Cazzola Claims Crown, Titans Fourth At Midwest Regional

Christy Cazzola ran the fastest 6K time of her storied career
Christy Cazzola ran the fastest 6K time of her storied career

Christy Cazzola (Sr. • Kaukauna) repeated as individual champion as UW-Oshkosh placed fourth at the NCAA Division III Midwest Cross Country Regional on Saturday (Nov. 10) in Winneconne.

Finishing the 6,000-meter race in 20:51, Cazzola improved her winning time from last year by 40 seconds. Washington University's (Mo.) Lucy Cheadle came in second place at 21:01, while UW-Eau Claire's Ashlyn Mauer listed third at 21:14.

Madison Sawyer (21:38) and Steph Sjostrom (21:42), both of UW-Eau Claire, occupied the fourth and fifth positions.

UW-Eau Claire took the team title with a score of 67 points. The University of Chicago (Ill.) tallied 99 for second, as Illinois Wesleyan University marked 142 for third, UW-Oshkosh 153 for fourth and UW-La Crosse 162 for fifth. UW-Eau Claire, Chicago and Cazzola automatically qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship next Saturday (Nov. 17) in Terre Haute, Ind.

McKenzie Kelly (Sr. • New Richmond) posted a 10th-place time of 22:15 for the Titans. Taylor Bauer (Fr. • Fort Atkinson) captured 44th with a 23:03, while Danica Harrison (Fr. • Arpin) was close behind (23:05) in 48th and Allie DeBaker (Jr. • Green Bay) took 50th in 23:06.

UW-Oshkosh also had Sonny Jenkins (So. • Manton, Mich.) place 116th in 24:14 and Rhea Fiorita (Fr. • Burlington) list 149th in 24:50.

A total of 276 women completed the race.