Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, achieved NAIA All-America status with a 14th place finish in the women’s 5k race at the 2017 NAIA Women’s Cross Country National Championship held Saturday at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Vancouver, Wash.
Mumm ran the 5k course in a time of 17:54 to become only the second women’s cross country NAIA All-American in Morningside history, joining Kara Nelson, who finished 30th at the 2009 NAIA National Championship. Mumm’s 14th place finish was the highest placing ever for a Morningside runner, male or female, at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships.
Mumm finished only one second out of 13th place behind Madelyn Brunt of British Columbia (17:53).
The Mustangs’ Payton Boer, a junior from Sioux Center, Iowa, also competed in Saturday’s NAIA Cross Country National Championship. Boer finished 70th in the field of 338 runners with a time of 18:45. Boer was nudged out of 69th place at the finish line by Southern Oregon University’s Jenna Storms, who also ran the course in 18:45.