Megan Schott-Roosevelt-Iowa
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Split Squads For the Hawks Bears Big Results

Megan Schott-Roosevelt-Iowa  ©Brian Ray 2018

Megan Schott-Roosevelt-Iowa
©Brian Ray 2018


University of Iowa senior Megan Schott led the Hawkeyes at the Bradley “Pink” Classic with a 12th place finish (21:02.2) in the 6,000 meters.

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The Hawkeyes placed sixth overall in a 39-team field behind three top 30 performances. Andrea shine placed 14th and Anna Hostetlerchecked in at 27th.


“We competed very well today. Sixth against a field of 39 teams. This was a nice test for the ladies and I thought they handled it well. Megan, Andie, and Anna gave us a great 1-2-3 punch. That kind of fire power up front really helps the team score. In addition, I thought Grace McCabe had a great race. We had a lot of young runners in the lineup. They competed very well and ran very solid times in only their second 6k. We also closed the gaps in our line up significantly.”


  • Senior Megan Schott led the Hawkeyes for the first time with a season-best time of 21:02.2, beating her previous best 6,000 meters by a minute.
  • Andrea Shine ran her fastest 6,000 meters of the season in 21:02.2.
  • Freshmen Anna Hostetler (21:25.8), Grace McCabe (21:54.0), Jessica McKee (22:25.6), Ashley Bryja (22:46.9), Kylie Latham 22:57.1and senior Ashley Espinosa 23:37.4 each ran their fastest 6,000 meters of the season. Hostetler finished in third scoring position, McCabe in fourth, and McKee closed out the fifth scoring position for the Hawkeyes.

The Hawkeyes close the regular season in two weeks at the Illini Open on Oct. 19. The postseason begins Oct. 28 at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Nebraska.

Brandon Cooley-Bettendorf-Iowa ©Brian Rey 2018

Brandon Cooley-Bettendorf-Iowa
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University of Iowa junior Nathan Mylenek led the Hawkeyes’ cross country team in the “Cardinal” 8,000 meters at the NCAA Pre-Nationals on Saturday hosted by Big-Ten Wisconsin.

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Mylenek’s 24:39.7 finish is his best time of the season in the 8,000 meters. Following Mylenek in the second scoring position was senior Daniel Soto Junior Karson Sommerwas the third Hawkeye to cross the finish. He raced a career-best 25:08.2.
Senior Bailey Hesse-Withbroe was the fourth (25:19.0) Hawkeye to cross the finish line and junior Brandon Cooley closed out the fifth scoring position (25:25.9).

“Overall, the men came eyed much, much better that we did two weeks ago at Notre Dame,” head coach Randy Hasenbank said. “We did a much better job of establishing the team early in the race. I think we had four men within a couple seconds of each other at 2,500 meters, much better and more assertive early in the race. Nate and Dan led us again up front. I thought Karson competed very well, and Bailey ran very strong on the back half of the course. The gap from 1-5 was much better.”


The Hawkeyes close the regular season in two weeks at the Illini Open on Oct. 19. The postseason begins Oct. 28 at the Big Ten Championships hosted by Nebraska.

For an inside look at the Iowa cross country program and to access exclusive coverage, “like” The University of Iowa Cross Country and Track & Field Facebook page and follow @Iowa XC T&F on Twitter.

Evelyne Guay, Kelly Naumann, Abby Caldwell-Waverly Shellrock-ISU
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ISU Women Run Pretty at the Bradley Pink

Abby Caldwell-Waverley Shell Rock-ISU ©Jim Kirby

Abby Caldwell-Waverley Shell Rock-ISU
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The No. 15 Iowa State women’s cross country team took home first place at the 2018 Bradley Pink Classic on Friday afternoon. In total, the Cyclones had five runners finish in the top-25 individually to post a team score of 51, which was 89 points clear of second-place South Dakota.

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Iowa State was led once again by sophomore Cailie Logue. Logue finished first overall in a time of 20:32.6. This was Logue’s second individual title of her career after winning the 2017 Hawkeye Invitational.

Anne Frisbie and Amanda Vestri also posted top-10 performances. Frisbie finished fourth in a time of 20:44.7, closely followed by Vestri, who finished eighth in a time of 20:49.4.

