Simpson Women's XC
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Storm Runs Well at La Crosse

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson ©Jim Kirby 2017

Ian McKenzie-Dowling-Simpson
©Jim Kirby 2017


Ian McKenzie finished in the top-25 to lead the Simpson men’s cross country team to a 12th-place finish at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational Saturday.

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The Storm scored 276 points — four points behind the tenth-ranked team in the region, Central — with all of their top seven clocking in top-100 team-place finishes. Simpson finished behind six regionally ranked teams and ahead of seventh-ranked Grinnell (19th)

McKenzie finished the 8k course in 25:53.34 to place 22nd, followed by Trey Thompson (39th) in 26:10.84 and Jonathan Facio(60th) in 26:28.85. The trio finished 1, 2, 3 for the Storm in the second straight meet.

Coach Speak
“Today was another step forward for our men’s program. We competed very well against many of the top teams in our region. Our two seniors had outstanding races. Ian McKenzie was solid up front and Kyle Hovey had a huge breakthrough.” — head coach Heath Moenck

Storm Varsity Finishers
22. Ian McKenzie, 25:53.34
39. Trey Thompson, 26:10.84
60. Jonathan Facio, 26:28.85
83. Kyle Hovey, 26:47.72
118. Levi Lefebure, 27:14.97
126. Tyler Combs 27:23.68
128. Seth Nostrala, 27:28.65

Up Next
The Storm have the week off to prepare for the Iowa Conference Championships hosted in Waverly on Saturday, Oct. 28. The women’s race is set to begin at 11 a.m. with the men to follow at Noon


The duo of Sadie Timms and Courtney Neuendorf paced the Simpson women’s cross country team to a 13th-place finish of 21 teams Saturday at the Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational in the final tune-up before the Iowa Conference Championships in two weeks.

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Six of the Storm’s seven varsity finishers ran career-best times on the 6k course in the meet hosted by Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Timms placed 37th in the field of 298 runners, navigating the course in 23:18.67, the fastest 6k of her career. Neuendorf finished just outside of the top-50, taking 52nd in a career-best time of 23:48.7.

Mary Wood, Emily Buchheit, Ashlee Litterer and Lesley Roquet all ran personal-best times despite a wet, sloppy track. Shelby Hunemiller ran her fastest time of the season.

Coach Speak
“Our women ran outstanding in tough conditions today. A majority of our ladies ran life-time bests, and I’m thrilled with the progress they have made so far this season.” — head coach Heath Moenck

Storm Varsity Finishers
37. Sadie Timms, 23:18.67 | personal-best
52. Courtney Neuendorf, 23:48.70 | personal-best
118. Mary Wood, 25:02.03 | personal-best
130. Emily Buchheit, 25:12.36 | personal-best
133. Shelby Hunemiller, 25:17.45 | season-best
148. Ashlee Litterer, 25:39.03 | personal-best
166. Lesley Roquet, 25:52.34 | personal-best

Up Next
The Storm have the week off to prepare for the Iowa Conference Championships hosted in Waverly on Saturday, Oct. 28 at noon.

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Fairley Leads Dutch at La Crosse

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central  ©Dutch Athletics-Dan L. Vander Beek-2017

Holly McKinney-I 35-Central
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Central College senior Mark Fairley (Dubuque) finished sixth at the Wis.- La Crosse Jim Drews Invitational Saturday afternoon.

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The senior finished the 8,000-meter race in a season-best 25 minutes, 22 seconds. Fairley was 46 seconds behind Iowa Central Community College’s Karim Achengli, who took home the individual crown.

Iowa Central placed five runners in the top 11, including the top three finishers, to win the 21-team invitational with 25 points. Host Wis.-La Crosse was second with 35 points while Central finished 11th with 272 points.

“We made some progress today and I saw some really good things,” said coach Joe Dunham.

Senior Tanner Rathje (Marion, Linn-Mar HS) ran a season-best 26:07 to finish 29th in the 357-runner field.

“Tanner also had a little bit of a breakout race for the season,” said Dunham.

