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Grand View Men's Cross Country 2018
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Vikings Head North to Run the Trent Smith Invite

Michaela Barretta-Indianola-GVU ©Viking Athletics 2018

Michaela Barretta-Indianola-GVU
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The Grand View University Women’s Cross Country team competed in the Trent Smith Invitational on Friday.  The Vikings placed two runners in the top 15 individually, on their way to a 4th place team finish and posted four PR’s at the meet. Anytcy Marin had a great day for the Vikings. Marin placed 6th out of 52 runners posting the 7th fastest time in Grand View school history as she covered the 5k course in 19:44 to lead GV to a fourth place team finish at the NIACC-Trent Smith Invite.

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How Did Grand View Finish?

Anytcy Marin (JR/Fredericksburg, TX)  19:44.59  (Finished 6th Place)

Michaela Barretta (JR/Indianola, IA)  20:52.22 (Finished 13th Place)

Allie Flaws (JR/Webster City, IA)  22:26.92  (Finished 26th Place)

Jenessa Carpenter (FR/Columbus Junction, IA)  22:43.96  (Finished 31st Place)

Lindsey Dobyns (FR/Waukesha, WI)  22:44.72  (Finished 32nd Place)

Team Standings…

  1.  Hawkeye Community College  44 points
  2.  North Iowa Area Community College  58 points
  3.  Buena Vista University 84 points
  4.  Grand View University  89 points
  5.  Waldorf University 90 points
  6.  Southwestern Community College 140 points

What’s Next?

Grand View will compete on Saturday, October 20th in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede.  The stampede is held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is set to begin at 11:00am.


The Grand View University Men’s Cross Country team traveled to Mason City Friday evening to compete in the Trent Smith Invitational. Men’s team placed fourth overall, posted nine individual PR’s and also ran the 10th fastest team time (1-5 runners) in school history. Paced by Alex Arechavaleta(SR/Altoona, IA), who finished 10th posting an 8k PR of 27:38 to lead GV to a 4th place team finish at the NIACC-Trent Smith Invite.

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How Did Grand View Finish?

Alex Arechavaleta  27:38.51 (Finished 10th Place)

Ben Huftalin (SO/Osage, IA)  27:55.01  (Finished 14th Place)

Talon Munger (FR/Oskaloosa, IA)  28:30.90  (Finished 27th Place)

Kirk Leach (SO/Huxley, IA)  28:35.19  (Finished 28th Place)

Brandon Young (SR/Des Moines, IA)  29:03.32  (Finished 35th Place)

Caleb Chmelka (FR/Council Bluffs, IA)  29:29.31  (Finished 41st Place)

Team Standings…

  1.  Hawkeye Community College  28 points
  2.  North Iowa Area Community College  56 points
  3.  Southwestern Community College 77 points
  4.  Grand View University  110 points
  5.  Indian Hills Community College 135 points
  6.  Buena Vista University 147 points
  7.  Waldorf University 182 points

What’s Next?

Grand View will compete on Saturday, October 20th in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede.  The stampede is held in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and is set to begin at 11:00am.

Caleb Benzing-E. Marshall-Northwestern
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Red Raiders Make Big Statement at Briar Cliff

Dylan Hendricks-Grundy Center-Northwestern ©Red Raiders 2018

Dylan Hendricks-Grundy Center-Northwestern
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Dylan Hendricks and Caleb Benzing both finished among the top 15 runners in leading Northwestern to a third place showing at the Briar Cliff Invite run today at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

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The Red Raiders scored 107 points to finish third among the 12 teams competing. Coach Bahrke’s squad was just behind Doane (83pts) and first place Dordt (57pts) and ahead of fourth place Morningside (124pts).

Hendricks recorded his second top 10 finish of the season, placing eighth out of 145 runners with a personal best 8K time of 25:53. This was the fourth top 20 finish for his career. Caleb Benzing placed 11th overall, his third straight top 20 finish, and also ran personal best time of 26:04.

Isaiah Lee was the next NWC runner to cross the finish line, placing 32nd with a career fastest time of 26:49. Both Josh Van Dusseldorp (38th – 26:57) and Dylan Cavanaugh (40th – 26:58) ran personal bests and were Bahrke’s fourth and fifth runners. Hayden Lee and Chase Bulten round out the Red Raiders’ top seven, placing 44th (27:06) and 47th (27:12), respectively.

