The men’s team did not place at the Jim Drews Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse. Freshman Kendric Branter finished with a 194th-place 5:42.0, sophomore Austin Hagemeister finished with 317th 6:10.2 and sophomore Brody Elg had his best time of the season, 6:53.6, finishing in 35oth place. Every Rams’ runner had either a season or career best time at the UMAC Championship meet, where the team finished sixth. Branter finished 16th with a 27:40.2, junior Kaleb Gunderson ran a 39th-place 29:12.2, Hagemeister finished 46th with a 30:29.2, senior Daniel Morgenstern ran 31:35.4 to finish 57th and Elg finished 66th with a 32:44.6
The women’s team finished 21st at the Tori Neubaur Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin La-Crosse. Freshman Holly Peterson led the Rams with a 261st-place 7:41.3, junior Taylor Novak ran a 278th-place 8:09.8, freshman Sidney Palmer ran a 8:17.7 to finish 283rd, junior Brianna Griffin finished at 8:20.8 for 285th place and sophomore Raen Barcelon ran a 287th-place 8:21.7. The Rams finished ninth at the UMAC Championship, where the team had their best average time of the season. Novak led the way for the Rams with a 68th-place 29:31.5, Griffin finished 7oth with a 29:45.3, Barcelon ran 30:20.7 for 73rd, Palmer ran a 74th-place 30:29.5 and junior Danelle Pageler ran 32:09.3 to finish 83rd.
North Central’s Men’s soccer team faced off against Northwestern University on October 28th. Photo by Ericka Sura.
The men’s team found themselves in position to return to the NCCAA Division III championship tournament after losing the championship game last year. Entering the final week of the season with a 5-6-3 record, the Rams needed to win one game to make the tournament. The Rams lost to St. Scholastica 5-0 and battled to a double-overtime draw at home against Northwestern. The Rams did not qualify for the tournament and finished the season with a 5-7-4 record.
Sophomore Josué Boutouli led the Rams with 11 goals scored this season. Junior Kaleb Smith led the team with two assists. Junior Gabriel Hartwig, the team’s primary goalkeeper, ended the season with 83 saves on .716 save percentage. Boutouli was named to the UMAC All-Conference first team and junior Danny Williams earned Honorable Mention.
The Rams picked up their second and final win of the season on Oct. 20, defeating Mount Mary on the road, 3-0. Faith Vander Gailen’s debut season as head coach ended with a 2-26 record. Sophomore Emma Middendorf, who led the Rams in kills and blocks per set, was named to the UMAC All-Conference second team. Senior Bekah Johnson led the team in assists per set and junior Maddie Stocker led in digs per set.