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Mount Mercy University - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mustangs win 3 track events

WAVERLY - The Mount Mercy track teams captured three events at the Wartburg Open Saturday in Waverly.

Kathryn Vander Poel won the women's 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 17.60 seconds. Vander Poel also anchored the 4x800 relay to victory in 9:42.78 with Andrea Ertz, Vanessa Cortes and McKenna Johnson.

Luke Nickelson won the triple jump for the Mount Mercy men's track team at 44 feet, 1/2 inch. Nickelson also placed second in the long jump at 21 feet, 11 3/4 inches.

James Lindstrom finished third in the mile in 4:22.19 and Emily Erickson placed third in the 3,000 in 11:27.92.

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Mount Mercy women fall again

PERU, Neb. - The Mount Mercy women's basketball team lost a 13-point lead and lost another game Saturday.

Peru State topped the Mustangs, 69-59, in a meeting between the teams at the bottom of the Heart of America Conference standings.

Mount Mercy took a 45-32 lead with 5:47 left in the third quarter on a 3-pointer by Sharice Kawakami, but Peru State outscored the visitors 37-14 the rest of the way.

Audrey Mulumba had 13 points and nine rebounds for Mount Mercy (5-23, 1-21).

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Mount Mercy softball wins pair in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Mount Mercy softball team collected a pair of  tight victories in Florida Friday.

The Mustangs trimmed Warner University, 3-1, in their first game and  edged Martin Methodist College, 6-5, in eight innings in their second  outing of the day.

Jayna Witzany pitched a complete game for Mount Mercy (2-2) against  Warner University. She allowed one run on seven hits, with six  strikeouts and only one walk.

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Mount Mercy baseball drops pair

MESA, Ariz. - The Mount Mercy baseball team dropped both ends of its  doubleheader against Benedictine-Mesa in Arizona Friday.

Benedictine won the first game, 7-6, in 10 innings and took the nightcap, 6-1.

Owen Oreskovich went 2-for-4 with two RBIs for the Mustangs in the  opener. Chili Moseley scored two runs.

Manny Olutunde went 3-for-4 for Mount Mercy (1-5) in the second game.  Austin Hilpipre was 2-for-4.

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Mount Mercy sweeps No. 10 Clarke

Mary Kay Van Oort had a master plan on how to build a successful men's  volleyball program at Mount Mercy when she was hired in August of  2015, but she might have to revise that blueprint now.

The Mustangs are ahead of schedule.

Mount Mercy continued its surge in Year 3 of the program Thursday  night by sweeping 10th-ranked Clarke, 25-23, 25-19, 25-17, in a Heart  of America Conference match at the Hennessey Recreation Center.

The Mustangs upset top-ranked Grand View last week and are now 10-4  overall, bidding to enter the rankings themselves.

"My players would be disappointed to hear me say that this is faster  than I expected it to go, to get to this level," Van Oort remarked. "I  have a couple of players who from Day 1 here expressly thought they  should win the national championship. And that helps, to have some of  that attitude.

"I'm an optimistic person," she continued, "but I'm also a little bit  realistic. I know the competition out there is really good and exciting.

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