Cross country runs at MAC Championship

Meghan Heuer leads the way with 37th place finish

Meghan Heuer

Meghan Heuer

The Northern Illinois University cross country team kicked off their postseason schedule Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio, at the Mid-American Conference Championship.

Despite placing two runners in the top 45, the Huskies finished in 11th place in the final team standings, beating out Ball State.

“Today was a disappointing finish,” said NIU head coach Greg Hipp. “I see our team train at a high level every day. We must learn to compete to our potential.”

Meghan Heuer led the NIU contingent on the course with a 37th place finish. The St. Charles, Ill., native crossed the finish line at 22:39.08 to beat out Ohio’s Kayla Scott. Only a few spots behind Heuer was Leah Raffety, who took 45th place at 23:02.42.

Third among the Huskie runners was Ali Olson. She placed 60th overall with a time of 23:22.84. Team captain Jamie Burr ran 23:34.88 to place 70th, while Claire McAuley closed out the NIU scoring with a 78th place finish at 23:52.52.

Juliane Totzke ran 23:56.89 to place 80th, followed by Carly Pederson in 88th at 24:13.32 and Hannah Savage in 98th at 24:32.84.

The Huskies return to competition Friday, when they host the second annual Huskie Open and Community Run. The 5K run starts at 4:30 p.m. and is free for all community members.

For more information on NIU cross country and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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