A total of 14 Northwestern runners ran personal bests this morning; Hendricks, Benzing, Lee, Van Dusseldorp, Cavanaugh, Lee, Bulten, Dalton Jacobsma, Levi Cross, Peyton Brasser, Ian Wiersema, Ben Aberson, Garrison Hazen and Steven Van Meeteren.

Top Seven Runners:
8. Dylan Hendricks – 25:53
11.Caleb Benzing – 26:04
32.Isaiah Lee – 26:49
38.Josh Van Dusseldorp – 26:57
40.Dylan Cavanaugh – 26:58
44.Hayden Lee – 27:06
47.Chase Bulten – 27:12



Bre Harthoorn turned in another top five finish in leading the Northwestern women’s cross country team to a third place finish at the Briar Cliff Invite. Today’s meet was held at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

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Harthoorn was one of 13 Red Raiders to run a personal best in today’s race, crossing the finish line in fifth place with a time of 18:31. This was the second top 10 finish for the junior this season and seventh for her career. Harthoorn has a total of eight top 20 finishes in her two-plus seasons.

The Red Raiders finished third out of 14 teams, scoring 81 points, two better than fourth place Concordia. Dordt won the team title with 59, followed by Hastings with 77.

Three Northwestern runners finished in the top 20, a total of five Red Raiders among the top 25. Katrina Engebretson continued her strong season, placing 16th with a personal best time of 19:02. This was the third top 20 finish for the junior. Emma Van Meeteren was close behind, in 17th place, with a season-best 5K time of 19:06 and her second top 20 finish this season. Autumn Muilenburg followed up her season debut two weeks ago at Doane with another outstanding race, finishing 21st with a personal best time of 19:13. Hunter Koepke also placed in the top 25, finishing 23rd with a personal best tie of 19:13.4.

Both Emily Bosch (42nd-19:45) and Anna Teigland (46th-19:52) turned in career-bests and were the final counters for the Red Raiders. Kelsey Lang, Allie Helmink, Jessalyn Ketcham, Samantha Dowling, Lindsey Groen, Angela Brinkman, Cassidy Rodman and Alyssa Krohn all posted personal best times.

Northwestern will next compete in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 20.

Top Seven Runners:
5th-Bre Harthoorn: 18:31
16th-Katrina Engebretson: 19:02
17th-Emma Van Meeteren: 19:06
21st-Autumn Muilenburg: 19:13
23rd-Hunter Koepke: 19:13
42nd-Emily Bosch: 19:45
46th-Anna Teigland: 19:52

St Ambrose Women XC
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If it Plays in Peoria, it Plays For the Bees

Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose ©Bees Athletics 2018

Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose
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On Friday at the Bradley Intercollegiate, those things netted the Fighting Bee women a title as they won the College Division in the 3-mile race at Detweiller Park.

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Led again by Ashley Plumb, the Bees had a pair of packs no far behind to squeak away with the 5-point win over Wartburg College in the 8-team race.

Plumb, who ran a school record 17:56, was the third finishing collegiate division runner, while chasing her down were Keeley Knobloch, Megan Grady and Abby Sears who finished sixth through eighth with imes of 18:46, 18:49 and 18:52 respectively.

Not far behind them were the rest of the Bees scorers. Chloe Gunn was 14th in 19:14, Emma Duncan was 16th in 19:15 and Jenny Dickes was 17th in 19:15. Claire Duncan was the Bees 8th runner in 19:16 while Emma Swanson finished in 19:25.

The Bees team time of 93:38 was also a school record in the rarely run 3-mile race.

“Our depth right now is really incredible,” St. Ambrose coach Dan Zeimet said. “We could have any number of different women step up on any given day and that makes us a really good team.”

The 18th-ranked Bees will compete with their top 10 at the Louisville Classic on Sept. 29 while the rest of the team will compete next weekend at Beloit College’s Olde English Classic.

Grand View Women Cross Country
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Vikings Cross Country, No Place Like Home

Ben Huftalin-Osage-GVU ©Doug Wells 2018

Ben Huftalin-Osage-GVU
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The men’s cross country team hosted the 14th Grand View Viking Invitational at Southeast Polk High School on Friday.