Junior Jordan Toomey (Runnells, Southeast Polk HS) posted a season-best 26:45, good for 68th, freshman Nathan Sanders (Waukee) continued the trend of season bests after placing 78th with 26:53, senior Taylor Donner (Dubuque) had a season-best time of 27:13 and placing 91st, sophomore Preston Kizer (Dubuque) finished 97th with a career-best 27:22 and junior Kyle Pape (Dubuque, Wahlert HS) was 104th with 27:36.

“Overall, we still have work to do but I’m pleased with the improvements across the board,” said Dunham.

Central turns its attention to the Iowa Conference Championships October 28 in Waverly. The Dutch finished fifth at the Dan Huston Invitational Sept. 30 in a preview of the league championship course.


The Central College women’s cross country showed its continued development Saturday when six of its seven runners shattered season-best marks at the Wis.-La Crosse Tori Neubauer Invitational.

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Central finished 14th in the 21-team field with 360 points. Iowa Central Community College won the 6,000-meter invitational with 53 points and host Wis.-La Crosse was runner-up with 58. Iowa Central’s Adva Cohen won the 298-runner invitational, finishing in 21 minutes, 23.7 seconds.

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) was 32nd (23:17), senior Evie Kammeyer(Urbandale) was 51st (23:55), sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault) placed 71st (24:22), freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) finished 97th (25:22), sophomore Ashley Meldrum(Cambridge, Ballard HS) was 109th (25:46), junior Jenna Murray (Grandview, Louisa-Muscatine HS)placed 113th (26:01) and sophomore Savanna Henning (Ankeny, Centennial HS) finished 115th (26:02).

“Sarah, Ashley and Jenna all had solid performances,” said coach Joe Dunham. “Very pleased with their improvement.”

McKinney and Kammeyer set season bests while Roberts, Meldrum, Murray and Henning set career bests.

The Dutch turn their attention to the Iowa Conference Championships October 28 in Waverly. Central finished in a tie for fourth at the Dan Huston Invitational Sept. 30 in a preview of the league championship course.

“If we can put a complete race together, I believe we have a good shot to surprise some teams,” said Dunham.

S. Dakota Women's XC 2017
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Iowans Lead Coyotes to Victory at Bradley

Eldon Warner-CB Thomas Jefferson-S. Dakota ©Coyote Athletics

Eldon Warner-CB Thomas Jefferson-S. Dakota
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South Dakota junior Megan Billingtonled the Coyotes to a women’s team victory at the Bradley Pink Classic on Friday at Newman Golf Course.


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South Dakota’s women captured the meet title with a score of 105 points. It marks the first time USD has won the Bradley Pink Classic in program history after a fifth-place finish a year ago.

Billington completed the 6,000-meter course in a personal best time of 21 minutes, 11.6 seconds. Billington, who finished fifth in the individual race, has led the Coyotes at all four races this season.

The Coyotes’ second through fifth runners finished with 10 seconds of one another. Freshman Laura Nelson took 20th in 21:33.7 and junior Lindsay Joyce finished 23rd in 21:36.2. Junior Madeline Huglenfinished 27th in 21:40.7 and senior Erin Wetzstein rounded out the Coyote scorers in 30th with a time of 21:42.5.

South Dakota’s top seven included junior Bethany Kozak in 40th with a time of 21:52.4 and sophomore Kianna Stewart in 55th with a time of 22:11.1.

Ten regionally ranked women’s teams competed in the field, including South Dakota’s No. 8 Midwest squad. Marquette (No. 13 Great Lakes) finished runner-up with 136 points and Bradley (No. 11 Midwest) took third with 152 points.

The Coyote men finished 11th with a score of 297 points. Iowa captured the men’s team title with 84 points. Eight regionally ranked men’s teams competed in the field.

Junior Eldon Warner led the Coyotes for the third race this season with a ninth-place finish. Warner finished the 8,000-meter course in 24:52.3.

Freshman Luke Bailey was the second Coyote across the line in 25:38.2 for 46th place with senior Brice Cowman close behind in 25:41.2 for 50th.

Junior Nathan Wendt and freshman Isaac Benz rounded out the Coyote scorers. Wendt took 78th in 26:05.8 and Benz finished 114th in 26:42.8.

Next up for the Coyotes is the Summit League Championships held Oct. 28 at The Bluffs Course in Vermillion, S.D. South Dakota hosts the championship meet for the first time in program history as the Coyote women look to capture their fourth-straight Summit League title.

