The UMAC Championships was held in Benson, Minn. Oct. 29. The men started off the day at noon running an 8K, 5 miles, to see who would come out on top for the Upper Midwest.
The crowd was shocked to see St. Scholastica run a fourth place race and have Wisconsin-Superior come out on top, followed by Martin Luther and Minnesota-Morris. This was the first time in seven years that St. Scholastica did not win the championship. What an upset for the team.
North Central sophomore, Kaleb Gunderson, ran first for the Rams with a time of 29:16. Gunderson placed 33 out of 90 races for a season best time. Even though Kaleb ran the best time for the Rams, Brody Elg, a freshman at North Central, ran a career best time of 32:22, shedding three minutes off his previous best. Along with Gunderson and Elg, the rest of the team ran either season best times or career best times, making the race a success for the North Central Rams.
Many runners left the race feeling accomplished. “We did great,” said Daniel Morgenstern, cross country captain. “Brody, Austin and I ran our best races ever, and Zachary and Kaleb ran their best race of the season.”
St. Scholastica was also supposed to come out on top for the women’s race and to no surprise, for the fourteenth year, they did just that. Junior Casey Horland ran first for the individual time and giving Scholastica the win with a time of 21:49. Coming in second was Minnesota-Morris, and third was Bethany Lutheran. Running first for the Rams was freshman Raen Barcelon with a time of 26:52. This ranked her 40 out of 99 runners. Raen has stunned crowds this season being a consistent leading runner for the Rams.
In two weeks time, the Rams will go to compete in their first ever Division III Central Region Championship at Carleton College. Coach Meadows is thrilled.
“I can’t wait to race our first D-III region meet in program history,” he said. There is much anticipation and excitement from everyone for what’s to come with the cross country team.