Home Stretch

Home Stretch

WATERTOWN, Wis. -- The 2019 Maranatha Cross Country seasons were filled with the usual ups and downs of college sports, but these seasons were memorable in more ways than one.

This morning, Maranatha held its annual Athletic Awards Assembly to honor the fall teams, and while the Cross Country seasons finished almost a month ago, the memories certainly linger, bringing to mind some noteworthy individual and team accomplishments.

To start things off, Jeremy Fopma won at what used to be his home course, edging a former Central College teammate to win the Dutch Invitational in a photo finish. The sophomore transfer quickly made a name for himself, as he earned an NCCAA Student-Athlete of the Week award for his trouble. Right away, Fopma made it clear that he could eventually challenge Will O'Malley's program record of a 26:52 8K set back in 2012. 

It only took Fopma a few more weeks. As soon as he had a fast course and favorable conditions, the Sophomore left no doubt, posting a 26:28 8K at October's Wisconsin Private College Championships. It was still about 30 seconds shy of Fopma's PR, but the sophomore won the event and lept into first in the Maranatha record books.

The state championship win was Fopma's fourth of the season, as the sophomore won the following events:

Event                               Time   Distance   Date  
Dutch Invitational 19:34 6K 9/6
Warrior Invitational 27:00 8K 10/3
Wis. Private College Champ's  26:28 8K 10/19
NCCAA Nationals 26:38 8K 11/16

In winning NCCAA Nationals, Fopma becomes the third Maranatha runner to do so, as O'Malley (2011) and Caleb Wagner (2015) both took first at the season finale.

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The next week after Fopma's win at the Dutch Invitational, both the Men's Team and the Women's Team qualified for NCCAA Nationals at just the second event of the season. Both of the squads were spirited and eager, and their times showed it. A list of each runner's best time of the season is listed below:

Best Time (Women)            Time   Date   Event
Abigail Doak   22:02   11/16 NCCAA Nationals    
Sierra John 22:47 11/16 NCCAA Nationals
Katie Jean Lingle 23:01 11/16 NCCAA Nationals
Anna Rossiter 23:13 10/11 Bethel Invitational
Taylor Ellis  29:20 (6K)  10/25 Oshkosh Open
Abigail Shetter 31:19 (6K) 10/25 Oshkosh Open
Haly Hendricks 32:07 11/16 NCCAA Nationals
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Best Time (Men) Time Date Event
Jeremy Fopma 26:28 10/19 Wis. Private College Champ's 
Jordan Hoffmann 30:31 11/16 NCCAA Nationals
Jefferson Rupert 31:17 9/6 Dutch Invitational
Heath Holmes 33:40 10/11 Bethel Invitational
Jonathan Gilliam 34:24 10/11 Bethel Invitational
Drew Smith 34:20 10/25 Oshkosh Open
Eric Schmid 37:57 11/16 NCCAA Nationals
Zachary Brungard 46:11 9/14 Tom Hoffman Invitational

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Awards

In this morning's athletic awards assembly, the following awards were highlighted, as the team recognized both national award winners and team awards:

TEAM AWARDS       RECIPIENT
Most Improved (Men) Jordan Hoffmann
Most Valuable (Men) Jeremy Fopma
Team Player (Men) Drew Smith
Most Improved (Women) Abigail Doak
Most Valuable (Women) Sierra John
Team Player (Women)  Katie Jean Lingle
   
NCCAA All-American 1st Team Selection     
Jeremy Fopma  
   
NCCAA Scholar-Athletes (JR, SR, GS only)  
James Rossiter Jefferson Rupert
Haly Hendricks Katie Jean Lingle
Anna Rossiter  

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For more on the program, visit their team page HERE (Men) and HERE (Women).

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