Wildcat Wrap-Up

Wildcat Wrap-Up

Here's an overview of the 2015-16 athletic year.
By Kelsey Whaley

FALL 2015


After a strong season, the Wildcats placed eleventh at the MIAC Championships. Courtney Kirkeide ’17 was the top finisher for St. Kate’s. She ran to a 37th place finish with a time of 24:25.8.


The Wildcats earned a program-best third-place finish at the MIAC Championships in October. Sydney Busker ’19 and Abby Conzemius ’17 finished in a tie for seventh to earn All-Championship honors and All-MIAC recognition.


St. Kate’s qualified for the MIAC Tournament for the first time in program history after boasting a 7-4 record in conference play. Hannah Okerstrom ’17 earned All-MIAC honors and was named to the Division III All-North Region Second Team and the NSCAA Scholar All-North/Central Region Third Team for her performances in 2015.


St Kate’s surged to success this fall by finishing the season with a 4-7 MIAC and 18-13 overall record thanks to strong defensive play. Shanee Herd ’17 became the first Wildcat since 2012 to earn All-MIAC honors as one of the top liberos in both the conference and the nation. 

WINTER 2015–16


St. Kate’s ended the season 14-11 overall to finish above .500 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. LaShay Holt ’17 was named MIAC 6th Player-of-the-Year after leading the league in scoring as a nonstarter. She also scored her 1000 career point and pulled in her 500 career rebound during the season. Audra Clark ’18 and Shauna Horsch ’16 also earned All-MIAC Honorable Mention recognition.


St. Kate’s had one of their best seasons to date in 2015-16 with multiple accolades from competitions throughout the season. At the Universal Dance Association College Nationals in January at Walt Disney World, the Wildcats came within 1.5 points of qualifying for the finals, the closest any team has come in program history.


Goalie Kristen Pechacek ’18 earned Second Team All-American and All-MIAC recognition after boasting the second best save percentage in all of Division III. She also anchored the number one penalty kill in the nation, as St. Kate’s finished ninth in the conference standings. 


St. Kate’s broke two school records and set seven other Top-10 performances at the MIAC Championships. Rachel Hall ’17 took fifth set the school record in the 1000-meter dash while teammate Shakeela Wells-Johnson ’17 set the school record with a second place performance the 60-meter hurdles. Wells-Johnson received All-Region and All-Conference honors in the 60-meter hurdles event. Brittany Moore ’16, who placed third in the 60-meter hurdles, also earned All-MIAC honors.


St. Kate’s finished sixth at the MIAC Championships for the seventh-consecutive season. Jenna Nagy ’17 took second in both the 1- and 3-meter diving events to qualify for NCAA Diving Zones. Alissa Ellingson ’19 was impressive in her first MIAC Championship as she took second in the 200-meter butterfly.



Tori Thompson ’19 won the MIAC Long Jump Championship at the MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a jump of 5.63 meters, while Megan Pohlmann ’17 and Alyssa Besch ’16 took second and third place in javelin. Pohlmann reclaimed the school record.

Both Besch and Pohlmann qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in javelin. Besch earned All-America honors for the first time in her career with a sixth place finish at 43.49 meters. Pohlmann also finished in the top half of the competition in eleventh place.


Softball had the best season in program history. The team finished as the runner-up in its first ever appearance as a Top-4 team in the MIAC Post-Season Tournament. The Wildcats also became the third team in St. Kate’s history to receive a berth to the NCAA Tournament and took second in the Decorah Regional behind Luther College.

Robyn Rohr ’16 became the first Wildcat athlete to be named MIAC Softball Player-of-the-Year after her outstanding season, while head coach Colleen Powers was named Coach-of-the-Year in her third season with the program.  


St. Kate’s qualified for the MIAC Tennis Postseason Tournament for the sixth consecutive season in 2016. Seniors Mikinzee Salo ’16 and Angie Lorenzen ’16 joined the 100 dual match career wins club. Salo’s career record of 112-35 is one of the best in St. Kate’s history, while her doubles record of 61-12 is the best all-time.

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Doubles tennis players Mikinzee Salo and Angie Lorenzen.

Doubles tennis players Mikinzee Salo and Angie Lorenzen.

Photos by St. Kate's Sports Info.

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