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Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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Carney’s Last Collegiate XC Meet at Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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McKenzie Carney placed 90th from the field of 279 competitors at the NCAA III National Cross Country Championships. Pricipia College, Elsah, Ill., hosted the national finale at the North Farm Cross Country Course.

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Carney covered the 6K course in a time of 22:10.10. This was her first appearance at the national championships and her final collegiate cross country race of her career.

Complete Results

Thomas Polalrd-Gilbert-ISU
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Cyclone Men and Women Run Well at Nats

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU ©Michael Scott 2017 http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Megan Schott-DM Roosevelt-ISU
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The No. 13 Iowa State men’s cross country team continued their postseason success at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. The men finished in seventh as a team (279), which is ISU’s best finish since they won the title in 1994.

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Northern Arizona won their second consecutive team title. They placed three runners in the top-8 and grossed 74 team points.

After the first 2k, the Cardinal and Gold were in 21st place. A strong second half of the race, which placed five Iowa Staters in the top-100 individually, pushed ISU to their 12th top-10 finish in program history.

The Cyclones received an All-America performance from sophomore Andrew Jordan. Through 2k, he sat in 41st. Just like the rest of the ISU runners, Jordan’s final 5k was outstanding. He finished 15th in a time of 29:40.60. With his All-America finish, Jordan becomes the 38th All-American in program history. Jordan’s 15th place finish was the best by an Iowa State runner since 1994.

Four other Cyclones turned in top-100 finishes for Iowa State. Sophomore Stanley Langat crossed the finish line in 30:14.21 for 53rd place. Redshirt junior Dan Curts finish 68th with a time of 30:24.70.

Senior Nathan Rodriguez and redshirt sophomore Thomas Pollard finished on each other’s heals. Rodriguez finished 97th in a time of 30:41.13, right before Pollard crossed the finish line in 30:41.38 for 98th.

All-Region performer Milo Greder finished 147th in 31:06.64 and junior John Nownes took 214th with a time of 31:51.44

Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona (74)
2. Portland (127)
3. BYU (165)
4. Stanford (221)
5. Arkansas (259)
6. Oregon (274)
7. Iowa State (279)

Individual Results
15. Andrew Jordan – 29:40.65
53. Stanley Langat – 30:14.21
68. Dan Curts – 30:24.70
97. Nathan Rodriguez – 30:41.13
98. Thomas Pollard – 30:41.38
147. Milo Greder – 31:06.63
214. John Nownes – 31:51.44

Women

The No. 14 Iowa State women’s cross country team finished 20th at the NCAA Championships with a team score of 508. The top-20 finish is head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough‘s third as the Cyclones’ head coach.

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New Mexico State was the team champion. The Lobos place four runners in the top-14, and tallied a team total of 90.

ISU was led by junior Anne Frisbie. The River Falls, Wi., native finished just outside of All-America status, taking 45th as an individual in a time of 20:15.53. Freshman Cailie Logue also turned in a top-100 performance. She finished 79th in 20:33.33.

Freshman Amanda Vestri and redshirt junior Evelyne Guay were the next two Cyclone finishers. Vestri ran the 6k course in 21:10.21 for a 160th-place finish, while Guay crossed the finish line in 21:18.28 for 175th.

Finishing shortly behind them was freshman Karly Ackley. She finished 189th for the Cardinal and Gold with a time of 21:25.8.

Wrapping up the Cyclone lineup was redshirt sophomore Megan Schott and junior Kelly Nuamann. Schott finished 225th in 21:52.57, followed by Naumann in 235th in 22:09.50.

Team Results
1. New Mexico (90)
2. San Francisco (105)
3. Colorado (139)
4. Stanford (165)
5. Oregon (203)
20. Iowa State (508)

Individual Results
45. Anne Frisbie – 20:15.53
79. Cailie Logue – 20:33.33
160. Amanda Vestri – 21:10.21
175. Evelyne Guay21:18.28
189. Karly Ackley – 21:25.80
225. Megan Schott – 21:52.57
235. Kelly Naumann 22:09.50

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI
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Norem Claims MVC Good Neighbor Award

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI ©Panther Athletics-2017

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI
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In an effort to honor the achievements of exceptional student-athletes, the Missouri Valley Conference has created the State Farm MVC Good Neighbor Award.  University of Northern Iowa cross country senior Ashley Norem was this year’s recipient, after a stellar year on the course and in the classroom.