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7 Top Ten Finishers For Panthers at the Bradley Pink

UNI Men's XC 2016 ©Panther's Athletics

UNI Men’s XC 2016
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Led by seven top-25 finishes on Friday, Northern Iowa cross country wrapped up a successful Bradley Pink Classic to conclude the 2017 regular season.

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“I’m proud of how our ladies finished today and happy with the effort on our men’s side,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “This was a tough race with a lot of good teams, so we competed well. We’re going to focus now on the postseason and accomplishing the goals we set out at the beginning of the season.”

The women finished Friday’s 6K with seven top-25 finishes, with two groups of runners competing in the Red Race and Open Race.

UNI’s Brette Correy (15th – 21:29.0) and Hannah Truniger (18th – 21:30.5) claimed two of the top-25 finishes in the Red Race, while Gabby Champion (2nd – 22:39.4), Alyssa Williams (4th – 22:45.8), Alayna Kollasch (15th – 23:26.7), Maddie Reynolds (20th – 23:33.3) and Tess Roorda(24th – 23:35.3) finished with top-25’s in the Open Race.

Friday also saw the men turning in a promising performance. Senior Luke Johnston (67th – 25:53.3) and junior Alex Jackson (112th – 26:36.0) each posted new bests in the 8K as Panthers to cap the regular season.

The Panthers turn their focus now to the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Oct. 28 in Springfield, Mo.

For more information on the UNI cross country program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

Oct. 13, 2017 – Peoria, Ill. (6K)

15th – Brette Correy (21:29.0)
18th – Hannah Truniger (21:30.5)
36th – McKayla Cole (21:51.2)
45th – Ashley Norem (21:58.2)
67th – Tiffany Christensen (22:16.9)
110th – Gabby Skopec (22:52.6)
114th – Lyndsie Schinkel (22:54.4)
147th – Kelsey Leedy (23:12.3)

Oct. 13, 2017 – Peoria, Ill. (6K)

2nd – Gabby Champion (22:39.4)
4th – Alyssa Williams (22:45.8)
15th – Alayna Kollasch (23:26.7)
20th – Maddie Reynolds (23:33.3)
24th – Tess Roorda (23:35.3)
26th – Josie Kriener (23:36.4)
28th – Lucy Conroy (23:42.5)

Oct. 13, 2017 – Peoria, Ill. (8K)

67th – Luke Johnston (25:53.3)
99th – Mitch Pritts (26:27.8)
112th – Alex Jackson (26:36.0)
166th – Ben Ahlrichs (27:32.0)
195th – Peyton Twedt (28:33.6)

Kyle Kepler--Utah
©Jim Kirby

Iowans Kepler and Moreno Represent Utes at Nuttycombe

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah ©Utes Athletics

Trina Moreno-Urbandale-Utah
©Utes Athletics

Led by a second-place finish by Grayson Murphy, the 22nd-ranked Utah cross country team finished in 16th place at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational on Friday morning.

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“Unbelievable performance by Grayson Murphy as she took second overall,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “She was up with the front group the whole way and with a mile to go she worked her way up to the runner-up spot and I believe she ran one of the top-10 fastest times ever ran on this course so outstanding job by her.”

Grayson Murphy finished the 6-km course in a time of 19:39.4 to capture the second-place finish in a field of 225 finishers. Coming in behind Murphy was sophomore Poppy Tank who finished the race in a time of 20:34.4 which was good for a 42nd-place finish and sophomore Amanda Gehrich who finished in 76th-place with a time of 21:00.6.

“Another great performance that will kind of get lost in this is Poppy Tank, our number two runner,” Kepler said. “I thought she ran outstanding, and she ran a minute faster than she did last year on this course so I really feel good about her improvement and where she is at.”

Rounding out the five scorers for the Utes in the championship race were seniors Hannah McInturff and Louise Mercer. McInturff finished the race in 163rd with a time of 21:55.1 and Mercer finished in 166th place with a time of 21:56.8.

Also competing for the Utes in the championship race was freshman Trina Moreno and senior Jessica Sams. Moreno finished in 171st place with a time of 21:58.5 and Sams finished in 186th place with a time of 22:11.7.