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Two Vikings finished in the top 10, both sophomores, Ben Huftalin (SO/Osage, IA) finished in 8th place and Trevor Albert(SO/Eldon, IA) finished in 4th place.  Behind the two sophomores, the Vikings finished in 3rd place scoring 62 points overall.

Team Results

1.  NIACC  34pts

2.  Morningside  42pts

3.  Grand View  62pts

4.  Waldorf  82pts

5.  William Penn  142pts

Individual Results

1.  Abdiaziz Wako, So  NIACC  27:41.0

2.  Connor Ritz, So  Morningside  28:00.6

3.  Anthony Patton, Sr  Morningside  28:11.0

4.  Trevor Albert  Grand View  28:43.5

5.  Gavin Connell, Fr  NIACC  28:53.8

6.  Daniel Hennigar, So  NIACC  29:07.5

7.  Andrew Murley, Jr  Waldorf  29:13.0

8.  Ben Huftalin  Grand View  29:19.3

9.  Sam Pedelty, Fr  NIACC  29:20.5

10.  Dylan Lindstrom, So  Morningside  29:26.8

11.  Alex Arechavaleta (SR/Altoona, IA)  Grand View  29:32.9

19.  Kirk Leach (SO/Huxley, IA)  Grand View  30:33.1

20.  Chris Hatch (FR/Placerville, CA)  Grand View  30:37.9

What’s Next?

Grand View is back in action on September 29th in Waverly, Iowa competing in the Wartburg-Dan Hutson Invite.


The women’s cross country team hosted seven teams at the 14th Grand View Viking Invitational at Southeast Polk High School on Friday.  The Vikings ran in a pack on Friday, with four top 30 runners, on their way to a 5th place team finish.

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Team Standings

  1.  Morningside  31pts
  2. NIACC  56pts
  3. William Penn  94pts
  4. Waldorf  100pts
  5. Grand View  111pts
  6. Cottey College  153pts
  7. DMACC  170pts

Individual Standings

  1.  Marissa Kuik, Jr  Waldorf  19:45.5
  2. Emma Davison, Fr  NIACC  20:08.4
  3. Allison Higgins, Sr  Morningside  20:20.1
  4. Marissa Widener, Jr  Waldorf  20:49.3
  5. Megan Maaske, Sr  Morningside  20:57.3
  6. Natalie Lambert, Jr  Morningside  21:00.2
  7. Tenna Beal, Fr  Morningside  21:04.2
  8. Andrea Jaquez, Fr  William Penn  21:15.5
  9. Caitlyn Regan, Fr  NIACC  21:16.9
  10. Alex George, Jr  Morningside  21:27.7

23.  Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, IA)  Grand View  23:13.5

25.  Michaela Barretta (JR/Indianola, IA)  Grand View  23:23.3

27.  Jenessa Carpenter (FR/Columbus Junction, IA)  Grand View  23:44.4

28.  Lindsey Dobyns (FR/Waukesha, WI)  Grand View  23:47.7

What’s Next?

Grand View will compete again on September 29th in the Wartburg-Dan Hutson Invite.

Mt Mercy Cross Country 2018
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Mustangs Take Team Titles at Mustang Gallop

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©Mustangs Athletics 2017

The Mount Mercy women’s cross country team won the team and individual titles while the Mustang men were runner-up at the 25th Annual Mustang Gallop on Friday night at Seminole Valley Park.

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Mount Mercy’s Andrea Ertz captured the women’s 4K race by a three-second margin with a winning time of 15:55. She edged former teammate and Mustang alum Katie Hoffert, who crossed the finish line in 15:58.

Mount Mercy’s top seven also included Vanessa Cortes (3rd/16:14), Emily Erickson (6th/16:31), Samantha Croghan (7th/16:32), Allison Woods (13th/16:57), Mady Roth (15th/17:15), and McKenzie Mellecker (17th/17:30).

The Mustangs earned the team championship with a total of 30 points. That was better than runner-up Cornell (43 pts.), Coe (66 pts.), and Dubuque (88 pts.)

James Lindstrom was Mount Mercy’s top finisher in the men’s 5K, finishing fifth in 15:50. Aaron Golding (7th/16:43), Cameron Steffens (10th/16:56), Colton Forster (12th/16:58), Michael Marshall (14th/17:04), Jacob Blackmon (19th/17:23), and Chase Kress (30th/18:17) were Mount Mercy’s top seven.

