The Muhlenberg cross country teams completed another successful season.
The women won a meet, took second in another and had a runner qualify for
the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time. The mens team
had seven top-five finishes, including fourth at the Centennial Conference
Mount won the Mule/Falcon Classic by more than a
minute to help Muhlenberg women win the race for the third time in five
The women finished fifth at the CC Championships, and while the Mules came
in 11th of 42 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional, senior Karen
fourth of 293 runners to qualify for the NCAA Division III Championships.
Mount, the highest-placing Mule ever at the NCAA Regionals, became the
first member of the Mule womens team to compete in the national
championships, where she finished 127th of 213 runners.
Muhlenberg won its Mule/Falcon Classic by placing three runners in the top
10, including Mount, who won the race. Freshman Kathryn Niedzwiecki
crossed the line fifth and sophomore Christy Goff came in ninth.
Mount also captured a gold medal at the DeSales Invitational (out of 245
runners), where the Mules took fifth. Muhlenberg finished fifth at the
Centennial Conference Championships, where, after Mounts fourth-place
finish, the next seven Mules to cross the line were freshmen and
Senior Brian McElroy finished 23rd at the CC
Championships with his second-best career time. Earlier in the season, at
the Blue Jay Invitational, he had his highest placing (12th) on the same
The mens team had a consistent year, finishing in the top five in its
first seven meets and eighth at the NCAA Mideast Regional. The Mules
finish came at the Blue Jay Invitational, where they took second of 15
teams. Junior Steve Rothwell finished fifth with junior Tim
ninth. Rothwell also had three other top-10 finishes. He was seventh at
the Dickinson Invitational and 10th at the Lehigh Valley Championships and
at the DeSales Invitational. Muhlenberg was fifth at Dickinson and DeSales
and fourth at the Lehigh Valley Championships.
In fourth place, Muhlenberg captured its sixth straight top-four finish at
the Centennial Conference Championships. Junior Lex Mercado and
came in 15th and 16th, respectively, followed by six more Mules in the top
40, helping the Mules finish just one point out of third. Muhlenberg was
eighth of 40 teams at the NCAA Mideast Regional, tying its second-best
finish ever. Mercado and Seeley were the top Muhlenberg runners in 47th