While the final team result was the same as the previous week, the Peru State women's cross country team felt successful as they competed in the Bronco Stampede on Saturday. Hastings College hosted the five-team event, which was run at the Elks Country Club.
Although the team still finished fifth out of five teams, Bobcat head coach Katy Billings noted, "All the girls did ten times better. It was a great day." What Billings was referring to was the fact that the team's average decreased by nearly four minutes per individual from their first meet which was run in sweltering conditions.
Doane won the meet with 28 points with the hosts finishing a close second with 30 points. The College of St. Mary finished third with 88 while Colby CC (Kan.) was fourth with 124. Peru State was fifth with 130.
Rachel Loecker (Hartington) led the team for the second-straight week by finishing 26th (21st for scoring purposes) with a time of 22:41.9. Peru State's second-best runner was Hannah Wynn (Auburn). Wynn ran in her first competitive meet in four years and competed for the first time in a 5K event. She finished in a time of 24:13.42 for 30th (25th).
Christa Scott (Geneva) finished 33rd (27th) in 24:48.38 while just nudging out teammate Payton Baier (Weeping Water) who finished 34th (28th) in 24:50.96. The Bobcats' other scoring runner was Samantha Daake (Beatrice) who finished 35th (29th) in 25:46.16.
Also running for the Bobcats were Sarah Newell (Omaha) – 37th (30th) in 26:47.84, Samantha Carlson (Cozad) – 38th (31st) in 27:00.41, Kiana Borengasser (Waianae, Hawaii) – 41st in 27:45.51, Jessie Keltch (Scribner) – 42nd in 29:01.16, and Skylar Albers (Omaha) – 44th in 29:01.12.
Peru State will take off two weeks before competing in the Dean White Invite hosted by Doane College in Crete. The meet will start at 10 a.m.