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Spartan men jump to No. 23 in national poll

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 12:54 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 7:32 a.m. CDT

DES MOINES — The Southwestern Community College men’s cross country team jumped back into the top 25 poll after its performance at the Viking Invitational on Sept. 20.

The Spartans trailed North Iowa Area Community College by a mere three points in the team standings. NIACC was ranked No. 16 at the time of the race.

Freshman Aaron Ward continued to pace the Spartans, finishing the 8K course in 28:51. He placed 37th overall.

Former Clarke Indian standouts Gage Beers and Chasen Selsor crossed the line in 29:13 and 29:19 respectfully.

Ben Friederichs and Rayvonne Brown rounded out the scoring for the Spartans. The team’s spread was only 44 seconds for the top five.

“I was really impressed by how we worked to pass people after the 6,000-meter mark,” head coach Bill Huntington said. “It was probably the tightest pack we have ever had.”

Auston Carter, Ovan Garcia and Cassidy Warson set season-best times under 30 minutes for the 8K.

“To have that many guys under 30 minutes at this point in the season is outstanding,” Huntington said. “We still have a lot of work to do, but this team has a large upside.”

Sarah McKeon and Kristin Klocksiem led the Spartan women in the 5K, crossing the line in 24:59 and 25:14 respectively.

Libby Hurley-Boyd, Brei Theisen and Aspen Riley rounded out the scoring for SWCC.

“I try not to talk about individuals often, but Sarah and Kristin really showed up,” Huntington said. “They were passing people the whole time, really racing hard.”

Southwestern hits the road for a long trip across the Mississippi River for the Augustana Invitational in Rock Island, Ill.

VIKING INVITATIONAL

Men’s team standings — 1. Morningside 47, 2. Run DSM 60, 3. Drake 67, 4. Mount Mercy 122, 5. SCRC 156, 6. SCRS 197, 7. Ottawa 206, 8. Grand View 209, 9. NIACC 216, 10. SWCC 219, 11. William Penn 263, 12. Scott CC 328, 13. Faith Baptist 353.

Men’s individual standings — 1. Garret Ehlers, Morningside 25:47; 37. Aaron Ward, SWCC 28:51; 42. Gage Beers, SWCC 29:13; 45. Chasen Selsor, SWCC 29:19; 46. Ben Friederichs, SWCC 29:25; 49. Rayvonne Brown, 29:35.

Women’s team standings — 1. Drake 15, 2. Mount Mercy 68, 3. Morningside 88, 4. Grand View 122, 5. Ottawa 154, 6. NIACC 173, 7. DMACC 216, 8. William Penn 228, 9. Scott CC 229, 10. SWCC 274.

Women’s individual standings — 1. Emma Huston, Drake 19:06; 47. Sarah McKeon, SWCC 24:59; 48. Kristin Klocksiem, SWCC 25:14; 58. Libby Hurley-Boyd, SWCC 28:12; 60. Brei Theisen SWCC 29:22; 61. Aspen Riley, SWCC 30:42.

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