The Mount Mercy women’s cross country team made a strong case for a spot in the NAIA top 25 poll, finishing third at the Louisville Cross Country Classic on Saturday at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park.
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The Mustangs, who have received votes in each coaches’ poll this season, placed third in a 44-team field. Alabama State was the team champion with 82 points, followed by IPFW with 132 and Mount Mercy with 146 points. Indiana Wesleyan (192) and Grove City (212) rounded out the top five.
led the way for the Mustangs, finishing 12th of 365 runners in the women’s 5K race in 19:10. That performance earned Mosbach her second Heart of America Athletic Conference Runner of the Week award. She also claimed the honor on Sept. 14.
Mount Mercy’s top seven also included Lindsay Brunson (25th/19:34), Katie Hoffert (27th/19:38), Dana Ewan (37th/19:47), Molly Pruett (49th/19:59), Kathryn Vander Poel (128th/20:51) and Sara Myers (152nd/21:12).
The Mustangs travel to Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf for the Fighting Bee Invitational on Saturday at 10:30 a.m.