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Muscatine’s Brunson Part of the Mustangs Pack

Lindsay Brunson-Muscatine-St. Ambrose ©Mustangs Athletics

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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

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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.

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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.

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Nielsen Leads the Grand View Vikings

Jasmine Nielsen Denver, IA-Grand View ©Doug Wells

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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!


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Vikings Collect All-American and Scholar Athlete Awards

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Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa) collected more hardware on Friday with a fifth place finish in the Shot Put at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.

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The senior earned in second All-American award of the championships with a toss of 14.76m (48′ 5 ¼”). She will make her final career appearance on Saturday in the Women’s Discus event along with sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa).

Two more Vikings will also compete on the final day of nationals – senior Kenny Simmons (St. Louis, Mo.) in the Men’s Triple Jump and junior Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) in the Men’s Shot Put.

Four members of the Grand View track & field teams earned NAIA All-America Scholar-Athlete status – seniors Kalli McCann (Osceola, Iowa/Digital Media Productions) and Val Veiock (West Des Moines, Iowa/Psychology) and juniors Dallas Franks (Thurman, Iowa/Health Promotion) and Alyssa Cunningham (Waukee, Iowa/Nursing).
Student-athletes must be of junior or senior standing with a GPA of 3.5 or above to be eligible for the award.

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Vikings Men and Women Earn All Conference Honors

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The 2015 men’s outdoor track & field all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors have been announced following the MCC Outdoor Championships that were held in Des Moines.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA’s qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

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The Grand View men won 18 MCC All-Conference honors.
Keonte White of Grand View earned the MCC Track Athlete of the Year award by winning the 100 and 200-meter dash events.

MCC All Conference
Michael Allner-Moville, IA – Decathlon
Jordan Cheatem-DSM Lincoln – 4×100-meter relay
Bryon Christensen Johnston, IA – 4×100-meter relay
Andrew Clements-Newton,IA – 4×100-meter relay
Malik Denny-Des Moines, IA – High jump (honorable mention)
Hunter Donovan-Pleasent Hill,IA – Hammer
Dallas Franks-Thurman, IA – Discus
Rhett Gainey-Monroe, IA – 1500-meter run
Seth Harjes -Polk City, IA– 800-meter run
Nate Johnson – 3,000-meter steeplechase
Nathan Johnston – Hammer
Taylor Mitchell-Des Moines, IA – Discus
Cameron Paddock-Monticello, IA – Shot put, Hammer
Kenny Simmons – Triple jump, 4×100-meter relay
Keonte White – 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash


Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View ©Jim Kirby

Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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Grand View Women

The 2015 women’s outdoor track & field all-Midwest Collegiate Conference honors have been announced following the MCC Outdoor Championships that were held in Des Moines.
All-MCC awards are given to all athletes finishing in the top three in individual events, in the top two in a relay event, or first in an event not contested at the league championships. Honorable-mention awards also go to any other athletes meeting the NAIA’s qualifying standard who were not already named all-MCC in their event.

The Grand View women earned 16 MCC All-Conference awards.

Val Veiock of Grand View was named MCC Field Athlete of the Year. She took home the shot put, discus, and hammer titles and was third in the javelin.

MCC All-Conference
Jennifer Davis -Clemons, IA– Shot put (honorable mention)
Amber Jones – Hammer (honorable mention)
Bakita Kak-Des Moines, IA – 4×800-meter relay (honorable mention)
Kennedy King-Davenport, IA – 4×800-meter relay (honorable mention)
Jena Krebs-Washington, IA – Shot Put, Hammer, Javelin
Christanne Middleton – High jump
Jasmine Nielsen – 3,000-meter steeplechase
Katie Roberts -Ankeny, IA – 800-meter run
Val Veiock -West Des Moines, IA – Shot Put, Discus, Hammer, Javelin
Taylor Wells-Des Monies, IA  – Discus, Javelin

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Dordt Defenders Compete at Drake

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Loren Opp-Garner-Dordt
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The Dordt College track and field team had several competitors at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Women’s Distance Medley Relay team (Kayla Byl, Laurel Zomer, Lillie Koerner, Abby De Vries) ran 9th in 12:07.21.

The women’s 4 x 400 (Miranda Velgersdyk, Dani Wubben, Marisa Broersma, Robyn Blount) finished 20th in a time of 3:55.19.

The women’s 4 x 100 (Velgersdyk, Blount, Broersma, Brooke Wolterstorff) ran 15th in 48.22.

The men’s 4 x 100 (Den Fennig, Josiah Eckels, Xavier Caffee, Keith Heidema) ran 23rd in 43.05.

The men’s 4 x 800 (Sam Wensink, Stephan McNamara, Nick Vander Kooi, Trent Kischer) ran 13th in 7:51.90.

None of the Dordt relays qualified for the finals on Saturday.

There are three relays competing on Saturday at the Blue Oval.

The women’s sprint medley team (Wolterstorff, Blount, Velgersdyk, Justine Van Zee) will compete at 9:00. The men’s sprint medley (Fennig, Caffee, Eckels, Wensink) will run at 9:20 and the women’s 4 x 800 (Kayla Byl, Kelsey Lewis, Lillie Koerner, Van Zee) cap the competition for Dordt at 11:05.

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Vikings Split Squad For Relay’s Weekend

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Val Veiock-WDM Valley-Grand View
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The Viking’s women’s and men’s track and field teams had a busy weekend with some athletes competing at both the Grand View Viking Classic as well as the Drake Relays.

In the Viking Classic, junior Amber Jones (Lees Summit, Mo.) hit a NAIA ‘B’ standard in the hammer throw and finished third with a heave of 47.20m. Senior (West Des Moines, Iowa) finished first in the discus (44.68m) while sophomore Taylor Wells (Des Moines, Iowa) finished second (42.86m). In the long jump, sophomore Tanner Werthmann (Davenport, Iowa) finished second with her jump of 5.05m.

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On the track, freshman Kennedy King (Davenport, Iowa) brought home a second place finish in the 800m with a season’s best time of 2:21.27.
The Vikings 4×400 relay (Roberts, King, Nielsen, Albert) set a school record as they competed across town at the Drake Relays.
The Grand View men collected several top five finishes in the field including junior Michael Allner (Moville, Iowa) in the pole vault. Allner captured second place with a distance of 3.2m. The Vikings had three athletes come away with third place finishes including juniors Cameron Paddock (Monticello, Iowa) in the shot put (15.01m), Hunter Donovan (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) in the discus (42.66m) and sophomore Nate Johnston (Carroll, Iowa) in the hammer throw (50.21).
On the track freshman Evan Rix (Nevada, Iowa) finished third in the 5k with a time of 17:35.
At the Drake Relays, the Viking men’s 4×400 (Porter-Christensen-Cory-Harjes) ran a season’s best time.
Grand View will host the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championships April 30, May 1 and May 2 at Williams Stadium. Thursday will begin at 1 p.m. while events on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 9 a.m.