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Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
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Soto and Schott Lead Hawkeyes

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Daniel Soto-WDM Valley-Iowa
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The University of Iowa cross country teams finished seventh in the women’s “blue” 5,000 meters and ninth in the men’s “blue” five mile races at the Joe Piane – Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.

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Seniors Daniel Soto and Andrea Shine led the Hawkeyes in their respective races. Soto bettered his personal best five miles time by more than 30 seconds, clocking in at 24:16.19 to finish 14th, overall. Shine finished the women’s 5,000 meters, placing 15th in 17:10.29 to also break her personal best time by six seconds.

On the women…
“I was excited for our women today. I think every spot in the lineup did better. We competed very well. We beat some very good teams from around the country. We were, again, led by Andie, but the most significant aspect of the race is that we closed gaps. Megan had a very good race in the two spot. Anna was close in the three spot, and three other freshmen impressed me in the four, five, and six spots. Grace raced more aggressively and looked confident out there on the course and Jessica McKee and Kylie Latham were not far behind. A lot of youth the lineup and they did a real nice job.”

On the men…
“Dan Soto continues to impress me. He ran with and beat some very good runners today. What I liked most about Dan’s last two outings is just how fearless he has become.
He is establishing himself early at the front of the races and good things are happening for him. I think he has developed in so many ways over the past year. He was really still building strength and stamina last fall. By the indoor and outdoor season, he ran some very good times in his 3,000 and 10,000 meters. This showed me that he was fit and strong. He took it into the summer and is just getting better and better this fall.”

“As a team, we competed well, not great. I thought we had some nice individual races. Brandon was a lot more aggressive early in the race and that gave him a pretty good result. Overall, I think we would all like to see us execute a little better. We need to run as a pack and be far more aggressive in the first third of the race.

“We had some young men make significant improvement in the open race as Spencer [Smith], Konnor [Sommer] and Jeff [Roberts] all ran well and posted big personal best times.”

The women’s team was led for the third time by seniors Shine and Megan Schott (17:28.99) and were once again followed by a strong freshmen class. Anna Hostetler finished in the third scoring position (17:42.71), Grace McCabe in fourth (18:10.29), and Jessica McKee closed out the final scoring position (18:24.47).


  • Junior Karson Sommer broke his personal best five mile time by one minute and five seconds, moving into the fourth scoring position for the Hawkeyes in 25:10.21.
  • Sophomore Noah Healy also broke his best five mile time by over a minute, scoring in the fifth position (25:25.77).
  • Dan Murphy shaved over 30 seconds off his previous best, finishing the five mile race at 25:32.47.
  • In the women’s 5,000 meters open, Wren Renquist and Mary Arch put up personal best performances with times of 19:14.28 and 19:15.65, respectively. In the men’s five mile open, Jeff Roberts bettered his five mile time by over a minute from last season, crossing in 25:53.46.

The Hawkeyes head in different directions in two weeks as the women compete in the Bradley Invite on Oct.  12 and the men compete on Oct. 13 at the Pre-Nationals meet, hosted by Wisconsin.

Anna Hostetler, Grace McCabe, and Jessica McKee 

Iowans Make Waves With Hawks

 Anna Hostetler-Mid Prairie-Iowa ©Darren 2018

Anna Hostetler-Mid Prairie-Iowa
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The University of Iowa women’s cross country team was in search of roster depth, so head coach Randy Hasenbank added 11 first-year runners in 2018.

Three of them — Anna Hostetler, Grace McCabe, and Jessica McKee — enjoyed success at the highest level in high school…at a variety of distances.
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Hostetler, who won the Iowa Class 2A state cross country title as a junior, was runner-up to her younger sister last fall. The Parnell, Iowa, native helped Mid-Prairie to the state championship. McKee navigated a similar trail. She finished third overall and was the No. 2 runner for Johnston (Iowa), which won the Class 4A state title. McCabe, who is from Clarendon Hills, Illinois, finished 23rd overall and Hinsdale Central placed 10th in Class 3A, the largest class in the state.

201819_24_insertNot only is the rookie trio contending for spots on Iowa’s postseason cross country roster, but their range from 800 to 5,000 meters will bolster Iowa’s indoor and outdoor track teams.

“We put an awful lot of work as a staff into emphasizing improving that piece of our roster,” Hasenbank said. “We want to get back to where we are contributing at a high level in cross country, indoor, and outdoor. We tried to put together a dynamic class.”