“Those two big scores that we had to take in the 160’s, we just can’t have that,” Kepler explained. “But Trina Moreno, a true freshman in her first big time race like this I thought she ran great. Running under 22 minutes in her first 6k, I thought she handled the meet very well.”

As a team, Utah finished in 16th place with 449 team points. No. 3 ranked New Mexico took home the team title with 87 points followed by sixth-ranked San Francisco (126 points) and seventh-ranked North Carolina State in third (169 points). Utah finished fourth among the Pac-12 teams behind seventh-place Washington (257), eighth-place Stanford (292) and 15th-place California (444).

“As a team, we took 16th and honestly we were disappointed by that,” Kepler explained. “We were really hoping that we were going to finish in the top ten again, and we probably didn’t hurt ourselves but we will probably lose a few spots in the rankings and just didn’t take full advantage of an opportunity to help ourselves later in the season.”

Several Utes also competed in the open race on Friday morning. Senior Dakota Grossman led the Utes with a 41st-place finish in a time of 22:11.3. Following up behind Grossman was junior Caitlin Faust who took 52nd with a time of 22:18.7 and freshman Aubrey Argyle who took 58th

with a time of 22:29.5. Freshman Bella Williams finished in 82nd place with a time of 23:11.1 and sophomore Nicole Griffiths finished in 89th with a time of 23:30.5.

The Utes have a weekend off before competing at the Pac-12 Championships on Oct. 27. The conference meet will be held in Eugene, Ore.

Anna Holdiman-McDonald-Waverly Shellrock-Boise St
©Jim Kirby

Top 5 Finish For Boise St’s Holdiman-McDonald at Nuttycombe

Anna Holdiman-McDonald-Waverly Shellrock-Boise St ©Jim Kirby

Anna Holdiman-McDonald-Waverly Shellrock-Boise St
©Jim Kirby

Entering the race as the seventh-highest ranked team in the field, the No. 13 Boise State women’s cross country team excelled with a fourth-place (233 points) finish at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational, Friday.

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Allie Ostrander led the Broncos in ninth place, moving through the field in the latter stages of the race. Ostrander was in 26th at the 2-kilometer mark, but finished strong to extend her streak of top 10 cross country finishes to eight. Ostrander has never finished outside of the top 10 in her collegiate cross country career.

The redshirt sophomore traversed the 6-kilometer Thomas Zimmer Championship course in 20:00.2.

Pack running propelled Boise State to finish above 11 ranked teams – the five scorers finished within a 56-second spread.

Minttu Hukka (20:33.4) finished in 40th-place, while Clare O’Brien, Emily Venters and Alexis Fuller finished within the same six seconds to round out the top five for Boise State.

No. 3 New Mexico won the women’s title (87 points), while the Lobos’ Ednah Kurgat won as an individual (19:23.1).


In the women’s B-race, Kyra Lopez and Anna McDonald finished in the top 5 to lead the Broncos to a third-placing showing as a team.

A second contingent of Broncos will race Saturday, at the Inland Empire Challenge in Lewiston, Idaho. Next up for Boise State will be the Mountain West Championships, Oct. 27, in Albuquerque, N.M.

Women’s Championship Race (6-kilometer)

9. Allie Ostrander – 20:00.2
40. Minttu Hukka – 20:33.4
56. Clare O’Brien – 20:50.8
62. Emily Venters – 20:54.2
66. Alexis Fuller – 20:56.3
97. Sadi Henderson – 21:16.7
161. Grace McConnochie – 23:30.8


Women’s B Race (6-kilometer)

3. Kyra Lopez – 21:11.1
5. Anna McDonald – 21:14.3
32. Amy Pfaff – 22:00.6
38. Erin Mullins – 22:09.4
55. Megan Lacy – 22:23.6
79. Jordan Jacob – 23:05.9

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2016

Mizzou’s Thomas Shines at Bradley

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou ©Jim Kirby 2016

Hannah Thomas-Dowling-Mizzou
©Jim Kirby 2016

Redshirt senior Sheldon Keence (St. Charles, Mo.) and redshirt sophomore Sophia Racette (St. Louis, Mo.) paced the Tigers on Friday at the Bradley Classic. The meet was the first of two this weekend for the Tigers, who will have its top runners compete at the Pre-National Invitational tomorrow.

