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Svendsen Top Five Finish at MIAA Championships

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Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent. Missouri St
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The first MIAA Championships of the 2016-17 season took place Saturday morning as the cross country championships were underway. Both the Mules and Jennies raced with the Jennies taking sixth place, scoring 146 points and the Mules ninth with 216. The Jennies sixth place finish is their highest since coming in fifth in 2013.

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Four of the Jennies top-five finished in the top-30. After Palmowski, Nicole Svendsen was three spots behind in 26th place, running 23:14.19. Courtney Rogers and Jami Clay finished back-to-back in 29th and 30th place. They each race personal-best 6K times with Rogers crossing the line in 23:26.00 and Clay in 23:31.44. Yesenia Gomez rounded out the UCM top-five. She scored for the Jennies coming in 40th place and running 23:48.04.

Southwest Baptist repeated as team champions on the women’s side. They scored 36 points to finish ahead of Pittsburg State and Fort Hays State. Morgan Benesch of Nebraska-Kearney took the individual title, running 21:02.06.


St. Thomas Tommies Women's XC
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Tommies Happy to Have Johnston’s Ness Join Them

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St. Thomas Tommies Women’s XC (Sara Ness-Johnston-St. Thomas-Johnston)
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No. 22-ranked St. Thomas Women’s Cross Country put three athletes in the top 25 in a field of 335 runners Saturday at the Division III Pre-Nationals race in Louisville, Ky.

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The Tommies had seven in the top 75 and placed fourth out of 39 teams with 138 behind No. 14-ranked Hope (Mich.) (103), Bates (108) and No. 16-rated Emory (128) and just ahead of No. 20 Stevens Institute the fifth-place finisher.

Senior Bridget McGivern took 11th in a personal-best 6,000-meter time of 22:05. Junior Alex Fossum took 13th (22:12) and senior Kayla Janto placed 22nd (22:31).

Two freshmen, Sara Ness and Grace Loeslie, placed 45th and 57th, and Jenny Walz (64th), Melissa Marsh (71st) and Amber Matzoll (102nd) rounded out the Tommie lineup.

St. Thomas also had a contingent at Saturday’s Carleton Invite.


Junior Alex Fossum led three Tommies in the top 15 as No. 12-ranked St. Thomas Women’s Cross Country took a close third place out of 14 teams at Saturday’s Division III race at the U of M Griak Invitational in Falcon Heights.

No. 26 UW-Oshkosh scored 69 for first; No. 19-St. Olaf took second at 75, just ahead of UST’s 80. No. 32-Pomona Pitzer of California took fourth at 109.

Fossum clocked 24:15 for 6,000 meters and placed third in a field of 214 runners.

Senior Bridget McGivern took eighth in 24:31, and senior Kayla Janto placed 14th in 25:04.

UST ran without injured No. 4 runner Megan Gossfeld.

Five other Tommies placed in the top 35:

Jenny Walz took 27th in 25:37;
freshman Grace Loeslie was 28th in 25:38;
Melissa Marsh was 29th in 25:40;
Amber Matzoll was 32nd in 25:09;
freshman Sara Ness placed 33rd in 25:50.

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Iowan Justin Thorstad Helps Black Hills State at Griak

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Justin Thorstad-Iowa Western-Black Hills St
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The Black Hills State University cross country teams continued their seasons Saturday at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota. The men’s team placed third overall while the women’s squad earned a 15th place finish.

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The men’s squad, led by Jonah Theisen in 17th position, placed behind No. 6 Augustana University and No. 21 UC-San Diego and ahead of No. 18 MSU Moorhead. The field also contained RMAC schools MSU Denver who placed eighth, Colorado Mesa in 12th and Chadron State in 13th in the 40-team field.

Theisen ran the 8K course in 26:45.5, the highest RMAC finisher in the race. Joshua Davis, the winner of the Gage McSpadden Memorial Invitational two weeks ago, placed 33rd in 27:08.2 wile Chance Dooley and Kendall Murie placed back-to-back in 38th and 39th, respectively. Dooley’s time was 27:13.3 while Murie crossed the line in 27:15.6.