Hostetler, who intends on majoring in English, won eight Iowa state high school championships in track and field, one Drake Relays title, and one state cross country championship. Parnell is less than a 40-minute drive to the University of Iowa campus.

“It is exciting being close to home, having meets so close, and being able to have my family and friends come support me,” Hostetler said.

Anna Hostetler has a great resume and is a fantastic runner,” Hasenbank said. “We are looking forward to what she brings to the squad. She is very tough and is willing to train and do whatever it takes to be a champion.”

Hostetler showed her range at the state track meet in May, winning the 800-meter run, the 1,500, and the distance medley relay (800 anchor leg), and placing third in the 3,000.

As a true freshman, she enters an unknown as a Division I collegiate competitor.

“It is hard to know what to expect and where I will be, but contributing to the team and doing well as a team and placing well at meets is a big goal,” Hostetler said. “I’m excited to help that way.”

McCabe, an open major, downshifted distances at her final state track meet and competed solely in relays. She ran a leg on Hinsdale Central’s 4×400 relay team and came back the next day as the Red Devils won the 4×800 relay.

“It is exciting to be in the Big Ten because we watch it on TV and it seems very professional,” McCabe said. “I’m excited to be here and the rest of the girls are nice and talented.”

“Grace is a wonderful young lady and has range that is unusual,” Hasenbank said. “She has run 57 (seconds) in the 400 all way up to 10:45 in the 3,200. It is fun to have someone with that dynamic on the roster. It also reminds athletes that you cannot have just one secret in your toolkit. To be able to endure over the long haul and be strong as an endurance athlete and never ignoring the speed, especially in the Big Ten, that factor plays huge — you have to be able to shift gears and run with pretty talented people. She has a broad skillset.”

Hostetler was coached in high school by her father, Mark. McCabe can take that one step further: her junior high coach was her mother, Sarah, and her high school coach was her father, Mark.

“It’s nice to be able to call someone coach and not mom or dad,” McCabe said. “They were good coaches, I was lucky to live that (running) lifestyle, too.”

At this stage of their careers, McKee appears to be the most distance-oriented of the three. She provided senior leadership a year ago as Johnston rolled to a 44-point victory at the state cross country championships in Iowa’s largest class. Then, on the track, she placed third in the 3,000, fifth in the 1,500, and was a member of the sixth-place 4×800 team.

“The longer the distance, the better,” McKee said. “I will like having the 6K this year in (college) cross country. I want to try the 5K and 10K in track.”

There is something else Hasenbank likes about McKee.

“She has been consistent throughout her career,” he said.

After the first two meets of their collegiate careers, the Hawkeye newcomers have raced at 4,000 meters (Hawkeye Invitational on Aug. 31) and 6,000 meters (Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 15). Hostetler was 14th at the Hawkeye Invitational and 21st at Woody Greeno and she was the third Iowa runner across the line behind seniors Andrea Shine and transfer Megan Schott. McCabe was 15th and 56th overall in the two races, while McKee finished 29th and 50th.

“You have to make sure you’re patient, it’s exciting to think about the potential,” Hasenbank said. “There is a lot of room for opportunity and growth; what I like for the young gals, they get an opportunity to experience sport at a high level versus waiting one, two, or three years to develop. There is opportunity right now in the program where they can get their feet wet and get a feel for what it’s like to run and compete at the next level.”

Iowa returns to action Sept. 28 at the Joe Piane Invitational hosted by Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Racing begins at noon (CT).

Gary Wilson-Minnesota
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The One, The Only Coach Wilson, Inducted Into Griak Hall

Coach Gary Wilson-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Coach Gary Wilson-Minnesota
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The University of Minnesota and Gopher Athletics are proud to announce the 2018 Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame class, highlighting four individuals who have made immeasurable contributions to one of the nation’s top cross country meets.

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This year’s inductees are Hassan Mead, Rasa (Michniovaite) Troup, Dave Percival, and Griak Invitational co-founder Gary Wilson.

The 2018 Roy Griak Invitational Hall of Fame class will be honored during the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational, set for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Les Bolstad Golf Course in Falcon Heights, Minn.

