From the NIACC Athletic Department –
What’s next: The NIACC men’s and women’s cross country teams return to action Saturday at the NJCAA national meet at the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course in Fort Dodge. The 8-kilometer men’s race starts at 11 a.m. with the 5K women’s race starting at noon.
Last time out: The No. 14 NIACC women placed third at the NJCAA Region XI meet Nov. 1 in Fort Dodge with 74 points. Freshman Jessica Blumberg paced the Lady Trojans with a sixth-place finish in 20 minutes, 16 seconds on the 5-kilometer course.
The No. 21 NIACC men placed third with 71 points. Sophomore Imad Amenzou earned first-team all-region honors with a fourth-place finish in 26:06 on the 8K course.
NIACC WOMEN (5K)
Jessica Blumberg 19:18 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Alyssa Cowan 20:11 (2014 NJCAA national meet); Emerson Sears 20:25 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Kendra Schmidt 20:50 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Lattie Crozier 20:51 (2014 NJCAA national meet); Jordan Lane 21:58 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Taylor Glawe 23:08 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Emma Phipps 28:44 (2015 NJCAA Region XI meet).
NIACC MEN (8K)
Imad Amenzou 25:12 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Tyler Randall 26:59 (2014 St. Ambrose Invitational); Jacob Day 27:12 (2015 Buena Vista Invitational); Nick Frenz 28:14 (2015 Arkansas Chile Pepper); Jose Aguilera 29:15 (2015 Buena Vista Invitational); John Enright 28:59 (2015 Loras College Dr. Tucker Invitational); Lucas White 29:23 (2015 Buena Vista Invitational); Aaron Hardcastle 31:10 (2015 Loras College Dr. Tucker Invitational).
Next level: Former NIACC al-region performer Stephanie Faught, who prepped at Clear Lake, placed 26th at the Appalachian Athletic Conference meet in Knoxville, Tenn. in a time of 21:57 in the 5K race competing for Columbia College, which placed fourth in the team standings with 130 points.
What’s next: The No. 9 NIACC women’s basketball team (4-0 overall) returns to action Friday and Saturday at the Kirkwood Classic in Cedar Rapids. NIACC faces No. 2 Illinois Central at 5:30 p.m. Friday and takes on No. 5 Parkland College at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Last time out: NIACC topped Illinois Central 84-76 in overtime on Friday at the Konigsmark Klassic. The Lady Trojans stopped Lake Land College 87-73 on day two of the Klassic in Mason City.
Lady Trojan tidbits: Sophomore Savannah Lentz has 97 career 3-point goals, which is sixth on NIACC’s career 3-point list … Amy Boley (2008-10) and Kadejah Young (2012-14) both connected on 97 3-point goals in their NIACC careers … Lentz has 367 career points, 47 career steals and 42 career assists … Sophomore Trudy Peterson has 235 career points, 53 career 3-point goals and 52 career assists … Sophomore Diamond Miller has 182 career points and 184 career rebounds … Sophomore Anna Eckert has 239 career points and 173 career rebounds … Sophomore Sam Adamich has 180 career points and 139 career rebounds.
NIACC statistical leaders: Points: Savannah Lentz 14.8 (59 points), Sammie Sproul 12.5 ppg. (50 points), Trudy Peterson 11.3 ppg. (45 points); Sam Adamich 11.3 ppg. (34 points); 3-point goals: Lentz 13, Peterson 11, Larson 5; Rebounds: Courtney Larson 25, Sproul 22, Anna Eckert 21, Diamond Miller 19; Assists: Sproul 18, Courtney Larson 12, Peterson 10; Steals: Sproul 19, Lentz 13, Larson 8, Tiana Cook 8.
Next level: Former NIACC all-American Sierra Ford-Washington and the University of Milwaukee-Wisconsin open their season Friday in a home exhibition against Tiffin University. The Panthers open the regular season Monday at home against University of Missouri-Kansas City.
What’s next: The NIACC men’s basketball team (2-0 overall) returns to action Thursday in a nonconference contest at Southeastern. Game time in Burlington is set for 7 p.m.
Last time out: NIACC opened its season with a pair of victories at the Konigsmark Klassic. The Trojans topped Dakota Wesleyan JV 105-48 on Friday with Boy Van Vliet leading the way with 13 points. The Trojans stopped Pure Prep Academy 97-48 as Luke Mascall-Wright scored 18 points.
Trojan tidbits: Southeastern leads the all-time series against NIACC 49-7 … The last NIACC win in the series was a 89-88 overtime victory in the 1992-93 season … Van Vliet has 243 career points, 94 career rebounds, 85 career assists and 48 career steals … Angus Fischer has 73 career rebounds … Trei Mitchell has 56 career assists and 33 career steals.
NIACC statistical leaders: Points: Luke Mascall-Wright 14.5 ppg. (29 points), Boy Van Vliet 14.0 ppg. (28 points), Angus Fischer 10.5 ppg. (21 points), Court Christianson 10.5 ppg. (21 points); 3-point goals: Christianson 5, Lachlan Anthony 2; Rebounds: George Ivens 13, Anthony 13, Mascall-Wright 12, James Wanjara 12; Assists: Van Vliet 10, Matt Baker 9, Trei Mitchell 6; Steals: Mitchell 7, Van Vliet 5, Cordele Jackson 4.
Next level: Former NIACC men’s basketball player Matthew Don is playing professionally in Spain for CB Vigren Spain, which is 1-1. Don scored 17 points with 20 rebounds in a 68-53 victory over Rosalia in his professional debut on Nov. 1.
What’s next: The No. 2 NIACC wrestling team returns to action Saturday at the Luther College Open in Decorah.
Last time out: Sophomore Quincy Kalkbrenner placed second at 157 pounds to lead NIACC at the ninth annual Kaye Young Open on Sunday. Also placing for the Trojans wereTaylor Lehman (4th at 141 pounds), Jake Niichel (6th at 149 pounds), Seth Niichel (5th at 157 pounds), Jakubb Fahrenkrug (3rd at 165 pounds), Tyler Demoss (3rd at 184 pounds), Tyler Larson (6th at 197 pounds) and Lawrence Phillips (6th at 285 pounds).
NIACC’s Paul Mascarenas placed third at 125 pounds wrestling unattached.
Trojan tidbits: Last season at Luther, Shiquan Hall (133 pounds) placed fourth in the freshman division, Taylor Lehman (141) was fifth in the freshman division and Seth Niichel (165) was sixth in the freshman division.
– Compiled by NIACC sports information director Kirk Hardcastle