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Jasmine Nielsen, Hayley Leonard; Rhett Gainey (Photos Doug Wells)
Cross Country - Sun, Oct. 25, 2015

The Grand View men's and women's cross country teams returned to action Saturday as they competed in the NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede hosted by Mt. Mercy University. Both the men's and women's field were very competitive and included several NAIA Top 25 teams from the Midwest.

The Viking women finished ninth out of 20 teams and were led by senior Jasmine Nielsen (Denver, Iowa) who placed 30th out of 167 finishers as she ran a season best time of 19:30. Junior Kim Teno (Albia, Iowa) also had a season best time as she came in 46th with a time of 20:10.  Juniors Hayley Leonard (Maxwell, Iowa) and Hannah Sobaski (Fairfield, Iowa) both posted personal best times as they finished in 20:21 (54th) and 21:01 (83rd), respectively. In addition, junior Natalie Potts (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) ran a season best time of 21:11 (86th).

In the men's race, junior Rhett Gainey (Monroe, Iowa) led the way for the Vikings with a 73rd place finish out of 182 finishers and posted a time of 27:24. Senior Kennedy Kiprop (Pleasant Hill, Iowa) was close behind with a season best time of 27:27 and a 74th place finish while freshman Alex Arechavaleta (Altoona, Iowa) finished 118th in 29:15. Sophomore Duoth Tut (Urbandale, Iowa) and junior Chris DeJoode (Des Moines, Iowa) both blew their previous personal bests out of the water with Tut decreasing his time by one min and 50 seconds (30:14) and DeJoode cutting his time down by 34 seconds (33:11).

Grand View will return to action on Saturday, November 7 for the Heart of America Conference Championships held in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede Women Top 5 Team Standings:

1st – NAIA #12 St. Francis(IL)
2nd – NAIA RV    Texas Wesleyan
3rd – NAIA #23   St. Xavier(IL)
4th – NAIA RV     Mt. Mercy
5th – NAIA RV     Trinity Christian(IL)

NAIA Seminole Valley Stampede Men Top 5 Team Standings:

1st – NAIA #11    St. Mary(KS)
2nd – NAIA #4     St. Francis(IL)
3rd – NAIA #21   Columbia(MO)
4th – NAIA RV     St. Xavier(IL)
5th – NAIA #14   Texas Wesleyan

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