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Michelle  Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside and Payton Boer-Sioux Center-Morningside
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Mumm Sparks Mustangs at Friends’ Open

Michelle Mumm-Tri Center-Morningside ©Mike Brynes 2017

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

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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.

Ronnoja Ayers-Des Moines-GVU, Kennedy King -Assumption-GVU, Katie Roberts-Ankeny-GVU, and Chantel Blair-Boone-GVU 
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New School Record For Viking Women

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Katie Roberts-Ankeny-Grand View
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The 2018 NAIA Indoor Track and Field National Championships started off with a bang as Grand View’s women’s 4×400 advance to the Saturdays finals. The relay of Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, Iowa), Kennedy King(SR/Davenport, Iowa), Katie Roberts (SR/Ankeny, Iowa), and Chantel Blair (SO/Boone, Iowa) not only hit a season best, but also broke a school record with a time of 3:55.63. This senior lead team will try to carry this momentum into the finals this Saturday as they are slated to run at 4:55 p.m.

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For full results click here.

The Vikings kick off tomorrow with the weight throw, then head to the track for the 60 meter hurdles. Competing in the weight throw on the men’s side is Austin Hill (SO/Pella, Iowa), James Plummer (JR/Columbia, South Carolina)(, and Clay Siefken (JR/Burlington, Iowa). On the women’s side throwing weight will be LeVon Davis, and Michelle Carrillo (SO/Storm Lake, Iowa). The dynamic hurdle duo of Amara Taylor (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) and Dimetrea Hamilton (SO/Des Moines, Iowa) will try to close out a record breaking indoor season with the women’s 60-meter hurdles at 12:35 p.m. Following them in the men’s 60 meter hurdles, Jordan Nathen will try to continue an already impressive season, with his race slated for 12:55 p.m.

LaVon Davis-Ames-Grand View
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NAIA National Qualifiers

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Kevin Pottebaum

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
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Here are the NAIA Qualifiers 

The Meet is this weekend, March 1-3 at Pittsburg State in Pittsburg, Kansas.  Link to meet info click here! 
Feature photo: LaVon Davis-Ames-Grand View©Doug Wells


  • 60M-Eleka Joseph-Morningside
  • 600M-Rebekah Muilenberg and Taylor Needham-Northwestern, Abby Hammer-St. Ambrose
  • 800M-Katie Landhuis-Northwestern, Payton Boer-Morningside
  • 1000M-Michelle Mumm-Morningside, Katie Bosch and Breanna Harthorn-Northwestern
  • Mile-Erica De Schiffart-Dordt, Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose
  • 3K-Sarah Lunn-Northwestern
  • 5K-Audrey Brooks-Dordt, Karyn Paisley-St. Ambrose
  • 60H-Amara Taylor-Grand View, Dimetrea Hamilton-Grand View, Danielle Wubben-Dordt, Reveca Dubs-Mt. Mercy
  • 4×400-Grand View
  • 4×800-Northwestern, St. Ambrose, Dordt, Mt. Mercy
  • DMR-Morningside, Dordt
  • High Jump-Breanna Judkins-Clarke
  • Long Jump-Lexus Lovan-Graceland
  • Triple Jump-Breanna Judkins-Clarke, Brandi Hosford and Lauren Lamourt-St. Ambrose
  • Shot Put-Katelynn Rheingans-Clarke
  • Weight Throw-Lavon Davis and Michelle Carrillo-Grand View
  • Pentahlon-Joscelym Wind-Dordt
  • 3K Race Walk-Cassandra Delgado, Katharine Newhoff and Jenny Lopez-St. Ambrose


  • 400M-Jack Reetsma-St. Ambrose
  • 800M-Joe Heinrichs-Briar Cliff, Jacob Green-Morningside, Peter Hollinger-Northwestern.
  • 1000M-Josh Petska and Rane Nichols-St. Ambrose, Jason Kenny-Morningside
  • Mile-Tim Rose-Northwestern
  • 5K-Caleb Drake-Dordt
  • 60HH-Reece Jackson-Morningside, Jorden Nathan-Grand View, Jack Reetsma-St. Ambrose, Keith Heidema-Dordt
  • 4×400-Dordt
  • 4×800-Dordt
  • DMR-Northwestern, St. Ambrose
  • High Jump-Calvin Korver-Northwestern, Tristen Elmore-William Penn, Mofiyinfoluwa Alade-William Penn, Reece Jackson-Morningside
  • Long Jump-Tristen Elmore-William Penn
  • Triple Jump-William Snorgrass-Graceland
  • Shot Put-James Plummer-Grand View, Cody Bauman-Northwestern, Chance Tatman-Grand View
  • Weight Throw-James Plummer-Grand View, Clay Siefken-Grand View, David Davelaar-Dordt. Austin Hill-Grand View, Ike Van Kempen-Dordt, Derek Robinson-William Penn
  • Heptathlon-Calvin Korver-Northwestern
  • 3K Race Walk-Anthony Peters and Emilio Mancha-St. Ambrose, Jon Anderson-Mt. Mercy
LaVon Davis - Ames-GVU
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Record Breaking Day For Vikings at Conference

