LAKELAND, Fla. - Julia Kaster's prep career was punctuated by four straight trips to the WIAA State Cross Country Meet. Her collegiate career is seeing her rack up the accolades as well.
Kaster, a 2015 graduate of Clinton High School, qualified for the NAIA National Meet last season while running for Southeastern (Fla.) University.
Competing in her junior season, Kaster recently broke the school record with a 5K time of 18:22 at a meet in Lakeland. She earned Sun Conference runner of the week honors for her efforts. Kaster was the second NAIA runner to cross the finish line in the meet and finished 18th overall in a field of 221 runners.
• TAYLOR BLUEMEL: A 2016 Brodhead graduate, Bluemel is competing for Taylor (IN) University, where both her parents graduated. Bluemel helped Taylor finish second of 18 schools at the Bethel Invite after placing eighth overall with a time of 18:28. The Trojans have placed either first or second at all four meets this season.
• REBECCA SENNETT: Running for UW-Parkside, the 2016 Turner graduate finished 45th out of 126 runners with a time of 25:22 in a 6K event hosted by Parkside. A sophomore, Sennett was the fifth Ranger to cross the finish line as Parkside finished third in the meet.
• CAMRYN BURTNESS: A freshman at Minnesota State University, Bluemel recently ran a 28:13 6K at the Roy Griak Cross Invitational hosted by the University of Minnesota. Burtness, a Parkview graduate, is trying to crack MSU's varsity roster.