Gary Wilson

Gary Wilson served as Minnesota’s women’s cross country head coach for 28 years from 1985 to 2012. During that time, he not only helped establish the annual Roy Griak Invitational but he coached the Gophers to Griak team titles in 1988, 2000, 2007, and 2008. In 1988, all teams ran one race and Wilson’s Gophers scored just 39 points to take home the title. Wilson’s 2000 Gophers scored 98 points for the team title in the Women’s Gold Division I Race, topping runner-up Yale (127 points) and third-place Arizona State (140), as Corinne Nimtz placed fifth and Darja Vasiljeva took eighth to the Maroon & Gold. In 2007, the Gophers again brought home top team honors under Wilson’s direction; Minnesota packed its five scoring runners into the top 30 to score 97 points led by Jamie Cheever in eighth place and Gabriele Anderson in 10th. The Gophers repeated as Griak team champions in 2008 behind top-five individual showings from runner-up Megan Duwell, Anderson (fourth), and Cheever (fifth). Wilson’s athletes’ top performances at the Roy Griak Invitational include individual titles won by Rasa Michiniovaite (1998) and Duwell (2009) as well.

Wilson’s coaching success reaches far beyond the Griak Invitational as he guided the Gophers to 15 consecutive NCAA Championship appearances and coached six different Gophers to nine All-America certificates. The 2007 and 2008 Midwest Region and Big Ten Coach of the Year, Wilson led Minnesota cross country to its first two conference titles (2007 and 2008) and three consecutive Midwest Region crowns (2007, 2008, and 2009). He also served as Gopher women’s track & field head coach for 21 seasons before taking on an assistant role starting in 2007. Wilson was part of four Big Ten titles on the track. He was named Coach of the Year for the Big Ten, Midwest Region, and Midwest District in 2006 when Minnesota won the outdoor conference title and Heather Dorniden became the Gophers’ first-ever national champion. Along with his Griak Hall of Fame induction, Wilson is an inductee of the USTFCCCA, University of Minnesota “M” Club, Drake Relays, and UW-La Crosse Halls of Fame, as well as a recipient of the U of M President’s Award for Service.

Minnesota Women's XC 2018
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Iowans Aid Golden Gophers in Bean Town

 Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota  ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
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The No. 24 University of Minnesota women’s cross country team placed fourth in the team standings led by top-five individual finishes from runner-up Bethany Hasz and fifth-place finisher Megan Hasz at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown 5K race at Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain, Mass., on Friday.

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Bethany Hasz clocked a 5K time of 17:17 as the runner-up in a field of 216 finishers; she was just seven seconds behind individual champion Abbey Wheeler of Providence, who won in 17:10. Megan Hasz finished in 17:21, and Patty O’Brien rounded out Minnesota’s top three finishers in 43rd place overall in 18:04.

The Gophers’ next five runners finished within seven seconds of one another as Olivia Hummel (18:10) and Elyse Prescott (18:12)

 Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
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were Minnesota’s fourth and fifth runners, finishing 55th and 57th, respectively. Abby Kohut-Jackson (18:13), Anastasia Korzenowski (18:17), and Jaycie Thomsen (18:17) were the next three Gophers while Molly Eastman (18:33) and Jaycie Thomsen (18:36) also finished together.

Ole Miss took home the team title with 102 points ahead of runner-up Georgia Tech with 105 points. Utah (161), No. 24 Minnesota (162), and No. 27 Dartmouth (168) completed the top five teams, finishing within seven points of one another. Despite having the individual champion in Wheeler, No. 11 Providence placed 11th while No. 22 Syracuse was ninth in the 24-team field.

In the open race, Carissa Dock finished as the female runner-up in 18:31 while Tate Sweeney placed fourth in 18:41.

Minnesota returns to action by hosting the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Course on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Jack Johnson Division I Women’s Gold Competition is scheduled for 12:15 p.m., and the meet begins with the Suzy Wilson Women’s Maroon Competition (Division II and Division III) at 9:30 a.m.

Battle in Beantown 5K Results
2. Bethany Hasz, 17:17
5. Megan Hasz, 17:21
43. Patty O’Brien, 18:04
55. Olivia Hummel, 18:10 (PR)
57. Elyse Prescott, 18:12
59. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 18:13
66. Anastasia Korzenowski, 18:17 (PR)
67. Jaycie Thomsen, 18:17 (PR)
90. Molly Eastman, 18:33
94. Zetta Mason, 18:36

Battle in Beantown Open 5K Results
2. Carissa Dock, 18:31 (PR)
4. Tate Sweeney, 18:41 (PR)

Arkansas Men's XC Team 2018
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Marion’s Murphy Helps Razorbacks

Ryan Murphy-Marion-Arkansas

Ryan Murphy-Marion-Arkansas
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The No. 14 Razorbacks cross country team did not disappoint its home crowd, claiming the team title with a score of 38-points Saturday morning at the Chile pepper Festival hosted at Agri Park.

