Disselkoen latest Runner of the Week
Anybody thinking Trinity Christian College’s women’s cross country team doesn’t extend beyond Anna Bos is in for a surprise.
While Bos is undeniably the Trolls’ ringleader, she isn’t always their race leader.
Jessica Disselkoen is carving out her own running niche and matching her heralded teammate feat for feat. Each woman won once in Trinity’s first two weeks of competition, and last week Disselkoen duplicated Bos’ recent award-winning double by getting named as Runner of the Week by both the National Christian College Athletic Association and Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Disselkoen’s honor followed her victory in the Midwest Classic Sept. 5 at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais. Her 5K time of 18 minutes, 45.19 seconds was seven seconds faster than her closest pursuer and just two seconds shy of her personal best. Disselkoen beat 77 other runners to the chute.
Having conquered the Aspen Ridge course once Disselkoen decided to do it again at last Friday’s Illinois Intercollegiate Championships. This time she shattered her personal standard by clocking an 18:11.7, which was 32 seconds better than she’s ever handled 5K and only two seconds off Bos’ school-record effort at that distance.
Disselkoen was one of three Trolls in the top 10 as Ashley Jourdan (ninth in a personal-best 18:59.9) and Bos (10th, 19:02.2) also did their parts to lift Trinity into a fourth-place team finish among 14 schools. A total of 139 women participated in the race.
Kasey Zaremba was 37th for the Trolls in a personal-best 20:21.2.