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NIACC Sports Notebook

This news story was published on September 30, 2014.
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niacc_trojans_logoFrom the NIACC Athletic Department –


What’s next: The NIACC men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Oct. 11 at the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee Invitational. The men’s race is an 8-kilometer race and the women’s race is a 5K.

Last time out: The NIACC women placed 27th out of 35 teams in the Maroon Division II race at the University of Minnesota Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 27 in St. Paul, Minn. The NIACC men placed 29th out of 33 teams in the Maroon Division II race.

Sophomore Hannah Palmeter placed 14th at the Griak Invitational in a personal-best time of 22 minutes, 58.8 seconds on the 6-kilometer course.

Palmeter’s time is the second-fastest 6K in school history.

Anna Buenneke is the school record holder in the 6K with a time of 22:27 in 2010.

Freshman Imad Amenzou led the NIACC men at the Griak Invitational with a 52nd place finish in 27:33 in the 8K race.

In the rankings: The NIACC women are ranked 11th in the latest NJCAA national poll. Iowa Central is ranked first in the women’s poll.

The NIACC men are ranked 15th. The Iowa Central men are ranked second and the Iowa Western men are ranked seventh.


What’s next: The NIACC men’s and women’s golf teams host the NIACC Fall Invitational on Thursday at the Mason City Country Club. The tournament starts at 10:30 a.m.

Teams entered are NIACC, Ellsworth, Iowa Central, Iowa Lakes, Hawkeye CC and Waldorf College.

Last time out: The NIACC men placed third at the Iowa Lakes Invitational on Sept. 26 with a 325. Freshman Sam Steinwand tied for ninth in the individual medalist competition with a 79. Freshman Thomas O’Rourke, playing on the NIACC junior varsity squad, tied for second in the medalist competition with a 75.

The NIACC women shot a 376 at the Iowa Lakes Invitational. Freshman Savannah Lentz placed second with an 87.


What’s next: The NIACC men’s soccer team returns to action Saturday at No. 5 (NJCAA Division III) Century College in White Bear Lake, Minn. Match time is set for 2 p.m.

Century stopped NIACC 1-0 in the Trojans’ season opener on Aug. 23 in Mason City.

Last time out: NIACC (3-5-2 overall, 2-2-2 in the ICCAC) dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to No. 16 Iowa Central on Sept. 27. Century (9-2-1 overall) topped Bismarck State College 8-0 on Sept. 27.

Leading the league: Freshman Kevin Fortes (Brockton, Mass.) ranks fourth in the ICCAC with 23 points (11 goals, 1 assist). The 11 goals is tied for the ICCAC lead with two others.


What’s next: The NIACC volleyball team (8-12 overall, 1-3 in the ICCAC) hosts No. 14 DMACC (13-4, 3-0) on Wednesday. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
Last time out: The Lady Trojans dropped a 3-0 decision to Iowa Lakes on Sept. 25. Sophomore Caitlyn Hanig led the way with 11 kills. Sophomore Carly Ouverson had 11 assists and freshman Amber Carter had 15 digs.
Among the league leaders: Hanig is sixth in the ICCAC with 196 kills and sixth in blocks (55). Also for the Lady Trojans, Ouverson is sixth with 459 assists, freshman Karlie Niedert is fourth in blocks (67) and freshman Zoe Schneider is third in ace serves (31).

NIACC’s leaders: Kills – Hanig 196, Brianna Haugen 119, Kendall Moorehead 68. Assists – Ouverson 459. Digs – Hanig 155, Ouverson 135, Madison Wood 112. Blocks – Niedert 67, Hanig 55, Haugen 32. Ace serves – Zoe Schneider 31, Moorehead 20, Heather Danburg 19, Abbey Knowlton 19.

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