1985 ISU Women's Cross Country Team
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Archive Podcast: The Memory of the 1985 ISU XC Team: Tami Prescott

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Tami Prescott-ISU along with Jim Kirby

Every year around this time, members of the ISU family pause to remember the events surrounding the 1985 NCAA National Cross Country Championships.  What should have been a time of joy, success and love, turned into a tragic day that shocked anyone connected with collegiate cross country and the Cyclone Community. It was a day when we lost so much.

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Link to Cyclone Athletic Department’s Documentary: “Forever True: The Story of the 1985 Cross Country Team” click here!


A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team ©Jim Kirby 2017

A small tribute marks the site of the plane crash of one of the planes carrying some of the 1985 ISU Cross Country Team
©Jim Kirby 2017

In 2016, Next Level Iowa sat down with Tami Prescott, a member of that 1985 team, and we talked about the people and the events of that tragic day. Here is that interview with Tami Prescott recorded November 20, 2015

(interview begins at 1:00 in)


Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
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Kohut-JacksonLead Gophers at Nationals


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

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
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Abby Kohut-Jackson finished 110th to lead the Golden Gopher women to a 28th-place team finish while Alec Basten represented the Minnesota men with a 166th-place showing as the University of Minnesota cross country team raced at the NCAA Championships at LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Saturday morning.

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Gopher Women at the NCAA Championships
In her third NCAA Cross Country Championships appearance, Kohut-Jackson paced the Gopher women for the second time this season and clocked a time of 21:18.7 for the six-kilometer course. She improved on her previous NCAA results by over 100 places with a 110th-place finish, having placed 231st in 2017 and 215th in 2018.

Anastasia Korzenowski also improved on her prior NCAA finish, going from 230th a year ago to 172nd this season. Sarah Werkingrounded out Minnesota’s top three, placing 175th in her NCAA debut. Zetta Mason (198th) and Jaycie Thomsen (214th) completed the Gophers’ scoring finishes.

Gopher Men at the NCAA Championships
Redshirt junior Alec Basten made his debut at the NCAA championships on Saturday in Terre Haute, representing the Maroon & Gold men at the national championship for the first time since 2015. Basten placed 166th as an individual competitor with a time of 32:31.6 for the 10-kilometer course.

“It was a tough day,” women’s head coach Sarah Hopkins said. “There were a lot of things that we did well, but we had some bad luck. Anastasia went down around the 1K and got pretty trampled on, had to get up and regroup, and she battled hard from there and fought hard for the team, but obviously she wasn’t her normal self after that. Those things happen outside your control, and you have to do your best to regroup and I thought she did a great job of that. If she has a normal race, I think we’re top-25, which was the goal coming in, to be in that 20-25 range. The performance we had minus that bad luck was a top-25 type of team.”

Abby Kohut-Jackson ran a great race,” Hopkins said. “To be 110th at this race is by far the best national meet that she’s had on try number three. That’s what you need at this race. The super important part of us being here this year was to get one more of being weathered because it’s a very different meet than anything we do all year.”

“We got some experience today that’s going to help us going forward, but I think we’re all a little bit disappointed, which isn’t a bad thing,” Hopkins said. “We just have to use that in the right way and not the wrong way. We have to reset and get ready for track, keep building through track, and be ready to put Megan and Bethany back in next fall. We have to learn from this and keep growing because we definitely have a lot of really good pieces. They battled all year and did a heck of a job to get to this point. I wish we would’ve had a little bit better result today. I think they deserved a little bit more than they got today based on what they’ve done this year but that’s why you run the race.”

Women’s NCAA 6K Results
110. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 21:18.7
172. Anastasia Korzenowski, 21:47.8
175. Sarah Werking, 21:50.8
198. Zetta Mason, 22:04.5
214. Jaycie Thomsen, 22:10.9
226. Lindsey Greenlund, 22:27.5
233. Carissa Dock, 22:37.2

Men’s NCAA 10K Results
166. Alec Basten, 32:31.7

Dordt Women's Cross Country
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Iowans Help Defenders at Nationals

Jacob Vander Plaats-Sioux Center-Dordt  ©Defenders Athletics 2019

Jacob Vander Plaats-Sioux Center-Dordt
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The Dordt Defender men’s cross country team finished 16th at the NAIA National Championship on Friday, November 22 in the 8,000 meter race hosted in Vancouver, Washington.

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The Defenders were in 18th place after 2,000 meters and moved up as a pack int 16th place at the 6,000 meter mark and held on to that spot for the finish with 435 points.

Oregon Tech finished 15th with 406 points and the Defenders were 42 points clear of Huntington in 17th place.

Oklahoma City, the number one team all season long, locked up a national championship with 110 points, beating Taylor by 61 points.

