Klemz, Mortensen shine at MIAA Championships

Jacob Klemz prepares to quiet the crowd as he finishes second at the Rim Rock Classic.

Cassie Nichols

The Washburn Cross Country teams achieved successful results at the MIAA Championships last weekend in Warrensburg.

The women’s team finished sixth out of 13 total teams. The Ichabods brought in 153 points total on the day which put them right behind the Lopers of Nebraska-Kearney.

Individually placing tenth with a time of 23:05.08, Sierra Mortensen led the Ichabods in the six kilometer race. She was one of four Washburn runners to finish in the top 30 along with Kaylee Snell, Paige Miller and Madeline Hess.

Mortensen is proud of her performance, but believes that there is always room for improvement.

“It feels good to place in the top ten but I am not content,” Mortensen said. “I am using that as motivation going to regionals. As a team we just have to continue to trust the training and work hard. It has been a fun season, but it’s not over yet,” Mortensen said.

On the men’s side, Washburn finished with 171 points putting them right behind the seventh place team, Fort Hays State University.

Jacob Klemz continued his season of success by capturing an individual first place title with a time of 25:20.83. His time helped the Ichabods clench eighth place overall. Klemz was joined in the top 25 by Chryspus Muema who placed 24th.

“It felt great to come out with the win,” Klemz said. “I have to give credit to my coaches and teammates because without them I wouldn’t be here. I’m glad to bring a championship home to such a great university.”

The Ichabods will compete next Nov. 4 at the NCAA Regional Championships in Kearney, Nebraska.