La Crosse, Wis. - After winning their first conference championship in school history on Saturday, the Viterbo women's cross country team had six individuals earn Midwest Collegiate Conference honors including Head Coach John Metelko who was named MCC Women's Cross Country Coach of the Year.
Earning First Team All-Conference honors for the V-Hawks is Bea Foley (Jr. - Greenville, Wis.), Kriston Siemianowski (Jr. - Sparta, Wis.), and Rosemary Loken (So. - La Crosse, Wis.). Junior Cindy Leuck (Cashton, Wis.) and sophomore Amanda Schield (Medford, Wis.) received MCC Honorable Mention All-Conference.
Foley, Siemianowski, and Loken led the V-Hawks at the MCC Championships on Saturday as they finished in the top five individually. For the second straight season, Foley finished second individually as she finished the 5-K course on Saturday in a time of 18:50. Siemianowski came in right behind Foley in a time of 19:04 while Loken finished fifth (20:04). It was no surprise at all to Coach Metelko that these three led the V-Hawks as they have finished 1,2,3 in every meet this season for the V-Hawks.
Schield decided to have her best race of the season on Saturday at the MCC Championships. She finished 12th individually on Saturday as she ran a personal best 20:29. Leuck has come on as of late for the V-Hawks saving her two best races of the season for the final two meets of the season. After running a personal best of 20:21 at the Lake Wissota Invite two weeks ago, Leuck completed the 5-K course on Saturday in 20:35 to finish 14th individually.
On the men's side, the V-Hawks had one individual earn MCC postseason honors. Sophomore Michael Lessor (Kaukauna, Wis.) was named to the MCC Honorable Mention team. At the MCC Championships on Saturday, Lessor led the V-Hawks by finishing 13th individually. His time of 28:23 was just behind his personal best time of 28:11 which he ran at the Lake Wissota Invite.
The V-Hawk cross country program is in just its third season as a varsity team at Viterbo. Coach Metelko started the program and in just three seasons has built both teams into contenders in the MCC. In winning the Women's MCC Championship, the V-Hawks earn the conference's automatic bid to the 31st annual NAIA Women's Cross Country National Championships. The national meet will be held November 20th at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash.