Mumm wins middle distance double
Michelle Mumm, a senior from Neola, Iowa, doubled in the women’s 800 and 1500-meter runs at the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday in Sioux City.
Both races pitted the two premier middle distance runners in the GPAC in Mumm and Northwestern College’s Katie Bosch, who finished as the runner-up in each event. Mumm won both events in convincing fashion, including a GPAC record-breaking performance in the 1500-meters with a time of 4:36.47 to top the former meet record of 4:37.87 set by Northwestern’s Oliva Johnson in 2008. Mumm finished over seven seconds in front of Bosch, who ran second in 4:43.98.
Mumm ran a time of 2:13.42 to win the 800-meters and finish almost four seconds in front of Bosch, the runner-up in 2:17.22.
Morningside had three other individual champions in the women’s competition.
Eleka Joseph, a senior from Saint John’s, Antigua, won the 400-meters with a time of 57.78 seconds and was the runner-up in the 200-meters with a time of 25.19.
Aurora Arevalo, a junior from Lenox, Iowa, triumphed in the heptathlon with a total of 4703 points. She finished 215 points in front of runner-up Joscelyn Wind of Dordt College, who scored 4488 points. Aside from her victory in the heptathlon, Arevalo added a fifth place effort in the 200-meters with a time of 25.94 seconds.
Allison Higgins, a senior from Jefferson, Iowa, won the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:28.40. The Mustangs had a second place winner in the steeplechase in Natalie Lambert, a sophomore from Paton, Iowa, who finished fourth with a time of 12:38.89.
Dom Flemister, a sophomore from Sioux City, scored a victory for the Mustang men when he triumphed in the 200-meters with a time of 21.51 seconds to add to the GPAC long jump title he won on Friday.
Flemister's two victories helped lead Morningside to a third place finish in the men's team standings with 97 points. The Mustangs finished fourth in the women's team standings with 116 points.
Reece Jackson, a junior from Marcus, Iowa, had a pair of top five finishes for the Morningside men, including a second place effort in the 110-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.89 seconds. Jackson added a fifth place performance in the high jump with a height of 6-5 1/2.
The Mustangs complimented Jackson’s runner-up effort in the 110-meter hurdles with two other place winners in the event. Jacobus Noble, a sophomore from Sioux City, finished third with a time of 14.95 seconds and Chase Hiser, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa, finished seventh with a time of 15.40.
Noble and Hiser also placed in the 400-meter hurdles, where Noble was the runner-up with a time of 54.35 seconds and Hiser ran fourth in 54.84.
Jason Kenny, a senior from Schaller, Iowa, finished second in the men’s 1500-meters with a time of 4:01.29.
Morningside’s best relay effort was a second place finish in the women’s 1600-meter relay, where Rose Pelelo-Ray, a junior from Merrill, Iowa; Clare Kortlever, a sophomore from Sioux Center, Iowa; Mumm and Emalee Fundermann, a freshman from Anthon, Iowa, combined for a time of 3:59.63.
Megan Maaske, a junior from Woodbine, Iowa, finished third in the women’s 5000-meters with a time of 19:38.11 and Alexandra George, a sophomore from Seward, Neb., finished sixth in 19:46.44.
Morningside had two place winners in the men’s 800-meters, where Jacob Green, a senior from Sioux Falls, S.D., and Zach Ambrose, a freshman from Dunlap, Iowa, finished fourth and fifth with times of 1:55.28 and 1:55.49, respectively.
Zac Hazen, a freshman from Verdigre, Neb., finished sixth in the men’s triple jump with a distance of 44-2.
Lindsey Flamming, a freshman from Lawton, Iowa, finished seventh in the women’s 100-meters with a time of 12.67 seconds.
Morningside finished fourth in the men’s 400-meter relay with a time of 42.05 seconds from James Farnan, a senior from Bellevue, Neb.; Flemister, Logan Roberts, a sophomore from Shenandoah, Iowa; and Marcus Cole, a freshman from Inver Grove Heights, Minn.
The Mustangs finished fifth in the men’s 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:19.76 from Roberts, Farnan, Ambrose and Green.
Morningside finished seventh in the women’s 400-meter relay with a time of 50.74 seconds from Morgan Rice, a freshman from Mullen, Neb.; Flamming, Kati Kneifl, a junior from Sheldon, Iowa; and Bryn Groff, a freshman from Sheldon.