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Keence, who finished 58th overall, led Mizzou to an 18th-place finish with 495 points. Iowa won the men’s team race with 84 points, while Bradley finished second with 98 points and Nebraska third with 131 points.

In the women’s race, Racette finished 78th and Mizzou finished 19th with 506 points. South Dakota won the race with 105 points, while Marquette finished second with 136 points and Bradley third with 152 points.


Racette paced the Tigers in her debut in the Black & Gold, crossing the finish line with a time of 22:26.2. Junior Hannah Thomas (Urbandale, Iowa) finished not far behind, clocking a time of 22:34.6. Redshirt senior Kaelyn Balch (Wichita, Kan.) posted an 8k personal record in the race, finishing at 22:53.7.


Mizzou Assistant Coach Stephen Smith

“I’m proud of the effort each and every one of our student athletes put forth on the course today,” said assistant coach Stephen Smith. “It was great to see Sophia get back on the course after a long time away battling injuries. She has worked hard to get back to where she is, and will continue to get better through training and competing. It was also good to see the exceptional effort from our mid-distance crew. The 6k and 8k is a bit out of their comfort zone, but you wouldn’t be able to tell with how hard they were running at the end of the race.”


Mizzou will close regular season competition with the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Ky., tomorrow. After, the Tigers will head south to Athens, Ga., for the SEC Championships on Oct. 27, then north to Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10, and east to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Women’s 6k Results – 19th Place (506 points)
78. Sophia Racette, 22:26.2 // 94. Hannah Thomas, 22:34.6 // 102. Melissa Menghini, 22:43.7 // 111. Kaelyn Balch, 22:53. 7 // 121. Kayla Funkenbusch, 22:58.7 // 165. Lexi Maddox, 23:36.8 // 182. Kayla Glowacki, 24:05.7 // Kiley Deain, 24:40.0 // Valeska Halamicek, 24:40.6

Women’s Open 6k Results
11. Karina Liz, 23:12.3 // 38. Emmie Hahn, 24:01.7 // 41. Vivien Jepkemoi, 24:02.7 // 54. Faramola Shonekan, 24:19.7 // 77. Erica Rideout, 25:15.9 // 78. Elly DeTurris, 25:17.2 // 92. Richelle Bain, 26:14.8

2016 ISU Women's Conference Champions
©Cyclones Athletics

Cyclones Set For Nuttycombe

Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough and the ISU Cyclones ©Jim Kirby

Coach Andrea Grove-McDonough and the ISU Cyclones
©Jim Kirby

The No. 18 Iowa State cross country team is set for competition tomorrow at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational Presented by Under Armour. The Cyclones last competed at the Roy Griak Invitational where they finished second place as a team.

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The women’s race will begin at 12:20 p.m., followed by the men’s race. You can stream the event live on FloTrack ($) and live stats will be provided by the University of Wisconsin. Links to those pages are listed above.

The Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational is one of the nation’s premiere regular season events every season. The Cardinal and Gold will be joined by some of the nation’s best in Madison, Wisc. In the field are 17 of the 33 teams slated in the top-30 by the USTFCCCA. At last year’s event, the Cyclones took eighth place as a team.

ISU returns to the course after a great performance at the Roy Griak Invitational. Freshman Cailie Loguecontinued her hot start to her career, pacing the Cyclones to a runner-up finish. Logue (5th) was one of four Cyclones to finish in the top-20 individually (Anne Frisbie – 6th, Kelly Naumann – 14th, Amanda Vestri– 18th.)

Iowa State Probables
Karly Ackley
Abby Caldwell
Larkin Chapman
Anne Frisbie
Grace Gibbons
Evelyne Guay
Cailie Logue
Kelly Naumann
Megan Schott
Jasmine Staebler
Erinn Stenman-Fahey
Amanda Vestri

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota  
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Minnestoa’s Prescott is Finding Her Groove

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota  ©Jim Kirby

Elyse Prescott-Urbandale-Minnesota
©Jim Kirby

University of Minnesota sophomore Elyse Prescott began the 2017 cross country season by racing unattached at two meets before making her official sophomore debut at the Greater Louisville Classic 5K. Prescott reflects on how she chose the University of Minnesota, her kinesiology major, and more.

