Panthers Battle Elements At Notre Dame Invite

Sept. 30, 2011

South Bend, Ind. - Senior Kristi Schuette was the school's top finisher as the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's cross country team battled to a 20th-place finish at the Notre Dame Invitational Friday afternoon.

Schuette led the way for Milwaukee for the third time this season, finishing with a time of 19 minutes, 24 seconds, besting individuals from Bradley University as well as conference rivals Youngstown State, Valparaiso, Illinois-Chicago and Green Bay.

Grand Valley State took first place with 40 points.

UWM scored 535 points on the day despite a wet course, temperatures in the low 50's and wind gusts reaching 40 miles per hour and above.

"Things could have gone a little bit better for us but I like to keep things in perspective," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "Julia (Bernstein) wasn't able to race today due to injury and that affected our team finish.

"We have a pretty young team and sometimes you just need to get experience. This was a pretty big meet compared to what some of them had seen so far. We have work to do. I know that and they know that and I'm still optimistic that they'll improve for the next race."

Sophomore Emily Hamilton finished second for the Panthers with a time of 20:01, good enough for 101st place overall.

Freshman Annette Lemanski continued to do well in her first year in the Black and Gold, taking 116th in 20 minutes, 35 seconds.

Carissa Schneiter and Emily Schaal rounded out the scoring for Milwaukee. Though they both finished with the exact same time of 20:56, Schneiter was just in front of her freshman teammate for 123rd place.



Claira Himmel, Shannon Brown, Adriana Gutierrez and Katy Koch also competed for UWM. Himmel ran a time of 21:13 and finished 127th with Brown right behind in 130th.

Milwaukee has a two-week break before heading to the Bradley Classic Saturday, Oct. 15.

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