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Emerging Stars For Mustangs

Amina Baloch-CR Prairie-Mt Mercy ©Mustangs Athletics

Amina Baloch-CR Prairie-Mt Mercy
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A relay title and 10 top-five finishes highlighted the first meet of the new year for Mount Mercy as the Mustangs competed at the Sol Butler Classic hosted by the University of Dubuque on Saturday.
Melissa Armendariz, Jazmine Reynolds, Allison Scott and Kathryn Vander Poel won the 4×800 meter relay with a time of 10:05.23. That was less than a second faster than a Clarke squad that finished in 10:05.96.
Mount Mercy’s 4×200 meter relay team, which included Bri’anna Branch, Sha’Rhonda Clark, Alexis Duwa-Mid Prairie and Aminah Baloch-CR Prairie, placed second in 1:52.44. Dubuque won the event in 1:49.43 and Monmouth (Ill.) was third in 1:54.72.
Branch was also runner-up in the 55 meters, crossing the finish line in :07.49. Vander Poel finished fourth in the 600 meters in 1:45.47. Bloch (16′-8 1/2″) was fourth and Nicole Sanborn-Anamosa (16′-8″) fifth in the long jump. Danielle Schroeder-Remsen St. Marys placed fifth in the high jump (4′-11″) and Molly Pruett raced fifth in the 3,000 meters (11:18.55).
On the men’s side, James Lindstrom and Evan Bowman were top-five finishers in the 3,000 meters. Lindstrom raced to a runner-up finish in 9:05.59. Alec Bass of Dubuque was first in 8:58.37, while Bowman came in fifth in 9:16.01.
Cornell won the women’s team title with 91 points, followed by Dubuque (79.5), Clarke (73), Augustana (Ill.) (71.5), Monmouth (Ill.) (63.5), Loras (53), Mount Mercy (50.5), William Penn (30.5), Carroll (Wis.) (27), NIACC (23) and Coe (12.5).
Augustana was the men’s team champion with 150.5 points. Then it went Dubuque (109), Monmouth (75), Loras (47.5), Coe (45), William Penn (37), NIACC (29), Carroll (22), Clarke (18), Cornell (17) and Mount Mercy (13).
The Mustangs travel to Pella for the Dutch Athletics Classic on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 29-30.

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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Iowans Perform Well at NAIA Nats

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt ©Jim Kirby

Kayla Byl-Sioux Center-Dordt
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The Men’s and Women’s NAIA Cross Country National Championships took place on Saturday, November 21. It was the first year the race was held at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Individually on the women’s side Marissa DeWispelare of Doane College earned NAIA All-American honors finishing 20th overall with a time of 18:04.20. She was the first Tiger since the 2007 season to earn NAIA All-American honors.

In the team race, Dordt’s women turned in a top ten performance finishing 9th overall. The Defenders were paced by NAIA All-American Kayla Byl (28th-18:20.60). The top four runners for Dordt all finished in the top 76. Hastings and Morningside also competed in teh team race. The Hastings took 21st place. Janelle Bethea was top finisher for the Broncos in 46th place (18:41.50). Morningside was 25th overall.



Northwestern and Morningside each represented the GPAC in the team standings in the men’s race. The Red Raiders finished 26th overall while the Mustangs came in at 29th.
Individually Danny Aldaba of Midland was the highest GPAC finisher, clocking in with a time of 25:21.8, taking 32nd.

Morningside Men
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Morningside Men and Women Both Ranked Nationally

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Morning side Women
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Morningside’s men’s and women’s cross country teams are both nationally ranked in the final regular season NAIA Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Coaches’ Top 25 Polls.

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The Mustang women are ranked 20th in the nation. The team moved up three spots from the previous poll after a third place finish at the 2015 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Cross Country Championships held Nov. 7 in Crete, Neb.

Morningside is ranked 21st in the men’s poll. The Mustangs dropped nine spots from No. 12 after a third place finish at the GPAC Championships to end their two-year reign as league champions.

Morningside is one of two teams from the GPAC ranked in the NAIA Women’s Cross Country Top 25. Dordt dropped one spot to No. 11 despite winning its fourth consecutive GPAC championship one day prior to the final regular season rating.

The Mustangs are also one of two GPAC teams in the men’s rankings. Northwestern moved up five spots to No. 19 after a runner-up finish at the GPAC Championships behind Nebraska Wesleyan, which competes as a NCAA Division III institution.