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“I thought it was a good opener for our full team,” said head coach Chris Bucknam. ” Obviously, goal number one was to win the meet, and we did that. We saw some guys in a uniform for the first time in cross country today. Gilbert Boit did an outstanding job; I thought our redshirt-freshman Ryan Murphy who was our No. 3 guy and finished fourth in the race did an outstanding job as well; I’m very pleased with him. This is the earliest we’ve ever run the Chile Pepper. The course was a little soft after the rain last night, but this time of year and where we’re at with our training, I thought it was a good opener for our team. We still have a lot of work to do, our spread from 1-5 will need to be cut down, but we have three weeks before Penn State. I know the culture of this group, and they’re going to work awfully hard to get ready for the Penn State National, and the SEC meet. It’s great to be on our home course; there was a lot of energy today, we’re fortunate to have such a great venue with the Chile Pepper.”

Gilbert Boit (24:05.8) led the Razorbacks with a second-place finish, just four one-hundredths of a second off the first-place finisher former Razorback Frankline Tonui who crossed the line in 24 minutes, 5.8 seconds.

Arkansas’ No. 2 was senior Cameron Griffith who finished third in 24:23.0. Rounding out the scoring for the Razorbacks were Ryan Murphy (24:28.7), Matt Young (25:01.9), and Ethan Moehn (25:08.8) in fourth, 18th, and 24th-place, respectively.

“This time of year we’re not too worried about the details, we have a macro type of scope on our performances at this point in the season,” said Bucknam. “We’re going to get a lot better, we just have to stay healthy and work hard,” Bucknam finished.

Karson and Konner Sommer
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Hawkeye Brothers in Arms

Karson Sommer-Pleasant Valley-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2018

Karson Sommer-Pleasant Valley-Iowa
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It’s not uncommon for family members to share similar passions, and the Sommer brothers, Karson and Konnor, are no different. The Pleasant Valley (Iowa) High School graduates have reconnected in 2018, competing for the University of Iowa cross country team.

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Karson is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, entering his junior season. Konnor is a freshman, eager and willing to learn from his big brother.

“The best part of having my brother on the team is that I already had a friend here, which helped me integrate easier into the team,” Konnor said. “It is nice to have someone on the team whom I can easily relate to and get along with.”

While Konnor sees comfort in Karson, the oldest Sommer uses his younger brother as motivation.

“Being the older brother, I don’t want to let Konnor beat me in any race, or even in a workout or in mileage,” Karson said. “Having been on the same high school team for two years, there has always been a driving factor to push each other to be better.”

The brothers leaned on and pushed each other during the offseason and first few weeks of the year, when Karson was unable to train with the team due to a summer job, and Konnor was evolving his running toward collegiate-level workouts.

“The majority of this summer, I went for my runs alone or with Konnor, which helped me on days where I might have felt less motivated after a day of work,” Karson said. “I think we will be able to help each other with training and support each other’s pursuits throughout our time in college. Being able to compete in college with a brother as a teammate is an experience that not very many people get to experience, and I look forward to the next few years.”

The brothers come to running naturally. Their father, Kevin Sommer, competed for the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh as a sprinter and jumper.

“(Our dad) ran in college and continued to race competitively after college,” Karson said. “He competed in shorter races and horizontal jumps in high school and early in his college career, and enjoyed success as a distance runner after college. I think he wanted to push me toward distance running early so that I would have the opportunity to enjoy the sport in high school and college.”

The brothers have ran together since they were in fifth and seventh grade, respectively, as members of the Mississippi Valley Track Club. They’ve been pushing each other since, but the level of competition has increased, and they have surrounded themselves with a collection of talent that has upped the ante.

“We have a great group of guys that show up every day ready to put in the work that is going to help them at the end of the season,” Karson said. “One of the best things is having so many guys to run with, whether we are out on a run, a workout, or during a race. I also think it’s great that the team always has a positive outlook and high goals. We have outlined some goals as a team, and I think we are taking the steps to achieve those goals.”

