Looking to end the 2019 season on a high note, Morningside College put three runners in the top 175 of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Championships Friday, Nov. 22.
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Senior Emmalee Fundermann (Anthon, Iowa) topped the women’s team efforts for head coach Dave Nash’s qualifying individuals, crossing the finish line at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site course in 19:39.1, good for her fourth straight sub-20 minute 5K race and fifth such outing of the season. Sophomore Jo McKibben (SO/Mapleton, IA) (Mapleton, Iowa) clocked a 19:56 flat, good for 171st, which was her fifth successive finish in sub 20.
On the men’s side of the ledger, after a tough start that left juniors Ro Paschal (JR/Mancos, Colo.) (Mancos, Colo.) and Connor Ritz (JR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) in the 250th place range, both Mustangs rallied back for strong standings. Paschal ran a 26:56.9 to wind up 175th, and Ritz turned in a 27:03.4 for 189th place.
“It was a great experience for the entire group,” Nash noted. “Most of them placed in the top half, and Emmalee ran, simply put a perfectly paced plan. I’m pleased with our entire day here, though, as both races were physical and challenging with loops and course terrain.”