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

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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
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Storm’s McKenzie, Facio and Timms All-Conference

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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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
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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
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Storm Runs Well at La Crosse

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
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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
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Fairley Leads Dutch at La Crosse

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

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
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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.

Loras Cross Country 2017
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Duhawks Collect Conference Awards

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
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The Iowa Conference announced its weekly award winners on Tuesday which highlight the success of freshman Kristan Brown (women’s cross country), junior Elizabeth Mills (women’s soccer) and senior Mason Tope (men’s cross country) as players of the week for their respective sports.

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In front of her hometown crowd, Brown shined at the Loras Invite, finishing as the top collegiate runner in the field. The Hempstead prep ran 24:56 in her second 6k race of the season, cutting 38 seconds off last week’s performance. With Brown at the front, the Duhawks won their home invite with 16 points for their first team victory of the season.

Mills and the 15th-ranked women’s soccer team posted a pair of clean sheets last week in conference play, besting Buena Vista, 8-0, and Luther, 2-0. With two goals and an assist, Mills ran her season point total to 23 and her career point total to 50, scoring two goals and an assist last week. The Peoria Notre Dame prep tallied her fourth and fifth game-winning goal of the season and eighth of her career.

For the third time this season, Tope was heralded as the conference’s top runner for the week. The Davenport native won the Loras Invite for his sixth collegiate victory and fourth in his last six races. On Friday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex, Tope finished 34 seconds ahead of second place, Loras senior Timothy Sevcik. As a team, the Duhawks won their home invite with a combined score of 17 points.

Cross country returns to action on Saturday at the Pre-Nationals Race hosted by Principia College in Elsah, Ill. Women’s soccer is off from competition midweek and hosts Simpson on Saturday in the Rock Bowl at 1 p.m.

Mason Tope-Cent. Dav.-Loras
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DuHawks Sweep at Home

Kristan Brown-Dub Hempstead-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Kristan Brown-Dub Hempstead-Loras
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The No. 11 men’s cross country team and women’s cross country team completed the sweep on Friday night of its home meet, scoring 17 and 16 points, respectively. Senior Mason Tope was the top finisher for the men with his time of 26:05 while freshman Kristan Brown was the top finisher with her time of 25:56.

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NOTABLES
-Tope earned his third individual win on the season, with a 34 second lead over teammate and senior Timothy Sevcik
-Loras went 1-2-3-4-7-8-9-10 in the race, finishing with 17 points
-Sevick took second with a time of 26:39 followed by senior Justin Adams at 26:41
-Senior Brien Nugent took fourth on Friday with his time of 26:48
-The Duhawks rounded out the top-10 with finishes from sophomore Patrick Wolak (27:09), junior Preston Kauder (27:11), sophomore Cole Conklin-Little(27:21) and junior Jack Carroll (27:32)
-Loras went 2-3-4-5-7-8 in the women’s race, finishing with 16 points
-In the women’s race, Brown’s time led the way for the Duhawks followed by senior Kelly Minear (25:01), junior Liz Venezio (25:11) and sophomore Kemunto Ondande (25:16)
-Rounding out the top-10 for the women was senior Carrie Piper (25:20), sophomore Averi Leitzen (25:29) and sophomore Molly MacDuff (25:30)

UP NEXT
Loras travels to the Pre-Nationals Race in Elsah, Ill., hosted by Principia, the host of the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Nov. 18.

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
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Duhawk Men Roll at Dan Huston

Coach Bob Schultz-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Coach Bob Schultz-Loras
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The 10th-ranked Loras men’s cross country team kept its streak in tact on Saturday, winning for the third consecutive race this season. With four finishers in the top-10, the Duhawks collected 41 points, led by senior Mason Tope‘s second place finish with a time of 25:18.

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NOTABLES
-Saturday marked the first races of the season at the traditional 6k and 8k distances
-Loras wrapped up its third men’s team win of the season, scoring 41 team points … Wartburg finished in second with 45 team points
-The Duhawks earned four top-10 finishes, led by senior Brien Nugent at 25:33 and followed by seniors Timothy Sevick at 25:52 and Justin Adams at 26:12
-Loras’ men finished with a spread of 1:02, two seconds better than second place Wartburg
-Division I Northern Iowa won the women’s race as the Loras women finished seventh with 184 points
-Senior Kelly Minear led the way for the Duhawks with a 27th place finish and a time of 24:17
-The junior tandem of Kemunto Ondande and Liz Venezio were second and third, respectively, for Loras at 25:02 and 25:14
-Senior Carrie Piper and freshman Hannah Insko rounded out the scoring for the Duhawks with times of 25:20 and 25:24

UP NEXT
Loras host its annual home invite on Friday, Oct. 6 at the Dubuque Soccer Complex. The women’s race is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. with the men’s race set for 5:30 p.m.

Wartburg Women XC
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Knights Run a Hot 2nd Place Finish at Auggie

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Wartburg Men’s Cross Country-2017
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Wartburg’s women’s cross country team ran to a second place finish at the Augustana Invite Friday with 115 points.