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Gopher Sports: How did you pick the University of Minnesota?

Elyse Prescott: I wanted to go out of state, but I explored a few other options and I even looked in-state a little bit, but when I came on my visit to Minnesota and met with Coach Hopkins and Coach Nick (Larson), I just felt a real connection with them right away. Then on my official visit, just hanging out with the team, I felt like I was at home. It was a good distance from home, and I also loved the school itself and all the opportunities that it gives. The Twin Cities is a great place to live.

GS: What is your major? Do you know what career path you want to explore?

EP: I’m a kinesiology major, and I’m thinking physical therapy right now.

GS: What sparked your interest about physical therapy?

EP: Being a runner and an athlete in high school and being in PT clinics. We have a few close family friends that are physical therapists that kind-of sparked that interest and I slowly realized that, although it’s not fun to be in PT clinics, it’s fun to watch the patients and the progress they make through the care of physical therapists.

GS: Do you have a favorite motivational quote or running mantra that you use?

EP: One of my favorite mantras is, “Strong and relaxed, I’ll run fast.”

GS: Complete the sentence: Running is _______.

EP: Running is freeing.

GS: Do you consider yourself more of a cross country-sided or a track-sided runner?

EP: I would say a little bit more track. I like the distances in track a little bit better, but I love the team in cross country and I’m starting to get used to that 6K, so hopefully we can figure it out soon.

GS: What’s your favorite place to run in Minneapolis?

EP: I love Stone Arch. Even though you don’t get to be on it for very long, I always love seeing all the people that are on it. It’s always busy, and all the dogs and interesting people playing the guitar and different things. It’s always exciting.

GS: What is your favorite thing about cross country and what is the most challenging thing about cross country?

EP: The most challenging would probably be the distance, the 6K is just kind-of a weird distance and it kind of pushes my range a little bit more. Also, our course is pretty tough, but it’s also pretty exciting to have. It’s fun to be able to practice on that. The thing I like the most would be the team atmosphere and that everybody’s fighting towards a common goal.

Hannah Truniger-UNI
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Panthers off to the Bradley Pink Classic

Coach Dave Paulsen ©Panthers Athletics

Coach Dave Paulsen
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Wrapping up the 2017 regular season, the Northern Iowa men’s and women’s cross country teams travel to Peoria, Ill., this Friday for the Bradley Pink Classic.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Hannah Truniger-UNI ©Panthers Athletics

The event will be hosted at the Newman Golf Course, with the men racing in an 8K at 3:15 p.m. CT and the women running a 6K at 4 p.m. CT. The UNI women will also send a select group of runners to compete in an open 6K race at 2:30 p.m. CT as well.

“We’re excited to finish the regular season on a strong note this Friday,” head coach Dave Paulsensaid. “We’ve had a great couple of weeks training before this meet, so we’re looking forward to executing our game plan against a tough group of teams on Friday.”

Last time out, the UNI women won its first race of the season after taking the Joe Piane Invitational 5K on Sept. 29. The Panthers were led by sophomore Hannah Truniger, who set the fifth-fastest 5K time in UNI history after finishing ninth overall with a time of 17:32.8. UNI also had two other Panthers set records that day, with Brette Correy (17:39.2) and Tiffany Christensen (17:39.9) earning the seventh and eighth-fastest 5K times in UNI history.

The men turned in an improved performance last race, with all eight Panthers turning in their fastest 8K times of the seasons at the Joe Piane Invitational. UNI has competed in two 8Ks this season, with CJ May (fifth) and Alex Jackson (10th) each earning a top-10 finish at the Wisconsin Mayflower Day Open.

Bradley will provide results after the conclusion of the race on Friday at

After wrapping up the regular season, the Panthers will focus on the Missouri Valley Conference Championships on Oct. 28 in Springfield, Mo.

