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Preview American Rivers Indoor Conference Championships

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The 2020 American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) Indoor Track & Field Championships will take place Friday, February 28 – Saturday, February 29 in Decorah, Iowa with Luther College serving as host.

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In 2019 the Nebraska Wesleyan women took back the title from Wartburg after winning the title in 2017. The Prairie Wolves and Knights have gone back and forth the last three years. Nebraska Wesleyan broke Wartburg’s streak of fourteen-straight Indoor titles in 2017. The final margin of victory in 2019 was a mere 3.0 points as NWU scored 181.5 points to Wartburg’s 178.5 points. Loras finished third with 156.5 points, and Dubuque came in fifth with 92. The A-R-C title marked NWU’s second since joining the conference in 2016.

In the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) national rankings released on Tuesday, February 25 Loras College owned the No. 5 spot. Dubuque enters the Championships ranked No. 10 nationally, while Wartburg checks in at No. 23.

In the USTFCCCA Central Region rankings, five A-R-C schools are ranked in the top-10. Wartburg leads the pack at No. 1 with Loras at No. 2, Dubuque at No. 4, Nebraska Wesleyan at No. 5, and Central at No. 8. The other four conference teams ranked within the top-25 of the Central Region as Buena Vista checked in at No. 12, Luther at No. 16, Coe at No. 21, and Simpson rounding it out at No. 22.

This years women’s events will feature 10 returning individual champions from 2019. Gabrielle Noland of Loras, the back-to-back reigning Most Valuable Track Performer, claimed titles the 60-meter dash (7.60) and the 400-meter title (57.51) a season ago. Noland’s 60-meter dash time last season broke the Conference Championships record of 7.71 set in 2012 by Wartburg’s Faith Burt and in 2016 by Central’s Abigail Davis. This season, Noland’s 60-meter dash time of 7.56 ranks No. 1 in NCAA Division III. Additionally, Noland ranks No.1 in the A-R-C and third in Division III with a 400-meter time of 57.18.

Dubuque’s Alison Beeman bested Noland in the 200-meter dash by just .01 one week ago, recording the top time in NCAA Division III at 24.49. Noland, at 24.50 ?ranks second in Division III. At the 2019 A-R-C Championships Beeman edged out Noland to claim gold, while the 2019 NCAA Championships saw Noland claim the title of National Champion and Beeman earning All-American honors with a third place finish. The two standout sprinters are sure to produce another epic finish at 2020 A-R-C championships.

Joining Beeman as a returing champion for the UD Spartans is Alyssa Skrove. A season ago she took home the top spot in the triple jump with a leap of 11.30 meters (37’1″). Skrove sits 16th in NCAA Division III in 2020 with a triple jump mark of 11.60 meters (38″ 0.75′).

Central junior Mary Gray is looking to make it three consecutive years winning the pentathlon. In 2019 she stood atop the podium with 3,352 points. She enters the meet leading the A-R-C with as season best point total of 3,280 on January 31 at the Wartburg College Select. The score currently sits 17th-best in the NCAA Division III.

Central’s Courtney Kruthoff returns to the 2020 field after taking first place in the high jump a season ago with a cleared height of 1.66 meters (5’5.25″). Kruthoff will have her work cut out for her this weekend as she ranks sixth in the A-R-C.

Nebraska Wesleyan’s Dayton Dolincheck sits atop NCAA Division III in the shot put with a mark of 14.40 meters (47’3″), recorded on January 30 at the 2020 Concordia (Neb.) Classic. She returns this season after claiming the A-R-C shot put title last season with a mark of 14.03 meters (46’0.5″).

2019 A-R-C pole vault champion, Molly Tolly of Nebraska Wesleyan owns the conference’s top mark (3.43 meters) heading into championship weekend. A season ago she won the title with a cleared height of 3.40 meters (11′ 1.75″).

Wartburg’s Carina Collet returns to the field in 2020 after taking home two individual titles in 2019, claiming the 3000-meter (9:57.83) and  5000-meter (17:26.12) runs.

The 1-mile run will feature returning champion, Cassidy Christopher of Wartburg. In 2019, Christopher crossed the finish line in a time of 5:12.60. Heading into this weekend’s championships, Christopher holds the ninth fastest time in the field.

Maggi Bjustrom joins teammates Collet and Christopher as a returning champion. Bjustrom ran to a time of 9.02 in the 60-meter hurdles a season ago, claiming the title. Bjustrom brings the A-R-C’s second fastest time (9.16) into the championships. Loras’ Elayna Bahl owns the top time at 8.96.

Also back in 2020 is Dubuque’s Jenna Heimark, the 2020 Most Valuable Field Performer. In 2019 Heimark scored 14 points for Dubuque with a second-place finish in the triple jump (11.16m) and a bronze medal in the pole vault (3.10m).

On the men’s side, 2019 saw the Wartburg Knights win their first outright title since 2014. The Knights collected 177 points at last year’s championships, besting second place Loras by 40.5 points. Nebraska Wesleyan followed in third place with 122 points, and Dubuque came in fourth with 104 points.

In the most recent USTFCCCA national polls, only the Loras Duhawks are ranked in the top-25, checking in at No. 3. The Duhawks have been ranked inside the top-5 all season and will look to continue their success at this year’s A-R-C Championships.

Six of the nine conference schools find themselves inside the top-10 of the USTFCCCA Central Region rankings entering this weekend. Wartburg leads the pack coming in at No. 2. Loras sits at No. 3, Nebraska Wesleyan at No. 4, Dubuque at No. 5, Simpson at No. 8, and Central checks in at No. 9. The other three league schools are ranked within the top-25 as Buena Vista sits at No. 15, Luther at No. 16, and Coe at No. 21.

Five individual men’s champions return to the track and field at this weekend’s A-R-C championships. 2019 Most Valuable Men’s Track Performer, Patrick Mikel of Loras returns in 2020. Mikel won two events last year, the 200 meter (47.93) and the 400 meter (22.01). Mikel’s 400-meter performance broke the Conference’s all-time record of 47.95, set by Mikel himself in 2019. The reigning 400-meter dash National Champion, Mikel once again owns the top time in Division III at 48.53, .26 seconds better than second place. The senior sprinter also owns Division III’s third best time in the 200-meter this season at 21.99.

Fellow Duhawk Ryan Rogers also won two events in 2019, including the 60-meter hurdles (8.32) and pole vault with a height of 4.46 meters (14’7.50″). Heading into the A-R-C championships, Rogers ranks fourth in the 55-meter hurdles (8.26) and first in the pole vault (4.54-m) among league competitors.

Wartburg’s Matt Heinzman took first in the one mile-run in 2019 with a time of 4:16.70. In 2020 Heinzman’s time of 4:20.86 ranks fourth-best in the A-R-C.

The Knights also return 2019 champions Caleb Appleton (3000-meter) and Riley Barrett (heptathlon) Appleton took home the 2019 title in a time of 8:34.62. Heading into this weekend’s championships he owns the fourth-best time. Barrett totaled 4,261 points to win the 2019 championship. He currently has a season-best point total of 4,380 to rank second in the A-R-C.

The titles in the 60-meter dash, 800-meter run, 5000-meter run high jump, long jump, triple jump, shot put, and the weight throw will see new champions in 2020, as there are no returning gold medal winners from 2019.

Janie Mielander-Dowling-St. Benedict
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A Healthy Meilander Helps Bennies at the Hamster Invite

Janie Meilander-Dowling-St. Benedict ©Bennies Athletics 2020

Janie Meilander-Dowling-St. Benedict
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The College of Saint Benedict track and field team came away with 11 top-five finishes – including one win – Friday night during the seven-hour Hamster Invite in St. Paul. The meet – hosted by Macalester – lasted until nearly midnight, but the Bennies pushed through.

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The women’s pole vault and the women’s 4×400-meter relay were two of the last events to wrap up, and CSB pushed through the late hour and finished well in both. Senior Lee Stelten won the pole vault competition with a season-best mark of 3.35 meters, and the 4×400-meter relay team came in second. Laura Mitch, Hailey Johnson, Casey Krasowski and Kelly Klingelhutz teamed up to finish runner-up in the relay.

The runner-up relay finish was the second runner-up finish for Klingelhutz Friday. The junior also took second in the 600-meter run in 1:42.03. Jane Meilander took fourth in 1:45.43 and Krasowski finished fifth in 1:45.97. Johnson also had an individual top-five finish as she took fourth in the 400-meter dash in 62.97 seconds.

Sophomore Taylor Santangelo took second in the 1,000-meter run in 3:13.42, and sophomore Maggie Beckmannrecorded a new personal-best in the weight throw, taking fourth with a mark of 12.72 meters. That is more than a 60-centimeter personal best. Senior Sarah Gigstad took fifth with a mark of 12.39 meters.

Madison Brown took fourth in the 60-meter dash in 8.31 seconds, and Aidan McLoone took fifth in the long jump with a mark of 4.67 meters, and just missed a second top-five finish as she took sixth in the triple jump.

As a team, CSB finished tied for third at the 10-team meet with 94 points. Hamline won, Bethel took second with 125 points and Saint Benedict and Carleton tied for third. CSB is back in action and back at home Saturday, Feb. 15, when it hosts the CSB/SJU Invite at 11 a.m. in the Warner Palaestra on the SJU campus.

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Smith and Jasa Propel No. 4 Duhawks in Bloomington

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Josh Smith-Dav. Central-Loras
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The No. 4 Loras College men’s track and field team traveled to Bloomington, Ill. for the Titan Open, hosted by Illinois Wesleyan University and brought home four individual event wins as well as multiple personal best marks.

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Josh Smith won the 60-meter dash with a time of 6.92 seconds and placed second in the 200-meter dash (22.26) to Patrick Mikel who ran 22.25 which ranks him tied for fifth nationally. The Duhawks took the top-three spots in the 400-meter dash with Mike Jasa running a 50.20 personal best to win the event, Shamari Scott placing second (51.00) and Carter Oberfoell (51.00) hot on his heels in third. The 4-by-400-meter relay quartet of Tyson Morrison, Jasa, Smith and Mikel won the event with the second-fastest time in Division III (3:19.39).

Earning third-place finishes were Cole Conklin-Little in the mile with a personal best 4:21.10 and Alex Martens in the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 2.75 inches. Zac Couturefinished third in the weight throw with a toss of 49’5.00″ and Mikel placed third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.04.

The Duhawks next meet is set for Saturday, Feb. 8 in Naperville, Ill. at the North Central College Invitational. Events begin at 10:30 A.M.

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Dutch Men and Women Earn Academic Honors

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Central Women’s XC
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Both the Central College men’s and women’s cross country teams earned USTFCCCA all-academic team honors as announced late Thursday night.

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Individually, Nate Sanders (junior, Waukee) and Will DeHaan (sophomore, DeWitt, Central DeWitt HS) were also recognized by the association.

To qualify for the distinction, an individual student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or greater on a 4.0 scale and finished among the top 25 percent of finishers at their respective regional championships. Teams are honored by compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.10 or greater and competing in at least five different varsity competitions with at least five runners representing their school at each meet.

The women’s team compiled a 3.17 GPA to earn all-academic honors for the 10th year in a row and 13th time overall. The men’s team had a 3.17 GPA and earned the award for the fifth time in the last six years.

Sanders is an exercise science major with a 3.79 GPA and took 29th at the Central Regional. DeHaan finished 42nd at the regional meet and is an undeclared major with a 4.0 GPA.

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Storm XC Teams Earn Academic Awards

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson  ©Jim Kirby 2020

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson
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The Simpson cross country teams earned U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic awards, while Spencer Moon was honored as an All-Academic Individual, the USTFCCCA announced on Thursday.

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Moon tallied a 30th-place finish at the NCAA Central Region Championships to become the Storm’s first freshman to garner All-Region honors since 1995, while majoring in accounting. The men ended 10th for their second top-10 placing in three seasons at the event and carried a 3.22 GPA during the season. The women finished 22nd and produced a 3.29 GPA inside the classroom.

For a team to be considered for this honor, it must have compiled a team score at an NCAA Regional meet and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10 on a 4.0 scale. Overall, there were 384 teams honored by the USTFCCCA. In order to qualify for this honor as an individual, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.30 and finish in the top 25 percent of their respective regional championship meet.

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Knights Run Well at St. Ambrose Invite

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Ryan Bonthius-Regina-Wartburg
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Men

The Wartburg men’s track & field team totaled 39 points to place eighth of 16 teams during the Saint Ambrose University Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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Six Knights recorded points for Wartburg in respective events.

Senior sprinter Denison Harrington scored points for the Orange & Black in a pair of events. Harrington took sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.12, and took eighth in the 200-meter dash at 23.16.