Also crossing the finish line in the top-25 was Karly Ackley and Abby Caldwell. Ackley ran the 6k course in 21:22.6 for 22nd place and Caldwell took 24th with a time of 21:23.1.

The Iowa State women will return to Peoria, Ill. and Newman Golf Course on Friday, Nov. 9 when they take on the field at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship.

Open Race
Iowa State’s Adriana Kammerer took first place in the Women’s 6k Open Race to begin the day. She ran the 6k course in 21:48.5. Erinn Stenman-Fahey also ran a tough race, taking fourth place in the field of 117 runners in 22:30.4.

Next Up
Iowa State will have next week off as they gear up for postseason action. The Cyclones are set to host the 2018 Big 12 Championship on Friday, Oct. 26 at the ISU Cross Country Course. The women’s race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the men’s race at 11 a.m.

Individual Results (6K)
1. Cailie Logue, 20:32.6
4. Anne Frisbie, 20:44.7
8. Amanda Vestri, 20:49.9
19. Kelly Naumann, 21:18.9
22. Karly Ackley, 21:22.6
24. Abby Caldwell, 21:23.1
31. Gwynne Wright, 21:29.6
34. Larkin Chapman, 21:31.3
61. Morgan Gigandet, 21:53.8
Team Scores (Top-10 out of 43 Total Teams)
1. Iowa State (51)

2. South Dakota (143)
3. Illinois (147)
4. Grand Valley State (161)
5. Toledo (185)
6. Iowa (234)
7. Butler (241)
8. Bradley (316)
9. Xavier (337)
10. Northern Illinois (341)
Open Race Results
1. – Adriana Kammerer, 21:58.5
4. – Erinn Stenman-Fahey, 22:30.4

Caleb Benzing-E. Marshall-Northwestern
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Red Raiders Make Big Statement at Briar Cliff

Dylan Hendricks-Grundy Center-Northwestern ©Red Raiders 2018

Dylan Hendricks-Grundy Center-Northwestern
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Dylan Hendricks and Caleb Benzing both finished among the top 15 runners in leading Northwestern to a third place showing at the Briar Cliff Invite run today at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

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The Red Raiders scored 107 points to finish third among the 12 teams competing. Coach Bahrke’s squad was just behind Doane (83pts) and first place Dordt (57pts) and ahead of fourth place Morningside (124pts).

Hendricks recorded his second top 10 finish of the season, placing eighth out of 145 runners with a personal best 8K time of 25:53. This was the fourth top 20 finish for his career. Caleb Benzing placed 11th overall, his third straight top 20 finish, and also ran personal best time of 26:04.

Isaiah Lee was the next NWC runner to cross the finish line, placing 32nd with a career fastest time of 26:49. Both Josh Van Dusseldorp (38th – 26:57) and Dylan Cavanaugh (40th – 26:58) ran personal bests and were Bahrke’s fourth and fifth runners. Hayden Lee and Chase Bulten round out the Red Raiders’ top seven, placing 44th (27:06) and 47th (27:12), respectively.

A total of 14 Northwestern runners ran personal bests this morning; Hendricks, Benzing, Lee, Van Dusseldorp, Cavanaugh, Lee, Bulten, Dalton Jacobsma, Levi Cross, Peyton Brasser, Ian Wiersema, Ben Aberson, Garrison Hazen and Steven Van Meeteren.

Top Seven Runners:
8. Dylan Hendricks – 25:53
11.Caleb Benzing – 26:04
32.Isaiah Lee – 26:49
38.Josh Van Dusseldorp – 26:57
40.Dylan Cavanaugh – 26:58
44.Hayden Lee – 27:06
47.Chase Bulten – 27:12



Bre Harthoorn turned in another top five finish in leading the Northwestern women’s cross country team to a third place finish at the Briar Cliff Invite. Today’s meet was held at the Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

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Harthoorn was one of 13 Red Raiders to run a personal best in today’s race, crossing the finish line in fifth place with a time of 18:31. This was the second top 10 finish for the junior this season and seventh for her career. Harthoorn has a total of eight top 20 finishes in her two-plus seasons.

The Red Raiders finished third out of 14 teams, scoring 81 points, two better than fourth place Concordia. Dordt won the team title with 59, followed by Hastings with 77.