Kennedy King-Assumption-GVU ©Doug Wells 2018

Kennedy King-Assumption-GVU
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Grand View men’s and women’s indoor track and field had an extremely successful weekend at the Heart of America Championships this past weekend in Crete, NE. The women’s team finished third overall hips and the men took home the silver. This is the highest Grand View men’s track and field have finished since joining the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

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Both teams wrote history with 17 individual All-Conference Athletes, ten NAIA qualifying marks, six school records, six conference champions, four top ten marks in NAIA and three all-conference relays.

Grand View men finished first, third, fifth, six and seventh in the weight throw with James Plummer earning first place with a mark of 21.11 meters. LaVon Davis also won the weight throw for the women with a mark of 18.60 meters. In men’s shot put the Vikings went first, second, third and eighth. With Plummer leading with a mark of 16.05 meters followed by Tatman earning second with a new NAIA B standard mark of 15.10 meter and Jake Goeller placing third with a mark of 14.58 meters.

The Vikings men and women won the 60-meter hurdles naming two conference champions, Jordan Nathen who finished with a time of 8.30 and Amara Taylor with a time of 8.86. Dimetrea Hamilton placed second in the 60-meter hurdles following close behind Taylor with a time of 8.89. Brandon Young was named a conference champion in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:22.94 and placed third in the 800-meter run.

Other athletes to note…

Kennedy King placed third in the 600-meter run while Chantel Blair earned third place in triple jump with a personal best of 10.86-meters. In the men’s 400-meter dash Jacob Clouse finished third.

Up next … 

The Vikings are back on the road this Saturday for the Wartburg Inviational in Waverly, IA.

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Bees’ Pestka Record Setting Performance

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU ©Fighting Bees Athletics 2018

Josh Pestka-N. Scott-SAU
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Olivet Nazarene University’s Bryce Vollrath (Peoria, Ill.) claimed his second straight Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Men’s Field Athlete of the Week award, while St. Ambrose University’s Josh Pestka (Davenport, Iowa) used a record-setting performance to gain his first CCAC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week honor, it was announced by the league office on Thursday morning.

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Pestka, a junior, broke a Fighting Bee record that had stood for ten years when he ran a 2:29.22 in the 1,000 meter run. That eclipsed the previous mark by more than three seconds and helped him capture the race at the St. Ambrose Invitational on Saturday. It also earned him an “A” standard mark and the fourth-best time in the NAIA this year. A total of 15 individuals made up the race field.

Pestka also anchored the Bees’ distance medley relay team, which also placed first out of four teams with a time of 10:45.94. That effort ranks No. 10 in the NAIA.

Peter Smith-N. Polk-Northwestern-IA
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Red Raiders Hit National Auto Qualifier in NAIA Marathon

Tanner Goetsch-Spirit Lake-Northwestern-IA ©Red Raider Athletics

Tanner Goetsch-Spirit Lake-Northwestern-IA
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Two Northwestern College runners, Peter Smith

and Tanner Goetsch, met the auto mark and qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the marathon.

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Goetsch, Smith and Jeffrey Jeltema all competed at the Midland Warriors Half-Marathon on Saturday, Dec. 2 in Fremont, Neb. Smith won the 13.1 mile race with a school record time of 1:10.37, meeting the NAIA’s automatic qualifying standard. The senior broke the old record, set by Ryan Bauermeister last year, by 1:16. Goetsch also met the auto mark and bettered the old record, placing third with a time of 1:11.50. Jeltema crossed the finish line in 26th place with

Peter Smith-N. Polk-Northwestern-IA ©Red Raider Athletics

Peter Smith-N. Polk-Northwestern-IA
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a time of 1:20.18, nearly 10 minutes faster than his time in 2016.

