlson seventh (27:17.4); Rand Bieri, eighth (27:25.3); and Zachary Mazurek, 10th (27:34.4). Henry Seeb also finished 15th in 27:47.8.
St. Scholastica scored 20 points by taking six of the top seven spots to record a fourth consecutive title.
Without its top runner, UWS compiled a score of 90 to finish third.
The Yellowjackets were led by freshman Nicole Koski, who finished in 16th place with a time of 25:21.5.
Koski's classmate Kate Schwerman ran 17th in 25:30.5, while senior Alaina Manthey was 18th in 25:41.5. Junior Michaela Ruhman (25:43.6) and freshman Haruka Hamanaka (25:47.6) rounded out the UWS scorers in 19th and 20th, respectively.
Up next for the UWS men and women is the NCAA Central Regional Nov. 10, in Waverly, Iowa.
UMAC Cross Country Championships
- UWS, 32; 2. St. Scholastica, 60; 3. Minn. Morris, 79; 4. Martin Luther, 100; 5. Bethany Lutheran, 167; 6. Northwestern, 170; 7, North Central, 171; 8. Northland, 182; 9. Crown, 278.
- St. Scholastica, 20; 2. Minn. Morris, 73; 3. UWS, 90; 4. Martin Luther, 99; 5. Crown, 146; 6. Bethany Lutheran, 162; 7. Northwestern, 174; 8. Northland, 190; North Central (DNF).