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Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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DuHawks Solis Earns Performer of the Week

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Bella Solis-Davenport-Loras
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Following the season-opener last Saturday, Loras sophomore Gabrielle Noland and junior Bella Solis have been named Iowa Conference Performers of the Week for women’s track and field, as announced by the league office on Monday.

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With 54 team points, the Duhawks won the women’s title at the Battle of the Bluff on Saturday at Dubuque.

Noland won the 55m and the 200m with a pair of top-five times nationally at 7.27 and 25.5, respectively. Her time in the 55m ranks third in Division III while her 200m time is second behind the reigning national champion in Wadeline Jonathas from UMass Boston. In addition, Noland ran the second leg of the winning 4×400 relay that finished with a time of 4:06.40 that ranks fourth in Division III.

Solis was near-perfect on Saturday at the Battle of the Bluff, putting her plethora of talents on display. The junior won the high jump, 400m and 4×400 relay while taking second in the 55m hurdles. Her height of 1.68m in the high jump tied a school record set by Amy Oleson in 1998 and ranks second in Division III. Solis’ win in the 400m came with a time of 59.74, which places her in the top-10 nationally.

Loras returns to action on Saturday, Jan. 13 at the Sol Butler Classic, hosted by Dubuque.

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Simpson’s McKenzie Leaves His Mark

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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Gunner Davis of the Simpson Simpsonian filed a story on Ian Mckenzie’s strong cross country season his senior year.  Below is an excerpt of his story.  For the full story, click here!  

During this season, McKenzie was named IIAC performer of the week, was awarded all-conference honors and earned a trip to nationals. McKenzie ran the race in a time of 25 minutes, 43 seconds, placing 140th out of 279.

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“It definitely meant a lot to myself and my family,” McKenzie said. “Making all the miles and the time commitment worth it to be on that stage. I was there as an individual, but I ran for my teammates, my coach and my family.”

This was the first time that a runner from Simpson made it to nationals since 2012 and was the best finish since 1995 when Matt Chance placed 136th. Head Coach Heath Moenck was pleased that Simpson sent a runner to nationals.

“It was great that we had someone getting back and representing Simpson,” Moenck said. “It proves that we can have elite runners here. He’s worked really hard, and we’ve done a good job developing him to get him to that caliber.”

McKenzie graduated from Dowling Catholic High School, where he ran on a cross country team that qualified for a national meet. He decided to come to Simpson after taking a visit. McKenzie, who is an environmental science major, also had multiple relatives who participated in athletics at Simpson who played a role in his decision.

“There’s a successful tradition at Simpson, and I wanted to be a part of it,” McKenzie said.

McKenzie’s high school success didn’t transfer over right away in college. As a freshman, he placed 119th in Regionals and 29th at conferences. But in his four years at Simpson, the senior improved his 8K time by over two minutes. This helped him place 20th at the regional meet and 13th at the conference meet this season.

“Mileage is a big thing that has been increased over my four years, and that’s how I’ve gotten better,” McKenzie said. “I put a lot more time on my feet. Harder workouts and longer workouts. Just building on past years. You know, doing things better and learning from past experiences.”

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

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
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Iowans Propel Dutch to Nationals

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

Holly McKinney-I-35-Central
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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.

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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.”

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. 

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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.

Wartburg Men's XC 2017
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Knights Bagge Wins Crown, Men and Women 2nd at Conference

Ashlyn Bagge-Independence-Wartburg ©IIAC 2017

Ashlyn Bagge-Independence-Wartburg
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Wartburg Women

Iowa-Wartburg’s women’s cross country team finished in second place at the 2017 IIAC Championships with 47 points.

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The Orange and Black were narrowly defeated by No. 28 Nebraska Wesleyan, who tallied 35 points. This marked the second-straight year the Knights finished in second.

Senior Ashlyn Bagge (Independence) placed first with a time of 22:05.1. The win marked Wartburg’s first IIAC individual champion since Alana Enabnit in 2012 and Bagge’s fourth title this season. Bagge finished 31 seconds ahead of Luther’s Kenzie Carney, who finished in second. She was the 10th individual champion in program history.

Freshman Cassidy Christopher (Cedar Falls) finished in seventh place with a time of 22:58.9, with classmate Carina Collet (Verona, Ill.) running a time of 22:59.8 for eighth place. Rounding out the top 15 for All-Conference honors was senior Beth Mallon (Davenport) in 15th place with a time of 23:32.3.