Cornell defended their men’s team title, securing the win with 27 points. Next was Mount Mercy (48 pts.), followed by Dubuque (52 pts.), Iowa Track & Field Club (122 pts.), Coe (134 pts.), Scott Community College (175 pts.), and Southeastern Community College (189 pts.).

Also on the line in the Mustang Gallop was the Coe-Stang Trophy, an annual dual between Coe and Mount Mercy. Combined men’s and women’s results by the intra-city rivals determine the winner, with the Mustangs coming out on top once again.

Mount Mercy goes to Kenosha, Wis., for the Vic Godfrey Open on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Simpson Women's XC
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Full Slate of XC Meets This Weekend

Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm. © Jill Dahlstrom-2017

Joanna Topham-Griswald-Hawkeye Comm.
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The 2018 Cross Country season will begin for most Iowa colleges and universities this weekend.

The following is a list of the meets that we are aware of and the Iowa schools listed to attend them.

If you know of changes, please send them our way:

Feature photo: Simpson Women’s XC©Jim Kirby 2017

Friday, August 31:

Hawkeye Invitational at University of Iowa, 6:00 PM: Iowa, Iowa State, Drake, UNI.

Augustana Twilight at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, 8:30 PM: Buena Vista, Morningside, Northwestern College, Briar Cliff,

John Kurtt Opener at Wartburg, 6:00 PM: Wartburg, Hawkeye Comm. College.

Dutch Opener at Central, 6:00 PM: Central, Clarke, Grinnell.

Bill Buxton Invite at Simpson, 5:30 PM: Simpson, Iowa Wesleyan, Graceland, DMACC (women only), Southwestern Comm. College.

Saturday, September 1:

24th Annual Mustang Gallop at Mt. Mercy: Mt. Mercy, Cornell, Coe, Dubuque, Scott Comm. College, Southeastern Comm. College.

St. Mary’s University Open: Luther

Grand View Track and Field
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Champion Vikings Head to Nats

Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View, Coach Seth Roberson-Grand View, James Plummer-Grand View ©Doug Wells 2018

Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View, Coach Seth Roberson-Grand View, James Plummer-Grand View
©Doug Wells 2018

The Grand View men’s and women’s track and field team will be competing in the NAIA National Track and Field Championships over the weekend. The women’s team qualified in six events while the men’s team qualified in four events. The 67th annual men’s and 38th annual women’s NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will take place in Gulf Shores, Ala. at the Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium. British Columbia men’s and Wayland Baptist (Texas) women’s programs won the 2017 national championship titles.

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Click here for the women’s schedule of events.

Click here for the men’s schedule of events.

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Thursday’s (May 24) events:

Women’s Hammer Throw at 10 a.m.
Athletes: Michelle Carrillo (SO/Storm Lake, Iowa), LaVon Davis (SO/Ames, IA)

Women’s 4x100m Relay Trials at 2:30 p.m.
Athletes: Dimetrea Hamilton (SO/Des Moines, Iowa), Allie Flaws (SO/Webster City, Iowa), Amber Castillo (SO/Creston, Iowa), Kaitlin Holschlag (FR/La Porte City, Iowa)

Men’s Hammer Throw at 5 p.m.
Athletes: James Plummer (JR/Columbia, South Carolina), Clay Siefken (JR/Burlington, Iowa), Anthony Wilson(JR/Bourbonnais, Illinois)

Women’s Long Jump at 5:30 p.m.
Athlete: Chantel Blair (SO/Boone, Iowa)

Friday’s (May 25) events:

Men’s Long Jump at 1 p.m.
Athlete: Daniel Headley

Women’s 100m High Hurdle Trials at 1:30 p.m.
Athletes: Dimetrea Hamilton, Amara Taylor (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

Men’s Discus Throw at 5 p.m.
Athletes: Jacob Goeller, Austin Hill (SO/Pella, Iowa), James Plummer

Women’s 4 x 400m Relay Trials at 7:45 p.m.
Athletes: Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), Kennedy King (SR/Davenport, Iowa), Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), Chantel Blair

Saturday’s (May 26) events:

Men’s Shot Put at 1 p.m.
Athletes: James Plummer, Chance Tatman (SR/Spencer, Iowa)

