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Eutectic cross country head coach David Baker assembles the team for practices the week before classes begin in August.

Eutectic cross country head coach David Baker assembles the team for practices the week before classes begin in August. The six or seven meets on the schedule are held on weekends. The conference championship takes place in November.

Pollmann Named KIAC Runner of the Year; Eutectics Take Fourth in Conference

Sarah Pollmann is KIAC Champion.
Sarah Pollmann is KIAC
Champion. Photo by
Debbie Chew

STLCOP’s Sarah Pollmann won the KIAC women’s cross country championship title on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Midway, Ky., becoming the first STLCOP runner to win the meet since 2007. Pollmann had the third-fastest time coming into the meet, and went out hard at the gun, taking the lead and never looking back. With 400 meters to go, she was winning the race by 30 meters, leaving time for her to trip on the muddy course, fall down, get up, and finish the race at 20:11 - 16 seconds ahead of runner-up Jasmine Pulliam from Brescia.

Emily Weichman
Emily Weichman was the
fourth STLCOP runner
at the KIAC meet.

The STLCOP women’s team finished fourth of 10 teams at the conference meet. First-year student-athlete Janki Patel finished in 13th place with a time of 21:23, earning a spot on the All-Conference 2nd Team. Second-year Jamie Hundsdorfer was 23rd at 22:33 and first-year Emily Weichman was 38th at 23:37. Third-year Bethany Chew rounded out the Eutectic top-five in 50th place at 25:10.

It was the second individual win of the season for Pollmann, who also won the Benedictine-Springfield Invitational on Oct. 19. “I never thought I’d win any races, let alone two in one season,” Pollmann said.  In doing so, she was named KIAC Runner of the Year and qualified for the NAIA championships in Lawrence, Kan., on Nov. 23.

At nationals, the weather was cold and the course lived up to its reputation of being “challenging,” but Pollmann managed to churn out the fastest 5K of her career. Averaging 6:21 per mile, she crossed the finish line at 19:43 – six seconds faster than her previous personal record. She finished 167 out of 319 runners at the national meet, becoming the first STLCOP runner to crack the top 200 in six years.

10.21.13 Pollmann Wins Springfield Invite, Named KIAC Runner of the Week; Eutectics Miss Victory by One Point

9.30.13 Patel Breaks STLCOP Record, Named KIAC Runner of the Week 

9.23.13 Eutectics Take Fifth at Forest Park XC; Pollmann is KIAC Runner of the Week

9.15.13 Euts Compete Well at Early Bird

8.23.13 High Expectations for Women's Cross Country Team

11.17.12 McKenzie and Pollmann Compete at Nationals

11.03.12 Eutectics Finish Fifth in KIAC

10.20.12 Eutectics Shatter Season PRs at the St. Louis Fall Classic

10.13.12 Eutectics Win Non-Division I Team Title at Evansville

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