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Women's CC brings good pack into MIAC meet

Photo by Christopher Mitchell
Photo by Christopher Mitchell
Tommie Women's Cross Country has been a model of consistency this season, with a solid group near the front in every race. Coach Joe Sweeney is looking for more of the same at Saturday's MIAC Championships at Carleton College.
Sweeney's runners, ranked 14th nationally, are set to compete with 11 other teams -- including No. 9-ranked Carleton, No. 32-ranked Gustavus, and St. Olaf -- in the noon race Saturday over 6,000 meters.
The women follow the men's 8,000-meter race which starts at 11 a.m.
St. Thomas finished second last season on the course at nearby St. Olaf College. The Toms return seven runners that placed in the top 45.
The Purple return five runners who placed in the top 25 at last season's MIAC race. The roster includes 11 seniors and nine juniors, and its current top 10 includes five seniors, three juniors, one sophomore and one freshman. Three different runners have been the top finisher in the last three races.
Senior Katie Breuckman has placed 30th, 26th and 17th in this meet over her last three seasons.
Senior Sara Ness missed last fall with an injury but placed 20th and 16th in this meet as a freshman and sophomore.
Senior Jenny Launder has placed 115th, 18th and 19th in this meet over her last three seasons.
Sophomore Olivia Moll took 14th last fall in her debut MIAC race.
Senior Martha Hubbell placed 16th last fall.
Senior Molly Clarke and juniors Sara Miller, Carly Scheuerman and Kasey Ericson are all trending forward.  Clarke has finished 49th, 43rd and 24th in her last three MIAC meets. Miller has closed 139th and 79th. Scheuerman has placed 40th and 32nd. Ericson placed 62nd last season.
After Saturday, St. Thomas will race Nov. 16 in the NCAA regional in Waverly, Iowa. as it attempts to reach the national meet. The 2018 Toms just missed an at-large qualifying spot after the previous four teams advanced to the NCAA race.