Junior Shae McEnany (Independence) finished in 16th with a time of 23:34.4. Crossing the finish line in a time of 23:55.1 for 21st place was Nicole Breitbach (North Buena Vista).

Wartburg will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA Regional Meet in Northfield, Minn.

Complete results

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Complete team results:
#1 – Nebraska Wesleyan, 35 pts
#2 – Wartburg, 47 pts
#3 – Luther, 80 pts
#4 – Loras, 117 pts
#5 –  Central, 134 pts
#6 – Simpson, 148 pts
#7 – Dubuque, 180 pts
#8 – Coe, 232 pts
#9 – Buena Vista, 282 pts

Wartburg’s competitors:
#1 – Ashlyn Bagge, 22:05.1
#7 – Cassidy Christopher, 22:58.9
#8 – Carina Collet, 22:59.8
#15 – Beth Mallon, 23:32.3
#16 – Shae McEnany, 23:34.4
#21 – Nicole Breitbach, 23:55.1
#25 – Meghan Silbernagel, 24:05.2
#27 – Gabrille Marchino, 24:07.0
#34 – Haley Harms, 24:27.3
#38 – Aryka Parsons, 24:38.9
#50 – Kylie Kelchen, 25:03.7
#55 – Abby Mokhtary, 25:12.0
#65 – Allison Rusch, 25:38.9
#67 – Natalie Fober, 25:41.3
#73 – Jackie Falconer, 25:51.2
#78 – Miranda Fober, 25:59.0
#113 – Clare Davison, 23:10.1
#122 – Jackie Garza, 29:06.4
#130 – Gabi Gonzalez, 31:12.4

Wartburg Men

Wartburg’s 16th-ranked men’s cross country finished in second place at the 2017 IIAC Championships with 41 points. The Knights were edged by No. 6 Loras, who tallied 24 points.

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Wartburg held off No. 34 Nebraska Wesleyan, who finished in third with 88 points. This marked the best finish for the Knights since 2007, when they also took second.

The top finisher for Wartburg was freshman Sam Pinkowski (La Crosse, Wis.) with a time of 25:15.0. Senior Eli Kaczinski (Charlotte) ran a time of 25:22.5, which put him at fifth place. Sophomore Caleb Appleton (Bemidji, Minn.) also finished in the top 10 at eighth place with a time of 25:40.7.

Junior Casey Roberts (Ankeny) ran a time of 25:47.0, putting him in 11th place. Rounding out the top 15 to earn All-Conference honors was freshman Ali Ali (Iowa City), finishing in 14th place with a time of 26:01.4.

The Knights will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 11 at the NCAA Regional meet in Northfield, Minn.

Complete team standings: 
#1 – Loras, 24 pts
#2 – Wartburg, 41 pts
#3 – Nebraska Wesleyan, 88 pts
#4 – Luther, 117 pts
#5 – Simpson, 119 pts
#6 – Central, 144 pts
#7 – Dubuque, 233 pts
#8 – Coe, 234 pts
#9 – Buena Vista, 283 pts

Wartburg’s competitors: 
#3 – Sam Pinkowski, 25:15.0
#5 – Eli Kaczinski, 25:22.5
#8 – Caleb Appleton, 25:40.7
#11 – Casey Roberts, 25:47.0
#14 – Ali Ali, 26:01.4
#17 – Aaron O’Leary, 26:05.7
#19 – Joe Freiburger, 26:10.0
#20 – Mitch Black, 26:10.7
#33 – Joel Toppin, 26:31.6
#52 – Jordan Yessak, 27:16.0
#54 – Liam Conroy, 27:18.6
#55 – Spencer Warehime, 27:19.3
#58 – Drew Hoffman, 27:25.9
#59 – Matthew Schneider, 27:33.2
#60 – Curren Matthias, 27:35.7
#77 – Sam Madson, 28:06.0
#81 – Matt Heinzman, 28:11.5
#85 – Sam Lorimer, 28:14.6
#94 – Karl Jaeschke, 28:24.3
#111 – Christian Brothers, 28:57.0
#113 – Jay Mixdorf, 28:58.0
#117 – Noah Worthington, 29:06.4
#135 – Jon Fuentes, 29:54.5
#144 – Zac Sapiot, 30:34.4
#151 – Matt Egts, 30:53.5
#160 – Ben Coleman, 32:24.4

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Storm’s McKenzie, Facio and Timms All-Conference

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Simpson Men

The duo of Ian McKenzie and Jonathan Facio helped bring home Simpson’s first all-conference honor since 2012 as the Storm came in fifth at the Iowa Conference Men’s Cross Country Championship form Max Cross Country Course on Saturday.

