Five Mustang harriers earn All-GPAC honors

Nov 11, 2015 • Athletics

Mark Abrams

Alex Janssen

Five members from Morningside College’s men’s and women’s cross country teams were named to the 2015 All-Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Cross Country Teams.

The Mustangs’ Mark Abrams and Alex Janssen were both named to the All-GPAC Men’s Cross Country Team, while Morgan Applegarth, Michelle Mumm, and Tiffany Shepherd were tabbed to the All-GPAC Women’s Cross Country Team.

Their efforts this season helped both Morningside teams gain at-large berths for the 2015 NAIA Cross Country National Championships to be held Nov. 21 at Alpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.

Abrams, a senior from Glenwood, Iowa, was named to the All-GPAC team for the fourth time in his career to join 2014 Morningside graduate Garret Ehlers as the only men’s cross country runners in Morningside history to receive All-GPAC honors four times. Abrams finished third in the individual standings with a time of 25:36.10 at the 2015 GPAC Cross Country Championships held Nov. 7 in Crete, Neb.

Morgan Applegarth

Michelle Mumm

Tiffany Shepherd

Janssen, a sophomore from Crofton, Neb., earned his spot on the All-GPAC team with the ninth place time of 26:26.18 at the GPAC Championships.

The top 15 individual finishers at the GPAC Championships comprise the all-conference teams.

Shepherd, a junior from Corning, Iowa, was the Mustangs’ top women’s individual finisher at the GPAC Championships with the fourth place time of 18:50.47. Mumm, a sophomore from Neola, Iowa, finished ninth with a time of 18:59.31 and Applegarth, a freshman from Lincoln, Neb., finished 12th with a time of 19:07.73.

Click here for the complete 2015 All-GPAC Cross Country Teams.