Two Morningside College track and field athletes received All-American honors this week.
Erin Keitges, a senior from Allen, Neb. and Monte Larsen, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, earned NAIA All-America honors during Saturday's championship finals at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships in Marion, Ind.
Keitges placed sixth in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:08.12, while Larsen placed sixth in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.34 seconds for his fastest clocking of the season.
The top six finishers in each of the individual and relay events are awarded NAIA All-America status.
The Mustangs' Kara Nelson, a junior from Cherokee, was also a finalist in the women's 3000-meter steeplechase. Nelson finished 11th in the event with a time of 11:36.55.
Morningside shattered its school record en route to an eighth place finish in the women's 3200-meter relay during Friday's action.
The Mustangs' quartet of Breanna Mathes, a freshman from Holstein; Nicole Seier, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb.; Heather Hoefs, a junior from Valentine, Neb.; and Jessica Hudelson, a sophomore from Elk Point, S.D., ran a time of 9:12.75 in the championship final to shatter the previous Morningside standard of 9:17.35 then had run in Thursday's prelims. Mathes opened the race with a 2:17 split, followed by splits of 2:18 by Seier, 2:20 by Hoefs, and 2:15 by Hudelson, this year's Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) indoor and outdoor 800-meter champion.
Ryan Gass, a junior from Valentine, Neb., competed in Friday's men's high jump final and finished 17th with a height of 6-5.
Morningside men's 3200-meter relay team finished seventh it its Thursday preliminary heat with a time of 7:51.57. The members of the relay team were Taylor Chapman, a freshman from Spencer, Iowa; Brian Gesink, a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa; Edwin Graf, a senior from Logan, Iowa; and Larsen. The Mustangs did not advance beyond the prelims.
Nine Morningside College athletes have been named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes in the sport of track & field.
The Mustangs' scholar-athletes are:
Lisa Grosvenor, a junior from Newcastle, Neb., who has a 3.88 cumulative grade point average (GPA) with a major in American history and world history teaching; Nick Grove, a junior from Grimes, Iowa, who has a 3.82 cumulative GPA with majors in religious studies and English; Heather Hoefs, a junior from Valentine, Neb., who has a 3.96 cumulative GPA with majors in business administration and psychology counseling; Erin Keitges, a senior from Allen, Neb., who has a 3.97 cumulative GPA with a major in elementary education; Amy Kessler, a junior from Storm Lake, Iowa, who has a 3.59 cumulative GPA with majors in biology and chemistry; Jenna Kral, a junior from Crete, Neb., who has a 3.62 cumulative GPA with majors in elementary education and special education; Kara Nelson, a junior from Cherokee, Iowa, who has a 3.53 cumulative GPA with a major in psychology counseling; Margo Stanforth, a senior from Platte, S.D., who has a 4.00 cumulative GPA with majors in mathematics and business administration; and RaeChael Zabokrtsky, a junior from Endicott, Neb., who has a 3.71 cumulative GPA with a major in biology.
Student-athletes must be of at least junior academic status and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in order to be eligible for Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors.