Ailee Larson, St. Catherine

Ailee Larson, St. Catherine

Lutsen, Minn. / Lutsen

St. Catherine cross country runner Ailee Larson (Lutsen, Minn.) had a day to remember Saturday at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational in River Falls, Wis. Larson finished first in a record-setting performance, as she set a new personal record, a new course record and recorded the second-fastest time in Wildcats history. For her historic run, Larson was named the MIAC Women's Cross Country Athlete-of-the-Week.

Larson ran to victory with a time of 22:12.6 to finish first in a field that included nine teams and 148 total runners. The junior's time was 1:19 faster than previous career best, and it was a new course record and five seconds better than anyone else in the field. The time is the second-fastest in St. Catherine history, just 14 seconds behind the record by All-American Greta Sieve, set in 2009. The field included runners from No. 6 UW-Eau Claire, and No. 16 UW-La Crosse. Larson led SCU to a sixth-place finish as a team.

The Wildcats and Larson will take this week off to enjoy their accomplishments, and to prepare for one of the biggest meets of the season, which is up next on their schedule. The University of Minnesota's Roy Griak Invitational, which is one of the Midwest's top races each season, begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28, and it will be held at Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn.

2013 MIAC Women's Cross Country Athletes-of-the-Week

DATE     NAME     SCHOOL    
10/22/2013   Kimber Meyer
  Macalester  
10/15/2013   Ailee Larson   St. Catherine  
10/8/2013   Ailee Larson   St. Catherine  
10/01/2013   Colette Celichowski   Carleton  
9/24/2013   Noelle Olson   St. Olaf  
9/17/2013   Ailee Larson   St. Catherine  
9/10/2013   Caitlin Fermoyle   Gustavus  
  9/4/2013     Noelle Olson      St. Olaf