Maher and Shenefield shine for Storm cross country

Maher and Shenefield shine for Storm cross country

by Sara Sonderman

Freshman Stephanie Shenefield set the school record in the 6K with a time of 27:01.

“I didn’t even realize it until after the race when coach told me,” Shenefield said. “I was just happy I got a record before my brother.”

The No. 1 runner for the women’s side has been out the majority of the season with an injury.

“Since we are so young we have steadily improved at each meet,” Head Coach Erin Bresnan said. “I expect them to be real solid by the end of the season.”

This past weekend the Storm traveled to the St. Olaf meet and placed 3rd as a team. Shenefield was the top performer for the Storm placing 23rd.

“We don’t have the confidence yet, but with each meet we get a little more,” Shenefield said.

On the men’s side Bresnan said she has the “ideal situation.”

“Our top runner has been switching each meet,” Bresnan said. “It makes it extremely competitive in practice and in meets.”

Senior Bryan Maher finished 29th out of a field of 200 on Sept. 21 in Grinnell.

“He (Maher) had a spectacular race. It just depends on the meet who is going to step it up,” Bresnan said.

At this past weekend’s meet the men finished in 8th place. Senior Tony Ekman led the Storm with an 11th place finish.

“We are expecting to do well with the people we have. We want to be competitive in the conference and hopefully finish in the top 4 at the conference meet,” sophomore Dan Saar said.