Northwestern Men Cross Country 2017
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Iowans Represent at GPAC Championships

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside ©Kevin Pottebaum

Michelle Mumm-Neola-Morningside
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The Sioux City Journal Published an article on the GPAC Cross Country Championships, below is an excerpt from that article.  To read the full article and to see full results, click here! 

Feature photo: Northwestern Men Cross Country 2017 ©Red Raider Athletics

Northwestern and Dordt won team titles Saturday while individual firsts came from both races in the Great Plains Athletic Conference cross country championships.

The Red Raider men, NAIA’s 14th-ranked team, placed four runners in the top 11 to claim their second straight league title by totaling 38 points.

The Defender women claimed the league title for the fifth time in the last six seasons after finishing second to Morningside last fall. Dordt, ranked 11th, had four runners finish in the top 13 to total 45 points.

 Morningside senior Michelle Mumm became the first female from her school to win a GPAC individual race by finishing the 5,000-meter course in 17:47.34. Mumm edged Dordt’s Audrey Brooks who ran 17:52.12.

Bosch, the Northwestern senior, finished fourth in 18:25.87 while Hastings’ Janelle Bethea was third in 18:11.81.

Dakota Wesleyan senior Jeremiah Panec became the first male from his school to win a GPAC individual race when he crossed in 24:56.09 over 8,000-meters. Northwestern senior Tanner Goetsch led the league champs with a runner-up 24:58.50.

Northwestern men and Dordt women earn automatic qualifying berths into the NAIA National Championships on November 18 at Fort Vancouver, Wash.

The Red Raider women finished second in the team race while ranked NAIA teams Hastings (#24) and Morningside (#16), were second and third, respectively.

Mt Mercy Men's Cross Country 2017
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Mustangs National Qualifiers

Mt Mercy Women's Cross Country 2017 ©Mustangs Athletics

Mt Mercy Women’s Cross Country 2017
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The Mount Mercy men earned an automatic berth in the NAIA national meet with a runner-up finish at Saturday’s Heart of America Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships hosted by Baker (Kan.) at Baldwin City Golf Course. The Mustang women, led by national qualifiers Alexa Zamora and Molly Pruett, finished third.

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James Lindstrom (26:29) and Colton Forster (26:39) finished sixth and ninth in the 8K, respectively, to lead the Mount Mercy men’s squad. Both were named to the Heart of America all-conference team. Rounding out the top seven for the Mustangs were Cameron Steffens (23rd/27:31), Aaron Golding (24th/27:34), Michael Marshall (32nd/27:57), Jacob Blackmon (37th/28:14), and Chase Kress (82nd/31:10).

“Our men’s team fed off the women’s performance and took care of business,” said Head Coach Tad Hulst. “They fought for each other the whole race and met their goal of getting to nationals as a group.”

Missouri Valley had five individuals in the top nine while cruising to the team championship with 22 points. The Vikings and Mustangs (94 pts.) earned the Heart’s automatic berths in the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on Nov. 18 in Fort Vancouver, Wash. The rest of the top five on Saturday included Benedictine (Kan.) (105 pts.), Baker (106 pts.) and Central Methodist (Mo.) (110 pts.).

Zamora and Pruett finished back-to-back in the 5K to make the women’s all-conference team. Both are headed back to the national meet, Pruett for the fourth time. Zamora crossed the finish line eighth in 19:39, while Pruett was ninth in 19:40. Mount Mercy’s top seven also included McKenna Johnson (19th/20:03), Vanessa Cortes (21st/20:09), Kathryn Vander Poel (27th/20:31), Taylor Skala (35th/20:49), and Jaelynn Folkers (38th/20:55).

“Our women’s team stepped up big-time today,” Hulst said. “By far, they ran their best race of the season at the perfect time as a squad.”

With four runners in the top seven, MidAmerica Nazarene easily claimed the women’s team title with 29 points. The Pioneers were followed by Missouri Valley (68 pts.), which earned the league’s second automatic spot in the national championships. Mount Mercy (84 pts.), Benedictine (Kan.) (110 pts.), and Baker (139 pts.) rounded out the top five.

Men’s All-Conference Team:
Paulino Sanchez (Missouri Valley), Derek Wilson (Missouri Valley), Shane Burns (Evangel), Victor Reveles (Missouri Valley), Greg Flores (Baker), James Lindstrom (Mount Mercy), Demarkous Nunnally (Missouri Valley), Jose Ruiz (Missouri Valley), Colton Forster (Mount Mercy), Liam Barnsby (Baker).