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The top finisher for the Orange and Black was freshman Cassidy Christopher (Cedar Falls), who finished in 13th place with a time of 19:48.6.

Wartburg’s competitors:
13th: Cassidy Christopher, 19:48.6
15th: Beth Mallon, 19:52.5
23rd: Nicole Breitbach, 20:12.0
29th: Gabrielle Marchino, 20:19.3
38th: Carina Collet, 20:32.7
43rd: Ashley Stevens, 20:35.5
45th: Aryka Parsons, 20:38.0
47th: Shae McEnany, 20:43.3
59th: Kylie Kelchen, 21:01.6
84th: Miranda Fober, 21:29.0
102nd: Janelle Baeskens, 21:47.1
107th: Jackie Falconer, 21:54.4
129th: Maddie Kemp, 22:21.5
190th: Gabi Gonzalez, 24:09.7
210th: Jackie Garza, 25:00.1

Complete race results can be found here.

In the men’s race, Wartburg finished in 15th place with 374 points.

The top Knights JV finisher was Jay Mixdorf in 65th place with a time of 21:57.7.

Wartburg’s competitors:
65th: Jay Mixdorf, 21:57.7
71st: Jordan Yessak, 22:01.4
96th: Curren Matthias, 22:24.5
107th: Noah Worthington, 22:40.9
108th: Drew Hoffman, 22:41.7
128th: Sam Madson, 23:11.6
129th: Christian Brothers, 23:13.1
137th: Matt Heinzman, 23:18.5
144th: Sam Lorimer, 23:23.7
152nd: Conor Sapp, 23:34.6
186th: Trevor Sode, 24:15.5
192nd: Zac Sapiot, 24:29.5
198th: Matthew Schneider, 24:37.5
206th: Karl Jaeschke, 24:58.9
233rd: Ben Coleman, 27:21.9

Wartburg will return to action on Sept. 30 at their own course for the Dan Huston Invitational in Waverly, starting at 10:30 a.m.

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
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Tope Leads Non D1 Runners in DuHawk Effort

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

For the fourth time in program history, the Loras men’s cross country team claimed top honors at the National Catholic Championships, hosted by Notre Dame. Senior Mason Tope finished as the top non-Division I runner, running the 8k race in 25:27.2.

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NOTABLES
-As a team, Loras’ men finished fourth in 2016 with 105 points, cutting down to 32 points on Friday to win the non-Division I race
-Tope ran 43 seconds faster than his 2016 time, moving up from 12th as a junior to first as a senior … Friday’s performance was the second in as many races for the Davenport native
-Senior Brien Nugent shed nine seconds off last year’s time and moved up to fifth in the field
-Sophomore Patrick Wolak went from 26:54 as a freshman to 26:25 and finished ninth
-The Duhawks scored its top-five runners inside the top-10 in the field
-Loras’ women earned a fifth-place finish on Friday with 133 team points
-Senior Kelly Minear turned in the top time for the Duhawks, finishing 20th at 19:54, a 2:24 second improvement from her performance in 2016
-Junior Kemunto Ondande placed 26th with her time of 20:19
-Senior Liz Venezio was right behind Ondande, fininshing 28th with a time of 20:24, an eight-second improvement from last year’s time

UP NEXT
Loras is next in action on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Wartburg Invitational. The race serves as a preview for the 2017 Iowa Conference Championships, set for Saturday, Oct. 28.

Central Men-2017
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Dutch Men and Women Off to a Good Start

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics

Men

After a season-opening win at the home Dutch Invitational, the Central College men’s cross country team made a three-spot leap to No. 6 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region poll.

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Loras College stayed atop the rankings in the second week, and St. Olaf College (Min.) was unchanged at No. 2. Wartburg College (No. 3) Nebraska Wesleyan University (No. 4) and Luther College (No. 10) also represent the Iowa Conference.

The Dutch are back in action Saturday following an off weekend and will venture to Northfield, Minnesota for the St. Olaf Invitational. The race will start at 10 a.m. on the campus of St. Olaf.

Women

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) led the Central College women’s cross country team in the 5,000-meter Dutch Invitational Friday.

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Central finished second with 49 points with Grinnell College winning the three-team invitational with 24 points.

McKinney finished the race in 20 minutes, 9 seconds placing fifth. Right behind McKinney was junior Rachel Peter (Prairie City, PCM HS) with 20:12.

“Holly and Rachel are both coming back from injuries and they ran a solid race tonight,” said associate head coach Stephen Fyfe.

Sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault, Minn.) finished 11th with 20:50, senior Evie Kammeyer (Urbandale)finished 13th with 21:10, freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) followed Kammeyer with 21:44, sophomore Carly Klavins (Urbandale) finished 15th with 21:57 and sophomore Ashley Meldrum (Cambridge, Ballard HS) finished 16th with 21:59.

“I was extremely pleased with how our women ran,” said Fyfe. “Carly, Lauren and Ashley have really taken a step forward from last year which is great to see.”

The Dutch turn their attention toward the September 16 St. Olaf Invitational in Northfield, Minn. The invitational serves as a preview for the NCAA Division III Central Regional.