Eric Steiger finished 57th place with a time of 26:00.  The sophomore ran aggressively after running the first 2,000 meters and was in 80th at that time.

Jacob Vander Plaats was 82nd in a time of 26:16 and Davis Tebben locked up 103rd with a time of 26:25.

Joe Anderson, running in his first national championship race, made up significant ground in the final 2,000 meters, passing 35 runners to finish in 137th place in 26:47.  Nicolas Veldhorst was Dordt’s final scorer with a time of 26:45 and he also made up ground, passing 54 runners from where he stood after the first 2,000 meters to finish 146th in the 335 runner field.

Trey Engen was 167th in 26:53 and Brooks De Waard was 236th in a time of 27:10.

Dordt’s 1-5 spread was 00:45 and the 1-7 total spread was 1:10.

Oklahoma City’s Mark Shaw won the individual title in 24:39.

37 teams competed in the race.


Eric Steiger 57/26:00

Jacob Vander Plaats 82/26:15

Davis Tebben 103/26:25

Joe Anderson 137/26:47

Nicolas Veldhorst 146/26:45

Trey Engen 167/26:53

Brooks De Waard 236/27:10



The Dordt women finished 23rd at the NAIA National Championship run in Vancouver, Washington on Friday, November 22.  Dordt totaled 505 points in the 36 team field that featured 341 runners.

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The Defenders were led by Olivia Couch with a 46th place time of 18:55.  The senior has been Dordt’s lead runner through out the season and battled in the 35-40 place range before settling for a 46th place finish.  Couch went out fast and was in 20th place after 1,000 meters before settling into 38th place at the 2,000 meter mark.

Sarah Wensink ran 78th in 19:16 and Jordan Bos was 156th in a time of 19:49. Wensink moved up gradually through out the race from 112 after 1,000 meters to 91st through 3,000 and passed six runners in the final 1,000 meters.

Jordan Bos ran third for Dordt in a time of 19:49 and finished 155th.  Bos was in 207th place through 2,000 meters before passing 52 runner over the final 3,000 meters.

Eden Winslow was Dordt’s fourth runner with a time of 20:16 and ran 223rd while Sienna De Jong was 229th with a time of 20:19 and was the final scorer for Dordt.

Dordt’s sixth and seventh runners were Mary Kate Postma was 246th and Brenna Tolkamp was 282nd in times of 20:29 and 21:00 respectively.

Dordt’s 1-5 spread was 01:24 and the 1-7 spread was 2:05.

Madonna won the team title with 111 points and College of Idaho was second with 146.

The Defenders were nine points behind Olivet Nazarene with 532 points and Mount Mercy had 519.

Hannah Stoffel from Huntington won the individual championship with a time of 17:18.


Oliva Couch 46/18:55

Sarah Wensink 78/19:16

Jordan Bos 155/19:49

Eden Winslow 222/20:16

Sienna De Jong 228/20:19

Mary Kate Postma 246/20:29

Brenna Tolkamp 282/21:00

Ro Paschal-Morningside
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Mustangs End Season On a High Note

Emalee Fundermann-Anthon-Morningside ©Mustangs Athletics 2019

Emalee Fundermann-Anthon-Morningside
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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.”

Iowa State Men's Cross Country
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Natty Champ Kurgat and All-American Logue Lead Cyclones!

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU and his parents. ©Jamie Pollard 2019

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU and his parents.
©Jamie Pollard 2019


Iowa State’s Edwin Kurgat capped off a historic season by winning the 2019 NCAA Men’s Cross Country individual national title. The 2018-19 Gary Thompson Iowa State Male Athlete of the Year ran a 10k time of 30:32.7 to finish over four seconds clear of the field.

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Edwin Kurgat-ISU ©Luke Lu cyclones.com 2019

Edwin Kurgat-ISU
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Kurgat was joined by all of his teammates on the podium at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course as the Cyclones earned a fourth-place finish. It is Iowa State’s first trophy finish at the NCAA Championships since ISU won the national title in 1994.

Just like head coach Martin Smith preaches to his team, Iowa State stayed patient throughout the race. At the 3k mark, ISU stat just outside the top-10 in 11th. At the 5k mark, they moved up to 7th, and then eventually moved up to fourth at the 8k mark and held that position for the remaining of the race.

Individually, the Cyclones saw six out of their seven runners finish in the top-100. Chad Johnson finished just outside of All-America contention in 43rd with a time of 31:21.6. Mitchell Day was right behind him in 51st with a time of 31:31.2.

Milo Greder, Addison Dehaven and Thomas Pollard rounded out the ISU runners in the top-100. Greder posted a 72nd-place finish in 31:41.4. Dehaven followed him closely to earn a 76th-place finish in 31:45.4. Pollard ran a 10k time of 31:56.5, good for 95th individually. David Too was the seventh finisher in the ISU lineup at the NCAA Championships with a 174th-place finish in 32:39.4.