Daniel Soto-Valley-Iowa, among the Iowa Men XC Team
©Hawkeye Athletics-2017

Hawks Move to 6th in Latest Poll

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

Randy Hasenbank-Iowa
©Hawkeye Athletics-2016

The University of Iowa men’s cross country team is ranked sixth in the Midwest Region, jumping up six spots in the latest United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll. It marks the men’s highest ranking since 2010 (fifth).

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Daniel Soto-Valley-Iowa, among the Iowa Men XC Team ©Hawkeye Athletics-2017

“The ranking is just a ranking,” said UI cross country head coach Randy Hasenbank. “You can’t pay attention to it too much, but it does show that if our men collectively get on the same page on the same day they have a lot of potential. If we put it all together on the right day we can get a pretty good result and we saw that last weekend.”

The Hawkeye men placed 14th at the Joe Piane Invitational on Friday, finishing in front of five regionally ranked opponents, including No. 4 Florida State (South), No. 4 Baylor (South Central), No. 6 Butler (Great Lakes), No. 8 Notre Dame (Great Lakes), and No. 8 Wichita State (Midwest).  Nathan Mylenek and Daniel Soto led the way for Iowa, placing 44th and 69th respectively.

The Hawkeyes conclude their regular season at the Bradley Invite on Friday, Oct. 13, in Peoria, Illinois. The postseason begins Oct. 29 in Bloomington, Indiana.

Loras Cross Country 2017
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Duhawks Collect Conference Awards

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
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The Iowa Conference announced its weekly award winners on Tuesday which highlight the success of freshman Kristan Brown (women’s cross country), junior Elizabeth Mills (women’s soccer) and senior Mason Tope (men’s cross country) as players of the week for their respective sports.

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In front of her hometown crowd, Brown shined at the Loras Invite, finishing as the top collegiate runner in the field. The Hempstead prep ran 24:56 in her second 6k race of the season, cutting 38 seconds off last week’s performance. With Brown at the front, the Duhawks won their home invite with 16 points for their first team victory of the season.

Mills and the 15th-ranked women’s soccer team posted a pair of clean sheets last week in conference play, besting Buena Vista, 8-0, and Luther, 2-0. With two goals and an assist, Mills ran her season point total to 23 and her career point total to 50, scoring two goals and an assist last week. The Peoria Notre Dame prep tallied her fourth and fifth game-winning goal of the season and eighth of her career.

For the third time this season, Tope was heralded as the conference’s top runner for the week. The Davenport native won the Loras Invite for his sixth collegiate victory and fourth in his last six races. On Friday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex, Tope finished 34 seconds ahead of second place, Loras senior Timothy Sevcik. As a team, the Duhawks won their home invite with a combined score of 17 points.

Cross country returns to action on Saturday at the Pre-Nationals Race hosted by Principia College in Elsah, Ill. Women’s soccer is off from competition midweek and hosts Simpson on Saturday in the Rock Bowl at 1 p.m.

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling Cent. Missouri
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Svendsen Leads Jennies at Fort Hays

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri  ©Jim Kirby

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent.Missouri
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The Mules and Jennies competed in their fourth cross country race of the season at the Fort Hays State University Tiger Open Saturday morning. Central Missouri had four men finish in the Top-25 as they took third place overall as a team. Senior Nicole Svendsen led the Jennies to a sixth place finish.

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The Mules ran an 8K and finished third out of 19 Division II teams. Shadrack Kipngetich set the pace for the Mules, finishing in 25:32.9 and placing seventh overall out of 167 runners. Fellow Freshman Ronald Ayabei was the next Mule to finish and placed 16th at the 25:52.0 mark. Ian Frazier (25:57.3) finished just two positions later in 18th. The Top-25 was rounded out by Ty Hughes (26:07.4). Nick Victor completed the scoring for UCM, crossing the line at 26:41.4.
For the Jennies, they completed the 5K course and finished sixth out of 20 teams. For the third consecutive race, Nicole Svendsen was Central Missouri’s top finisher. She finished with a time of 19:10.2 and was 25th overall out of 165 runners. Freshmen Mariah Elmore (19:31.8) and Kimberlee Sewester (19:41.2) crossed the line to place 38th and 42nd, respectively. Amy Marx completed the course in 19:55.4 and Madison May rounded out the scoring for the Jennies, as she ran a 20:35.1.

