Hawkeye RedTails Cross Country Teams Qualify for National Championships

Sophomore, Mikki Mundus, competes at the NJCAA Region XI Championships.
Sophomore, Mikki Mundus, competes at the NJCAA Region XI Championships.

FORT DODGE–Hawkeye RedTails Cross Country qualified to compete in the NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships after a strong showing at the Region XI Championships held October 29, 2017, at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

The men's team took third place after a winning a tiebreaker with Southwestern Community College with 92 points, behind second place North Iowa Area Community College (74) and host school Iowa Central Community College (19). 

"Our men's strength has always been our pack: when one guy has an off race, we have a guy right there to pick us up," said head coach Micah Ruroden. "We ran well enough to punch our ticket to the national meet, and if I know our guys well enough, they are going to want more out of the national meet than just saying they got to nationals the first year."

The women placed third outright with 91 points, following runner-up Iowa Western Community College (65) and regional champion Iowa Central Community College. Joanna Topham led the RedTails with an eighth place finish (19:19.2).

"Our women really performed well in a championship environment," Ruroden said. "Each of our women had season best times and I really expect them to improve more in the next two weeks when we get to the national meet."

The NJCAA Division I Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be held Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge.

Men's Results (8K)

Place

Athlete

Time

12

Malcolm Myers               

27:35.4   

16

David Thompson

27:45.2   

18

Ryan Millikin

27:50.3

20

Peter Torkelson

28:04.1

26

Isaac Connolly

28:28.8

34

Landon Boomsma

29:03.3

35

Grant Baker

29:15.2

 

Women's Results (5K)

Place

Athlete

Time

8

Joanna Topham

19:19.2

14

Mikki Mundus

20:50.7

20

Shae Dahlstrom

21:04.0

21

Atlanta Groeneveld

21:18.4

28

Autumn Weekley

22:21.6

40

Hannah Johnson

25:27.2

41

Divine Washington

25:30.5