The women’s cross country team posted their season-best time at the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championship to finish fifth at the meet.
According to Doane Athletics, the team finished with a time of 1:39:53.48, which is the first sub-1:40:00 time of the season for Doane. Along with the strong team time, multiple individuals finished with personal-best times including junior Haydyn Weise who finished with a time of 20:13.38 to place 35th overall.
“It was pretty exciting [to PR],” Weise said. “The meet prior to conference I also PR’ed so I felt a little pressure in needing to do it again. It was definitely the perfect way to end my season. A lot of our girls did amazing and PR’ed.”
Senior Jacqueline Parriott finished the meet with the best time for the Tigers, posting a 19:35.47 to earn a 19th place finish. Behind her was junior Jacinda Davis who took 22nd overall. Freshman Jaden Hilkemann took 30th for the Tigers. She was followed by Weise and then sophomore Annika Pingel wrapped up the Tiger’s Top 5 with her 39th place finish.
The season has been all about improving every meet for the team. After finishing 9th at the GPAC Championships in the 2018 season, moving up four spots is a great improvement.
“We are really proud,” Parriott said. “As a team, we have improved every meet. Not only has each meet [been] better and better for us, [but] we also did better as a team this season than we did last season.”
The team had a slow start according to both Parriott and Weise. Weise felt the team could have had some better results in the first couple of meets. “As the season progressed, we changed our whole outlook and began to work even harder,” Weise said. “We needed to trust and be confident in ourselves and the work we were putting in. That is why we [saw] such an improvement from the beginning to the end.”
Looking ahead to next year, the team is confident it can continue to grow. Parriott believes that by ending the season well they know they can start off on the right foot next year. She believes the fellow teammates who were sick and hurt this year will have a lot to add to the team next year.
Weise agrees that next year will have the opportunity for more success.
“Although we will be losing a few seniors and (we) will definitely miss them, I believe we have a bright future ahead of us. I think as a team we will go into next season with much more confidence due to how the season ended,” Weise said.