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CROSS COUNTRY

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Morris had two representatives on the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) All-Conference Team announced Monday in juniors Ryan Anderson and Benjamin Barnack.

For both Anderson and Barnack, this marks their first inclusion on the all-conference team.

Anderson was contention for an individual crown on Saturday. His runner-up time of 26:28 was just 17 seconds behind St. Scholastica’s Isaac Boedigheimer who claimed the individual title.

While Anderson received All-UMAC First Team honors, Barnack ran an All-UMAC Second Team race on Saturday as his time of 27:38.4 was good for 13th place.

The top eight runners received All-UMAC First Team honors while finishers 9-16 earned All-UMAC Second Team recognition.

Individual champion Katherine Novak heads a list of three Minnesota Morris Women’s Cross Country All-Conference runners.

For Novak, this is her third time representing UMM on the all-conference team. Sophomores Paige Stearns and Kaitlyn Ladwig earned recognition for the first time with top ten finishes.

Novak is repeat performer as an All-UMAC First Team runner. This follows a Second Team nod in 2016. She has consistently improved during her four years and it culminated in a UMAC individual championship on Saturday. Her time of 23:29.3 outdistanced the field by 25 seconds.

Stearns and Ladwig were the top performers from that tier as they had ninth (24:51.5) and tenth (24:52.2) place finishes, respectively.

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