St. Kate’s cross country team recorded its best finish at the MIAC Cross Country Championship in over 10 years, with the Wildcats finishing sixth as a team. Rachel Hall ’17 earned All-MIAC honors for St. Kate’s as the team’s top finisher, while Leighlin Ahlstrom ’20 picked up All-Conference honorable mention honors. Both student-athletes earned All-Region honors at the NCAA Regional Meet the next weekend.
Madi Roe ’17, Abby Conzemius ’17, Kaitlyn Alvarez ’18, Taylor Krouse ’18 and Sydney Busker ’19 won St. Kate’s first MIAC Championship in October — and finished an impressive 12th at the NCAA Championship in May 9-13, 2017. Conzemius, Busker and Alvarez helped St. Kate’s win the tournament with Top 10 finishes and earned All-Conference honors in the process.
In another record-setting season, the team received its first NCAA Regional ranking, hosted a MIAC playoff game and advanced to the second round of the tournament for the first time in program history. Hannah Okerstrom ’17 earned All-MIAC honors and was named to the Division IIIAll-North Region second team. She also took home NSCAAScholar All-North/Central Region second team acclaim.
St. Kate’s finished the season with an overall record of 13-17 and 1-10 mark in MIAC play. Shanee Herd ’17 earned her second consecutive All-MIAC honor as one of the top liberos in both the conference and the nation.
Best season in over 30 years! The team achieved an overall record of 15-11 and 9-8 in MIAC play, entered MIAC Playoffs as the No. 5 seed and had back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 1970s.LaShay Holt ’17 broke school records for points, rebounds and career steals. Audra Clark ’18 scored her 1,000th career point, while Danica Cambrice ’20 was named to the MIAC All-First Year team.
St. Kate’s had one of its best seasons to date with multiple accolades from competitions throughout the season.
The Wildcats continued to improve and move up the MIAC standings in 2016-17, finishing the season with a 10-13-2 record and a 6-10-2 mark in MIAC play. Jordan Solheim ’17 and Tori Thompson ’19 achieved All-MIAC honors for the first time in their careers, while Kristen Pechacek ’18 earned her second honor from the conference after being named All-MIAC honorable mention.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
St. Kate’s finished ninth as a team at the MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships thanks to multiple record-breaking performances from several student-athletes. Shakeela Wells-Johnson ’17 became the Wildcats first MIAC Champion in years with a win in the 60 meter dash and broke her own school record with a second-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles. Tori Thompson ’19 broke the school record in the long jump competition en route to a second place finish.
SWIMMING AND DIVING
The Wildcats finished fifth at the MIAC Championships Championship — their best finish in over five years. Jenna Nagy ’17 was named MIAC Diver-of-the-Year after finishing first in both the 1-meter and 3-meter diving events to qualify for NCAA Diving Zones. She also qualified for the NCAA Championship for the first time in her career after winning the 3-meter diving competition at Regional Zones in February and earned All-America Honorable Mention honors at nationals.
St. Kate’s softball team won the MIAC Playoff Championship for the first time in program history after clinching a berth to the conference tournament on the final day of the regular season. The Wildcats also clinched back-to-back 30-win seasons for the first time in program history and became the first team in school history to reach the NCAA Tournament two years in a row. St. Kate’s student-athletes broke eight school records during the season and head coach Colleen Powers earned her 100th career win.
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St. Kate’s tennis team qualified for the MIAC Postseason Tournament for the seventh consecutive year, thanks to a nine-match win streak in March and April. Four Wildcat student-athletes also earned All-Conference honors: Alicia Knoll ’17 was named All-MIAC for singles and doubles play; Julia Sporer ’18, Alisha Wiedmeier ’21 and Bri Dorr ’21 earned All-MIAC honors for the first-time in their careers for doubles play.