Konnor echoes his brother’s outlook and says it pushes him to contribute.

“As a freshman I want to successfully make the transition from high school running to Division I running,” Konnor said. “I want to be a teammate who is supportive and reliable, someone who will put in the work each day to push myself and my teammates to excel and exceed expectations.”

The Hawkeyes return to the course Sept. 28 at the Notre Dame Invite. It is the first of three more regular season meets before the postseason begins Oct. 28 at the Big Ten Championships in Lincoln, Nebraska.

St Ambrose Women XC
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If it Plays in Peoria, it Plays For the Bees

Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose ©Bees Athletics 2018

Ashley Plumb-St. Ambrose
©Bees Athletics 2018

On Friday at the Bradley Intercollegiate, those things netted the Fighting Bee women a title as they won the College Division in the 3-mile race at Detweiller Park.

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Led again by Ashley Plumb, the Bees had a pair of packs no far behind to squeak away with the 5-point win over Wartburg College in the 8-team race.

Plumb, who ran a school record 17:56, was the third finishing collegiate division runner, while chasing her down were Keeley Knobloch, Megan Grady and Abby Sears who finished sixth through eighth with imes of 18:46, 18:49 and 18:52 respectively.

Not far behind them were the rest of the Bees scorers. Chloe Gunn was 14th in 19:14, Emma Duncan was 16th in 19:15 and Jenny Dickes was 17th in 19:15. Claire Duncan was the Bees 8th runner in 19:16 while Emma Swanson finished in 19:25.

The Bees team time of 93:38 was also a school record in the rarely run 3-mile race.

“Our depth right now is really incredible,” St. Ambrose coach Dan Zeimet said. “We could have any number of different women step up on any given day and that makes us a really good team.”

The 18th-ranked Bees will compete with their top 10 at the Louisville Classic on Sept. 29 while the rest of the team will compete next weekend at Beloit College’s Olde English Classic.

Grand View Women Cross Country
©Doug Wells 2018

Vikings Cross Country, No Place Like Home

Ben Huftalin-Osage-GVU ©Doug Wells 2018

Ben Huftalin-Osage-GVU
©Doug Wells 2018


The men’s cross country team hosted the 14th Grand View Viking Invitational at Southeast Polk High School on Friday.

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Two Vikings finished in the top 10, both sophomores, Ben Huftalin (SO/Osage, IA) finished in 8th place and Trevor Albert(SO/Eldon, IA) finished in 4th place.  Behind the two sophomores, the Vikings finished in 3rd place scoring 62 points overall.

Team Results

1.  NIACC  34pts

2.  Morningside  42pts

3.  Grand View  62pts

4.  Waldorf  82pts

5.  William Penn  142pts

Individual Results

1.  Abdiaziz Wako, So  NIACC  27:41.0

2.  Connor Ritz, So  Morningside  28:00.6

3.  Anthony Patton, Sr  Morningside  28:11.0

4.  Trevor Albert  Grand View  28:43.5

5.  Gavin Connell, Fr  NIACC  28:53.8

6.  Daniel Hennigar, So  NIACC  29:07.5

7.  Andrew Murley, Jr  Waldorf  29:13.0

8.  Ben Huftalin  Grand View  29:19.3

9.  Sam Pedelty, Fr  NIACC  29:20.5

10.  Dylan Lindstrom, So  Morningside  29:26.8

11.  Alex Arechavaleta (SR/Altoona, IA)  Grand View  29:32.9

19.  Kirk Leach (SO/Huxley, IA)  Grand View  30:33.1

20.  Chris Hatch (FR/Placerville, CA)  Grand View  30:37.9

What’s Next?

Grand View is back in action on September 29th in Waverly, Iowa competing in the Wartburg-Dan Hutson Invite.


The women’s cross country team hosted seven teams at the 14th Grand View Viking Invitational at Southeast Polk High School on Friday.  The Vikings ran in a pack on Friday, with four top 30 runners, on their way to a 5th place team finish.

