Brian Jacques

NIACC's Brian Jacques, right, runs in Saturday's national meet in Fort Dodge.

KIRK HARDCASTLE, NIACC Sports Information

COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

NIACC's Jacques places 7th, earns all-American honors

FORT DODGE - NIACC freshman Brian Jacques made history on Saturday.

Jacques earned all-American honors with his seventh-place finish at the NJCAA Division I national cross country championships in a personal-best time of 25 minutes, 13 seconds on the 8-kilometer course on the Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.

The seventh-place finish by Jacques is the highest ever by a NIACC men's runner at the national meet. The previous best finish was an 11th-place finish by Trent Smith at the 2011 national meet.

NIACC placed 18th in the team standings with 480 points. Iowa Central won the national title with 65 points and Central Arizona was second with 112 points.

Southern Idaho's Eric Fitzpatrick was the individual champion in 24:45 and Iowa Central's Ezekiel Kipchirchir was second in 24:48.

Other counting scores for the Trojans were Blake Keller (68th in 26:51), David Carter (129th in 27:31), John Kraft (131st in 27:33) and Daniel Hennigar (162nd in 27:55).

Also running for the NIACC men were Jacob Hansen (187th in 28:18) and Canyon Kuhlmann (253rd in 29:22).

In the women’s race, NIACC's Julia Dunlavey placed 123rd in a time of 20:28 in the women's 5K race.

NIACC placed 29th in the team standings with 788 points. Iowa Central was the team champion with 52 points and Central Arizona was second with 135 points.

Other counting scores for the NIACC women were sophomore Amy Fullerton was 163rd in a season-best time of 20:56, sophomore Keisha Gonzague was 190th (21:30), freshman Rebekah Larson was 203rd in career-best 21:46 and freshman Ally Trager was 209th in a personal-best 21:51.

MEN'S BASKETBALL

NIACC 91, Harper College 61

IOWA FALLS — NIACC rolled through its entire lineup Saturday as it cruised to a 91-61 win over Harper College on the final day of the Ellsworth Dale Howard Classic. The win moved the Trojans to 4-0.

“We struggled in some scrimmages early on and I could tell the kids wanted to get better,” NIACC coach Mark Mohl said. “They’ve been working hard, and this was the first time out of our four games that we were able to get quality minutes for everybody.”

Freshman Harrison Mills led the Trojans with 19 points while Nick Wurm also finished in double figures with 15. Mac Skogen added nine.

NIACC hosts Iowa Western next Saturday.

PREP HOCKEY

Sioux City 4, Mohawk Hockey Club 2

MASON CITY — The Mohawk Hockey Club dropped its third straight contest Saturday night as Sioux City picked up a 4-2 victory.

The Metros jumped to a 3-0 lead by the first part of the third period before the Mohawks tallied their first goal when Nick Helps, assisted by Jacob Lang, lit the lamp.

Sioux City answered with a goal 14 second later. Nate Lassise tallied the Mohawks final goal, which came with the Mohawks a man down.

Josh Thilges stopped 27 of the 31 shots he face in goal for the Mohawks.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

NIACC 121, Harper College 28

IOWA FALLS | For the second straight day, the No. 9 NIACC women's basketball team cruised to an easy victory at the Dale Howard Classic on the Ellsworth campus.

A day after routing Milwaukee Area Tech (134-45), the Lady Trojans rolled to a 121-28 win over Harper College to improve to 4-0.

Sophomore Taylor Laabs scored a career-high 27 points and sophomore Kelsie Willert matched her career-high with 20 points.

NIACC returns to action next Saturday at home against Iowa Western.

— NIACC sports information

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