BETTENDORF – A record performance and a pair of Top-5 finishes made for a stellar Saturday for the Waldorf cross country teams at the Fighting Bee Invitational.

Sophomore Marissa Kuik stole the show, and nearly won the women's 5-kilometer race, shattering the Warrior school record by finishing second overall Saturday in 19 minutes, 45.9 seconds.

While she stole the show on the women's side, Nik Ganzeveld did his best to do the same in the men's 8K race, finishing fifth overall in 26:50.6. Close behind him was teammate Andrew Murley in 26th overall in 27:53.6.

BETTENDORF, Iowa – A record performance and a pair of Top-5 finishes made for a stellar Saturday for the Waldorf cross country teams at the Fighting Bee Invitational.

Sophomore Marissa Kuik stole the show, and nearly won the women's 5-kilometer race, shattering the Warrior school record by finishing second overall Saturday in 19 minutes, 45.9 seconds.

"Marissa got after it and ran in first place for portions of the race today," said Waldorf head cross country coach Kayla Kregel. "She ended up second overall, but that's exactly where we need her to be at this point in the season with conference a month away."

Kuik shattered her own school record of 20:45, which she ran last fall.

While she stole the show on the women's side, Nik Ganzeveld did his best to do the same in the men's 8K race, finishing fifth overall in 26:50.6. Close behind him was teammate Andrew Murley in 26th overall in 27:53.6.

That led to a strong team finish for the Warriors, who were ninth as a team in both the men's (238 points) and women's (237 points) team races. Olivet Nazarene won the men's title and St. Ambrose won the women's title. Brian Jacques of North Iowa Area Community College won the men's race in 25:47.4, and St. Ambrose's Ashley Plumb won the women's race in 19:37.8.

"We had an exciting race with Nic running with the top pack and finishing fifth overall," Kregel said.

"I thought Jesse Vega (86th overall in 30:21.3) ran strong today also, putting himself in a good position and working up throughout the race," Waldorf's coach added.

Adding a strong performance was Mark Ahlers who finished 118th in 32:32.1, a pleasing effort according to Coach Kregel.

"It was also exciting to see Mark back on his feet and running more like himself," she said. "We have been dealing with injury with him all season, so finally putting himself into our fourth runner position today was a big improvement."

Rounding out top finishes on the women's side were Marissa Widener, who was 55th in 22:24.0, Bailey Matthaidess, who was 70th in 23:40.3, and Charley Buddenhagen, who was 110th in 27:02.1.

"Widener, Bailey and Charley are all dealing with some small injuries, so it's our focus to get back them healthy so we are able to close the gap between our top runner and sixth runner by conference," Kregel said.

Chasen Selsor rounded out the scorers on the men's side for Waldorf, placing 121 in 32:51.2, and Katelynn Ramirez capped the Warrior women's scores, finishing 115th in 27:54.9.

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