2009 Women's Cross Country Season Outlook
Duhawks look to break through into NCAA Championships
Duhawks look to break through into NCAA Championships
Tue, Sep. 1, 2009 - [Women's Cross Country]


            Under fifth year head coach Bob Schultz (Loras, Class of 1994, MA), the women's team is looking to continue their climb toward the top of the Iowa Conference and the NCAA Central Region in 2009.  The Loras graduate All-American Mary Bridget Corken, but return the rest of the team, including two All-Central Region finishers. 

WOMEN - Despite the graduation of Iowa Conference Champion and All-American Mary Bridget Corken, the Duhawks return the rest of their team.  They were the subject of heartbreak the past two seasons at Regionals just missing a National Championships bid finishing in 6th place, 7 points out of 5th in 2007 and 2 points out of 5th in 2008. Loras finished the 2008 season ranked 34th in the nation. That narrow miss has kept the Loras College women hungry this summer for a trip to the National Championships in 2009.  Top returnees include All-Region senior Erica Stevens and junior Tara Kilburg.  Stevens was the top freshman in the Iowa Conference in 2006 and earned her third All-Region honor last fall.  Other top returnees that ran top 7 in 2008 are senior Hannah Weiss, junior Meghan Wolett and sophomores Genna Kinley and Tonya Wittman.  Other returnees looking to make the top seven are senior Heather Heffernen, juniors Erinn Sanstead and Emily Simones, and sophomores Kelsey Kruse and Lindsey Robinson.  Loras is bringing in what Schultz is calling his most talented class ever.  The top freshman, Ashley Schoenoff from Baraboo, WI., broke Wisconsin Badger and 5 x NCAA Champion Amy Wickus' Baraboo high school 1600 & 3200 Meter records.  Other freshmen who bring state meet experience to the team are Katie Flogel, Maria Kalb, Molly Rea, Kelly Shew and Meg Skaggs.