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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.

Tyson Morrison-Dav. Central-Loras, Patrick Mikel-Loras ,Josh Smith-Loras, Mike Jasa-Prairie HS-Loras
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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.

Central Cross Country
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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.

Simpson Women's XC Kyli Orr-Mt Vernon Lisbon, Emily Buchheit-Dub. Hemp, Katie Murano-DCG, Sophie Hall-DM Roosevelt and Audrey Klein-DM Lincoln 
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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.

Wyatt Schmidt-Northeast-Wartburg
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Knights Run Well at St. Ambrose Invite

 Ryan Bonthius-Regina-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2020

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.

Erica Rittgers-SE Valley-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics 2020

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.

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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.

Luther's Men Cross Country
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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

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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.

Joey Schultz-Dub. Hemp-Loras
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Duhawk Women and Men Off to a Great Start

Bob Schultz and Audrey Miller-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Bob Schultz and Audrey Miller-Loras
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Women

The Loras College women’s cross country team will toe the start line as the No. 6-ranked team in the Central Region on Saturday according to the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll, released on Tuesday.

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The Duhawks took a week off from competition following an impressive display at the National Catholic Championship, hosted by Notre Dame University, on Sept. 20. Kassie Rosenbum paced the Duhawks with a fourth place finish overall, setting a new school record for the 5,000-meter race with a time of 17:57.48. Audrey Miller added a 27th place finish overall (19:10.46 and Kaylee Osterberger was 47th with a time of 19:51.26, helping Loras finish as the top-Division III team in the field of Division I, II and III competitors.

Carleton College remains the top-ranked team in the region while the University of St. Thomas (Minn.) bypassed American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) rival Wartburg College for second to place the Knights third. St. Olaf College and Gustavus Adolphus College held onto their fourth and fifth place rankings, respectively, while fellow A-R-C opponent Luther College was No. 7 behind Loras and Concordia University-Moorhead sits at No. 8.

Nebraska Wesleyan University was the final A-R-C school in the regional rankings at No. 9 while Bethel University (Minn.) ranks tenth.

The Duhawks travel to Waverly, Iowa for the Wartburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5. Race time is set for 10:30 a.m.

Men

After giving its top runners a week off, the Loras College men’s cross country team returned to the start line and scored a fifth place finish at the National Catholic Championship, hosted by the University of Notre Dame, earning the top Division III spot in the field.

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Luke Guttormson led the Duhawks and all Division III competitors with a 16th place finish, clocking a time of 26:22.46 for the five mile course. Patrick Wolak added another top-20 showing placing 18th overall with a time of 26:29.73.  Cole Conklin-Little was the next scoring runner for Loras in 33rd (26:55.41) followed by Joey Schultzin 40th (27:16.37) and Blake Keller in 53rd (27:34.85).

In the open race,  Ethan Hammerand had the top time for the Duhawks, crossing the finish line in a time of 28:33.58 to finish eighth. Sam Webster placed 13th (28:48.33) followed by Max Ross in 16th (28:58.54) and Drew Brase in 19th (29.12.71).  Jake Jensen was the Duhawks’ fifth man, clocking a time of 29:19.90 to finish 21st.

Loras heads to the Wartburg College Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 5 with race time in Waverly set to begin at 10:30 A.M.