Edwin Kurgat 2019 Capsule
What Edwin Kurgat accomplished in 2019 will not soon be forgotten. He becomes Iowa States third-ever national champion and the first to do so since 1990. Kurgat is also the fourth Big 12 runner to win the national title and the first since 2012.

Kurgat kicked off the postseason by defending his individual Big 12 title as Iowa State cruised to its third-straight team championship. He parlayed that into his second-straight NCAA Midwest Regional title. Kurgat was once again named the Bill Bergan Award winner, given annually to the top male performer in the Midwest Region. He is the fifth male athlete to repeat as the Bill Bergan Award winner.

During the regular season, Kurgat won both the John McNichols Invitational and the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. On both occasions he was named the USTFCCCA National Male Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Men’s Runner of the Week. He is the first men’s cross country runner to win two National Male Athlete of the Week honors in the same season since 2016.

Individual Results
1. Edwin Kurgat, 30:32.7
43. Chad Johnson, 31:21.6
51. Mitchell Day, 31:31.2
72. Milo Greder, 31:41.3
76. Addison Dehaven, 31:45.4
95. Thomas Pollard, 31:56.5
174. David Too, 32:39.4

Team Results (Top-5 out of 31 Teams)
1. BYU, 109
2. Northern Arizona, 163
3. Colorado, 164
4. Iowa State, 211
5. Tulsa, 243

Call Logue-ISU ©Michael Scott 2017 http://miscottrunningphoto.shutterfly.com

Call Logue-ISU
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Iowa State’s Cailie Logue earned NCAA Cross Country All-America honors for the first time of her career with a 15th-place finish at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. Logue is the 35th cross country All-American in program history.

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Logue ran the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course with a 6k time of 20:26.8 to earn a spot on the medal stand.  New Mexico’s Weini Kelati claimed the women’s individual title with a time of 19:47.5.

Logue was in the lead chase pack for most of the race. She clipped the 2k mark in 17th, but fell back to 23rd at the 4k mark. A great kick down the stretch for the Erie, Kan., native catapulted her up eight spots to finish in the top-15.

Cailie Logue 2019 Capsule
Logue’s 2019 season was one for the record books. She became just the second female to be named Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year in multiple seasons. She claimed her second-straight NCAA Regional and Big 12 individual crowns to earn those honors. She is just the third runner in Big 12 history to repeat as champion.

During the regular season, Logue was once again the anchor for Amy Rudolph‘s young lineup. She finished eighth individually at the Joe Piane Invitational and was awarded Big 12 Runner of the Week honors for her performance. She also posted a 25th-place finish in a loaded field at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational.

Ro Paschal,  Connor Ritz-Sioux City, Emmalee Fundermann-Anthon,  Jo McKibben-Mapleton
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Maverick Leaders Have Big Goals

Connor Ritz-Sioux City-Morningside  ©Mustangs Athletics 2019

Connor Ritz-Sioux City-Morningside
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Four personalities … differing as many do on any college campus.

Four personalities are seeking a strong finish to the 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ cross-country season. Making their differences focus on goals set by Morningside College head coach Dave Nash when they compete at the Fort Vancouver Historic Site Friday, Nov. 22.

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Finish in the top half and potentially the first 100 was among the messages set in front of them by their head coach. Junior men’s competitors Ro Paschal (JR/Mancos, Colo.) (Mancos, Colo.) and Connor Ritz (JR/Sioux City, IA) (Sioux City, Iowa) and the women’s duo of senior Emmalee Fundermann (Anthon, Iowa) and sophomore Jo McKibben (SO/Mapleton, IA) (Mapleton, Iowa) all aim for that season’s ending but have taken different paths with intriguing stories to reach the association’s championship … continuing 14 straight years in which the Maroon has had at least one individual men’s and/or women’s qualifier.

Fundermann and McKibben have continued a friendship that began in the communities of Mapleton and Anthon that share Maple Valley Community School District. According to Jo, they’ve been good friends since elementary school, and they are roommates on Morningside’s campus.

“I’m so lucky to have Em here to pull me through,” McKibben noted. “I’m a big overthinker in certain situations, including races. My mind has been my worst enemy when I’m running, but this year, I’ve learned to shut it off somewhat (during those times). Like Emmalee tells me, ‘Just go out and run.'”

Fundermann is glad to have the camaraderie of her friend and teammate, too. “We all have people to push us (on the women’s team), and Jo is one of those for me,” she said. “I love running with her. It’s awesome having a good friend like that on the team and understanding what kind of things you want to accomplish.”