Men’s Honorable Mention:
Carlos Guzman (MidAmerica Nazarene), Dakota Myers (MidAmerica Nazarene), Joseph Linder (Baker), Austin Johnson (Missouri Valley), Joseph Barnes (Benedictine).

Women’s All-Conference Team:
Bethany Brown (MidAmerica Nazarene), Erin Krohn (MidAmerica Nazarene), Katherine Dillard (Benedictine), Kaylee Shanley (MidAmerica Nazarene), Lizeth Luciano (Missouri Valley), Melanie Cozzi (Benedictine), Rachel White (MidAmerica Nazarene), Alexa Zamora (Mount Mercy), Molly Pruett (Mount Mercy), Kirari Furumoto (Missouri Valley).

Women’s Honorable Mention:
Kami Tabor (Graceland), Lisa Sauter (Central Methodist), Lizbeth Luciano (Missouri Valley), Leslie Perona (Evangel), Kendra Alsup (MidAmerica Nazarene).

Grand View Men's Cross Country Team 2017
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Vikings Compete in Heart of America Conference Meet

Michaela Barretta-Indianola-Grand View Doug Wells 2017

Michaela Barretta-Indianola-Grand View
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The Grand View men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Baldwin City, Kansas to compete in the Heart of America Cross Country Championship on Saturday, November 4. The event was hosted by Baker University and held at Baldwin City Golf Course.

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The women’s team finished in 11th place with 302 team points. Top three finishers in the 5k race were senior Michelle Thayer (Runnells, Iowa), sophomore Michaela Barretta (Indianola, Iowa), and freshman Mackenzie Christensen (Logan, Iowa). Thayer led the Vikings and finished 40th with a time of 21:06. Barretta came in 51st at 21:44, and Christensen crossed in 22:27 for 59th place.

In the men’s 8k race Grand View came in 9th place with 267 team points. Junior Alex Arechavaleta (Altoona, Iowa) finished in 39th place with a time of 28:23 while freshman Ben Huftalin (Osage, Iowa) crossed in 46th at 29:03. Senior Brandon Young (Des Moines, Iowa) rounded out the top 3 finishers for the Vikings with a 54th place finish in 29:31.

See full results of both races at the following link, click here!


St Ambrose Women XC
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Iowans Boast Bees at Semiole Valley Stampede

St Ambrose Women XC ©Fighting Bees Athletics-2017

St Ambrose Women XC
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Running against some of the best competition in the NAIA, Ashley Plumb raced to a top 10 finish in 18:55, breaking the school record for fastest 5k time.

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Plumb was two seconds faster than Becca Wilder’s previous school record and was 40 seconds faster than her previous lifetime best.

The performance helped pace the Bees to a 7th place finish in the 28-team field at the NAIA Semiole Valley Stampede, and was one of three personal bests by SAU runners.

Bees No. 2 runner Abby Sears ran to a personal best of 19:47 with Chloe Gunn (20:01), Keeley Knobloch (20:08) and Megan Grady (20:10) right behind her. For Grady, a freshman, her time was also a personal best.

Down the line the Bees had a pair of seniors nearly set lifetime bests as Ann Froeschle and Ashlyn Rulis were each within four seconds of running the fastest race of their life.

Jenny Dickes (20:38) and Karyn Paisley (20:41) rounded out the Bees top 7 which finished with a season’s best team time of 99:02.

“It was a very good team race and we learned a lot about ourselves today,” SAU head coach Dan Zeimet said. “We’re ready for the conference meet and whatever is thrown at us. These women have run in a lot of big races and we’re looking forward to another one at the conference championship.”

The Bees will head to Elgin, Ill. on Nov. 4 to tackle the course at Wing Park Golf Course and look to win their first Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship. The top two teams at the conference meet will qualify for the NAIA XC National Championships outside of Portland, Ore. on Nov. 21.

SAU results
9, Ashley Plumb — 18:55 (personal best, school record)
34, Abby Sears — 19:47 (personal best)
52, Chloe Gunn — 20:01
62, Keeley Knobloch — 20:08
64, Megan Grady — 20:10 (personal best)
91, Jenny Dickes — 20:38
97, Karyn Paisley — 20:41
Mallory Rettenmeier — 20:45 (season best)
Ann Froeschle — 20:48 (season best)
Abby Hammer — 20:57 (season best)
Ashlyn Rulis — 21:54 (season best)
Sarah Adams — 22:01
Shelby Carlson — 23:47