Simpson’s Women and Men Have the Pipes For Success!

Women

The Simpson women’s cross country team put together its best team race of the season to place 24th of 28 teams at the NCAA Central Region Championships hosted by St. Olaf on Saturday.  The Storm finished with 751 points, behind Martin Luther (685) and ahead of Northwestern-Minn. (805). Wartburg won the team race with 72 points followed by St. Olaf (95) and Luther (121).  “We ran our best team race of the season today,” head coach Heath Moenck said. “The women once again ran with incredible toughness. We gained valuable experience today for our young team.”

Simpson’s six-person lineup consisted of only one senior.

  • Junior Lindsey Borgomainerio, Fairfield, led the Storm for the fourth meet in a row, placing 132nd and finishing in a time of 25:47.6.
  • RaeLea Jones, Missouri Valley,ran one of her best races of the season, turning in her highest team finish while placing 147th overall (26:31.6).
  • Emily Manning, Bishop Heelan, responded from her breakout performance at the Iowa Conference Championships two weeks ago by placing 153rd at regionals (26:39.0).
  • Hampered by injuries all season, senior Jade Osborne placed 154th (26:39.9). Shelby King, Tipton, came in 165th (27:09.2) and Breanna Gaster, CR Prairie, placed 167th (27:24.4) to round out Simpson’s lineup.

Men

Simpson’s Joe Farrand owns a unique skill-set. By day, he is one of the Central Region’s top cross country runners. By night, he is an opera star.  The sophomore became Simpson’s third national-qualifier in as many years, turning in an all-region performance by placing 10th (25:58.1) andleading the Storm to a 13th-place finish of 27 teams at the NCAA Central Region Championships hosted by St. Olaf on Saturday.  The Storm scored 340 points, finishing behind Carleton (317) and ahead of Saint Mary’s-Minn. (374). St. Olaf won the team competition with 70 points, followed by Central (75) and Luther (144).

Farrand wasn’t able to travel with the team to Northfield on Friday afternoon due to his leading role in Simpson’s Friday night production of the Beggar’s Opera. Instead, he performed, then made the nearly four-hour trip North separately.  He didn’t arrive at the team hotel until 2:30 a.m. and was competing for a spot in the national meet only 8 ½ hours later.  “Joe remained incredibly focused during this less-than ideal situation and ran his best race of the season,” head coach Heath Moenck said. “For him to qualify for the national meet after everything he’s been through is something he won’t soon forget.”  Farrand has had a breakout season for the Storm in 2012, overcoming an injury which sidelined him for nearly two years. By comparison, losing a few hours of sleep seems like a minor speed bump.

  • Mitchell Davis, Algona, ran his best race of the season, breaking 27 minutes for the first time since September to place 47th (26:51.0). John Warnke,Dubuque Sr. came in 64th (27:11.8) and Jake Sutton, WDM Valley, placed 108th (28:11.7).
  • A trio of freshmen rounded out Simpson’s seven with Nick Yaeger, Boone, placing 111th (28:14.5), Miles Kirts 130th (28:50.4) and Andrew Mayes,Gilbert, 131st (28:51.4).
  • “Our men battled today and capped off an excellent season,” Moenck said.
  • Farrand gets to continue his season at the NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Terre Haute, Ind., where Rose-Hulman will serve as host.
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