SIOUX CITY - Morningside College finished 15th in the women's team standings at the Nov. 20th NAIA Cross Country National Championships in Vancouver, Washington. The Mustangs, who qualified for the nationals for the second year in a row, finished 15th in the 32-team field.
Cherokee Washington grad Kara Nelson, a senior at Morninside, was the Mustangs' top finisher, completing the course in 18:35, good for 31st place and just missing All-America honors, which are awarded to the top 30 finishers. Nelson was running in the national meet for the fourth straight year. The daughter of Jim and Susan Nelson of Cherokee, Kara is pretty good in the classroom, too, carrying a 3.50 cumulative GPA at Morningside, with a major in psychology counseling.
Jessica Hudelson, a junior, was Morningside's next top finisher at Vancouver, running 18:50 for 46th place. The Mustangs' other runners were Lydia Ford, Tabita Shepherd, Jenna Kraai, Courtney Ruff, and Nicole Seier.