A pair of Knights earned runner-up finishes. In the 1,000-meter run, Wyatt Schmidt took second with a time of 2:36.79, while Dallas Wright cracked the Wartburg Indoor Top 10 list in the 400-meter run with a time of 49.41.

Grant Olson and Ryan Bonthius also scored points in the 1K with times of 2:41.92 and 2:42.14, respectively.

In the 600-meter run, Wartburg’s Nick Kennicker notched four points with a fifth place time of 1:25.74. Devante Pearsoncontributed six points in the high jump with a mark of 6-1.25.

Up Next
The Knights return to action next weekend, hosting the Wartburg Indoor Selects Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

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Erica Rittgers-SE Valley-Wartburg
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Women

The Wartburg women’s track & field team took third of 16 teams at the Saint Ambrose University Invitational Saturday, Jan. 25, tallying 87 points.

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Freshman Breya Christopher contributed 18 points for the Knights. She won the high jump for a second consecutive weekend with a first place jump of 5-5. In addition, she recorded a second place triple jump of 36-7.5, which now ranks inside Wartburg’s Indoor Top 10 list.

Cherisse Ward also scored points in the triple jump with a seventh place mark of 35-1.25, along with a fourth place long jump of 17-6. Haley Beckert also tallied four points in the high jump at 4-11, good for fifth place.

Another pair of Knights, Erica Rittgers and Alanna Muhammad recorded runner-up times. Rittgers took second with a mile time of 5:19.50. Muhammad took second in the 60-meter dash at 7.82, along with a third place time in the 200-meter dash at 26.25.

In the 400-meter run, a trio of Knights recorded points. Carson McSorley, Taylan Olson, and Jaderial Staebler took fourth, fifth, and seventh, respectively. In the 600-meter run, Bri Dellamuth, Marissa Nolan, and Abby DeBaille placed sixth through eighth to register nine points.

Wartburg also found success in the 60-meter hurdles, adding 16 points with four Knights inside the top-8. Maggi Bjustrom led the way with a runner-up time of 9.24.

Up Next
The Knights return to action next weekend, hosting the Wartburg Indoor Selects Jan. 31-Feb. 1.

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson 
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Storm’s Moon Breaks 32 Year-Old Record

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson  ©Jim Kirby 2020

Spencer Moon-S.C. Calhoun-Simpson
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Freshman Spencer Moon broke a 32-year old record in the 3,000 meters to highlight the Simpson men’s and women’s track and field teams at the Prairie Wolf Indoor Invitational on Friday.

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In his first time running in the event, Moon crossed the finish in third with a time of 8:37.19 to clip the previous mark of 8:38.98 set by Dave Halferty in 1988. This is the second record the men have broken in the last two weeks.

Carter Berkey captured two second-place finishes in the field events. Berkey leaped 6.45 meters in the long jump and 12.05 meters in the triple jump to secure the best results the men received at the meet.

Ean Warrick and Levi Lefebure finished fifth and sixth, respectively, in the 1,000 meters. Austin Greenwalt tallied fifth in the 600 and Sam Adeniyi crossed in eighth. Adeniyi also earned fifth in the 60-meter hurdles for the men. Carter Frickesprinted to seventh in the 60-meter dash.

MaKenzie Laughlin-Johnston-Simpson and Abby Loeke-W. Delaware-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2020

MaKenzie Laughlin-Johnston-Simpson and Abby Loeke-W. Delaware-Simpson
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For the women, Mackenzie Laughlin raced to fourth in the 1,000 meters for the team’s best result. Laughlin ended in 3:18.01 and also had a ninth-place nod in the mile. Abby Loecke and Cat Lucht finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the event with Laughlin.

Jamie Glanz placed ninth in two events for Simpson, one on the track and one in the field events. Glanz had a time of 1:53.01 in the 600 and she leaped 1.44 meters in the high jump.

Up Next
Simpson will take part in the Wartburg Select Meet in Waverly, Iowa on Friday, Jan. 31.

