Gray Wolves Place 10th at WHAC Championships

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Lourdes wrapped up its 2017 cross country season on Saturday afternoon, finishing in 10th place at the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference Championships held at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Gray Wolves finished the meet with 288 points, 37 more than ninth place Rochester (Mich.). Aquinas was the team champion with 38 points followed by Madonna with 54 points.

“We raced hard and had our best race of the season at the right time,” head coach David Espinoza said after the meet. “I’m proud of how we competed considering the cold and rainy conditions throughout the day.”

Emma Kosek (Toledo, Ohio/Whitmer H.S.) paced the Gray Wolves with a time of 20:52.1 over the five-kilometer course to post the third fastest time in school history while earning her collegiate best mark. The freshman finished in 51st place overall.

Jasmine Stein (Gibsonburg, Ohio/Gibsonburg H.S.) was the second Lourdes runner across the finish line, turning in a time of 21:58.6 while Audry Towler (Tecumseh, Mich./Lenawee Christian H.S.) posted a mark of 22:24.6, a collegiate best for the rookie.

Gabby Crisp (Metamora, Ohio/Home School H.S.), one of two seniors on the roster, closed her career with a season’s best time of 28:16.9 while Gracen Spangler (Sylvania, Ohio/Northview H.S.), the other Gray Wolf closing her career on Saturday, finished in a time of 34:35.8. For Spangler, the meet also marked her first race of the season.

Aquinas’ Melissa Winchester was the individual champion with a time of 18:12.5, finishing just over four seconds in front of teammate Adri Sigafoose.