Morningside Men
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10th Ranked Morningside Do Battle With Rivals at Mt Marty Invite

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Morning side Women
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Nationally ranked Morningside edged a pair of GPAC rivals for the men’s team title at Saturday’s Mount Marty College Invitational cross country meet in Yankton, S.D.


The Mustangs, ranked 10th nationally in the latest NAIA poll, finished with 68 points to edge Northwestern (73) and Dordt (74) in a tight three-team battle for top honors in the 10-team field.


It was the second team championship of the season for the Mustangs, who captured top honors at Doane College’s Dean White Invitational earlier this season.


The Mustang women also made a strong showing at the Mount Marty Invitational with a runner-up finish behind GPAC rival Dordt, which finished with 48 points. Morningside had 80 points to finish ahead of NCAA Division II Nebraska-Omaha (91) and nationally ranked Concordia (101), which is 22nd in the latest NAIA Top 25.


Mark Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, led the Mustang men to victory with a time of 25:42.46 over the 8k course for the third fastest time in the field. Sean Skillern, a junior from Shenandoah, Iowa, also cracked the top 10 with the seventh place time of 26:18.81 and Alex Janssen, a sophomore from Crofton, Neb., just missed with the 13th place time of 26:29.63.


The Mustangs’ other counters in the team scoring were Jake Weber, a sophomore from Dunlap, Iowa, who finished 20th with a time of 26:49.40, and Zach Waite, a junior from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who was 35th with a time of 27:17.40.


Tiffany Shepherd, a junior from Corning, Iowa, ran one of the best races of her career with a time of 18:35.62 over the 5k course to finish as the women’s individual runner-up.


Michelle Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, also gave the Mustangs one of her best efforts with a time of 18:42.46 for fifth place. The Mustangs also had a top 20 finish from Morgan Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., who finished 15th with a time of 19:09.63, while Allison Higgins, a sophomore from Jefferson, Iowa, was 23rd with a time of 19:31.32.


The Mount Marty Invitational was the Mustangs’ final tune-up for the 2015 GPAC Cross Country Championships slated for Nov. 7 in Crete, Neb.

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Muscatine’s Brunson Part of the Mustangs Pack

Lindsay Brunson-Muscatine-St. Ambrose ©Mustangs Athletics

Lindsay Brunson-Muscatine-St. Ambrose
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Against a strong field of runners, Mount Mercy placed three finishers in the top 25 en route to fourth place at the inaugural NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede on Saturday.

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A soaked course couldn’t stop the Mustangs. Liz Mosbach led the way, finishing 20th with a time of 19:19 in the 5K. Molly Pruett (19:24) was 24th, Lindsay Brunson (19:27) placed 25th. Rounding out Mount Mercy’s top seven were Katie Hoffert (30th/19:41), Dana Ewan (31st/19:41), Alexa Zamora (56th/20:38) and Jazmine Reynolds (67th/20:54).

It was Ellie Willging’s race from start to finish. The St. Xavier (Ill.) standout cruised to a 33-second victory over Leah Gaytan of Texas Wesleyan. The winning time was 17:59, Gaytan crossed the finish line in 18:32. The team champion was 12th-ranked St. Francis (Ill.) with 52 points. Texas Wesleyan (97) was runner-up, followed by 23rd-rankes St. Xavier (128) and Mount Mercy (130).

The Mustangs will compete for a Heart of America Athletic Conference title for the first time in school history in two weeks when William Penn hosts the Heart Championships on Saturday, Nov. 7, in Oskaloosa.

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Waukee Alum Nelson Help Fighting Bees At the Seminole Valley Stampede

Kate Nelson-Waukee-St. Ambrose ©Fighting Bees Athletics

Kate Nelson-Waukee-St. Ambrose
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The St. Ambrose women’s cross country team finished sixth in a stacked field at the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede hosted by Mount Mercy University.
Karyn Paisley was the top finished for SAU, as she took 19th overall in 19:17, shaving off more than 50 seconds from her season’s best 5K time. The sophomore now holds the seventh fastest time in school history. Keeley Knobloch was two seconds faster than her season best, finishing in 19:47 which is the second fastest freshman time in school history.


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Also jumping into that freshman list were Ashley Plumb and Mallory Rettenmeier. Plumb raced to a time of 20:02, while Rettenmeier made her first appearance in the varsity top 5 with a time of 20:04. Those times are good enough to rank them fifth and sixth for freshmen all-time at SAU.