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Competing in one of the toughest conferences in the nation, Simpson finished just two points out of fourth behind Luther. The top three teams—Loras, Wartburg, and Nebraska Wesleyan— are all nationally ranked and the Norse are eighth in the Central Region.

Simpson finished with 119 points while Luther had 117. A year ago the Storm came in sixth overall and were 80 points out of fifth place.

Simpson’s top finisher in two of three meets this season, McKenzie ran 25:53.0 to place 13th in the field of 168 runners to earn the first all-conference honor of his career.

Facio continued his breakout season with a 15th-place finish, navigating the course in 26:02.1. The sophomore improved 73 spots from his conference finish a year ago when he came in 88th.

The last time a Simpson cross country runner earned all-conference honors was in 2012 when Joe Farrand came in fifth. The last time two Storm runners earned all-conference honors in the same year was 2008 when Eric Osterhaus and Eric Patten came in fifth and sixth, respectively.

Coach Speak
“Our men had a fantastic day and I could not be more excited for the group. The investment they have made since early June was rewarded today. Ian ran terrific once again to earn his first all-conference honor. What Jonathan did today was absolutely spectacular.” — head coach Heath Moenck

Storm Varsity Finishers
13. Ian McKenzie, 25:53.0
15. Jonathan Facio, 26:02.1
27. Trey Thompson, 26:20.8
31. Kyle Hovey, 26:29.8
40. Tyler Combs, 26:57.8
41. Levi Lefebure, 26:58.6
62. Seth Nostrala, 27:38.1

Sadie Timms-Gilbert-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Sadie Timms-Gilbert-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Simpson Women

Sadie Timms turned in the Simpson’s first all-conference performance in seven years and the Storm came in sixth at the Iowa Conference Women’s Cross Country Championship from Max Cross Country Course on Saturday.

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Simpson finished with 148 points, just 14 behind fifth-place Central.

Timms ran the best race of her career, placing 11th in the field of 131 runners. The senior finished in 23:12.3, improving 20 spots from her 31st-place finish a year ago.

The last time a Storm runner earned all-conference honors was in 2010 when Catie Ellingson placed 2nd.

Courtney Neuendorf ran 24:06.8 to finish 26th and freshman Emily Buchheit had her best team finish of the season, placing 39th overall in 24;47.2.

Coach Speak
“Our women battled today and they were right in the mix for one of our better showings in recent years. I’m proud of how well they have competed all year and today was no different. It was great to see Sadie capture her first all-conference award. It’s been a goal of hers for many years and she made it happen today.” — head coach Heath Moenck

Storm Varsity Finishers
11. Sadie Timms, 23:12.3
26. Courtney Neuendorf, 24:06.8
39. Emily Buchheit, 24:47.2
43. Shelby Hunemiller, 24:51.5
58. Mary Wood, 25:20.1
61. Lesley Roquet, 25:30.5
71. Rebekah Brainard, 25:50.3

Up Next
The Storm have a week off before competing at the NCAA Central Region Championship in Northfield, Minn. on Saturday, Nov. 11.

Simpson Women's XC
©Jim Kirby 2017

Storm Runs Well at La Crosse

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017

Men

Ian McKenzie finished in the top-25 to lead the Simpson men’s cross country team to a 12th-place finish at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational Saturday.

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The Storm scored 276 points — four points behind the tenth-ranked team in the region, Central — with all of their top seven clocking in top-100 team-place finishes. Simpson finished behind six regionally ranked teams and ahead of seventh-ranked Grinnell (19th)

McKenzie finished the 8k course in 25:53.34 to place 22nd, followed by Trey Thompson (39th) in 26:10.84 and Jonathan Facio(60th) in 26:28.85. The trio finished 1, 2, 3 for the Storm in the second straight meet.

Coach Speak
“Today was another step forward for our men’s program. We competed very well against many of the top teams in our region. Our two seniors had outstanding races. Ian McKenzie was solid up front and Kyle Hovey had a huge breakthrough.” — head coach Heath Moenck

Storm Varsity Finishers
22. Ian McKenzie, 25:53.34
39. Trey Thompson, 26:10.84
60. Jonathan Facio, 26:28.85
83. Kyle Hovey, 26:47.72
118. Levi Lefebure, 27:14.97
126. Tyler Combs 27:23.68
128. Seth Nostrala, 27:28.65

Up Next
The Storm have the week off to prepare for the Iowa Conference Championships hosted in Waverly on Saturday, Oct. 28. The women’s race is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men to follow at Noon

Women

The duo of Sadie Timms and Courtney Neuendorf paced the Simpson women’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish of 21 teams Saturday at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational in the final tune-up before the Iowa Conference Championships in two weeks.

