Women’s Cross Country Saves Best for Last at Regionals

Women’s Cross Country Saves Best for Last at Regionals

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois – Junior Patty Bray ran the program's fastest time since at least 2006 and each of the top six runners posted large personal-bests as the MSOE women's cross country team capped the 2017 season at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships Saturday.

The Raiders took 31st as a team in the 36-team field, scoring 907 points.

Bray highlighted the event with her time of 23:16.6. It was a PR by nearly 100 seconds. She eclipsed the previous best time on record of 23:24 and took 105th in the race. Senior Alex Muench also cracked the program's top five, posting a time of 24:30.6 and taking 176th. Her time sits fourth on the list of 6000m times.

A trio of freshmen also posted sizeable improvements to round out the scoring runners. Caro Quintero ran 25:28.0 and took 209th. Her time was her best by over 1:11. Meanwhile, Lexi Maruga lowered her time by over 1:07 to 25:51.3. She took 219th. Jenny Leonard had the best day, shaving over 2:10 off her best time. She crossed the line in 26:15.9 for 223rd.

Junior Samantha Brooker and senior Emorie Harty also ran at the meet. Brooker was just off Leonard's pace with a time of 26:26.0 for 225th place and a nearly 57-second improvement. Harty ran 30:44.4 and took 259th place.