Garrett Peterson was the fifth runner for BHSU as he placed 52nd in the field of 453 runners in a time of 27:27.6

The Yellow Jacket women saw a 14-position improvement from last season as they placed 15th led by Christine Thorn with an individual placing of 17th as she navigated the 6K course in 23:36.9. Nicole Allerdings placed 78th in 25:00.7.

Shelby Stoltz crossed the finish line in 99th position and a time of 25:17.7. She was closely followed by Tori Moore in 109th place and a time of 25:22.1. The final point scoring Yellow Jacket was Kelsey Van Den Hemel as she crossed the line 171st in the 392-runner field, and a time of 26:09.0.

From the RMAC in the women’s field was the University of Colorado Colorado Springs who placed fourth, Colorado Christian in 12th Colorado Mesa in 20th, MSU Denver in 24th and Chadron State in 28th.

The Yellow Jackets return to action on Saturday, October 8, for the Yellowjacket Open hosted by Montana State Billings for the final tune-up before the RMAC Championships hosted by Black Hills State on October 22.

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Svendsen Helps Jennies at the Missouri Southern Stampede

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri  ©Jim Kirby

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri
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Central Missouri Cross Country took part in their second race of the season Saturday at the Missouri Southern Stampede. The Jennies took seventh place out of 21 Division II teams and Mules 14th out of 18 Division II teams.

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Jana Palmowski was the top finisher for the UCM women, placing 13th in a personal-best time of 18:13.42. Nicole Svendsen ran under 19 minutes for the 5K race for the first time in her career. She placed 25th in 18:46.21 for a personal-best.

All of the Jennies top-five finishers race personal-bests. Amy Marx crossed the line in 19:27.72 good to score 50th for UCM. Jami Clay (19:30.78) and Yesenia Gomez (19:44.75) round out the top-five for UCM in 54th and 62nd places.

Emily Harris was the top finisher among scorers, running 17:32.49. Dallas Baptist was the Division II winner scoring 51 points. Kelsey Bruce, competing unattached was the overall winner, completing the course in 16:54.42.

For the Mules, Kenny Froebe led UCM running a 26:20.59 for the 8K course, which is a personal-best at that distance. He finished in 42nd place. Follow Froebe was Ty Hughes who ran a 26:26.62, taking 46th place. Ben Sporleder (26:36.05) and Justin Howard (26:36.59) finished back-to-back in 55th and 56th place. Kyle Skopec rounded out the top five running a 27:21.30 in his first collegiate 8K race to finish in 91st place.

Missouri Southern’s Vincent Kiprop was the top finisher overall, running 23:18.45 as the Lions won the meet, scoring 50 points.

Central Missouri is back in action in two weeks, Oct. 1 at the Kansas Rim Rock Classic, hosted by the University of

Jessica Janecke-Dub. Wahlert-Grand Valley State
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Iowans Janecke and Baldwin Cap Great Careers

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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Our native Iowans did not fare as well as they wanted, but this will not tarnish their great collegiate careers:

Alec Baldwin, Spirit Lake Park, Black Hills State, Click Here!

Jessica Janecke, Dubuque Wahlert, Grand Valley State, Click Here!

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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BHS’s Baldwin Earns All-American Honors…Again

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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The Black Hills State University track & field team claimed a pair of All-Americans on Saturday at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship in Pittsburg, Kansas.

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Alec Baldwin nearly had himself a national championship as it was a three-man race to the finish line. Baldwin placed second in 4:13.34. The pace was slow in the early portion but Baldwin held steady from start to finish in second place. As the pace quickened Oliver Aitchison of Adams State made a move on the outside lane on the backstretch of the final lap to push both Baldwin and third placer Chase Rathke of Tarleton State.

The three-man sprint went around turns three and four before Aitchison was able to pull ahead by the slightest margins and claim the victory in 4:12.69. Baldwin was in second place followed by Rathke.

