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.