First male track & field all-American, four straight no-hitters highlight spring sports season

Senior Nathan Stern became the first male track & field all-American in school history in May, finishing seventh in the shot put at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, Ala.

Stern was one of three Mustangs competing at nationals. Junior Kayla Hanson made her debut at the national meet, placing 15th in the hammer throw with a toss of 159’-1”. Sophomore Liz Mosbach ended up 19th in the nation in the long jump with a leap of 16’-11 ¼” in her first appearance at the outdoor national championships.

Stern earned all-American status with a toss of 51’-9” in the shot put, which ranks second in school history. He holds the top 10 marks in the Mount Mercy record book. Stern is a three-time national qualifier, competing at the NAIA indoor national championships twice prior to the outdoor meet this spring.

Catie Flaucher pitches no-hitters
Catie Flaucher pitches four consecutive no-hitter games

Senior right-hander Catie Flaucher did the unthinkable this season, tossing four consecutive no-hitters for the Mustang softball team. She was named the Midwest Collegiate Conference and NAIA National Pitcher of the Week after three-straight no-hitters during the week of April 22-28.

Flaucher began the streak by striking out 14 batters in a 6-0, seven-inning victory over AIB. She followed that with back-to-back, 8-0 shutouts in five innings. The first came against Grand View, a team receiving votes in the NAIA poll for most of the season, and the next was a hitless, scoreless win at Clarke.

Flaucher extended her string of no-hitters to four with a 6-0 victory over Viterbo (Wis.) on April 29. That included a career-high 15 strikeouts, bringing her total to 43 strikeouts against only four walks during four hitless outings. Flaucher ended her career in second place on the career strikeout list with 387 in just two seasons with the Mustangs.

Spring sports honors and awards:

Softball: Catie Flaucher (NFCA second-team all-Midwest Region; first-team all-MCC); Erica Soppe (NFCA second-team all-Midwest Region; first-team all-MCC); Alexis Ferguson (honorable mention all-MCC); Carson Burgart (honorable mention all-MCC); Amanda Gaffey (honorable mention all-MCC).

Baseball: Austin Czerwiec (honorable mention all-MCC); Patrick Haney (honorable mention all-MCC).

Men’s Golf: Ryan Schrimper (first-team all-MCC); Jacob Selander (honorable mention all-MCC); Jack South (honorable mention all-MCC).

Women’s Golf: Madison Goodfellow (NAIA Scholar-Athlete; honorable mention all-MCC).

Men’s Outdoor Track & Field: Tyler Hartley (NAIA Scholar-Athlete; all-MCC in 1,500 meters, 3,000 meter steeplechase); Aaron Lacy (NAIA Scholar-Athlete); Nathan Stern (NAIA all-American in shot put; all-MCC in shot put); Evan Bowman (all-MCC in 5,000 meters); TJ Mosbach (all-MCC in 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters).

Women’s Outdoor Track & Field: Kayla Hanson (NAIA Scholar-Athlete; all-MCC in hammer); Mackenzie Holladay (NAIA Scholar-Athlete); Dana Ewan (all-MCC in 3,000 meter steeplechase); Liz Mosbach (all-MCC in 400 meters, 800 meters, triple jump).


Written by Jason Furler