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Track & Field - Mon, May. 9, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Mount Mercy had seven event champions and 17 student-athletes earned a total of 20 all-conference honors at the 2011 Midwest Collegiate Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Williams Stadium over the weekend.

Sophomore Jenna Higgins was all-conference in four events. She repeated as the MCC champion in the javelin with a conference meet record throw of 144'-1" and was part of the 4x100 meter relay squad, including sophomore Larissa Wilden, senior Janae Rosien and junior Cortni Kooi, that also set a conference meet record in :48.15. Mount Mercy's 4x100 meter relay team also reached the NAIA's "B" qualifying standard for the national meet. Higgins was runner-up in the 100 meter dash and 200 meter dash.

Junior Jacqueline Kane, Wilden and senior Beth Ripperger were all-conference in three
events. Kane, already an NAIA outdoor national meet qualifier in the 400 meter hurdles,
reached the NAIA's automatic qualifying standard again while setting a conference mark in 1:03.71. She also captured the 400 meter dash title and was runner-up in the 200 meter dash. In addition to the 4x100 meter relay title, Wilden won the high jump with a leap of 5'-1" and was second in the 100 meter hurdles.

Ripperger, senior Kori Yotter, sophomore Shelby Daisy and junior Kara Danielsen teamed up for the 4x800 meter relay championship in 9:44.40. Ripperger also placed second in the 1,500 meter run and 800 meter run, while Danielsen was runner-up in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Senior Kelsey Hansen, an NAIA national meet qualifier last week, won the hammer throw at the MCC meet with a toss of 142'-4" and was also all-conference in the shot put. Freshman Anne Bruno was runner-up and all-MCC in a pair of events, the 10,000 meter run and 5,000 meter run, while freshman Allie Ziskovsky was all-conference and runner-up in the shot put.

Grand View won the women's team title with 229.5 points, followed by Mount Mercy (197 points), St. Ambrose (170.5), Ashford (104.5), Clarke (100), Iowa Wesleyan (30) and William Penn (13.5).

Five members of the Mustang men's track & field team were all-conference. Freshman TJ Mosbach placed second in the 1,500 meter run, while the 4x800 meter relay team of junior Mike Miroux, senior Matt Clarke and freshmen David Carbajal and Mitch Johnson garnered all-MCC honors with a runner-up finish.

The men's team championship was also won by Grand View, which ran away from the field with 300 points. Runner-up was St. Ambrose (220 points), followed by Ashford (131), William Penn (112), Mount Mercy (35), Clarke (30) and Iowa Wesleyan (11).