Baldwin’s All-America honor is his second of the meet and the fourth of his career during the indoor season. The Spirit Lake, Iowa, native claimed All-America honors as a member of the distance medley relay team on Friday night.

Madison McLaughlin placed eighth in the shot put with a toss of 46-11. The toss came on her first throw of the day and held its way through all six throws to grab All-America status. It is the first time the Wall, South Dakota, native has earned All-America during the indoor season.

The Yellow Jackets close the indoor championships with two individual All-Americans and a relay team that earned All-America honors.

Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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Baldwin Pre-Season All Conference

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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The 2015-16 RMAC Indoor Track & Field Preseason All-Conference awards were announced on Wednesday, and Black Hills State’s Alec Baldwin and New Mexico Highland’s Salcia Slack highlighted the list of student-athletes.

Baldwin was named 2015-16 RMAC Indoor Track & Field Preseason Male Athlete of the Year, while Slack garnered the Preseason Female Athlete of the Year honor.

The preseason awards and all-conference list were voted on by the league’s head track & field coaches. Those coaches could not vote for their own student-athletes.

Baldwin, a senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa, is coming off a spectacular indoor season last year when he earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division II Championships. He was a member of the distance medley relay team that finished sixth. Individually, he placed fifth in the mile run, breaking the school record at the meet and becoming the first individual to earn All-America in indoor track & field for Black Hills State during the Division II era.

Slack, a senior from Kingston, Jamaica, was named last year’s RMAC Women’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and was the Athlete of the Meet at the RMAC Championships. At the NCAA Championships, she won four-of-five individual pentathlon events, winning the pentathlon. She also earned All-America honors with a second-place finish in the hurdles and a third-place finish in the triple jump.

2015-16 RMAC Men’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason All-Conference
Oliver Aitchison – Adams State, Jr.
Marty Andrie – Colorado Mines, Sr.
Alec Baldwin – Black Hills State, Sr.
Zach Baxter – Adams State, Sr.
Chaz Butler – Adams State, Sr.
Robin Butler – Western State, Sr.
Keifer Johnson – Western State, Jr.
Damarcus Simpson – Chadron State, So.
Jurgen Themen – Adams State, Sr.
Dueth Vassall – CSU-Pueblo, So.
Patrick Weaver – Colorado Mines, Jr.
* – There was a tie for 10th, so there are 11 Men’s Preseason All-RMAC members.

2015-16 RMAC Women’s Indoor Track & Field Preseason All-Conference
Shelby Bozner – Chadron State, Sr.
Serena Canegan – Adams State, Jr.
Alicja Konieczek – Western State, So.
Rachael Lopez – CSU-Pueblo, So.
Madison McLaughlin – Black Hills State, Sr.
Shanice McPherson – New Mexico Highlands, Jr.
Stachia Reuwsaat – Chadron State, Jr.
Chante Roberts – Adams State, Jr.
Salcia Slack – New Mexico Highlands, Sr.
Sunayna Wahi – Adams State, Sr.

Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
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Leah Seivert Breaks School Record at the First Indoor

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Leah Seivert-Sibley-Ocheyedan-Augustana
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Augustana University track & field opened up the 2015-16 indoor season on Friday at the Grand Valley State Holiday Open and the SDSU Preseason Open.

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At the GVSU Open, Leah Seivert broke the school record in the 5,000 meters by placing eighth with a time of 16:36.74, beating the previous mark of 16:40.52 set by Runa Falch in 2012. The time is also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark for Seivert.

Keegan Carda and Harald Karbo both competed in the 5,000 meters where. Carda would finish ninth with a time of 14:27.61, which is provisional qualifying mark. Carda also missed the school record by 1.4 seconds. Karbo would take 20th crossing the line at 15:22.08.

“Anytime you can get a school record and a couple of provisional qualifiers in an early December meet, that bodes well for the upcoming indoor season,” head coach Tracy Hellman said. “Both Leah and Keegan had great races today.”

At the SDSU Preseason Open, Melissa Barella finished in fifth place with 2,994 points in the women’s pentathlon, which is a personal best. AJ Scarborough finishes with 2,222 points after day one of the men’s heptathlon.