The pair also share the fact that neither of them figured a collegiate cross-country career was ahead of them. Fundermann admits, with a smile, that running three miles “wasn’t her thing” and didn’t even run cross country in high school. McKibben did compete for the Ramblers and was part of a state meet squad as a junior, but her focus has been on 60 meters and long jumping.

However, this odd long-distance couple has turned heads all season, both going sub-20s on 5K courses. They each placed in the top 10 of the Great Plains Athletic Conference Championships and are hoping for more success this weekend.

“While I might not favor cross country, when I’m competing, I’m giving it everything I’ve got,” Fundermann said. “I can’t go out just to run. I’m very competitive and want to do well … no matter what the situation.”

“To see where I’m at now, it does make me smile,” McKibben said. “It all comes down to me wanting to show that I could compete (in cross country) and make that big jump from what I do in track and field. It’s been a fun and interesting journey.”

For the men, Ritz has the advantage of being in a national meet setting, as he competed a year ago in Cedar Rapids. Paschal has also been through the big race feel having fought for one of National Collegiate Athletic Association’s premiere programs in any division when he ran two seasons for Division II perennial powerhouse Adams State University.

“I’m going in with a different mindset (this year),” Ritz said of his second nationals’ attempt. “Last year, it was all about understanding what it was all about. This year, though, I’m aiming for the top 100 and maybe to get a personal record, too.

I feel like one of the reasons for my success this year is due to the leadership role that Ro and I have (on the men’s team),” he added. “It’s a different feeling and focuses when you have other people leaning on you. We have to go out and show our best, so the younger guys understand what the program is trying to accomplish.”

Paschal admittedly leads by example as a new team member, but he also shows his teammates some of that competitive energy that harkens back to his Adams State days.

“I’ve been getting that old fire back through each meet,” he said. “I think it helps show the guys where we could be if we compete at a high level. This has been a great opportunity all the way around … I love the school. Coach Nash is wonderful. The team is great.

Connor pushes me, which is what I need … we got out and put in around 55-60 miles a week,” he added. “The rest of the team sees that, too, and is beginning to challenge one another.”

One more challenge awaits with the 12:30 p.m. men’s 8K race and the 1:30 p.m. women’s 5K event in Washington state. Nash and Mustang fans hope to see the personalities come together to end 2019 on a high note.

Dan Curts and Andrew Jordan-ISU
©Jim Kirby 2017

Cyclones Ready For Nationals

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Thomas Pollard-Gilbert-ISU
©Jim Kirby

The No. 7 Iowa State men’s cross country team will close out its season at the 2019 NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday afternoon. Junior Cailie Logue has also qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual on the women’s side.

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©Jim Kirby 2017


Championship Info
When: Saturday, Nov. 23 – Men’s Race: 12:15 p.m. ET – Women’s Reace: 11:15 p.m. ET
Where: Terre Haute, Ind. – LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course
Tickets: $10 (Cash Only)

Last Time Out
The Iowa State men qualified for their fourth-straight NCAA Championships with a runner-up finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. Edwin Kurgat claimed his second-straight individual Midwest Regional title as five other Cyclones earned All-Region honors (Too, Johnson, Greder, Pollard, Day)

Logue qualified for the NCAA Championships by defending her NCAA Midwest Regional crown. The Erie, Kan., native posted a 6k time of 20:20.6 and will be running in her third NCAA Championship race.