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To be eligible for the award, the student-athlete must be in good academic standing, must demonstrate good citizenship through good sportsmanship and significant community service, and must participate in a sport, during the season of recognition.  The Valley will recognize 10 student-athletes three times annually (fall, winter, spring), for a total of 30 honorees.

This season, Norem earned All-MVC Honorable Mention after finishing 11th at the league championship in October. The senior also aided the Panthers to their best finish in program history at the NCAA Midwest Regional after UNI placed seventh overall while also beating out seven Power 5 teams in the process.

Norem has also excelled at UNI academically, earning a spot on the Dean’s list all four years as a Panther and winning the President’s Council Academic Award and the Commissioner Academic Excellence Award in 2016-17.  Additionally, Norem won the Elite 18 Award after last season’s MVC Championship in 2016 and has placed on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team in back-to-back seasons. The Panther is majoring in exercise science and has earned a 3.92 GPA while at UNI.

Norem also volunteers with the Boys & Girls Club of the Cedar Valley, Park to Park and the Hy-Vee Healthy Kids Initiative.

UNI Women's XC 2017
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Panthers Welcome Back Brette For 7th Place Finish at Regionals

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI ©Panthers Athletics 2017

Brette Correy-W.Dubuque-UNI
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The Northern Iowa women’s cross country team held its own against some of the nation’s best competition at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday, as the Panthers earned the program’s highest finish at a regional meet after claiming seventh overall.

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UNI’s highest finish before Friday’s race was in 2016 after the Panthers came in 10th overall at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Iowa City.

“I am very proud of the standard this team set this season,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “To end the season with the program’s best finish at a regional meet is a great feeling and it’s a testament to how special this group is.”

As a team the Panthers finished second among schools from the state of Iowa with host Iowa State claiming the regional title, while Iowa and Drake finished 12th and 31st respectively. The Panthers also finished ahead of seven teams from the Power 5 conferences (Northwestern, Kansas, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Nebraska and Illinois).

The Panthers had four runners finish within six seconds of one another on Friday, as Brette Correyled the pack with a time of 21:13.1 to finish 47th overall in the 6K. Correy was followed by fellow senior Ashley Norem with a time of 21:16.0 (53rd overall), Hannah Truniger at 21:18.6 (55th overall) and reining MVC Freshman of the Year McKayla Cole at 21:19.0 (58th overall).

“We had terrible weather conditions today with the wind and cold,” Paulsen said. “But our team battled against it and executed a great team race with only 15 seconds separating our 1-6 runners.”

In their final cross country race as Panthers, seniors Correy and Norem etched their names into the UNI history books as the pair posted the eighth and ninth-fastest 6K times in program history. Norem already owns the fourth-fastest (21:08.9) 6K time at UNI and the eighth-fastest (17:40.0) 5K time, while Correy owns the seventh-fastest (17:39.2) 5K time at UNI.

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NCAA Midwest Regional (WOMEN)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Ames, Iowa (6K)

47th     Brette Correy (21:13.1)
53rd     Ashley Norem (21:16.0)
55th     Hannah Truniger (21:18.6)
58th     McKayla Cole (21:19.0)
73rd     Gabby Champion (21:28.7)
74th     Tiffany Christensen (21:28.9)
172nd Alyssa Williams (22:33.7)

NCAA Midwest Regional (Iowa Teams Only)
Nov. 10, 2017 – Ames, Iowa (6K)

1st        Iowa State (90)
7th        UNI (286)
12th     Iowa (352)
31st      Drake (806)

Luther Women's Cross Country 2017
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Norse’s Carney on to Nationals

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther ©Norse Athletics 2017

Kenzie Carney-Roosevelt-Luther
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The 2017 NCAA III National Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Principia College, Elsah, Ill., Saturday, Nov. 18.

