Individual champion Katherine Novak heads a list of three Minnesota Morris female cross country athletes as Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC) Women's Cross Country All-Conference runners announced Monday, Oct. 29.

For Novak, this is her third time representing UMM on the all-conference team. Sophomores Paige Stearns and Kaitlyn Ladwig earned recognition for the first time with top 10 finishes.

Novak is repeat performer as an All-UMAC First Team runner. This follows a Second Team nod in 2016. She has consistently improved during her four years and it culminated in a UMAC individual championship on Saturday. Her time of 23:29.3 outdistanced the field by 25 seconds.

The top eight finishers on Saturday, Oct. 27 earned All-UMAC First Team honors with the next eight garnering All-UMAC Second Team accolades. Stearns and Ladwig were the top performers from that tier as they had ninth (24:51.5) and tenth (24:52.2) place finishes, respectively.