Both teams will have a week off from competition to prepare for the MIAA Championships on Oct. 21. UCM will be hosting the meet at the Mules National Golf Club.

Mason Tope-Cent. Dav.-Loras
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DuHawks Sweep at Home

Kristan Brown-Dub Hempstead-Loras ©Duhawks Athletics

Kristan Brown-Dub Hempstead-Loras
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The No. 11 men’s cross country team and women’s cross country team completed the sweep on Friday night of its home meet, scoring 17 and 16 points, respectively. Senior Mason Tope was the top finisher for the men with his time of 26:05 while freshman Kristan Brown was the top finisher with her time of 25:56.

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-Tope earned his third individual win on the season, with a 34 second lead over teammate and senior Timothy Sevcik
-Loras went 1-2-3-4-7-8-9-10 in the race, finishing with 17 points
-Sevick took second with a time of 26:39 followed by senior Justin Adams at 26:41
-Senior Brien Nugent took fourth on Friday with his time of 26:48
-The Duhawks rounded out the top-10 with finishes from sophomore Patrick Wolak (27:09), junior Preston Kauder (27:11), sophomore Cole Conklin-Little(27:21) and junior Jack Carroll (27:32)
-Loras went 2-3-4-5-7-8 in the women’s race, finishing with 16 points
-In the women’s race, Brown’s time led the way for the Duhawks followed by senior Kelly Minear (25:01), junior Liz Venezio (25:11) and sophomore Kemunto Ondande (25:16)
-Rounding out the top-10 for the women was senior Carrie Piper (25:20), sophomore Averi Leitzen (25:29) and sophomore Molly MacDuff (25:30)

Loras travels to the Pre-Nationals Race in Elsah, Ill., hosted by Principia, the host of the 2017 NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships on Nov. 18.

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Panthers Win and Joe Paine

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI ©Panther Athletics-2017

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI
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Led by four runners in the top 20 of Friday’s meet, the Northern Iowa’s women’s cross country team won the Joe Piane Invitational 5K Gold race.

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The win for UNI is its first since taking the Missouri Valley Conference title last season on Oct. 29. Friday’s event, hosted by Notre Dame, was split into two races (blue and gold). The Panthers were slotted in the gold division.

“Our ladies ran a great race today,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “We stayed together and executed our race plan. I’m proud of their performance and couldn’t be happier. We’re looking forward to taking what we learned here and improving on it for the next meet.”

Leading the way for the Purple & Gold was sophomore Hannah Truniger, who claimed another top-10 finish after coming in ninth overall.

ran a 17:32.8 for the 5K. The top-10 finish is her second of the season and fifth at UNI.

The trio of Brette Correy, Tiffany Christensen and McKayla Cole rounded out the Panthers’ top-20 finishers. Correy placed 14th after running a 17:39.2, Christensen placed 15th after running a 17:39.9 and Cole placed 20th after posting a 17:49.1 in the 5K. Senior Ashley Norem placed 29th overall after she turned in a 18:03.1 in the 5K on Friday.

For the men, UNI placed 10th overall in the 5 Mile Gold race. CJ May once again led the Panthers, finishing 44th overall after running a 25:43.1.

The Panthers conclude the regular season on Oct. 13 when UNI travels to Peoria, Ill., for the Bradley Classic.

For more information on the UNI cross country program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

Sept. 29, 2017 – South Bend, Ind. (5K)

9th        Hannah Truniger (17:32.8)
14th     Brette Correy (17:39.2)
15th     Tiffany Christensen (17:39.9)
20th     McKayla Cole (17:49.1)
29th     Ashely Norem (18:03.1)
61st      Gabby Skopec (18:28.6)
89th     Lyndsie Schinkel (18:47.0)
105th  Alyssa Williams (18:57.8)

Sept. 29, 2017 – South Bend, Ind. (5 Mile)

44th     CJ May (25:43.1)
51st      Luke Johnston (25:53.5)
55th     Mitch Pritts (25:58.0)
62nd    Ben Ahlrichs (26:04.7)
67th    Logan Murray (26:09.3)
71st      Dillon Timmerman (26:11.8)
89th     Ethan Smith (26:30.6)
132nd Peyton Twedt (27:46.1)