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Mustang women fall at Clarke

DUBUQUE - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost to Clarke, 80-63, Wednesday night in the Heart of America Conference opener in Dubuque.

Brianna Thomas led the Mustangs (3-1, 0-1) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Sharice Kawakami scored 16 points.

Clarke (5-0, 1-0) had a balanced attack with five players in double figures. Faith Begin led the way with 14 points. Tina Ubl and Makenna Haase had double-doubles for the winners. Ubl finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Haase had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Clarke crushed Mount Mercy on the backboards, 52-32.

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Lindstrom, Cortes excited about NAIA races

James Lindstrom and Vanessa Cortes could have run all the way to Cedar Rapids from their homes in California with all the miles they've registered with the Mount Mercy cross country teams during their careers.

Now Lindstrom and Cortes will be running the most significant miles of their lives - actually, kilometers - when they compete in the 63rd annual NAIA national cross country meets at Seminole Valley Park in Cedar Rapids on Friday.

The women's 5K race is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., with the men's 8K race to follow at 11:30.

Lindstrom, a senior from Apple Valley, Calif., finished third at the Heart of America Conference meet two weeks ago and is aiming for All-American honors at the NAIA meet. Cortes, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif., placed fourth at the conference meet and is hoping for a solid performance as well.

There will be 36 full teams in each race, along with 93 at-large individuals in the women's contest and 83 at-large runners in the men's competition. That makes for approximately 700 runners all told.

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700 runners coming to C.R. for NAIA races

Nearly 700 runners from 30 states will be descending upon Cedar Rapids this week for the NAIA national cross country meets at Seminole Valley Park.

The women's 5-kilometer race is set for Friday at 10:30 a.m., with the men's 8-kilometer event scheduled for 11:30.

Mount Mercy University is the host school and has received automatic berths in the championships, which feature 36 women's teams and 36 men's teams in each race along with nearly 200 individuals who qualified as at-large contestants.

Mount Mercy has been working with city officials and more than 100 community volunteers to stage the event. It's the first time the 63rd annual NAIA national meet has been held in Cedar Rapids and will bring an estimated $500,000 economic boost to the local economy.

"It's quite an enterprise," said Jamie Jimison, the director of cross country and track at Mount Mercy. "There have been a lot of cogs in the machine that have helped this thing go."

Mount Mercy has a solid cross country program, among the best in the Heart of America Conference, and Jimison is confident the national meet will boost theirĀ  program in terms of exposure, recruitment and a commitment to compete on a national level.

"Mount Mercy is a small school, but we have aspirations to do big things," he said. "I think this is a sign of what our goals are.

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KCC volleyball gets No. 5 seed for nationals

The Kirkwood women's volleyball team has been seeded No. 5 for the NJCAA Division II national tournament that will be played this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Charleston, W.Va.

The Eagles (32-8) will face Carl Sandburg (26-17) in the opening round of the 16-team tournament on Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center. Carl Sandburg is the 12th seed.

Kirkwood swept Carl Sandburg, 25-15, 27-25, 25-17, in their only meeting this season at the Iowa Central Invitational in Fort Dodge Oct. 13.

Coffeyville drew the No. 1 seed for the tournament and Parkland got the No. 2 seed.

Alexa Aldrich-Ingram of Kirkwood ranks third in the nation with 632 kills. She was named the district MVP and the Player of the Year in the ICCAC conference this season.

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Kasperbauer nets 30 as Eagles roll

CICERO, Ill. - Connor Kasperbauer poured in eight 3-pointers and scored 30 points Saturday afternoon as the Kirkwood Eagles drilled Morton College, 96-64, in a non-conference men's basketball game.

Kasperbauer, a 6-foot-4 guard, played high school basketball at Ankeny Centennial and was red-shirted last season as a true freshman at Truman State University.

Doug Wilson, an All-American for Kirkwood last season, scored 17 points and snared 12 rebounds. Brady Sartorius, a freshman guard from Mount Pleasant, hit four 3-pointers and netted 16 points for the Eagles.

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