The cross country season is coming to a close. This last weekend, the Blue Devils finished strong at the NCAA Division III Midwest Cross Country Regional, which was held on the Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wis. The men’s team had their highest finish in University of Wisconsin-Stout history, coming in seventh place overall. Tim Nelson, a senior from Augusta, Wis., finished first with a time of 24-minutes and 24.67- seconds. Close behind him was Patrick Jenkins, a sophomore from Cambridge, Wis., with a finishing time of 24:52.73, which was enough to send him to nationals to compete with Nelson.
“My regional race was probably my greatest college running accomplishment, and it established me as the seventh fastest cross country runner in UW-Stout history,” said Jenkins.
In addition to qualifying for nationals, Nelson, Jenkins and Mitch Easker, a senior from Antigo, Wis., earned All-Region awards for Division III cross country.
“Experiencing my first national meet as a sophomore athlete is an exciting opportunity, and I’m very grateful for the chance to share it with Tim Nelson,” said Jenkins. “I’ll be able to learn what it’s like to compete at the national level and use that experience to my advantage in the future.”
The women’s team finished 17th overall with Baillye Durkin, a junior from Appleton, Wis., finishing 82nd with a time of 23:31.11. Haleigh Flottmeyer, a junior from Tomah, Wis., and sophomore Dani Laine from Eagle, Wis. rounded out the top 100 finishing 94th and 95th, respectively, less than a second apart.
“The best part of this season was crossing off goals that I’ve seen hanging up either in my locker, training log or in my room for about a year now,” said Durkin.
The women’s cross country season has come to an end. As for the men’s team, Nelson and Jenkins will run at nationals on Nov. 17, which is being held outside of Terre Haute, Ind. at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course.