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Men’s cross country hits nationals, men’s soccer sets school record

Cross Country

It was truly a team effort that propelled the Mount Mercy men’s cross country team to its second Midwest Collegiate Conference title and first ever berth in the NAIA national meet at the 2010 MCC Championships at the Clinton Country Club. The Mustangs placed three runners in the top 10, led by junior Mike Miroux, who was named all-conference for the third straight year after a fourth-place finish in 27:12 in the men’s 8K. Freshmen Mitch Johnson and Gary Bannister were eighth and ninth in 27:59 and 28:04. Senior Matt Clarke finished 14th in 28:25, freshman TJ Mosbach 20th in 28:57.

Mount Mercy edged Grand View University by three points for the team championship, their first since 2003. The Mustangs finished with 55 points, Grand View with 58. Ryan Scheckel ’01 was named the MCC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year for the second time (2003). It was his seventh cross country coach of the year award, also having won the women’s award in 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Junior Kara Danielsen was an all-conference performer and earned a trip to the NAIA national meet as the Mustang women finished second at the MCC Championships.

Viterbo University (Wis.) snapped Mount Mercy’s streak of four straight conference championships, winning the team title with 36 points. The Mustangs were runner-up with 63 points. The Mount Mercy men ended up 31st in their national meet debut. Miroux, in his third consecutive national meet, placed 150th out of 326 racers with a time of 27:37. Three more Mustangs were in the top 200, including Johnson (181st/28:10), Clarke (193rd/28:30) and Bannister (196th/28:36). Danielsen ran the women’s 5K in 19:46 to finish 160th out of 331 runners.

Soccer

Amir Hadzic ’10 was the Midwest Collegiate Conference Coach of the Year for the second time (1999) after leading the Mount Mercy men’s soccer team to one of the best seasons in school history last fall. The Mustangs finished 15–6–0 overall and second in the MCC with a 6–2–0 league mark. For the first time since 1999, the Mustangs reached the championship game of the MCC Tournament, where they dropped a 3–0 decision to top-seeded Grand View.

Five Mustangs earned postseason honors, including senior midfielder Petar Triva, who was a first-team all-conference performer. He was also an NAIA honorable mention all-American, the third in school history, joining Alen Kudumovic in 1999 and Dan Warne in 2001. Triva shared the team lead with 10 goals and led the MCC with 11 assists. Enrique Cortina, Nebojsa Jevtovic and Juan Martin Maffey also landed on the all-MCC first team.

Cortina, a sophomore forward, also scored 10 goals and had five assists. Jevtovic, a junior, made the move from the midfield and became Mount Mercy’s top defender. Maffey, a freshman midfielder, was third on the team with seven goals and an assist. Senior goalkeeper Nenad Simovic was honorable mention all-MCC for the third time in three seasons for the Mustangs. He started all 21 games in goal with eight shutouts, 112 saves and a 1.29 goals against average. Simovic was also the NAIA and MCC Defensive Player of the Week for Sept. 13.

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