Recap of the 2018 gold season and what to look forward to in cross country
By Seth Lemmon
As the days get shorter and the seasons change from autumn to winter, students say goodbye to more than just crisp fall days here at North Central University. It is also time to say goodbye to fall sports. The men’s and women’s golf teams have wrapped up their season, and the men’s and women’s cross country teams are coming to a finish.
Before cross country crosses the line, North Central will have a chance to watch the team run in the NCAA DIII Regional meet Nov. 10 in Waverly, Iowa. The team will likely be led by freshman Micah Filer, who took fifth place at the UMAC conference championship Oct. 27 in Benson, Minn. Filer ran the 8K course in 27:09; he was clocking a 5:27 per mile pace, which is one of the fastest runs in several years for the Rams. He was the highest placing freshman at the meet.
With Filer’s help, the Rams took seventh out of nine teams in the UMAC championship. They beat Crown and Northland, but were only five points from jumping ahead of Northwestern and Bethany Lutheran. The University of Wisconsin-Superior ran away with the UMAC championship trophy. Isaac Boedigheimer, a St. Scholastica sophomore, won the race with a time of 26:11.
Before the team was able to get to the UMAC Championship, they had to go through a few trials. In Sept. the temperature at the Augsburg Invitational reached 91 degrees, which created a huge problem for everyone running in the event.
“In the beginning of the year the heat played a big part in everyone’s performance, especially for the freshmen,” said Austin Hagemeister, a senior for the Rams. “Having to run an 8K that early in the year with the weather like it was put a toll on them.”
Despite the weather, the team came out of the event better for it.
“Everyone on the team was able to get a chemistry going,” said Hagemeister. “The team developed the ability to keep each other accountable and get each other to the early morning practices.”
Along the with the men’s team, the women’s team will have a chance to prove themselves at the Regional meet, thanks to the help of Raen Barcelon who ran a 26:13 in UMAC championship race along the woman’s 6K course, placing 26th overall. The Rams did not place as a team because they had only three runners participating (five are needed to score). St. Scholastica dominated the field, placing five of their 19 runners in the top six. Minnesota-Morris’s Katherine Novak won the race with a time of 23:29.
Golf Season Recap
Before the season ended, the golf teams played in the UMAC match at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in Becker, Minnesota. On the first day, the men’s team finished last in ninth place and were able to move up to eighth place on the second day with the help of Justin Johnson and Noah Gross.
Johnson posted an 82 and tied for 21st overall, and Gross followed up his day one 84 with an 88 on day two; he ended in a tie for 31st on day two. The men’s golf team was able to battle it out and make it to the last day of the UMAC championship where the team finished eighth place overall after beating the ninth team, Minnesota-Morris.
The women’s golf team placed sixth in the UMAC championship this year, after not placing last year and placing seventh in 2015. St. Scholastica carried away the championship banner. Amanda Roth was the top Rams golfer, tying for 22nd of 45 golfers.