CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Mount Mercy cross country teams competed at the National Catholic Championships hosted by Notre Dame University on Friday in South Bend, Ind. The women's team placed 13th out of 30 while the men were 12th out of 28.
The Mustang women (362 points) raced in the college division 5,000 meter championship, led by Molly Pruett who came in 49th of 216 runners with a time of 19:37.4. Katie Hoffert placed 73rd with a time of 19:59.3. Alexa Zamora (80th, 20:07.8), Andrea Ertz (88th/20:20.8) and Vanessa Cortes (93rd/20:29.6) rounded out the top five for Mount Mercy.
James Lindstrom paced the Mustang men (380 points) and cracked the top 100 in the college division men's five-mile race, finishing 46th of 204 runners with a time of 27:16.9. Colton Forster and Aaron Golding crossed the finish line just four seconds apart, earning themselves 78th and 80th place finishes with times of 28:13.8 and 28:17.4, respectively. Michael Marshall ran the course in 28:46.5 giving himself a 98th place finish. Jacob Blackmon came in fifth for the Mustangs with a time of 29:08.7 which was good for 116th place.
The Mustangs, who got to compete against some of the best runners in the country at Notre Dame, head to Bettendorf on Saturday, Oct. 8, to race in the Fighting Bee Classic at Crow Creek Park at 10:30 a.m.