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IW cross-country competes in Midwest Championships

Photo courtesy of Iowa Wesleyan University

Iowa Wesleyan runners pose for a picture at the 2019 NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals over the weekend.
Photo courtesy of Iowa Wesleyan University Iowa Wesleyan runners pose for a picture at the 2019 NCAA Division III Midwest Regionals over the weekend.

OSKOSH, Wis. — The Iowa Wesleyan cross-country teams went northeast to Wisconsin on Saturday to compete in the NCAA DIII Midwets Championships. The Tigers had three women running and two men. They didn’t score as a team in either.

Sierra Howardson led the Tiger women with a final time of 26:29.8. That put her in 184th overall. Finishing second for the Tiger women was Allison Morris, taking 216th, in 28:20.6.

Coming in third for the IW women and 248th overall was Veronica Morgan. She finished the race in 32:16.3.

The Tiger men were led by Nathaniel Townsend, who took 204th overall in 29:38.6. Ryan Hutchinson wasn’t far behind him, taking 221st, in 30:51.4.

Winning the regional on the men’s side was North Central College in Illinois. They scored 47 points on the day, blowing out second-place Wisconsin-La Crosse. In the women’s portion of the meet, Washington University (Mo.) took the top spot with 37 points, followed by the University of Chicago, which scored 66.

IW didn’t have a senior running on Saturday, meaning the Tigers will have plenty of talent coming back next season. Morgan, Townsend and Hutchinson are all juniors this year and both Howardson and Morris are sophomores.