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Both the men’s and women’s championship races will be held at the North Farm Cross Country Course. The men’s 8K race will begin at 11:00 a.m., followed by the women’s 6K race at 12:15 p.m. CST. The top-35 place winners in both the races will earn All-America honors.

Luther senior McKenzie Carney has qualified for the national finale for the first time of her career. She was one of 56 individuals, seven from each of the eight regions, who are not a part of a qualifying team, that were selected to participate in the championship. Carney placed 17th at the Central Regional and became a three-time all-region performer.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Iowans Propel Dutch to Nationals

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central ©Jim Kirby 2017

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central
©Jim Kirby 2017

Men

Central College seniors Mark Fairley (Dubuque) and Tanner Rathje (Marion, Linn-Mar HS) weren’t ready for their cross country careers to come to an end Saturday at the NCAA Division III Central Regional.

Courtesy Dutch Athletics, click here! Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Fairley became the third Dutch runner in the five years to win the regional race. With the win Fairley earns a spot at the NCAA Division III Championship meet. Rathje will join Fairley at the national meet after finishing in 11th place. Fairley finished the 8,000-meter race in 24 minutes, 52.9 seconds. Rathje was just 40 seconds behind Fairley with 25:33.6.

“Today was a good day for our men’s program,” said coach Joe Dunham. “Anytime you have a regional champion it’s a great day but to also have Tanner qualify for nationals was great.”

As a team Central finished ninth in the 29-team meet with 261 points. Loras College won the meet with 53 points and Carleton College (Minn.) was runner-up with 67 points.

Juniors Jordan Toomey (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) ran a career best 26:30.9 to finish 63rd.

Sophomore Preston Kizer (Dubuque) knocked over a minute off his previous personal record to finish 89th 26:53.3.

Senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) ran his final race for the Dutch in 26:57.5 just edging junior teammate Kyle Pape (Dubuque, Wahlert HS) for 97th. Pape finished with an identical 26:57.5 just two seconds off his personal best.

Freshman Nathan Sanders (Waukee) placed 124th with 27:35.0.

???????Fairley and Rathje look to continue their momentum Saturday at the national meet in Alton, Ill. Fairley will compete at the national race for the fourth time in his career.

Although the team will not advance, Dunham was pleased with the squad’s effort.

“I was proud of our guys today,” he said. “We’ve battled through injuries all year and I was happy with how our guys performed.”

Women

Central College senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) led the women’s cross country team to a 15th place finish in the 32-team NCAA Division III Central Regional Saturday.

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In potentially the senior’s last race, she ran the 6,000-meter course in 22 minutes, 39.7 seconds just a second off her season best.

“Really proud of how Holly ran today,” said coach Joe Dunham. “She’s still waiting to find out whether or not if she will qualify for nationals. If five teams from our region go to nationals, she will go as an individual but regardless I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

Carleton College (Minn.) won the regional with 48 points and Nebraska Wesleyan finished runner-up with 103 points while Central tallied 434 points.

Senior Evie Kammeyer (Urbandale) ran a career race in her final collegiate race, finishing in 23:27.9, good for 50th.

Running in her home state, sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault, Minn.) placed 80th with a career best 24:08 time.

“Lauren ran a really good race today as well,” said Dunham. “She ran a personal best and has us really excited for her to continue to grow during track season.”

Junior Jenna Murray (Grandview, Louisa-Muscatine HS) was fourth for the Dutch finishing with a career best 25:31.8 and placing 138th.

Sophomores Ashley Meldrum (Cambridge, Ballard HS) and Savanna Henning (Ankeny, Centennial HS)also ran their best times in their short careers Saturday. Meldrum ran 25:46.7, placing 145th and Henning ran 25:50.2, finishing 150th.

Freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake in the Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) continued the trend of personal records, placing 165th with a career best 26:23.3.

There’s plenty of optimism for the program with five of its seven regional runners returning next season. Also returning will be junior Rachel Peter (Prairie City, PCM HS), who was Central’s top runner in the 2016 regional but missed most of the 2017 campaign due to injury.

“I’m extremely excited about our women’s program,” said Dunham. “I feel like we are trending in the right direction and will continue to work to improve.”

Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclone Men and Women are Team Regional Champions

 Cailie Logue-ISU ©Jim Kirby 2017

Cailie Logue-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Women

The No. 20 Iowa State cross country team is headed back to the NCAA Championships for the ninth-straight year. The Cyclones won the Midwest Regional, capturing their sixth regional title since 2010 and first since 2014.

Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here!  Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU ©Jim Kirby 2017

After unofficially trailing by a point through the one mile mark to Minnesota, the Cyclones quickly jumped out to a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish, cruising to victory.

The Cardinal and Gold tallied a team score of 90, edging second-place finishers Oklahoma State (103) by 13 points. Head coach Andrea Grove-McDonough received All-Region performances from freshmen Cailie Logue (3rd) and Amanda Vestri (11th), as well as junior Anne Frisbie (9th).

Today was also the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown with Iowa, as the Cyclone men and women both claimed the points over Iowa. After five events, Iowa State leads this season’s competition 6-5.

Logue and Vestri continued their outstanding freshmen campaigns. Logue secured All-Region honors with a 6k time of 20:14. Vestri finished shortly behind Logue in a time of 20:30.

For the second straight season, Frisbie secured a spot on the Midwest All-Region team. She finished in a time of 20:28. Freshman Karly Ackley and junior Kelly Naumann were the other two Cyclone scoring runners. Ackley finished in 20:50 for 26th place, while Naumann finished 41st in a time of 21:09.

Junior Evelyne Guay and sophomore Megan Schott also ran well for the Cyclones in sub-freezing temperatures. Guay took 49th individually in 21:14, and Schott crossed the finish line in 21:18, good for 54th.

The women will be joined by the men, who also won the Midwest Region, at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The championships are set for next Saturday, Nov. 18th at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.

Top-5 Team
1. Iowa State – 90

2. Oklahoma State – 103
3. Minnesota – 119
4. Missouri – 215
5. South Dakota – 252

Iowa State Results
3. Cailie Logue – 20:14
9. Anne Frisbie – 20:28
11. Amanda Vestri – 20:30
26. Karly Ackley – 20:50
41. Kelly Naumann – 21:09
49. Evelyne Guay – 21:14
54. Megan Schott – 21:18

Men

The No. 14 Iowa State men’s team continued its historic postseason run at the Midwest Regional Championships, securing their first ever regional title. With their victory, the men have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Championships.

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Iowa State will be making its second consecutive championships appearance, which marks the first time that it’s done so since 2008-09.

ISU tallied 69 team points, defeating second-place finishers Oklahoma State (75) by five points. All five of the Cyclone scoring runners earned All-Region honors, finishing in the top-25.

Today was also the Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series showdown with Iowa, as the Cyclone men and women both claimed the points over Iowa. After five events, Iowa State leads this season’s competition 6-5.

A late push from redshirt junior Dan Curts elevated the Cyclones. At the 8k mark, the Cyclones were in fourth as a team, and Curts was in 13th individually. A strong final stretch for the Ellsworth, Maine, native put him across the finish line in third place at a time of 29:12.97.

Sophomore Andrew Jordan finished just steps behind Curts, taking fourth in 29:13.37. Sophomore Stanley Langat was 18th at 29:37.74, while senior Nathan Rodriguez grabbed 20th individually with a 10k time of 29:40.45. Freshman Milo Greder ran a great race, finishing 24th in a time of 29:42.60.

Junior John Nownes finished 42nd in 20:02.88, while Thomas Pollard rounded out the Cyclone runners, finishing 47th in 30:07.24.

The men will be joined by the women, who also won the Midwest Regional, at the NCAA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. The championships are set for next Saturday, Nov. 18th at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.