Three Northwestern runners finished in the top 20, a total of five Red Raiders among the top 25. Katrina Engebretson continued her strong season, placing 16th with a personal best time of 19:02. This was the third top 20 finish for the junior. Emma Van Meeteren was close behind, in 17th place, with a season-best 5K time of 19:06 and her second top 20 finish this season. Autumn Muilenburg followed up her season debut two weeks ago at Doane with another outstanding race, finishing 21st with a personal best time of 19:13. Hunter Koepke also placed in the top 25, finishing 23rd with a personal best tie of 19:13.4.

Both Emily Bosch (42nd-19:45) and Anna Teigland (46th-19:52) turned in career-bests and were the final counters for the Red Raiders. Kelsey Lang, Allie Helmink, Jessalyn Ketcham, Samantha Dowling, Lindsey Groen, Angela Brinkman, Cassidy Rodman and Alyssa Krohn all posted personal best times.

Northwestern will next compete in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Oct. 20.

Top Seven Runners:
5th-Bre Harthoorn: 18:31
16th-Katrina Engebretson: 19:02
17th-Emma Van Meeteren: 19:06
21st-Autumn Muilenburg: 19:13
23rd-Hunter Koepke: 19:13
42nd-Emily Bosch: 19:45
46th-Anna Teigland: 19:52

Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
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Schott Finds a New Home

Megan Schott-Roosevelt-Iowa 2018  ©Darren Miller

Megan Schott-Roosevelt-Iowa 2018
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Megan Schott did the unthinkable for an Iowa native and Iowa State student-athlete: trade in her cardinal and gold Cyclone uniform for a black and gold Hawkeye one. She faced her previous harrier teammates at Iowa’s home invitational in August, her début as a Hawkeye.

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“The Hawk meet, I was really nervous,” Schott said. “I knew [Iowa State] was going to be there, and I knew I was going to be wearing all black.”

Schott finished fourth that race behind front-runner and teammate Andrea Shine and two teammates from the past, Iowa State’s Abby Caldwell and Karly Ackley.

The senior made her transfer from Ames to Iowa City after not seeing eye-to-eye with the Cyclone coaching staff. Schott devoted her 2018 spring semester to finishing her course work and graduating early. With no academic baggage, the Des Moines native joined Iowa head coach Randy Hasenbank’s squad.

Schott took the summer to transition into the group of Hawkeye harriers so by the time the first practice of the season rolled around, the relative rookie felt as if she had a community.

“I was so psyched to have [Shine] as a training partner,” Schott said. “I felt like we already had that connection, so I walked out to practice and it was really comfortable. I felt like I already had a family.”

The sense of family is already mirrored by the Iowa women.

“[Schott] is a really strong leader,” Shine said. “She helps teach me new ways to approach running as well as the younger girls, so I think that her ability to share her personal experiences and her knowledge of running is impacting the team by giving us all a different and positive outlook on how to approach competitions.”

Schott’s presence has made things happen. The Hawkeye women finished second at the Hawkeye Invitational, third at the Woody Greeno Invitational, and seventh at the competitive Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational.

At this point last year, the average time between Iowa’s first finisher and fifth finisher was 93 seconds. Now, it’s 83 seconds. When harriers are crossing the finish line within milliseconds, a 10-second shrinkage in the gap counts.

UNI Women's Cross Country
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Iowans All Over Panther’s XC Teams

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI  ©Panthers Athletics 2018

McKayla Cole=Charles City-UNI
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UNI cross country’s Wal Khat earned his third top-15 finish of the season to lead the men’s team to an 11th-place finish at the 33rd annual Roy Griak Invitational at the Les Bolstad Course today.

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The women’s team was led by

. The Panthers finished 10th overall. It was the first 6K race for the women this year. Cole placed 48th with a time of 22 minutes, 36.4 seconds. Host No. 23 Minnesota was the team champion.

The women’s team is ranked ninth in the Midwest. Iowa State, No. 2 Minnesota, No. 3 Oklahoma State, No. 4 South Dakota, No. 5

In the men’s 8K race, Khat finished in 12th place in 24:57.60. Junior C.J. May took 69th, leading a tight pack of Panthers. The pack of Ben Ahlrichs, Sam McCool, Alex Jackson and Drake Henrichs finished within 11 seconds from May. The field included 152 finishers.


