BENSON, Minn.-- All North Centrla five runners ran a career or season best result at Saturday's Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championship. The fast track and clear, cool conditions at Benson Golf Course combined with great racing produced a sixth place team finish for the Rams.
Freshman Kedric Brantner (Huron, S.D./James Valley Christian) ran a career best time of 27:40.2 which placed him 16th overall, just one spot shy of an all-conference finish. That result is also the second best time ever run by an NCU freshman. Junior Kaleb Gunderson (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) recorded a season best time of 29:12.2 to finish 34th overall.
Sophomore Austin Hagemeister (Maple Grove, Minn./Maple Grove) was next in 46th place with a season best time of 30:29.2. Senior Daniel Morgenstern (Apple Valley, Minn./School of Enviromental Studies) finished 57th in a season best time of 31:35.4. Sophomore Brody Elg (Virginia, Minn./Virginia) rounded out the Rams scoring with a time of 32:44.6 whice placed 66th.
The Rams team time average of 30:20.3, a season best mark by over a minute. The team's sixth place finish is also the best performance since 2013 when they finished fifth overall.
The Rams will wrap up their season on November 11 at the 2017 NCAA Division III Central Region Championship. The region championship will be hosted by Carleton College (Northfield, Minn.) with the men's 8000 meter race scheduled to start at 11 a.m.