Top-5 Teams
1. Iowa State – 69

2. Oklahoma State – 74
3. Tulsa – 98
4. Illinois – 98
5. Minnesota – 144

Iowa State Results
3. Dan Curts – 29:12.97
4. Andrew Jordan – 29:13.37
18. Stanley Langat – 29:37.74
20. Nathan Rodriguez – 29:40.45
24. Milo Greder – 29:42.60
42. John Nownes – 30:02.88
47. Thomas Pollard – 30:07.24

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Schweizer Repeats as Regional Champion

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2017

Mizzou Cross Country senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) took first at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships in Ames, Iowa on Friday as the Tiger senior won her second straight NCAA Midwest Regional title. Schweizer destroyed the competition, finishing more than 20 seconds ahead of the runner-up. Schweizer was one of three Mizzou runners to earn NCAA All-Midwest Regional honors, as she was joined by redshirt senior Megan Cunningham (Eureka, Mo.), who finished 12th, and redshirt sophomore Thomas George(Gloucester, England), who finished 15th for the men.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2017

The honor was the fourth career regional honor for Schweizer, who finished seventh as a freshman, 25th as a sophomore, and first as a junior. Cunningham and George both earned the honor for the first time in their career, and George was the first regional honor for the men’s team since 2013 when Hayden Legg finished 22nd. George’s finish is the highest regional finish on the men’s side since 2007 when Dan Hedgecock finished 13th.

TEAM RESULTS

Schweizer’s finish led the Mizzou women to a fourth-place finish with 215 points, as the Tigers finished behind Iowa State (90 points), Oklahoma State (103 points) and Minnesota (119 points). The Mizzou women will now wait to see if they will receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships, as the field will be announced tomorrow.

George paced the men’s team for the fifth consecutive meet as the men placed ninth with 271 points. Iowa State took the team title on the men’s side as well, finishing with 69 points.

NOTABLE FINISHES

Schweizer crossed the finish line with a time of 19:50.9, 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Sharon Lokedi (Kansas), who finished at 20:11.6. Cunningham finished second for Mizzou and 12th overall, setting a personal record on the 6k course with a time of 20:29.9. In just her third race of the season, redshirt sophomore Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Mo.) finished third for Mizzou and 64th overall at 21:22.6.

On the men’s side, six of seven runners set personal records, led by George, who finished with a time of 29:32.6. Finishing behind George was redshirt senior Marc Dubrick (DeKalb, Ill.), who finished 38th overall at 30:00.2 and redshirt junior Evan Schulte (Columbia, Mo.), who finished 56th overall at 30:16.30.

QUOTEABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Marc Burns

On the women’s race

“What a great day it was today for the Tigers! I am so proud of how we competed in both races. Our women’s team put together their best team race of the year. Karissa looked amazing up front, and Megan had a huge day. I was also really impressed with how Sophia and Hannah battled the entire race, as both moved up a ton from 3k to the finish. We are in the mix for an at-large bid and will find out if we make it to the NCAA meet as a team tomorrow. Karissa will be ready to battle anyone next week, but hopefully she Tigers running with her.”

On the men’s race

“The men got out in great position, and worked really well together. It was so exciting to see them put their noses in the thick of the race and battle for entire race. We ended up out performing our pre-race ranking and finished ninth. Thomas was outstanding up front for us and as the men’s region representative, I was so pumped to give him his All-Regional medal. Marc had a big day too, and that was so good to see. We learned a great deal today and will be better next year because of it.”

On the team’s fan support

“We had a huge crowd of supporters out on the course, and I want to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the Tigers today! MIZ!”

UP NEXT

Mizzou will now head to Louisville Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18 as Schweizer looks to repeat her 2016 NCAA Champion title. The Tigers will await to see if Schweizer is joined by the rest of the Mizzou team, who could earn an at-large bid during the announcement of the NCAA field tomorrow.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Men’s 10k Results – 9th Place (271 points, 15-38-56-65-97-124-143)
15. Thomas George, 29:32.6// 38. Marc Dubrick, 30:00.2 // 56. Evan Schulte, 30:16.3 // 56. Austin Hindman, 30:21.7 // 97. Zach Cook, 30:48.1 // 124. Justin Loquercio, 31:12.2 // 143. Sheldon Keence, 31:35.7 //

Women’s 6k Results – 4th Place (215 points, 1-12-64-67-71-125-145)
1. Karissa Schweizer, 19:50.9 // 12. Megan Cunningham, 20:29.9 // 64. Sophia Racette, 21:22.6 // 67. Jamie Kempfer, 21:25.4 // 71. Hannah Thomas, 21:27.9 // 125. Jenna Lutzow, 21:58.4 // 145. Jordyn Kleve, 22:13.8

