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BurlingtCentral graduate Maggie Gannhelped IowState wDivisiI Midwest cross country regional. | IowState photo

Burlington Central graduate Maggie Gannon helped Iowa State win the Division I Midwest cross country regional. | Iowa State photo

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Updated: December 4, 2013 4:27PM

Iowa State won the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional in cross country with relative ease.

Burlington Central graduate Maggie Gannon helped the team not only earn a victory, but advance to the NCAA Division I Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind.

“We certainly would not be at nationals without Maggie,” said Andrea Grove-McDonough, Iowa State’s head coach. “She has been a great captain for this team. We are excited for the future of this team with Maggie as a member. Not only for cross country, but for track as well.”

Gannon was the seventh Iowa State runner to cross the finish line at the regional, finishing the 6,000-meter course in 21 minutes, 52 seconds. The Cyclones scored 39 points, 20 points ahead of second-place Minnesota.

“I wanted to do a bit better,” said Gannon. “I wanted within in the top 50 runners. I was overcautious.”

The Cyclones ended their season on Nov. 23 with a 13th-place finish at the Division I national meet.

University of Illinois harrier Alyssa Schneider (Bartlett) earned an individual bid to the national meet. She finished fifth in the regional with a time of 20:25.3, the fourth fastest 6,000-meter time in Illini history. Illinois took eighth as a team with 270 points.

Sydney Stuenkel (St. Charles North) led Loyola to a 10th-place team finish at the regional with 277 points. Stuenkel was 27th overall with a time of 21:11.7.

• Roosevelt University’s (7-1) Maria Tamburrino (Jacobs) scored 21 points to lead her team to an 84-50 win over Trinity International in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Tamburrino, who hit 9-of-13 from the field, including two treys, and 1-of-2 from the free throw line, also had seven rebounds and five steals.

• Northwestern volleyball (16-12) got a double-double from Stephanie Holthus (Burlington Central) as it downed Indiana • 3-2. Holthus, a senior, had 15 kills and 15 digs.

• Kory Brown (Elgin), a North Dakota State (2-2) sophomore guard, has 23 points and 11 rebounds, averages of 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, through the first four games. He has hit 9-of-15 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line.

• Valparaiso’s Eric Winters (St. Edward) and Michael Holevas (St. Edward) recently finished the fall portion of their golf season. Winters, who shot a 1,074 for 14 rounds, finished with an average of 76.71 per round. He had a low round of 71. Holevas shot four rounds in the fall with a total stroke count of 313. He averaged 78.25 strokes per 18 holes and had a low round of 74.

• Valparaiso (1-10) ended its football season with a 45-20 loss to Dayton. Dale Cook (Jacobs) had five solo tackles and Valpo teammate Sean Cook (Jacobs) started at right tackle.

• Jake Kumerow (South Elgin) caught one pass for 45 yards to help Wisconsin-Whitewater overcome Wisconsin-River Falls 43-6. He also had one assisted tackle. UWW enters the playoffs with a perfect 10-0 record and finished 7-0 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

• Southern Illinois’ (6-5) Kyle Newquist (Larkin) caught one pass for nine yards in the Salukis’ 24-17 win over Illinois State.

• Josh Mikes (St. Charles North) caught one pass for seven yards as Winona State (6-5) lost a 23-13 decision to Concordia-St. Paul.

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