DUBUQUE, Iowa - Lucy Conroy (Mt. Vernon, Iowa/Mt. Vernon) turned in one of the best postseason performances in school history on Saturday, as the Coe College cross country teams competed at the Iowa Conference Championships.
Conroy paced the Kohawk women, as she finished fourth in 23:43.0. She earned All-Iowa Conference honors by finishing in the top 15, the first league honors for the Kohawk woman since Keelie Finnel in 2011. The fourth place finish was the highest by a Kohawk since Jenna Boerboom finished third in 2003. The time was the fourth fastest by a Kohawk at the Iowa Conference Championships and the highest a Kohawk freshman has ever placed at the event.
Mareena Franke (Neenah, Wis./Neenah) finished 32nd in 25:33.9, while Abie Mellick (Waukon, Iowa/Waukon) was 52nd in 26:19.6. McKayla Morris (Belvidere, Ill./Belvidere) was 74th in 27:05.8, while Beth Heims (Swisher, Iowa/Prairie) finished in 75th with a time of 27:07.0. Samaya Lewis (Chicago, Ill./Brooks Prep) rounded out the lineup for the Kohawks, finishing 76th in 27:09.1.
The Kohawk women finished sixth with 152 points. Loras won the meet with 42 points, while Luther was second with 55 points. Luther's Tricia Serres won the individual title in a time of 22:39.2.
On the men's side, Ryan Izer (Lawler, Iowa/Turkey Valley) led the Kohawks with a 39th place finish in 28:42.5. Nathan Haerr (Fairfield, Iowa/Fairfield) finished 46th in 28:59.7, while Austin Springsteen (Lisbon, Iowa/Lisbon) crossed in 29:15.1 for a 53rd place finish. Colton James-Wells (Colorado Springs, Colo./Doherty) was 56th in 29:18.0, while Beau Freeborn (New Sharon, Iowa/North Mahaska) rounded out the scoring for Coe with a 75th place finish in 29:58.7. Derek Dinderman (Palo, Iowa/Vinton-Shellsburg) was 88th in 30:21.6, while Nick Poff (St. Joseph, Ill./Ogden) rounded out the Kohawk lineup with a 94th place finish in 30:28.4.
The Kohawk men finished seventh with 184 points. Loras won the meet with 32 points, while Central was second with 39 points. Central's Cole Decker took top individual honors in a time of 26:17.2.
Coe will have the week off before traveling to the NCAA Regional Championships in Pella on Nov. 14.