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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Mercy hosts Heart opener

There's good news and not-so-good news for the Mount Mercy men's basketball team in the Heart of America Conference tournament.

Here's the good news: The Mustangs drew the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Graceland in the opening round Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

Here's the not-so-good news: If the Mustangs defeat Graceland, they'll face top-ranked Benedictine in Atchison, Kan., in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Benedictine finished a perfect 24-0 in the conference this year and is 14-0 at home.

Mount Mercy finished in a four-way tie for seventh place in the Heart of America Conference with an 11-13 record with Culver-Stockton, Graceland and MidAmerica Nazarene. All four teams made the 10-team playoffs and are seeded No. 7, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10 on tiebreakers.



Vander Poel takes 5th at nationals

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Kathryn Vander Poel of Mount Mercy finished fifth in the 800 meter run at the NAIA Indoor National Championships on Saturday.

Vander Poel, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif., was clocked in 2 minutes, 16.39 seconds. She finished less than two seconds behind the winner.



Mount Mercy baseball splits pair

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Tito Berdecia belted a home run on Saturday to help Mount Mercy top Evangel, 7-4, in the second game of their Heart of America Conference doubleheader.

Evangel rallied for a 5-4 victory in the first game by scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Berdecia, hitting in the cleanup spot, drove in two runs in the 7-4 victory. Evan Jackson was 2-for-4 and scored twice. Chili Moseley also had two hits and Nick Sueppel drove in two runs.

Blake Willenborg allowed only two earned runs in four innings for the victory in Game 1.



Mount Mercy baseball drops pair

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Mount Mercy baseball team dropped both ends of  a doubleheader against MidAmerica Nazarene in the Heart of America  Conference opener Friday.

MidAmerica Nazarene swept the Mustangs, 9-2 and 3-0.

Nick Sueppel and Jake Faur had two hits for Mount Mercy (3-7) in the opener.

Tanner Lohaus gave the Mustangs a quality start in the nightcap,  allowing three runs on six hits in five innings.



Andersen takes 5th for Mustangs

BROOKINGS, S.D. - Mount Mercy senior Jon Andersen placed fifth in the  3000 meter race walk at the NAIA indoor national track championships  Friday.

Andersen, a Cedar Rapids Kennedy grad, finished the event in 13  minutes, 35.5 seconds to score four points for the Mustangs.

The third and final day of the tournament will be held Saturday.


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