Cyclone Notebook
-The Iowa State men have qualified for their fourth-consecutive NCAA Championships, which is the second longest streak in school history. The Cyclones qualified for eight straight between 1988 and 1995.
-In addition to the men’s squad, Cailie Logue has qualified for the NCAA Championships as an individual. Logue won her second-consecutive NCAA Midwest Regional title to qualify for the NCAA Finals.
-Nationally, the men finished the season ranked No. 7.
-Prior to the NCAA Championships, the USTFCCCA announced its postseason Regional Awards. For the second-straight season, Edwin Kurgat was named the Bill Bergan Award recipient, which is given out annually to the Midwest Region’s top male performer. Logue also won her second-consecutive Midwest Women’s Athlete of the Year award.
-Since 1998, Kurgat and Logue are the only duo in the nation from the same team to earn back-to-back Regional Athlete of the Year honors. Further, it’s just the third time since 1998 that the same male and female athlete went back-to-back as Regional Athlete of the Year.
-Kurgat is just the fifth athlete in the region to repeat as Regional Athlete of the Year. Logue is only the second women to repeat as the Midwest Regional Athlete of the Year.
-The Cyclones qualified for the NCAA Championships with a runner-up performance at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Kurgat won his second-straight individual Midwest Regional title to lead a pack of six All-Region performers for the Cardinal and Gold.
-Kurgat (first), David Too (10th), Chad Johnson (12th), Milo Greder (13th), Thomas Pollard (18th) and Mitchell Day (24th) made up the All-Region performing Cyclones.
-The men’s postseason started with a third-straight Big 12 Championship outting. Kurgat defended his individual Big 12 title and was joined by six other Cyclones on the podium who received All-Big 12 honors
-Kurgat (first), Addison DeHaven (sixth), Chad Johnson (eighth), Milo Greder (ninth), David Too (10th), Mitchell Day (11th) and Thomas Pollard (15th) made up the seven All-Big 12 performing Cyclones.
-Iowa State’s seven All-Big 12 honorees is tied for the most in Big 12 history and just the third time its happened in conference history (Colorado, 1999, OSU, 2014, ISU, 2019).
-The Cyclone men now have 13 All-Big performances on the roster (Greder, 3, Pollard, 3, Johnson, 2, Kurgat, 2, Day, 1, Dehave, 1 and Too, 1).
-The men ran in two regular season events in loaded fields at the John McNichols Invitational and the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational. They took third at the John McNichols and fourth at the Nuttycombe.
-Individually, Kurgat won both of men’s the regular season races. Kurgat was named the USTFCCCA National Male Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Runner of the Week on both occasions.
-It is the first time that a male cross country runner had been named National Athlete of the week twice during the same cross country season since 2016. Kurgat is also the first male Iowa State student-athlete to be named a National Athlete of the Week. It is the second and third time that he’s been named Big 12 Runner of the Week of his career.
-Just like in 2018, Logue was the Big 12 and Midwest Regional individual champion. She’s just the third repeat Big 12 Champion and the first in Iowa State history.
-Logue continued to anchor the Cyclone lineup in 2019. She finished eighth individually at the Joe Piane Invite and 25th individually at the Nuttycombe against some of the nation’s best runners.
-Logue was named Big 12 Runner of the Week for her eighth-place finish at the Joe Piane Invite. It was the second time that the Erie, Kan., native has earned weekly conference cross country honors.

Grand View Men's Cross Country
©Doug Wells 2019

Albert Earns All-Conference Honors For Vikings at Conference

Trevor Albert-Eldon-Grand View ©Doug Wells 2019

Trevor Albert-Eldon-Grand View
©Doug Wells 2019


Trevor Albert (JR/Eldon, IA) collects Heart of America First-Team All-Conference honors after finishing 10th at the conference meet held at Central Methodist in Fayette, Missouri.

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Albert ran a time of 26:46.64 which helped him finish 10th overall individually and lead his team to a fifth-place finish out of 12 teams. Head Coach Jerry Monner was very impressed with Albert’s performance at the meet and throughout the season, “He has been a great leader all season. The milage he put in this summer and discipline he had with his training and preparation throughout the season really paid off for him.”


The women’s cross-country team traveled down to Central Methodist University and the Fayette Golf Course to compete in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday.

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Notable Finishers…

Michaela Barretta (SR/Indianola, IA) led the Vikings in the conference championship, finishing 31st overall with a time of 21:33.3.  A pair of Vikings finished back to back with Chloe Greig (FR/Bettendorf, IA) and Megan Smoldt (FR/Ankeny, IA) crossing the finish line in 44th and 45th place.  Allie Flaws (SR/Webster City, IA) crossed the finish line in 60th place overall with a time of 22:55.4.  Rounding out the top 5 finishers for the Vikings is Paige Thompson (FR/Sigourney, IA) in 68th place.


Jo McKibbe-Mapleton-Morningside, Emalee Fundermann-Anthon-Morningside and  Conner Ritz-Sioux City-Morningside
©Mustangs Athletics 2019

Iowans Propel Mustangs at GPAC

Emalee Fundermann-Anthon-Morningside ©Mustangs Athletics 2019

Emalee Fundermann-Anthon-Morningside
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Peaking at the right time was the order of the day during a mild early November afternoon at Dordt University Saturday, Nov. 9.

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With the opportunity for individual and team honors as well as advancement to the 2019 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ Championships Friday, Nov. 22, head coach David Nash‘s Morningside College men’s and women’s cross-country teams put the pedal to the metal on the DU course. As the dust settled, the Mustangs found themselves tacking another year of successive first five team finishes. For the men, who’s 102-point total eased them past Northwestern College for third and finished behind the host Defenders (28) and Doane University (44), it was good for an 11th straight residence, and the women, cracking the top four with 119 points, doing so for the fifth straight season.

“Overall, we’re so happy (with what occurred),” Nash said. “Being honest, there was a time, for the men, where we didn’t know what might happen in the team standings as one of the guys was out sick, but they dug deep and when we heard we were third, we went crazy. It’s somewhat uncharted territory for us to finish that high, so there was a reason for celebration.