Augustana will finish up the SDSU Preseason Open tomorrow with events beginning at 10:30 a.m.

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The Sioux Center Clan Help Dordt to Conf. Victory

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Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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The Dordt College Defender women’s cross country team claimed the 2015 GPAC Championship with a 44 point performance at the meet hosted by Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.


  • Kayla Byl-Sioux Center, IA  2/18:33
  • Justine Van Zee 3/18:47
  • Erika Douma-Sioux Center, IA 8/18:57
  • Kaylie Ogle 15/19:10
  • Julia Bos 16/19:14
  • Kelsey Lewis 23/19:36
  • Audrey Brooks 27/19:43


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-Nebraska Wesleyan ran 2nd with 76 points, narrowly finishing in front of Morningside with 77.

-Dordt’s top-five runners were separated by 41 seconds.

-Byl’s second place time was 21 seconds off the pace set by GPAC champion Marissa DeWispelare from Doane.

-104 runners took part in the 5,000 meter race.

-Top-15 runners are accorded all-GPAC honors.

-Byl is a four-time all-GPAC performer.

-Douma and Van Zee both claimed all-GPAC honors as well last season.

-Dordt will run in the NAIA Championships on November 21 at Charlotte, North Carolina.


“The ladies ran very strong today winning the conference by just over 30 points with four runners all conference (top 15) and a fifth at 16. The pack continues to run tighter as the season progresses,” said Dordt College coach Nate Wolf.



The Dordt College Defender men’s cross country team finished sixth in the 2015 GPAC Championship on Saturday, November 7 at the meet hosted by Doane College in Crete, Nebraska.


  • Sam Wensink 14/26:43
  • Ian Manske 16/26:48
  • Stephan McNamara 23/27:06
  • Ben Brockmueller 33/27:30
  • Justin McNamara 37/27:35
  • PJ Kooima-Sioux Center, IA 39/27:41
  • Adam Daane 43/27:47


-Nebraska Wesleyan won the competition with 45 points and Northwestern was the top NAIA finisher with 74 points and will qualify for the National Championships and Morningside was third in a tightly contested race with 79 points. Dordt 123 and was two points out of fourth place.

-Jordan Wheeler from Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 8,000 meter course in 25:23. Danny Aldaba was the top NAIA runner with 25:28 while competing for Midland.

-Wensink claims All-GPAC honors with his top-15 finish.

-99 runners competed from 11 teams.


“The men’s side ran incredibly tough today. Our men have battled very consistently throughout the year against Morningside, Northwestern and Concordia. The depth of the conference showed itself today with several teams running very strong,” said Dordt College coach Nate Wolf.

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Baldwin Leads Yellow Jackets At Conference Championship

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Alec Baldwin-Spirit Lake-Black Hills State
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The Black Hills State University men’s cross country team had its best team finish in the NCAA era at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship Saturday in Alamosa, Colorado. Alec Baldwin led the Yellow Jackets with a fifth place finish at the event as he crossed the finishing tape in 24:47.2.

The Yellow Jacket women’s squad placed 14th at the event.

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Baldwin earned his second-straight all-conference accolades with his fifth place finish, placing just three seconds behind fourth place and 10 seconds in front of sixth place.

Adams State won the event with 36 points, sliding by Colorado Mines with 52 points. Adams State is ranked No. 4 in the nation while Mines is No. 3. Western State, who is ranked No. 10, placed third followed by Colorado Mesa with 74 and 141 points, respectively. The University of Colorado Colorado Springs placed fifth with 164 points. The Yellow Jackets, No. 17 in the nation were fifth with 186 points followed CSU-Pueblo and MSU Denver 204 and 229 points, respectively.

Kendall Murie was the second Yellow Jacket across the finish line in 26:04.3, good enough for 29th place while Jonah Theisen placed 45th in 26:28.1. Josh Davis and Aaron Schone round out the Yellow Jacket point scorers in 55th and 61st places, respectively.


Black Hills State continues its season November 7 at the South Central Region Championship in Canyon, Texas.