WHAT’S NEXT: The NIACC women’s and men’s cross country teams open the season Saturday at the NJCAA Region XI time trial on the Iowa Western campus. The women’s 5K race starts at 11 a.m. with the men’s 5K race starting at noon.
LAST SEASON: The NIACC women placed third at the NJCAA Region XI meet on the NIACC campus in Mason City with 74 points. The Lady Trojans placed 28th at the NJCAA Division I national meet in El Dorado, Kan. with 746 points. Sophomore Kendra Schmidt led the Lady Trojans at the national meet with a 107th place finish in 20 minutes, 29 seconds on the 5K course.
The NIACC men placed third at the regional meet in Mason City with 76 points and were ninth at the national meet with 380 points. Sophomore Wal Khat led the Trojans at nationals with a 17th place finish in 25:41 on the 8K course.
The NIACC men have placed in the top 15 at the national meet for nine straight seasons with the highest finishes being fourth in 2011 and fifth in 2012.
WOMEN’S RETURNERS: The Lady Trojans return three runners from last year’s team. The returners are Amy Fullerton, Keisha Gonzague and Allison Steahr. Fullerton earned honorable mention all-region honors by placing 23rd at the regional meet and placed 190th at the national meet. Gonzague also was an honorable mention all-region selection as was 24th at regionals and 156th at nationals.
MEN’S RETURNERS: The Trojans return five sophomores from last season’s team. The returners are David Carter, Samuel Dean, Blake Keller, John Kraft and Canyon Kuhlmann. Keller (16th at regionals), Kraft (20th at regionals) and Dean (23rd at regionals) were all honorable mention all-region selections. Keller placed 81st at the national meet.
WHAT’S NEXT: The NIACC volleyball team will open its 2017 regular season Friday and Saturday in the 22-team Battle In The Dells Showcase at the Woodside Wisconsin Dells Center.
On Friday, NIACC plays No. 1 (NJCAA Division II) Parkland College (Illinois) at 2:30 p.m. and faces Highland Community College (Illinois) at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the Lady Trojans play Glen Oaks Community College (Michigan) at 10 a.m. and take on No. 3 (NJCAA Division II) Owens Community College (Ohio) at noon.
Parkland is the two-time defending NJCAA Division II national champion. The Cobras were also the national runner-up in 2013 and 2014.
NIACC opens its ICCAC season Aug. 30 at Southwestern CC and plays its home opener on Sept. 1 against the Wartburg College Junior Varsity.
THE SOPHOMORES: The Lady Trojans have six sophomores on this year’s roster. The sophomores are Kyra Marquez, Kataelyn Wilson, Amanda Borden, Sammi Hyde, Brooke Greenwood and Becca Konz.
Greenwood is the team’s leading returner in kills (127) and blocks (107). Borden is the team’s leading returner in digs (42), assists (11) and ace serves (7).
LAST SEASON: NIACC was 19-14 overall and 3-5 in the ICCAC. The 19 wins by the Lady Trojans was the most since they were 22-12 in the 2009 season.