Men’s Meet Report
60 — 7. Carter Fricke, 7.17 | 10. Carter Berkey, 7.24 | 32 Elliott Meyer, 7.76
200 — 22. Carter Fricke, 23.58 | 24. Kellen Fitch, 23.79 | 34. Carter Berkey, 24.62
400 — 13. Craig Garrison, 51.26
600 — 5. Austin Greenwalt, 1:29.38 | 8. Sam Adeniyi, 1:31.20 | 9. Cameron Sand, 1:33.16
1000 — 4. Ean Warrick, 2:47.26 | 5. Levi Lefebure, 2:47.30 | 11. Tyler Combs, 2:55.99
1600 — 15. Josh Paulson, 4:33.12 | 21. Ean Warrick, 4:39.58 | 22. Cale Billheimer, 4:39.69
3000 — 3. Spencer Moon, 8:37.19 | 15. Shane Breheny, 8:58.63 | 20. Jonathan Facio, 9:05.63
60 Hurdles — 5. Sam Adeniyi, 8.50 | 11. Max Cleveland, 8.79 | 15. Elliott Meyer, 8.84
Shot Put — 11. Mason Spree, 12.36m | 14. Brennan Linn, 11.89m
Weight Throw — 9. Mason Spree, 15.05m | 22. Brennan Linn, 10.87m
High Jump — 11. Sam Adeniyi, 1.88m | 12. Austin Greenwalt, 1.88m | 13. Max Cleveland, 1.88m
Long Jump — 2. Carter Berkey, 6.45m
Triple Jump — 2. Carter Berkey, 12.05m

Women’s Meet Report
60 — 16. Sarah Nolting, 8.43 | 18. Mackenzie Blomgren, 8.49 | 25. Makayla Baker, 9.04
200 — 30. Mackenzie Blomgren, 28.81 | 35. Sarah Nolting, 29.65 | 39. Corinne Thomas, 30.84
600 — 9. Jamie Glanz, 1:53.01 | 12. Isabella Mertens, 2:11.51
800 — 15. Mary Nelson, 2:56.88
1000 — 4. Mackenzie Laughlin, 3:18.01 | 6. Abby Loecke, 3:26.80 | 7. Cat Lucht, 3:33.49
1600 — 9. Mackenzie Laughlin, 5:37.19 | 16. Abby Loecke, 5:51.30 | 20. Sophie Hall, 6:03.06
3000 — 14. Katie Murano, 11:44.31 | 16. Kyli Orr, 11:47.28
60 Hurdles — 12. Jamie Glanz, 12.09
Shot Put — 24. Alexis Crozier, 8.15m | 25. Madison Anderson, 7.52m
Weight Throw — 27. Madison Anderson, 9.71m | 30. Alexis Crozier, 8.19m
High Jump — 9. Jamie Glanz, 1.44m
Long Jump — 10. Mackenzie Blomgren, 4.58m | 12. Jamie Glanz, 4.41m

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Duhawks Ranked Nationally

Joey Schultz-Dubuque-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics 2019

Joey Schultz-Dubuque-Loras
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As the lone representative from the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), the Loras College men’s track and field team checked in to the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Preseason Index as the No. 4 team in Division III, marking the highest rank in program history. The USTFCCCA released the first round of rankings on Wednesday.

Courtesy Duhawks Athletics Emily Adlfinger, click here! Feature photo:© Coach Bob Schultz-Loras©Jim Kirby 2017

The Duhawks scored top-ten finishes at the 2018 and 2019 indoor national championships, highlighted by back-to-back national titles by Patrick Mikel in the 400-meter dash and six All-American performances. Mikel currently ranks fifth in Division III in the 400m after running a 48.59 at the season-opener on Dec. 7.

Ryan Rogers is also a returning All-American in the heptathlon, earning honors in both 2018 and 2019. The junior ranks third in Division III this season after setting a new school record 5,058 points in the event. He also recorded lifetime bests in the 60-meter dash (7.19 seconds), shot put (36 feet, 5.50 inches) and the pole vault (14’10.75″) and set an indoor best 6’4.25″ in the high jump.

Loras also returns Mike Jasa, Tyson Morrison and Josh Smith from the 4-by-400-meter relay team at the 2019 championship that placed third to earn All-America honors.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse owns the top spot in the preseason rankings while the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is second and Mount Union University is third. Behind the Duhawks in fifth is the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Loras returns to the track for the first time this decade on Saturday, Jan. 18 for the Sol Butler Classic, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Events begin at 10:30 A.M.