The women were just as impressive, as you had Jo, who was only running 100s and 200s in track, continuing to drop her lifetime best and Emmalee who struggled a little last season but has worked really hard through the summer and fall and had another strong race today,” he added. “The entire day was just a lot of fun.”

Individually, the Maroon managed to punch at least three tickets to the Fort Vancouver Historic Site in Washington state for the national meet. The potential for a fourth hangs in the balance with the official field announcement Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The women’s tandem of senior Emmalee Fundermann (Anthon, Iowa) and sophomore Jo McKibben (SO/Mapleton, IA) (Mapleton, Iowa) continued their impressive season strides by each winding up in the best 10. McKibben took seventh, taking the proverbial sledgehammer to her previous season-best by over 22 seconds (19:10.6 – 19:32.8 at Mount Marty Oct. 26), while Fundermann crossed the line one place behind her hometown friend in eighth, dropping six seconds off her previous top 2019 mark (19:15.2 – 19:21.5) which occurred during the regular season Dordt meet.

Connor Ritz-Sioux City-Morningside  ©Mustangs Athletics 2019

Connor Ritz-Sioux City-Morningside
©Mustangs Athletics 2019

Mside’s men were led by junior Ro Paschal (JR/Mancos, Colo.) (Mancos, Colo.). He clocked a 25:40.7, good for fifth, to take more than 11 seconds off his 25:51.9 at DU early last month. Fellow Class of 2021 member Connor Ritz (JR/Sioux City, IA), a Sioux City native, also etched himself into the top 10, running to a 25:48.4 to place ninth and obliterate his previous season-low mark of 26:14 flat by almost 26 seconds.

Digging deeper, junior Zach Ambrose (JR/Dunlap, IA) (Dunlap, Iowa) made it three in the first 20 (26:26.09). Morningside’s women wound up with three in the top 30, as senior Alex George (Seward, Neb.) ended 28th (19:52.88).

Dordt Women's Cross Country
©Defenders 2019

Wensink Leads Defenders at GPAC Championships

Sara Wensink-Sioux Center-Dordt ©Defenders Athletics 2018

Sara Wensink-Sioux Center-Dordt
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The Dordt Defender women’s cross country team finished second in GPAC Championship run in Sioux Center on Saturday morning, November 9.

Dordt totaled 48 points while Concordia had 39 to win the title.

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The Defenders were led by Olivia Couch and Sarah Wensink who finished first and third with times of 18:20 and 18:44.  Eden Winslow finished sixth in 19:09.  All three earned all-GPAC honors for their performances.

Jordan Bos and Brenna Tolkamp completed Dordt’s scoring with 17th and 21st place finishes in respective times of 19:30 and 19:39.


Olivia Couch 1st/18:20

Sarah Wensink 3rd/18:44

Eden Winslow 6th/19:09

Jordan Bos 17th/19:30

Brenna Tolkamp 21st/19:39

Mary Kate Postma 24th/19:48

Annika Brands 38th/20:16


Olivia Couch is the fourth Dordt women’s runner to claim an individual title as she joins Jen Kempers (2008), Michelle Steiger (2010) and Annecheina Knevelbaard (2018)  in the elite group.


“The Defender women ran a great race today.  Having three ladies in the top six and the individual conference champion in Olivia Couch was a solid conference result.  Winning the individual championship is a great accomplishment for Olivia and one that she has pursued over her four year career.  As a freshman she did not compete on our conference team, but through steady and diligent training and finished All Conference three times and finished higher and higher at the conference meet each year, culminating with this win.”


The Dordt women will secure a berth in the NAIA National Championship in Vancouver, Washington if they remain the top-30 of the NAIA Poll released early next week.  Dordt was 22nd in the most recent polling.  The National Championship meet will be run on November 22.

Luther's Men Cross Country
© Wyatt Hill 2019

Altier and Morrow Lead the Norse at Conference

Tom Altier -Granger-Luther ©Wyatt Hill 2019

Tom Altier -Granger-Luther
©Wyatt Hill 2019


The University of Dubuque hosted the American Rivers Conference cross country championships at the Dubuque Soccer Complex.

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Wartburg College won the league title with 19 points. The Knights placed seven of their runners in the top-nine and 10 runners in the top-15.Wartburg was led by individual champion Joe Freiburger who covered the 8K course in 26:47.6.

Luther placed second with 58 points, followed by Loras College with 103. Luther’s second place finish is its highest finish at the conference championship 2011.

Three Norse earned all-conference honors by placing in the top-15 from the field o f169 runners. Tom Altier finished second, earning all-conference honors for the second year in a row. Altier crossed the finish line with a time of 26:57. Ian Kelly and Dan Iselin earned all-conference honors for the first time. Kelly placed 10th (27:36) and Iselin placed 13th (27:50).