Women’s Discus Throw at 2 p.m.
Athlete: LaVon Davis

Lavon Davis-Ames-Grand View
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Vikings Conference Champions

Austin Hill-Pella-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Austin Hill-Pella-Grand View
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Four conference event titles, 18 All-Conference athletes, and two top scorer award were earned this weekend along with the Grand View men’s track and field team capturing their first Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships team title. The women’s team brought home third following the two-day event at Baker’s Liston Stadium. MEN’S RESULTS | WOMEN’S RESULTS | PHOTOS

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Grand View men tallied 25 points in the shot put and 31 points in the discus on the way to a winning total of 158 points. James Plummer (JR/Columbia, South Carolina), who was named the Male Athlete of the Meet, won both throwing events, including a meet record throw of 54.90m in the discus. The Vikings also took top billing in the men’s 4x100m relay (Gannon Svestka, Leeshad O’Neal (SO/Wharton, Texas), Brant Wrede, and Danial Headley) with a time of 42.13. This is the first Heart of America Track conference championship for the men’s Grand View track program, the last being in 2014 in the MCC.

LaVon Davis, who was named Female Athlete of the Meet, claimed two individual events as she won both the discus and the hammer with marks of 43.58 meters and 51.62m, respectively. She finished her big day by getting 2nd in the shot put with a mark of 12.13m.

Big points from the men’s throws group lead Grand View to their first team championship in the Heart Conference.  Five individuals placed in the top six for the Vikings in the discus throw. Plummer finished 1st overall with a throw of 54.90 meters. Also placing was Jake Goeller(2nd), Austin Hill (SO/Pella, Iowa)(3rd), Clay Siefken (JR/Burlington, Iowa)(5th) and AJ Cwiok(6th).

Plummer ended an amazing conference meet by winning the shot put with a throw of 15.65 meters. Also placing in the shot put was Chance Tatman(SR/Spencer, Iowa) (2nd),  AJ Cwiok(4th), and Jacob Goeller (JR/Fairbank, Iowa)(7th). Daniel Headley (JR/Melbourne, Florida) continued his big meet weekend placing fourth in the triple jump. Headley also placed third in the 100-meter dash finals with Leeshad O’Neal coming in fifth. Also, in the 200-meter dash final Headley placed sixth and O’Neal came in eighth.

Taylor Murray (JR/Clinton, Iowa) placed eighth overall in the 5000-meter race walk, and Trevor Albert (FR/Eldon, Iowa) came in sixth in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Jorden Nathan (JR/Ankeny, Iowa) brought home the bronze in the 110 high hurdles final and placed third in the 400-meter hurdles. Gannon Svestka came in fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.87 and his teammates Jake Thompson, and Carson Doty (FR/Clive, Iowa) placed sixth and seventh, respectively.

Brandon Young (SR/Des Moines, Iowa) finished third in a very tough 800-meter open field. The last event of the meet was run by the 4×400 team of Svestka, Young, Ben Huftalin (FR/Osage, Iowa), and Carson Doty who placed fifth overall.

Scoring points on the women’s side started with Kaitlin Holschlag (FR/La Porte City, Iowa) finishing second overall in the Heptathlon with Jada Wyrick (FR/Boone, Iowa) placing third and Megan Miller bringing home seventh.  Also, in the field, Chantel Blair (SO/Boone, Iowa) placed third in the triple jump.

Becca Krueger who placed third in the discus behind Davis, and Maryn Phillips (FR/Hamburg, Iowa) who placed seventh. Katie Halterman(FR/Cedar Falls, Iowa) came in fifth in the shot out along with teammate Becca Krueger placing seventh.

On the track, Michaela Barretta (SO/Indianola, Iowa) brought home third in the 5000-race walk along with the 4×100 team of Dimetrea Hamilton (SO/Des Moines, Iowa), Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), Amber Castillo (SO/Creston, Iowa), and Allie Flaws (SO/Webster City, Iowa) also placing third.

Individually, Hamilton placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles finals with Amara Taylor (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) placing sixth, and Jessica VanZuuk (JR/Norwalk, Iowa) placing eighth. In the 400-meter open the women placed 4th, 5th, and 6th with Chantel Blair, Kennedy King (SR/Davenport, Iowa), and Ayers, respectively.