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Altier and Morrow Lead the Norse at Conference

Tom Altier -Granger-Luther ©Wyatt Hill 2019

Tom Altier -Granger-Luther
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Men

The University of Dubuque hosted the American Rivers Conference cross country championships at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.

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Wartburg College won the league title with 19 points. The Knights placed seven of their runners in the top-nine and 10 runners in the top-15.Wartburg was led by individual champion Joe Freiburger who covered the 8K course in 26:47.6.

Luther placed second with 58 points, followed by Loras College with 103. Luther’s second place finish is its highest finish at the conference championship 2011.

Three Norse earned all-conference honors by placing in the top-15 from the field o f169 runners. Tom Altier finished second, earning all-conference honors for the second year in a row. Altier crossed the finish line with a time of 26:57. Ian Kelly and Dan Iselin earned all-conference honors for the first time. Kelly placed 10th (27:36) and Iselin placed 13th (27:50).

Completing the Norse five was Sam Schillinger (19th – 27:59) and Collin Kern (23rd – 28:08).

Amelia Morrow-City High-Luther ©Anh Le 2019

Amelia Morrow-City High-Luther
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Women

Wartburg College won the championship with 36 points, followed by Luther with 59, and Loras College was third with 65. Luther’s second place finish was it highest finish at the league finale since 2015. The Norse also finished second that year.

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The Knights Corina Collet was the individual champion. Collet covered the 5K course with a time of 19:18.6. Kassie Rosenbum of Loras College was the runner-up clocked at 19:27.2.

Four Norse earned all-conference honors by placing in the top-15 from the field of 135 runners. Amelia Morrow and Heather Hostager earned all-conference honors for the second time of their careers. Morrow placed sixth (29:21) and Hostager was 13th (20:45.9). Vera Lindhorst, who placed seventh (20:23.3) and Lauren Berg, who placed 15th (20:52.7), received conference medals for the first time.

Completing the Norse seven and where they placed included Katie Fetting (18th – 21:04.2), Amelia Hornseth (19th – 21:04.4) and Kat Hoffman (23rd – 21:12.4).

Complete Results

Two weeks from today, Wartburg College will host the NCAA III Central Regional. This will be the qualifying meet for the NCAA III National Championships. Race time for the women in Waverly, Iowa is slated for Noon.

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Duhawks Rumble To Great Performances

Joey Schultz-Dubuque-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics 2019

Joey Schultz-Dubuque-Loras
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Men

The Loras College men’s cross country team traveled to Oberlin, Ohio to compete in the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble Saturday morning, placing 12th among 39 nationally ranked teams.

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Luke Guttormson was the fastest finisher for Loras in a time of 25:33.6, good for 39th and Patrick Wolak (25:36.6) finished just three seconds behind him to secure the 40th spot. Joey Schultz completed the race in a time of 26:12.2, followed by Cole Conklin-Little with a time of 26:29.8, and Logan Hayes rounded out the scorers with a time of 26:33.9.

Max Ross led the Duhawks in the 8,000-meter open race finishing in a time of 27:28.7, followed by Anthony Kemp in 47th (27:35.4) and Sam Webster in 50th (27:39.7). Drew Brase ran 27:42.1 to place 53rd and Nathan Vail was right in tow, placing 54th with a time of 27:43.1.

Loras returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 for the American Rivers Conference Tournament, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Race time is set for 10:30 A.M.

Women

Loras College women’s cross country sophomore Kassie Rosenbum led the Duhawks to a tenth place finish at the Oberlin College Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday, turning in a historic mark to rank her second all-time in Duhawk history for the 6,000-meter race.

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Rosembum placed second overall, crossing the finish line in 21:10.2, while the Duhawks’ next finisher was Audrey Miller in 32nd  (22:34.4). Kaylee Osterberger finished in 80th place (23:16.8) and Cam Reeg (23:24.1) and Maeve Dunaway (23:37.1) rounded out Loras’ scoring in 93rd and 112th, respectively.

In the open race, Hannah Insko led the way with a top-20 finish, placing 19th with a time of 24:00.8. Marianne Gleason finished 24th (24:06.2), Morgan Minear (24:20.5) was 31st, Shania Kelly (24:30.3) placed 39th, and Ciera Dietchler placed 46th with a time of 24:43.4.

Loras’ next race will be the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, hosted by the University of Dubuque. Race time is set for 11 A.M.