SPORTS SHORTS: Former preps compete at nationals
FORT DODGE – A trio of former area preps participated in the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Division I National Championships on Nov. 9, with former BCLUW state champion Levi Storjohann leading the way.
Storjohann placed 17th overall for the Iowa Central men’s squad, which came in second with 53 team points behind two-time champion Central Arizona (38) at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course. Storjohann was in 21st place at the two-mile mark in a time of 10 minutes, 23 seconds, and came away 17th in 26:16.7. He narrowly missed honorable mention All-American status, awarded to finishers 10-15.
Storjohann was a four-time state qualifier for BCLUW, finishing 86th, 10th, fourth and first in consecutive years before graduating in 2012.
East Marshall graduate Paige Miller picked up 55th place for the Johnson County Community College (Kan.) women’s squad, clocking in at 19:53.4. Johnson County came in 12th as a team.
NIACC freshman BrandiAnn Daub, a North Tama graduate, placed 254th in 24:24.8. The Trojans came in 13th in the team standings.
Welp helps Mustangs to GPAC title
SIOUX CITY – BCLUW grad Jay Welp helped the Morningside College’s men’s cross country team win its first Great Plains Athletic Conference championship in school history Nov. 9 in Seward, Neb.
The 2011 Comet grad finished the 8-kilometer race in 26 minutes, 57.17 seconds to finish 10th as the Mustangs placed four in the top-10 for a score of 41 – 20 points ahead of Nebraska Wesleyan University.
The junior’s placing earned him a spot on the All-GPAC Men’s Cross Country Team alongside fellow Mustangs Garret Ehlers, Mark Abrams and Alec DeVries.
Ehlers won the race in 26:01, while Abrams was fifth (26:42) and DeVries finished seventh (26:54). Morningside coach Davis Nash was named the 2013 GPAC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.