Completing the Norse five was Sam Schillinger (19th – 27:59) and Collin Kern (23rd – 28:08).

Amelia Morrow-City High-Luther ©Anh Le 2019

Amelia Morrow-City High-Luther
©Anh Le 2019


Wartburg College won the championship with 36 points, followed by Luther with 59, and Loras College was third with 65. Luther’s second place finish was it highest finish at the league finale since 2015. The Norse also finished second that year.

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The Knights Corina Collet was the individual champion. Collet covered the 5K course with a time of 19:18.6. Kassie Rosenbum of Loras College was the runner-up clocked at 19:27.2.

Four Norse earned all-conference honors by placing in the top-15 from the field of 135 runners. Amelia Morrow and Heather Hostager earned all-conference honors for the second time of their careers. Morrow placed sixth (29:21) and Hostager was 13th (20:45.9). Vera Lindhorst, who placed seventh (20:23.3) and Lauren Berg, who placed 15th (20:52.7), received conference medals for the first time.

Completing the Norse seven and where they placed included Katie Fetting (18th – 21:04.2), Amelia Hornseth (19th – 21:04.4) and Kat Hoffman (23rd – 21:12.4).

Complete Results

Two weeks from today, Wartburg College will host the NCAA III Central Regional. This will be the qualifying meet for the NCAA III National Championships. Race time for the women in Waverly, Iowa is slated for Noon.

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
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Kohut-Jackson is Gopher’s Number Two at Big Tens

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

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
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Anastasia Korzenowski and Alec Bastenled the Golden Gopher cross country program as the Maroon & Gold competed at the 2019 Big Ten Conference Cross Country Championships at Ohio State University Golf Club on Sunday morning.

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The Gopher women placed seventh in the team race with 145 points led by Korzenowski’s seventh-place individual showing. Korzenowski led the Maroon & Gold for the fourth time this season in a career-best 20:27.6 for the six-kilometer course. Abby Kohut-Jackson (24th, 21:01.3), Jaycie Thomsen(30th, 21:10.2), Sarah Werking (40th, career-best 21:15.4), and Lindsey Greenlund (47th, career-best 21:20.4) completed Minnesota’s top five scorers. Michigan State took home the women’s team title with 56 points while Wisconsin’s Alicia Monson defended her B1G individual crown (20:05.4).

Big Ten Championships, Gopher Women’s Results
7. Anastasia Korzenowski, 20:27.6 (PR)
24. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 21:01.3
30. Jaycie Thomsen, 21:10.2
41. Sarah Werking, 21:15.4 (PR)
47. Lindsey Greenlund, 21:20.4 (PR)
61. Carissa Dock, 21:35.5
63. Olivia Hummel, 21:36.9
67. Tate Sweeney, 21:43.7 (Season-Best)
81. Zetta Mason, 22:10.5

With her seventh place finish, Korzenowski earned a place on the All-Big Ten First Team. The award marks the first All-B1G award of Korzenowski’s career.

Up Next: Fall Finale/Rocky’s Run/NCAA Midwest Regional 
The Gophers split up next weekend with the men running at St. John’s Fall Finale in Collegeville, Minn., on Friday, Nov. 8 and the women hosting Rocky’s Run at Les Bolstad Golf Course on Sunday, Nov. 10. The teams reunite the following weekend for the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Okla., on Friday, Nov. 15.

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St.
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Season Best For Topham at Conference

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St ©Jim Kirby 2017

Rebekah Topham-Griswold-Wichita St
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Winny Koskei claimed her second consecutive conference title as the Wichita State men’s and women’s cross country teams competed at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Friday morning.

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Koskei won this meet a year ago, and she repeated her success this year, finishing in first. She crossed the line in 20:15, which nearly beat her season-best time of 20:14.5 from the Bill Dellinger Invitational.

Rebekah Topham finished as the conference runner-up. She outkicked Tulsa’s Caitlin Klopfer down the stretch to finish the 6K in 20:29. That time is a new season best for the steeplechase All-American.

Coach Kirk Hunter said Koskei and Topham executed their plan to perfection.

“We obviously wanted to go 1-2,” Hunter said. “They executed it as perfect as they could’ve. Winny (Koskei) was very dominant. Rebekah (Topham) was in a dog fight with (Caitlin Klopfer) the entire race.

“To get first and second individually is kind of crazy, but they did it. I am so proud of them, and they’re great leaders for our team.”

The Shockers’ one-two punch led the way to a second-place team finish. The Wichita State women finished with 63 points, which was 26 points behind champion Tulsa.

Yazmine Wright earned all-conference honors with a 13th-place finish. She completed the race with a time of 21:03.