Hamilton finished her big day placing seventh in the 100-meter dash finals. In the 400-meter hurdles, Taylor came in seventh, with Jessica VanZuuk coming in eighth. Blair brought home fifth place in the 200-meter dash final and teammate Ayers came in seventh.

To end the days for the women’s side the 4×400 team of Kennedy King, Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), Tatum Nearmyer(FR/Monroe, Iowa), and Chantel Blair placed sixth overall.

Male Athlete of the Meet – James Plummer, Grand View

Female Athlete of the Meet – LaVon Davis, Grand View

Men’s Track Co-Athlete of the Year – Isaiah Griffin, MNU; Derek Wilson, Missouri Valley

Men’s Field Athlete of the Year – James Plummer, Grand View

Men’s Coach of the Year – Jerry Monner, Grand View

Men’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Seth Roberson, Grand View

Women’s Track Athlete of the Year – Helen Thames, Avila

Women’s Field Athlete of the Year – LaVon Davis, Grand View

Women’s Coach of the Year – Nate Wiens, MNU

Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year – Kevin O’Grattan, MNU

2018 Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions
100m – Isaiah Griffin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 10.64
200m – Isaiah Griffin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 21.94
400m – Joshua Haskin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 48.79$
800m – Alex Goertz (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 1:55.72
1500m – Shane Burns (Evangel) – 4:02.25
5000m – Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley) – 15:49.27
10000m – Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley) – 33:14.88$
110m hurdles – Michal Riha (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 14.71
400m hurdles – Joshua Haskin (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 54.60$
3000m steeplechase – Demarkous Nunnally (Missouri Valley) – 9:38.60$
5000m race walk – Jessica Watson (Baker) – 24:12.60
4x100m relay – Grand View (Gannon Svestka, Leeshad O’Neal, Brant Wrede, Daniel Headley) – 42.13
4x400m relay – MidAmerica Nazarene (Isaac Zitterkopf, Kyren Martin, Alex Goertz, Joshua Haskin) – 3:19.53
4x800m relay – Mount Mercy (Aaron Golding, Josh Long, James Lindstrom, Michael Marshall) – 7:56.68
Hammer – Derek Robinson (William Penn) – 55.76m
Javelin – Nick Patterson (Baker) – 56.98m
Long Jump – Jeremi Barnes (Avila) – 7.16m
Triple Jump – Jeremi Barnes (Avila) – 15.00m$
High Jump – Josh Benford (Avila) – 2.05m
Shot Put – James Plummer (Grand View) – 15.65m
Discus – James Plummer (Grand View) – 54.90m*
Pole Vault – Peyton Besand (Central Methodist) – 4.90m$
Decathlon – Jeremiah Connealy (Benedictine) – 5293 points
2018 Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Champions
100m – Keishonda Rose (Benedictine) – 12.05
200m – Gloria Mares (Baker) – 24.74
400m – Helen Thames (Avila) – 55.13*
800m – Tenka Stringer (Avila) – 2:16.56
1500m – Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 4:50.06
5000m – Sarah White (Benedictine) – 19:10.95
10000m – Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 40:01.75
100m hurdles – Dacia Harris (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 14.35
400m hurdles – Helen Thames (Avila) – 1:03.16
3000m steeplechase – McKenna Johnson (Mount Mercy) – 12:04.67
5000m race walk – Brenda McCollum (Baker) – 26:25.86$#&
4x100m relay – Central Methodist (Theresa Zehnle, Pearl Morgan, Mattie Bradley, Lexanna Morgan) – 48.39
4x400m relay – Avila (Helen Thames, Tenka Stringer, Murielle Mercier, Breonne Maltbia) – 3:54.73*
4x800m relay – Avila (Drevon Carter, Tenka Stringer, Murielle Mercier, Penny Fenn) – 9:36.58
Hammer – LaVon Davis (Grand View) – 51.62m
Javelin – Kendyl McDougald (MidAmerica Nazarene) – 45.69m*$
Long Jump – Lexus Lovan (Graceland) – 5.89m
Triple Jump – Breanna Judkins (Clarke) – 11.64m$
High Jump – Vashti Nwagbaraocha (William Penn) – 1.65m
Shot Put – Shelbie Williams (William Penn) – 12.65m
Discus – LaVon Davis (Grand View) – 43.58m
Pole Vault – Maggie Shea (Baker) – 2.95m
Heptathlon – Shelley Laures (Benedictine) – 4159 points