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Six of the Storm’s seven varsity finishers ran career-best times on the 6k course in the meet hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Timms placed 37th in the field of 298 runners, navigating the course in 23:18.67, the fastest 6k of her career. Neuendorf finished just outside of the top-50, taking 52nd in a career-best time of 23:48.7.

Mary Wood, Emily Buchheit, Ashlee Litterer and Lesley Roquet all ran personal-best times despite a wet, sloppy track. Shelby Hunemiller ran her fastest time of the season.

Coach Speak
“Our women ran outstanding in tough conditions today. A majority of our ladies ran life-time bests, and I’m thrilled with the progress they have made so far this season.” — head coach Heath Moenck

Storm Varsity Finishers
37. Sadie Timms, 23:18.67 | personal-best
52. Courtney Neuendorf, 23:48.70 | personal-best
118. Mary Wood, 25:02.03 | personal-best
130. Emily Buchheit, 25:12.36 | personal-best
133. Shelby Hunemiller, 25:17.45 | season-best
148. Ashlee Litterer, 25:39.03 | personal-best
166. Lesley Roquet, 25:52.34 | personal-best

Up Next
The Storm have the week off to prepare for the Iowa Conference Championships hosted in Waverly on Saturday, Oct. 28 at noon.

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

Fairley Leads Dutch at La Crosse

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central  ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Men

Central College senior Mark Fairley (Dubuque) finished sixth at the Wis.- La Crosse Jim Drews Invitational Saturday afternoon.

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The senior finished the 8,000-meter race in a season-best 25 minutes, 22 seconds. Fairley was 46 seconds behind Iowa Central Community College’s Karim Achengli, who took home the individual crown.

Iowa Central placed five runners in the top 11, including the top three finishers, to win the 21-team invitational with 25 points. Host Wis.-La Crosse was second with 35 points while Central finished 11th with 272 points.

“We made some progress today and I saw some really good things,” said coach Joe Dunham.

Senior Tanner Rathje (Marion, Linn-Mar HS) ran a season-best 26:07 to finish 29th in the 357-runner field.

“Tanner also had a little bit of a breakout race for the season,” said Dunham.

Junior Jordan Toomey (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted a season-best 26:45, good for 68th, freshman Nathan Sanders (Waukee) continued the trend of season bests after placing 78th with 26:53, senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) had a season-best time of 27:13 and placing 91st, sophomore Preston Kizer (Dubuque) finished 97th with a career-best 27:22 and junior Kyle Pape (Dubuque, Wahlert HS) was 104th with 27:36.

“Overall, we still have work to do but I’m pleased with the improvements across the board,” said Dunham.

Central turns its attention to the Iowa Conference Championships October 28 in Waverly. The Dutch finished fifth at the Dan Huston Invitational Sept. 30 in a preview of the league championship course.

Women

The Central College women’s cross country showed its continued development Saturday when six of its seven runners shattered season-best marks at the Wis.-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational.

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Central finished 14th in the 21-team field with 360 points. Iowa Central Community College won the 6,000-meter invitational with 53 points and host Wis.-La Crosse was runner-up with 58. Iowa Central’s Adva Cohen won the 298-runner invitational, finishing in 21 minutes, 23.7 seconds.

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) was 32nd (23:17), senior Evie Kammeyer(Urbandale) was 51st (23:55), sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault) placed 71st (24:22), freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) finished 97th (25:22), sophomore Ashley Meldrum(Cambridge, Ballard HS) was 109th (25:46), junior Jenna Murray (Grandview, Louisa-Muscatine HS)placed 113th (26:01) and sophomore Savanna Henning (Ankeny, Centennial HS) finished 115th (26:02).

“Sarah, Ashley and Jenna all had solid performances,” said coach Joe Dunham. “Very pleased with their improvement.”

McKinney and Kammeyer set season bests while Roberts, Meldrum, Murray and Henning set career bests.

The Dutch turn their attention to the Iowa Conference Championships October 28 in Waverly. Central finished in a tie for fourth at the Dan Huston Invitational Sept. 30 in a preview of the league championship course.

“If we can put a complete race together, I believe we have a good shot to surprise some teams,” said Dunham.