The Panthers will return to Peoria, Illinois, for the second time this season for the Bradley Classic set for 4 p.m. CT Oct. 12. UNI will finish out its season in Peoria, Illinois, with the MVC Championships and NCAA Midwest Regional.

48. McKayla Cole 22:36.40
52. Gabby Skopec 22:41.10
60. Lucy Conroy 22:51.70
68. Alyssa Williams 23:03.0
70. Tess Roorda 23:05.00
99. Paige Holub 23:42.90
136. Jill Vonnahme 25:10.50


  1. Minnesota 52 – (No. 1 Midwest)
  2. Cal Baptist 82 – (No. 14 in West)
  3. South Dakota 106 – (No. 4 in Midwest)
  4. Harvard 115 – (No. 10 in Northeast)
  5. Montana State 133 – (No. 12 in Mountain)
  6. North Dakota State 173
  7. Cal State Fullerton 173
  8. Rice 184 – (No. 10 in South Central)
  9. South Dakota State 196
  10. UNI 256
  11. North Dakota 290
  12. Creighton 367
  13. Western Illinois 379
  14. Drake 385

12. Wal Khat 24:57.60
69. C.J. May 26:12.60
74. Ben Ahlrichs 26:17.60
75. Sam McCool 26:19. 70
77. Alex Jackson 26:21.20
79. Drake Henrichs 26:23.10
109. Logan Murray 26:54.40
117. Andrew Kephart 27:10.0


  1. Duke 74
  2. Minnesota 77 – (No. 3 Midwest)
  3. Harvard 89 – (No. 10 Northeast)
  4. South Dakota State 132 – (No. 12 Midwest)
  5. Navy 138 – (No. 6 MidAtlantic)
  6. Montana State 145 – (No. 12 Mountain)
  7. Drake 155
  8. Cal Baptist 216
  9. Cal State Fullerton 221
  10. North Dakota State 223
  11. UNI 259
  12. South Dakota 338
  13. Creighton 427
  14. North Dakota 445
  15. Western Illinois 457
Loras Women Cross Country 2018
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Rosenbum Leads DuHawks

Coach Bob Schultz-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Coach Bob Schultz-Loras
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With the first traditional race of the season featuring a 6k for the women and an 8k for the men, Kassie Rosenbum finished second in the field, running 22:38.7. Patrick Wolak was the top finisher for the men with a time of 25:52.7

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14 | Patrick Wolak | 25:52.7
16 | Cole Conklin-Little | 25:58.3
18 | Jack Carroll | 26:01.5
21 | Luke Guttormson | 26:03.7
29 | Preston Kauder | 26:37.6

2 | Kassie Rosenbum | 22:38.7
29 | Brianna Renner | 24:18.2
31 | Audrey Miller | 24:19.4
32 | Camryn Reeg | 24:20.7
33 | Maggie Bald | 24:22.3

• Cole-Conklin Little turned in a personal best on Saturday, running his first sub-26 minute race and 26 seconds faster than his performance at the Iowa Conference Championships last year
• Wartburg’s Carina Collet ran 21:45.5 for the top time out of the competition
• Rosenbum collected her second top-five finish of the season

Loras hosts its home invite next Friday at the Dubuque Soccer Complex. Racing is scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m.

Iowa Women Cross Country 2018
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Soto and Schott Lead Hawkeyes

Daniel Soto-WDM Valley-Iowa ©Hawkeye Athletics-Darren Miller-2016

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
©Golden Gophers 2018

The One, The Only Coach Wilson, Inducted Into Griak Hall

Coach Gary Wilson-Minnesota ©Jim Kirby

Coach Gary Wilson-Minnesota
©Jim Kirby

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
©Golden Gophers Athletics 2018

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
©Razorback Athletics

Marion’s Murphy Helps Razorbacks

Ryan Murphy-Marion-Arkansas

Ryan Murphy-Marion-Arkansas
©Razorback Athletics 2018

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
©Darren Miller 2018

Hawkeye Brothers in Arms

Karson Sommer-Pleasant Valley-Iowa ©Mike Brynes 2018

Karson Sommer-Pleasant Valley-Iowa
©Mike Brynes 2018

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
©Bees Athletics 2018

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.

Courtesy Vikings Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Grand View Women Cross Country

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
©Bulldogs Athletics 2018

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.