Junior captain Katie Nelson ran her fastest time of the season, finishing in 20:02, only three seconds away from a lifetime best. Nelson was the Bees No. 4 runner as she, was sandwiched between the two freshmen who raced towards breaking the 20-minute mark in the final stretch.

Freshman Chloe Gunn ran as the Bees No. 6 runner, finishing in 20:17, matching her season and personal best and ranking her No. 11 for freshen in SAU program history.

For the third straight meet, Abby Hammer ran as the No. 7 runner for the Bees, and chopped 15 seconds off her previous lifetime best with a finishing time of 20:38. Ann Froeschle and Ashlyn Rulis rounded out the day for the Bees as they both were 18 seconds faster than any race this season.

“This was a good improvement for our ladies,” SAU head coach Dan Zeimet said. “There are things we can do from here to improve in how we race to be prepared for the conference meet in two weeks. This is when we want to peak and we can see it’s going to be great.”

The women ran 99:14 which was more than a full minute faster than their best time this season. The sixth place finish was where the Bees came into the meet ranked out of the 22 schools. The No. 12-ranked St. Francis University Saints won the meet, with fellow CCAC teams St. Xavier (3rd) and Trinity Christian (5th) also ahead of the Bees.

Liz Mosbach-Mt. Mercy
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Mt. Mercy Makes Case For Top 25 Ranking

Liz Mosbach-Mt. Mercy ©Mustangs Athletics

Liz Mosbach-Mt. Mercy
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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.

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Vikings Compete in Loaded Griak Field

Grand View XC 2015 ©Jim Kirby

Grand View XC 2015
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Both the Viking men’s and women’s cross country teams participated in the Roy Griak Invitational this weekend held at the University of Minnesota.

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The Grand View women placed 25th out of 37 teams in a loaded field consisting of many of the top ranked NCAA Div. II, NAIA, and NJCAA teams in the Midwest. The Viking’s top three finishers placed in the top half of 360 total finishers. Junior Kim Teno (Albia, Iowa) came in 129th, senior Jasmine Nielsen (Denver, Iowa) followed at 133rd and junior Hayley Leonard (Maxwell, Iowa) finished in 158th.
The men, competing in an equally challenging field, were led by junior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) who finished 183rd out of 391 finishers.
The Vikings will have a two week break before returning to action in the Fighting Bee Invitational held in Davenport, Iowa on October 10th.

Grand View Women XC 2015
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Nielsen Leads the Grand View Vikings

Jasmine Nielsen Denver, IA-Grand View ©Doug Wells

Jasmine Nielsen Denver, IA-Grand View
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Senior Jasmine Nielsen (Denver, Iowa) ran a personal best and finished 14th to lead the Vikings in the 4k course at the Mustang Gallop held Tuesday at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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Nielsen’s time of 16:13 lands her third of all-time at Grand View for a 4k course. In addition, several others finished with personal best times including junior Kim Teno (Albia, Iowa) with a 21st place finish and time of 16:33, junior Hayley Leonard (Maxwell, Iowa) with 22nd place finish and time of 16:34, sophomore Anna Halstead (Roland, Iowa) with her time of 17:08 and sophomore Christa Nordgren (Kirkland, Ill.) with a time of 17:23. Freshman Karina Johnson (Eagan, Minn.) finished in 17:36 landing her fourth on the all-time Grand View freshman list in a 4k course. The Vikings placed 4th overall as a team and had three runners finish in the Top 25 out of 94 individual finishers.
On the men’s side, the Vikings placed sixth out of nine total teams and were led by senior Kennedy Kiprop (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) with a personal best time of 17:35 in a 5k. Also placing were junior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) (28th) with a time of 18:03 and freshman Alex Arechavaleta (Altoona, Iowa) (30th) with a time of 18:11. Arechavaleta’s time sets him in fourth place on the all-time Grand View freshman leaderboard for a 5k course. Junior Chris DeJoode (Des Moines, Iowa) also ran a personal best.

Both teams will be back in action on Saturday (Sept. 5) at the Dutch Invitational held at Central College in Pella, Iowa.

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Next Level Iowa AOY: Val Veiock-Grand View

Val Veiock -Grand ViewVal Veiock- The senior from West Des Moines Valley earned NAIA All American honors in the shot put, discus and hammer throws at the 2015 T & F Outdoor Championships. Veiock finishes her career at Grand View as a nine-time All-American.

Congratulations to Val Veiock our Female Thrower of the Year!