BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - As the weather cools down, the competition heats up with just more than one month to go before the 2018 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Cross Country Championships at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
The latest USTFCCCA NCAA Division III Men's Cross Country National Coaches Poll was released on Wednesday and two MIAC squads cracked the top-35. Carleton College is ranked No. 10 in the nation, while St. Olaf College is No. 18.
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. 3, St. Thomas at No. 6, Gustavus at No. 7 and Saint John's at No. 8.
AROUND THE MIAC
Augsburg senior Ryan Moore was the top finisher for the Augsburg men in the 8,000-meter Augsburg Invitational race two weeks ago, recording a time of 31:00.9 to finish 124th overall.
Bethel sophomores Ezekiel Lelinga and Josh Halverson led the Royals at the Augsburg Invite, clocking in at 28:12.3 and 28:35.5, respectively.
Carleton first-year Adam Nakasaka paced the Knights with a time of 28:22.1 at the Augsburg Invite, 25th out of 340 runners in the field.
Concordia sophomore Munir Isahak finished in second place at the St. Olaf Invite with a time of 26:21 on the 8K course.
Gustavus sophomore Andrew Stumbo led the team with a time of 28:10 to finish 20th overall at the Augsburg Invitational.
Hamline senior Kyle Mehrhof ran the 8K course at the Augsburg Invitational in 29:08.3 to earn 36 points in the 338-competitor field.
Macalester senior Mac Doherty led the Scots with a ninth-place finish in 21:42.8 at the 8,000-meter St. Olaf Invite last weekend.
Saint John's seniors Kevin Lamb and James Mathison led the Johnnies in 34th (28:37) and 36th (28:49), respectively, at the Augsburg Invitational earlier this month, which was 26th and 28th among Division III participants.
Sophomore Isaiah Olsem notched a team-best eight-kilometer time of 29:43 to lead Saint Mary's to an 18th-place showing at the Augsburg Invitational.
St. Olaf sophomore Jonah Herzog finished sixth overall with a time of 26:58.5 at the St. Olaf Invitational and led the Oles to a third-place finish as a team. This is Herzog's second top-10 finish this season for the Oles.
St. Thomas competed with a partial squad at the Augsburg Invitational and was led by first-year Landen Javens, who clocked in at 29:12 to pace the Tommies.