Second-ranked women plagued by sickness
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Sarah Hudelson

Western Cross Country — In her final year as a Mountaineer, Alicja Konieczek has saved the best for last.

Coming off a 2018 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) championship in outdoor steeplechase — with a personal best time of 9:47 — Konieczek didn’t miss a step, cruising into the cross country season. There too, she’s seen success but was tripped up by illness this past weekend at nationals.

Still, the Western Colorado University standout runner crossed the line in a personal best finish — fourth-place with a time of 22:30.4.

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