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No. 1 Eagles nixed by NIACC

MASON CITY - The Kirkwood men's basketball team moved to the top of the national rankings this week, but it did not help the Eagles in their first game as the new No. 1 team in the land.

The 12th-ranked NIACC Trojans dumped the Eagles, 95-81, in their showdown for first place in the ICCAC conference standings Saturday.

The Trojans moved into first place with a 9-1 record in the league. The Eagles are now in second place by a half-game with an 8-1 mark in the 14-game campaign.

Kirkwood hammered NIACC, 83-65, in their first meeting on Jan. 19 in Cedar Rapids, but the Trojans returned the favor in the rematch. NIACC raced to a 48-31 lead at halftime.

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No. 2 KCC women fall at NIACC

MASON CITY - The Kirkwood women's basketball team committed 31 turnovers Saturday afternoon and lost its conference showdown with NIACC, 68-62, in Mason City.

The outcome left the second-ranked Eagles and the fifth-ranked Trojans with identical 10-1 records in the ICCAC Conference with five games left in the regular season.

Kirkwood topped NIACC by six points when they met in Cedar Rapids on Jan. 19, and now NIACC has topped Kirkwood by six points in the rematch between two of the premier teams in the country.

NIACC launched 48 3-pointers on Saturday and hit 14 of them for 42 of its 68 points. Kirkwood made just three 3-pointers.

Natalie Tomaszewski led Kirkwood in scoring for the first time this season with 12 points and seven rebounds. Ju Gaston scored 11 points for the Eagles. Leah Robinson collected a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Haley Mullinnix also scored 10 points.

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Vander Poel wins 600 for Mustangs

CRETE, Neb. - Kathryn Vander Poel of Mount Mercy captured the 600 meter run at the Heart of America Conference indoor track meet Saturday.

Vander Poel won the race in 1 minute, 38.32 seconds. She also finished second in the 800 meter run (2:21.55) and helped the Mustangs place second in the distance medley (13:21.19) with Kelsi Huhndorf, Mady Roth and Andrea Ertz.

Vanessa Cortes finished second in the 3,000 meter run (10:54.18) and Ertz placed third in the 1,000 meter run (3:10.30).

The Mount Mercy women finished in fourth place out of 11 teams in the standings.

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Mount Mercy baseball drops 2

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Mount Mercy baseball team collected only five hits in chilly weather Saturday and dropped both of its season-opening games in Oklahoma City.

The Mustangs lost their opener to Cumberland University, 12-2, in six innings with the game-time temperature at 34 degrees.

Mount Mercy fell to eighth-ranked Oklahoma City University, 8-0, in the second game on a one-hitter by the winners.

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Cortes wins 5,000 at Heart indoor meet

CRETE, Neb. - Vanessa Cortes of Mount Mercy captured the 5,000 meter-run at the Heart of America Conference indoor track meet Friday.

Cortes won the race in 18 minutes, 44.46 seconds on the opening day of  the two-day meet.

Rachel Gadient of Mount Mercy finished second in the women's  pentathlon. The Mustangs also placed second in the 4x800 relay in  9:48.17 with Kathryn Vander Poel, Mady Roth, McKenna Johnson and  Andrea Ertz sharing the baton.

The Mount Mercy women are in second place in the team standings after  three events, with the bulk of the meet scheduled for Saturday.

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