Central, Simpson and Luther Shine ar Regionals!

Cole Decker-Dowling Catholic and Eli Horton-SE Polk
courtesy Central Athletics

Central College

The Central College Men, paced by native Iowans, has had a great season so far, and the biggest meet of the year is yet to come!  The Dutch, paced by Eli Horton of SE Polk, who finished 2nd, and Cole Decker who was 3rd, were second in the team race and will advance to Terre Haute on the 17th.  The women were led by Britt West Hancock’s Mel McDermott and finished 12th in the women’s team competition.
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Wartburg
Women
The No. 9 Wartburg women’s cross country team won its second consecutive and tenth overall Central Regional Championship Saturday.  The Knights won with their 72 team points.
  • Sophomore Alana Enabnit (Clear Lake) took second with a time of 21:37.8.
  • Junior Sammi Bruett (Urbandale) placed sixth (21:54.5) and classmate Haddie Vawter (Union) placed 11th (22:48.5).
  • Senior Kirsten Youngberg (Pocahontas) took 24th (23:17.2), sophomore Morgan Gerdes (Waterloo) placed 30th (23:31.5) and junior Lauren Mapes (Earlham) placed 49th (24:09.4).
  • Enabnit, Bruett, Vawter, Youngberg and Gerdes received All-Region honors.

With the Regional Championship title, the Orange and Black automatically qualified for the NCAA Championship next weekend in Terre Haute, Ind.

Men
The Wartburg men’s cross country team took sixth at the Central Regional Championships Saturday.  St. Olaf won the team title with 70 points and the Knights scored 173 points.

  • Sophomore Chase Moser (Wapello) was the top finisher for the Orange and Black as he took 14th (26:12.3).
  • Junior Sam Read (Marion) placed 20th (26:18.1) and freshman Bennett Moser (Wapello) took 31st (26:28.5).
  • Senior Parker Comentino (Nora Springs) took 41st (26:40.7) and classmate Shane Warehime (Gowrie) placed 67th (27:13.2).
  • Sophomore Chris Huinker (Calmar) and junior Ryan Kloberdanz (Ankeny) rounded out the team’s competitors with times of 27:30.8 and 27:41.3, respectively.
  • The Moser brothers and Read received All-Region honors.
Luther College
Women
The Luther women ran to a third place finish at the NCAA III Central Regional hosted by St. Olaf College Saturday afternoon. The Norse posted a team total of 121 points, finishing behind Wartburg College with 72 and St. Olaf with 95.  The top-two teams automatically qualified for the NCAA III National Championships.  Luther qualified as well, with an At Large bid based on the strength of the Region.  Individually, four Norse earned all-region honors after placing in the top-35 from the field of 187 runners.

Tricia Serres led this group with a fourth place finish clocked at 22:06.7 on the 6K course. She was followed by Christina Storlie, Decorah, (15th – 23:00), Jayne Cole (26th – 23:20.6) and Maggie Pierson (33rd – 23:36.4). Storlie became only the fourth runner in Luther history to earn this honor for a third time.  Lauren Mordini (38th – 23:50), Annie Klepper, Algona, (71st – 24:31.3) and Lauren Stokke, Gilbert, (76th – 24:35.0) completed the Norse seven.

 Men
 The Luther men qualified for the 2012 NCAA III National Championships, thanks to a third place finish at the Central Regional. The top two teams earned an automatic bid to the national finale. Based on strength of region, Luther receivied an at-large bid.  Host St. Olaf won the team title posting a point total of 70 points. Iowa Conference champions Central College finished second with 75, followed by the Norse with 144. St. John’s University was fourth at 155.

The Norse were led by Marty Mitchell, Decorah, and Austin Bauer who earned all-region honors by finishing in the top-35 from the field of 185 runners. Mitchell placed fifth clocked at 25:43.8 on the 8k course. Bauer was 13th with a time of 26:08.9. This is the second time both runners have earned all-region honors.  Completing Luther’s top five was Alex Rigdon, CR Prairie, (36th – 26:30.5), Tyler Broadwell (38th – 26:33.7) and Jackson Espeset (52nd – 26:54.9).  Matt Rubins, Pleasant Valley, (59th – 27:04.4) and Logan Langley (63rd – 27:10.50 completed the top-seven.

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