Cross Country, Sports

Mosers advance to national XC meet

The Wartburg men’s cross country team placed seventh at the regional meet in Pella Saturday.

“This was a much better performance than the conference meet, and was a good way to end the season,” head coach Steve Johnson said.

While the team’s season is over, two Wartburg individual runners will continue on to the NCAA Division III championship Nov. 22 in Wilimington, Ohio.

Both Chase and Bennett Moser qualified individually for the national championship after their finishes at the regional meet.

“We’re really excited that both Chase and Bennett Moser qualified for the national championships,” Johnson said. “Both of them have had outstanding races, and it’s very fun to watch them excel to the level that they’ve excelled at. [They are a] couple of the best runners in the nation now.”

Chase Moser came in 12th with a time of 25:17.1. Bennett Moser finished exactly four seconds later, which earned him 16th place.

Johnson has set high goals for the Mosers, wanting them to place within the top 35 runners to earn All-American distinction, despite not being favored to do so.

“They’re both in the best shape of their lives, and they’re mentally tough. I think they’re going to do really well.”

Other Wartburg scorers include Eli Kaczinski in 51st (26:09.4), Kailis Kokare in 66th (26:30.4) and Jerry Frawley in 81st (26:38.5).

Lee Scott finished 85th with a time of 26:43.3, and Zach Marpe came in 98th in 27:00.1 to round out the rest of the Wartburg runners in the 189-competitor field.

There were 27 teams in the meet. Wartburg had a team score of 226, landing them 205 points behind first-place and defending national champion St. Olaf.

Loras was second with 78 points. Central followed in third with 82 points. Carleton and St. Thomas came next with 132 and 156 points, respectively. In sixth place with 190 points was Luther.

Other IIAC team finishes include Simpson in 17th, Dubuque in 20th, Coe in 23rd and Buena Vista in 24th place.

Johnson is already thinking about team goals for next year.

“We’ve been sixth and seventh the last few years. We’re looking to take the next step and to move into the top four or five teams, but we’re consistently there year after year.”

Team Scores

1. St. Olaf (21), 2. Loras (78), 3. Central (82), 4. Carleton (132), 5. St. Thomas (156), 6. Luther (190), 7. Wartburg (226), 8. St. John’s (259), 9. Hamline (269), 10. Gustavus Adolphus (292), 11. Grinnell (321), 12. Macalester (335), 13. Nebraska Wesleyan (406), 14. Augsburg (409), 15. St. Mary’s (446), 16. St. Scholastica (451), 17. Simpson (516), 18. Cornell (523), 19. Martin Luther (535), 20. Dubuque (536), 21. Bethel (573), 22. Concordia-Moorhead (651), 23. Coe (675), 24. Buena Vista (685), 25. Bethany Lutheran (689), 26. Northwestern (768), 27. Minn.-Morris (783)

Top 15 Individuals

1. Grant Wintheiser (St. Olaf, 24:13.4), 2. Eli Horton (Central, 24:38.8), 3. Jake Campbell (St. Olaf, 24:45.6), 4. Jake Brown (St. Olaf, 24:50.7), 5. Paul Escher (St. Olaf, 24:54.1), 6. Hart Hornor (Carleton, 24:54.9), 7. Ty Wittman (Loras, 24:59.1), 8. Phillip Meyer (St. Olaf, 25:03.3), 9. Rob Howe (Loras, 25:06.5), 10. Jamie Vander Veer (Central, 25:10.1), 11. Thomas Feichtinger (St. John’s (25:16.2), 12. Chase Moser (Wartburg, 25:17.1), 13. Ryan Peterson (Hamline (25:17.6), 14. Jonah Berry (25:19.0), 15. Jacob Gerhartz (St. Thomas, 25:20.0)

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