BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - After two weekends of competition, Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's Cross Country teams are set to compete at Highland Greens Golf Club in Bloomington, Minn. this Saturday in what figures to be a warmup for the conference championships next month.
The latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday and Carleton College is the lone MIAC squad to crack to the top-35. The Knights are No. 10 in the latest national rankings.
MIAC teams also occupied five of the 10 spots in this week's Central Region rankings. Carleton leads the way at No. 1 in the region, followed by St. Olaf at No. 5, St. Thomas at No. 6, Saint John's at No. 7 and Bethel at No. 10.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg senior Ryan Moore finished 19th overall at the four-mile Twin Cities Twilight, clocking in at 22:33.6 to lead the Auggies.
Bethel freshman Isaac Mendel finished No. 1 among all collegiate runners at the Twin Cities Twilight – a four-mile race at Victory Links Golf Course – to open the season. Not only did the first-year competitor finish first out of 90 runners in his collegiate debut, but Mendel also helped the Royals claim first-place among all seven teams in the competition.
Senior Tris Dodge earned top individual honors and paced Carleton to the team title at the UW-River Falls Falcon Invitational last weekend. He completed the eight-kilometer trek at Kilkarney Hills Golf Course in 26:30.1, good for a 26-second margin of victory in the No. 9-ranked Knights' opening race of the season. That time was also a 71-second improvement from his performance on this same course a year ago.
Concordia had four runners finish among the top-25 at the MSU Moorhead Twilight last weekend, led by junior Eric Wicklund, who recorded his second straight top-10 finish by clocking in at 22:47 on the 7K course.
Gustavus senior captain Alex Wischnack placed fourth overall at the Crown College Invitational on August 31, leading the Gusties with a time of 16:56.30.
Hamline sophomore Frank Gustafson finished 13th overall at the Luther All-American Invite last weekend, clocking in at 21:07.6, 46.6 seconds off the winning time.
Macalester had four runners place in the top-13 at the season-opening Twin Cities Twilight. Senior Mac Doherty led the Scots with a ninth-place finish in 21:42.8.
Saint John's started the season with a third-place finish at the four-mile Luther All-American Invite last Saturday. Senior Kevin Lamb led SJU with a time of 21:08.46, good for 16th place overall and seventh among NCAA Division III participants.
Saint Mary's will compete for the first time this season at the Augsburg Invitational on Saturday. The SMU Alumni Open scheduled for August 31 was canceled due to weather.
St. Olaf sophomore Jonah Herzog placed third out of 90 runners at the Twin Cities Twilight, clocking in at 21:19.5. The third-place finish was the best of his two-year career.
St. Thomas junior Karl Wachter cruised to victory to lead seven Tommies among the top 11 finishers at the four-team Crown College Invite in St. Bonifacius, Minn. to open the season. Wachter won by 25 seconds, clocking in at 16:26 on the 5,000-meter course.