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Team Standings

  1.  Morningside  31pts
  2. NIACC  56pts
  3. William Penn  94pts
  4. Waldorf  100pts
  5. Grand View  111pts
  6. Cottey College  153pts
  7. DMACC  170pts

Individual Standings

  1.  Marissa Kuik, Jr  Waldorf  19:45.5
  2. Emma Davison, Fr  NIACC  20:08.4
  3. Allison Higgins, Sr  Morningside  20:20.1
  4. Marissa Widener, Jr  Waldorf  20:49.3
  5. Megan Maaske, Sr  Morningside  20:57.3
  6. Natalie Lambert, Jr  Morningside  21:00.2
  7. Tenna Beal, Fr  Morningside  21:04.2
  8. Andrea Jaquez, Fr  William Penn  21:15.5
  9. Caitlyn Regan, Fr  NIACC  21:16.9
  10. Alex George, Jr  Morningside  21:27.7

23.  Ronnoja Ayers (SR/Des Moines, IA)  Grand View  23:13.5

25.  Michaela Barretta (JR/Indianola, IA)  Grand View  23:23.3

27.  Jenessa Carpenter (FR/Columbus Junction, IA)  Grand View  23:44.4

28.  Lindsey Dobyns (FR/Waukesha, WI)  Grand View  23:47.7

What’s Next?

Grand View will compete again on September 29th in the Wartburg-Dan Hutson Invite.

Drake Stadium

Bulldogs Win Big at OZ

Maximilian Fridrich-Drake ©Bulldogs Athletics 2018

Maximilian Fridrich-Drake
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Drake University sophomore Maximilian Fridrich (Salzburg, Austria) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Male Cross Country Athlete of the Week, the league announced Tuesday, Sept. 11.

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Fridrich won Friday’s Oz Memorial by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 20:09.6 on the 4-mile course at the University of Minnesota’s Les Bolstad Course. He pulled away from the 42-man field with athletes from Minnesota, Minnesota St., and Concordia-St. Paul to win the event.

Fridrich, who is the returning MVC Cross Country Freshman of the Year, bested his Oz Memorial time from last season by more than a minute.

Fridrich and the Bulldogs have two weeks off from competition to train for their next event, the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational, also hosted by Minnesota, Sept. 29.

Grinnell Women's Cross Country  2018
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Pioneer Men and Women Shine at Les Duke


Grinnell College’s women’s cross country team found the home course much to its liking.

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The Pioneers raced to victory in a 16-team field at their annual Les Duke Invitational Saturday at Grinnell College Golf Course. That marks the first time Grinnell has won the meet since sharing the title in 2007, and the first outright crown since the year before that.

Not only did the Pioneers win, they did so with little trouble by outscoring runner-up Central College 44-104. Simpson College was third with 120.

The Pioneers packed three runners in the top seven, led by Mikayla Fujiwara ’20. She placed third of 145 runners, touring the 6-kilometer course in 23:25. Anna Ahrens ’19 added a fifth-place finish in 23:38 and first-year Emma Schaefer ’22 entered Grinnell’s all-time top 50 chart by taking seventh in 24:18. That time ranks 47th at Grinnell.

Other scorers for Grinnell were Tori LaVerdiere ’20 and Ally Cottrell ’21, 14th and 15th, respectively, in 25:00. Other top contenders for Grinnell were Micaela Daney ’22 (28th in 25:45) and Madeleine Breunig ’20 (32nd in 25:52).

Grinnell travels to Rock Island, Ill., on Sept. 21 to compete in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.

Grinnell Men's Cross Country  2018 ©Pioneer Athletics

Grinnell Men’s Cross Country 2018
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Grinnell College’s men’s cross country team seems to always show up big at its own Les Duke Invitational, and Saturday proved to continue that trend.

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The Pioneers raced to a runner-up finish in the 19-runner field at Grinnell College Golf Course, scoring 69 points and putting three runners in the top 11. The winner was Central College with 58, while Simpson College was third with 88.

John Lennon ’19 led the way for Grinnell, placing seventh in the 180-runner field with a time of 26:55 over an 8-kilometer stretch. Gray Streetman ’19 was 10th in 27:15 and Lucas Chamberland ’21 wound up 11th in 27:18.

Other scorers for Grinnell were John Osler ’20, 20th in 27:35, and Matt Lieberman ’21, 21st in 27:38. Matthew Phipps ’20 added a 28th-place finish in 27:55 and Jackson Schulte ’20 was 35th in 28:09.

Grinnell travels to Rock Island, Ill., Sept. 21 to compete in the Brissman-Lundeen Invitational.