Mason Tope-Dav. Central, Brien Nugent-Wahlert and  Timothy Sevcik-Cedar Falls of Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

DuHawks Dominate Regionals

Brien Nugent-Wahlert-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brien Nugent-Wahlert-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

The Loras men’s cross country team went back-to-back as the Duhawks repeated as NCAA Central Region Champions on Saturday. Led by senior Brien Nugent who finished fourth place overall, Loras placed three runners in the top-six and five in the top-30. The women’s team finished 12th out of 32 teams, led by freshman Kristan Brown who placed 48th overall. 

Courtesy DuHawks Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Mason Tope-Dav. Central, Brien Nugent-Wahlert and Timothy Sevcik-Cedar Falls of Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

 

 

 

Men’s Results
1st Place // 53 Points
4 // Brien Nugent // 24:57.7 // All-Region
5 // Timothy Sevcik // 25:05.1 // All-Region
6 // Mason Tope // 25:12.8 // All-Region
12 // Justin Adams // 25:34.9 // All-Region
26 // Patrick Wolak // 25:43.6 // All-Region
29 // Jack Carroll // 25:48.9 // All-Region
47 // Preston Kauder // 26:12.8

Women’s Results
12th Place // 340 Points
48 // Kristan Brown // 23:25.3
65 // Kelly Minear // 23:49.5
72 // Kemunto Ondande // 23:58.3
76 // Brianna Bower // 24:01.4
79 // Liz Venezio // 24:07.0
102 // Averi Leitzen // 24:37.2
113 // Courtney Knight // 24:47.8

NOTABLES
-On the men’s side, the Duhawks were the only team to finish all seven runners within the top-50 of the field
-Nugent improved on his Iowa Conference Championships race time from last weekend by 18 seconds overall, good enough to place him in the top-10 all time at Loras in the 8k
-Led by Brown, the women’s team boasted four student-athletes earning lifetime PR’s at Saturday’s Region Championship
-After Saturday’s race, Loras’ men have won six of the seven races they have competed in this season … Only non-win was at the Pre-Nationals Race on Oct. 14
-With the win, the Duhawks have earned an automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships

UP NEXT
The men’s team travel to Elsah, Ill. to compete in the 2017 NCAA National Championships hosted by Principia College. This year marks the fourth straight year the Duhawks will be competing on the national stage, finishing 10th overall a year ago.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Micael Scott, https://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Schweizer, Repeats as SEC’s Runner of the Year

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri
©Jim Kirby

Mizzou Cross Country senior standout Karissa Schweizer(Urbandale, Iowa) repeated as the SEC Women’s Runner of the Year, announced Wednesday (Nov. 8) by the league office. The award comes on the heels of her second consecutive SEC Cross Country Championship, as she finished with a 6K time of 19:36.3, an incredible 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field in Athens, Ga., last month.

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Micael Scott, https://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

 

“We are so proud of Karissa and all the she has accomplished,” said Mizzou Cross Country head coach Marc Burns. “Karissa will go down in the books as one of the best distance runners ever to compete at the SEC Championships. Winning one SEC title is impressive, but to defend a title is tough to do. She won by over 30 seconds and beat multiple All Americans in the process, this is a great honor for Karissa and the program.”

In addition to taking home the SEC title, Schweizer posted another banner year on the cross country circuit, piggy-backing off of a breakout junior campaign during which she claimed three national championships. This year, Schweizer was named SEC Runner of the Week twice and garnered USTFCCA National Athlete of the Week honors on Sept. 18 after setting a course record at the Commodore Classic at Vanderbilt. She also finished as the runner up at the Pre-National meet and earned meet wins at the Cowboy Jamboree, Commodore Classic and the SEC Championships.

Her performance was a key reason why Mizzou’s women finished fourth at the SEC Championships and is one of the elite teams to head to this weekend’s NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa.

On the year, Schweizer posted a season-best 5K time of 16:25.4 at the Commodore Classic and reset her 6K personal best at the Pre-National Meet with a time of 19:29.7, nearly 12 seconds ahead of PR heading into the season.