Halle Johnson showed her steady improvement was no fluke with a 17th-place finish. At last year’s conference championship, she finished in 52nd.

Abeba Sullivan rounded out the scoring for Wichita State with a 30th-place finish.

Women’s Team Results
1. Tulsa – 37 points
2. Wichita State – 63 points
3. Temple – 83 points

Women’s Individual Results
1. Winny Koskei* – 20:15
2. Rebekah Topham* – 20:29
13. Yazmine Wright* – 21:03
17. Halle Johnson – 21:24
30. Abeba Sullivan – 21:53
47. Danielle Rinn – 22:19
59. Hope Saunders – 22:40

*Denotes All-Conference Honoree

Mavericks Women's XC Team
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Iowans Run Well For Mavericks at Conference

Joanna Topham-Griswold-Neb-Omaha ©Mavericks Athletics 2019

Joanna Topham-Griswold-Neb-Omaha
©Mavericks Athletics 2019

Junior Emily Johnson finished third overall, and the Omaha cross country team took fifth at the Summit League Championship presented by U.S. Air Force Special Warfare on Saturday.

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Johnson ran a time of 21:19.2 over the 6K course at the Rose Creek Golf Course, giving the Mavericks their best individual finish in the championship since 2012 when Amanda Vorthmann also finished third.

For her top-five finish, Johnson was named First Team All-Summit League, the second straight year she’s earned All-Summit honors.

“This was another solid day for Emily,” said cross country head coach Cliff Cisar.  “She hung in with the lead pack right away which put her in the position to have a shot at a top-three finish.

“With 600 meters to go, she made a move that was not answered by her nearest competitors and solidified the top-three finish.”

Heidi Hall ran second for the Mavericks and finished 23rd overall with a time of 22:30.7, a lifetime best.

“Heidi also ran a spectacular race,” Cisar added.  “From the gun, she was in the top-25 and continued to fight to stay with those runners.

“This was an impressive jump when compared to how she finished in the conference meet last year. Her continued hard work is on display in every meet.”

Anita Jenkins finished 35th overall with a time of 23:18.0, and Ivanna Uribe was four spots back with a time of 23:38.1.

Joanna Topham finished the scoring for the Mavericks, finishing 44th with a time of 24:04.5.

Also running for the Mavericks were Maya Nachtigal (24:22.9), Raegan Andersen (24:36.1), Danielle Howard (24:56.7) and Paige Blackford (25:15.4).

As a team, the Mavericks posted a score of 127, running behind North Dakota and ahead of Western Illinois.  North Dakota State won the women’s championship with a score of 45, edging South Dakota by three points.  South Dakota State was third with 73.

The Mavericks will now prepare for the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship on Friday, Nov. 15 in Stillwater, Okla.

Konner Sommer-PV-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

Iowans Help Hawkeyes at Conference

Mary Arch-IC City-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

Mary Arch-IC City-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-Brian Ray 2019

University of Iowa senior Nathan Mylenek placed 10th in the men’s 8,000 meters to earn second-team all-conference honors Sunday at the 2019 Big Ten Championship at the Ohio State University Golf Club. The Hawkeye men recorded a 10th place finish with 224 points. The Iowa women placed ninth with 273 points.

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Michigan State clenched the women’s Big Ten Championship title. The Spartans finished with 56 points. The men’s title was won for the second straight year by Wisconsin. The Badgers finished with 56 points.

For the Iowa women, freshman Leah Kralovetz was the top finisher, placing 42nd with a new career best (21:16) in the 6,000 meters. Junior Elyse Prescottalso set a new personal best (21:28) with a 56th place finish.

Mylenek earned second-team All-Big Ten honors for the second straight season, finishing in 24:16. Mylenek jumped up one spot from his 2018 Big Ten Championship finish. Sophomore Konnor Sommer set a new personal best (25:29) in the 8,000 meters.

“Really excited and happy for Nate. He has matured and continues to get better in championship meets. He was 97th as a freshman in this meet. 11th last year and now 10th. Nate is quietly becoming one of the most decorated distance runners in Iowa’s history, very proud of him.”

“On the men’s side overall, huge disappointment.  To this point we had put together a nice season and had high expectations for this Big Ten meet. We need to move forward and get ready for the NCAA regional competition”

“Overall, I thought the women had a very solid meet, perhaps their best meet of the season. A ninth place finish behind 8 nationally ranked teams. We had a nice run by freshman Leah Kralovetz, and Megan, Elyse, and Anna were close together throughout. Kylie had a strong race in the five spot and showed a lot of improvement over last season’s Big Ten race. The women competed very well as a team.”


The Hawkeyes travel to the NCAA Regional meet in Stillwater, Okla. On Nov. 15