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NCU cross country teams claim NCCAA DII championships

The North Central University (AG) men's and women's cross country teams each claimed their respective NCCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships earlier in November in Cedarville, Ohio.

Several team members of each squad earned NCCAA DII All-American recognition for their performances.

The women, paced by NCU senior Catherine Mead's dominating performance (19:04) that had her finishing more than two minutes ahead of the second place DII finisher, have now captured seven consecutive NCCAA Division II Cross Country Championships. All five NCU scoring runners placed in the top 11 for a 47-point victory in the team standings. Freshman Rachel Hovland finished fifth overall, earning her NCCAA DII All-American honors as well.

According to the NCU website, Mead is a four-time NCCAA Division II All-American and the first three-time individual national champion in the program's history (men's or women's).

The NCU men also ran well, claiming their third consecutive NCCAA Division II Cross Country Championship, with all five NCU scoring finishers placing in the top 10. The men's team finished 49 points better than its nearest competitor.

Seniors Jeff Winkelman and Owen Hein and freshman Cam Tiberg, finished third, fourth and fifth overall, respectively, and also earned NCCAA DII All-American honors for their performances. Winkelman finished his NCU cross country career as a three-time NCCAA DII All-American.


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