* – Meet record
$ – 2017 champion
# – 2016 champion
& – 2015 champion

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
©Jim Kirby 2018

Strong Showing For Mustangs at Drake

Jason Kenny-Schaller-Morningside ©Jim Kirby 2018

Jason Kenny-Schaller-Morningside
©Jim Kirby 2018

Morningside College finished second in the men’s race and third in the women’s race in the Iowa college division distance medley relays in Saturday’s action at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The Mustangs’ men’s distance medley team of Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D.; Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa; Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa; and Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, combined for a time of 10:15.63 to finish as the runner-up behind Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) rival Northwestern College, which topped the nine-team field with a time of 10:09.57.

Morningside’s women’s distance medley team of Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa; Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua; Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; and Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa; combined for a time of 12:18.53 to finish third in an eight-team field behind Northwestern (12:00.62) and Central College (12:16.77).

Michelle  Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside and Payton Boer-Sioux Center-Morningside
©Mike Brynes 2017

Mumm Sparks Mustangs at Friends’ Open

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside ©Mike Brynes 2017

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside
©Mike Brynes 2017

Morningside athletes combined to win 11 events at Sunday’s Friends University Spring Open track & field meet in Wichita, Kan.

Courtesy Mustangs Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside and Payton Boer-Sioux Center-Morningside©Mike Brynes 2017


Morningside dominated the competition in the men’s hurdle events with the top three finishers in the 110-meter hurdles and the top two finishers in the 400-meter hurdles.

Reece Jackson, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, won the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.76 seconds, followed by Jacobus Noble, a sophomore from Sioux City, in second place with a time of 14.89 and Chase Hiser, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, in third place with a time of 15.66.

Noble won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.39 followed by Hiser in second place with a time of 55.97.

Aside from his victory in the 110-meter hurdles, Jackson also won the high jump by clearing a height of 6-4 3/4.

Kati Kneifl, a junior from Sheldon, Iowa, and Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, also won two events. Kneifl won the women’s long jump with a leap of 16-7 3/4 and triumphed in the javelin with a distance of 122-2. Mumm doubled in the women’s 800 and 1500-meter runs with winning times of 2:16.58 and 4:43.92, respectively.



The Mustangs also had individual event victories from Megan Maaske, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a time of 19:28.90 in the women’s 5000-meters and Colton Tracy, a senior from Council Bluffs, Iowa, with a distance of 154-8 in the men’s discus.

Morningside won the men’s 1600-meter relay with a winning time of 3:27.53 from the quartet of Noble, Hiser, Michael Rizzi, a sophomore from Blue Springs, Mo.; and Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa.

The Mustangs ran uncontested to win the women’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:18.97 from Rose Pelelo-Ray, a junior from Merrill, Iowa; Claire Kortlever, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa; and Mumm.

Morningside had second place finishes from Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa, with a time of 11:59.45 in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase; Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua, with a time of 12.46 in the women’s 100-meters; Alexandra George, a sophomore from Seward, Neb., with a time of 19:35.04 in the women’s 5000-meters; Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, with a time of 51.10 in the men’s 400-meters; and Kenny with a time of 1:56.89 in the men’s 800-meters.

Joseph added a fourth place time of 26.00 seconds in the 200-meters to her runner-up effort in the 100-meters.



Aurora Arevalo, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, finished third in the women’s 200-meters with a time of 25.81 seconds and added a fourth place distance of 108-8 in the javelin.

The Mustangs had third place finishes from Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa, with a time of 1:57.92 in the men’s 800-meters; and Zac Hazen, a freshman from Verdigre, Neb., with a distance of 41-11 1/2 in the men’s triple jump.

Natalie Lambert, a sophomore from Paton, Iowa, finished fourth in the women’s 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 12:23.77.

The Mustangs had fifth place finishes from Meagan Anderson, a senior from Woodbine, Iowa, with a distance of 138-11 in the women’s hammer throw and Brian Johnston, a sophomore from Scottsbluff, Neb., with a distance of 40-1 1/2 in the men’s triple jump.

Morningside will compete in the Sioux City Relays on April 13 and 14.