The Piper women’s Cross Country team has shown steady improvement during the course of the 2011 season. Head coach Paul Schmaedeke is optimistic there will be more proof of that improvement today at the annual MIAC Meet. The women's race is scheduled to start at 2;15 p.m.
“I think a top six finish is a reasonable goal,” he said. If so, that would be one place up from a year ago. The Pipers will send one of their largest rosters ever to the starting line. Sara Holland (Sr., Dousman, Wis.) was 20th in last year’s race. “She has had a very steady fall,” Schmaedeke said. “She’s ready to run better than last year.”
HU is hoping for a repeat of some fall race when Maria Theisen (So., Minneapolis, Minn.) battled Holland closely. “Maria can be a top 20 finisher,” Schmaedeke said. “If she and Sara can achieve that, we can crack the top six.”
To do that, HU needs to gets support from Carolyne Bocovich (Jr., Andover, Minn.), who was 52nd last year. “She’s been stepping up all year,” Schmaedeke said. Emily Smith (Fy., Colorado Springs, Colo.), who has been in the top 5 most of the season and Kaitlyn Frederick (Sr., Paynesville, Minn.), who had a good fall after being in the summer, will need a solid performance for the Pipers to move up. “People often see Cross Country as an individual sport,” Schmaedeke said. “I don’t think so. If we go at it this Saturday with the attitude, ‘My teammate is running well and I don’t want to let her down’, that’s all a coach can ask. If that happens, it will be a good afternoon.”
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