Balts' 11th-Place Finish Leads Warriors In Whitewater

Photo Credit: Alan Herzberg
Photo Credit: Alan Herzberg

WHITEWATER, Wis. ( – Cassie Balts (Barron, Wis.) finished 11th overall out of 155 runners with a 6K time of 26:04.2 to lead the Wisconsin Lutheran College women's cross country team to a seventh-place finish at the Tom Hoffman Invitational Saturday on the campus course at UW-Whitewater.


  • Event: Tom Hoffman Invitational
  • Location: UW-Whitewater Campus Course, Whitewater, Wis.
  • WLC Team: 7th of 15, 217 Points
  • Top WLC Individual: Cassie Balts, 11th of 155, 26:04.2


  • Balts recorded a time of 26:04.2 in her the first 6K race of the season, missing out on a top-10 finish by just a tenth of a second.
  • Megan Kuether (New Berlin, Wis.) crossed the finish line in 27:53.9 for 47th place, the second Warrior to cross the finish line.
  • Christina Biffert (Lomira, Wis.) recorded a time of 29:12.3 in her first collegiate 6K race.
  • Bethany Wagenknecht (Yorba Linda, Calif.) finished 72nd in a time of 29:27.0.
  • Becca Heller (South Milwaukee, Wis.) rounded out the Warriors' top five with a time of 29:48.2 for 82nd.


  • Invite host UW-Whitewater's Jessica Braun won the 6K race with a winning time of 25:07.5.
  • UW-La Crosse captured the team title with 26 points, besting host Whitewater by 35 points. The Eagles placed six runners inside the top 10.


  • Wisconsin Lutheran will race next Friday, September 22 at the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational hosted by Augustana in Rock Island, Illinois. The 6K race is scheduled for a 3:00 p.m. start at Saukie Golf Course.