Darmody, Norby named Capital One
John Darmody and Tyler Norby were named to the 2013 Capital One Academic
All-America College Division Men's Cross Country/Track & Field Team today.
Darmody was named to the first team and Norby was picked for the second team.
The pair advanced to the national ballot after earning all-district honors
earlier in June.
Darmody, from Everett, Wash., is working on his Master's of Organizational
Leadership while Norby, from Dubuque, Iowa, is working on his Master's of
The All-America teams are comprised of student-athletes from NAIA, Canadian
and two-year institutions and are selected by the College Sports Information
Directors of America (CoSIDA) based on the students' work on the athletic fields
and in the classroom.
St. Ambrose has now had 11 student-athletes earn Capital One Academic
All-America honors this year - Alex Berg (first team football), Andrew
Friederich (first team football), Matt Kraciun (first team men's soccer), Morgan
Lynn (third team women's soccer), Sarah Frerichs (first team softball), Nikki
Green (third team softball), Dan Dierking (first team men's at-large), Luke
Staudt (second team men's at-large), Maggie Suchoski (third team women's
at-large), Darmody and Norby.
Five named Capital One Academic All-District
Track & Field/Cross Country
Ryan Buchanan, John Darmody, Tyler Norby, Jay Whitmore and Tina Eden were
named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic All-District Men's and Women's Track &
Field/Cross Country Teams today.
The five represent District 5 in the College Division, which includes NAIA
and two-year schools from Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.
All five recently completed their senior seasons for the Bees. Darmody, from
Everett, Wash., is working on his Master's of Organizational Leadership.
Buchanan, from Charles City, Iowa, is a Math Education major. Norby, from
Dubuque, Iowa, is working on his Master's of Accounting. Whitmore, from Donahue,
Iowa, is an Industrial Engineering major. Eden, from Moline, Ill., is a
Marketing and Management major.
The honor, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America
(CoSIDA), recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined
performances on the track and in the classroom. Nominees must be a varsity
athlete with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average.
By earning all-district accolades, the five Bees now advance to the Capital
One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team
All-America honorees will be selected.
Bees wrap up record-breaking season at NAIA Championships
Nov. 17, 2012
The Fighting Bee women wanted to put an exclamation point next to an already
Saturday at the NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Vancouver, Wash.
they did just that.
by senior captain Tina Eden the SAU women ran to a 21st place finish in the
32-team meet. The finish marks the highest in school history and the best in
Midwest Collegiate Conference history.
Eden (left) also made history by finishing 110th, the highest finish for an
SAU women at the national meet, improving by one spot on Katie Shanley's 111th
place finish in 1995. Eden finished the 5K, muddy, rainy and windy course in
19:37 to lead the Bees.
The Bees were also helped along by sophomore Megan Miller (right) who ran the
race of her life, finishing as the Bees No. 2 runner in 19:59. Behind Miller was
senior captain Chelsee Lisk in 20:05, Becca Wilder in 20:13, Nicole Wager in
20:17, Kate Groenhagen in 20:21 and Morgan Meseke in 20:36.
Coming into the meet, the Bees were ranked 25th and moved ahead of four teams
including No. 19 ranked Embry-Riddle.
"I'm really proud of how the women ran, especially given the conditions,"
coach Dan Zeimet said. "These women, led by a pair of incredible seniors who
have set the bar very high."
Already this season the women broke the school record for team time in 4K, 5K
(three times) and 6K distances. They also set the conference record for fastest
team time at the MCC Championship two weeks ago in Bettendorf.
The women went the entire season without receiving any national recognition
in the top 25 poll, but proved their mettle on the biggest stage.
Men finish 27th: Led by a pair of seniors, the Fighting Bee men finished
with the second highest finish in school history.
The Bee harriers finished 27th in the 32 team field at the NAIA Cross Country
National Championships. held at Fort Vancouver in Vancouver, Wash.
John Darmody (left) led the way in his final race in an SAU singlet,
finishing with a personal best place of 123 with a time of 26:23. The Bees pack
closed in fast as senior Kevin Randle (right) came in 26:38, Dean Knieps in
27:21, Tanner Arntzen in 27:46 and Ryan Buchanan in 27:47.
It was a final sendoff for five seniors who have won a pair of Midwest
Collegiate Conference championships and moved the program from obscurity back to
the national stage.
"It was very fitting for this group of seniors to finish together here at
nationals," Zeimet said. "They have worked their tails off to get better and
make the program better and they have done that."
The previous two trips to nationals netted SAU with 30th place finishes in
2008 and 2009, so the jump up to 27th was significant.
SAU harriers haul in league honors, earn national recognition
Nov. 6, 2012
Coming off a sweep of the Midwest Collegiate Conference Cross Country Championships Saturday, the St. Ambrose harriers cleaned up the league's post-season awards.
The Fighting Bee women's varsity all earned league honors with Chelsee Lisk and former Moline star Tina Eden leading the way on the All-MCC first team. Making the honorable mention were Becca Wilder, Morgan Meseke, Kate Groenhagen and former QC area stars Megan Miller of Orion and Nicole Wager from Wethersfield.
All seven Bees finished in the top 15 at the MCC Championships last weekend at Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf as SAU won the team title with an MCC Championship record time of 98:44.
All five of the SAU men's scorers also earned conference honors with John Darmody making the biggest haul. Darmody won the race in 25:59, and was named MCC Harrier of the Year for the second time in four years, also earning first-team All-MCC honors. Darmody was joined on the first team by fellow senior Kevin Randle.
Earning honorable mention honors were Ryan Buchanan, Tanner Arntzen and Tyler Norby who all finished in the top 12 at the MCC Championships. The Bees won the conference meet by the closest margin in MCC history, 2 points, over reigning back-to-back champs Mount Mercy.
SAU head coach Dan Zeimet was honored as MCC Coach of the Year for both the men and women.
Both teams qualified for the NAIA National Championships held at Fort Vancouver State Park in Washington on Nov. 17. It is the first trip for the women since 1991, and the first trip for the men since 2009.
The Fighting Bee women also entered the NAIA National Poll for the first time
this season, receiving 3 votes in the final poll of the year.
Bees are the Champions! Men and
women win MCC
Nov. 3, 2012
After a school record-breaking regular season, the Fighting Bee women broke the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship record for time as they won their first conference title since 2005. The men got back on the top step of the podium thanks to a 1-2 finish from seniors John Darmody and Kevin Randle and won the title for the first time since 2009
as SAU hosted the conference championship at Crow Creek Park in
Now the Bees, coached by MCC Men's and Women's Coach of the Year Dan Zeimet,
will be heading to Vancouver, Wash., to represent the MCC at the NAIA National
In the fastest race in conference championship history the St. Ambrose Fighting
Bee women won 40-48 over Mount Mercy, as both teams ran faster than the previous
conference record holding team.
SAU took home the crown with a solid pack that included nine runners in the top
20. Chelsee Lisk, 2nd, and Tina Eden, 7th, made the all-MCC team leading the way
for the Bees to run 98:44 as a team, 20 seconds faster than Viterbo's previous
record set in 2010.
Along with Lisk and Eden, the record-breaking Bees were Becca Wilder, Morgan
Meseke and Nicole Wager who will advance to nationals with Megan Miller and Kate
The win for SAU gives them 11 MCC XC titles, which is also a
Thanks to the 1-2 finish from Darmody and Randle
(right) the Fighting Bees dethroned Mount Mercy by the smallest margin in
championship history, 33-35
Darmody won his second MCC individual title, besting teammate Randle by 3
Both St. Ambrose and Mount Mercy had four runners in the top 10, but it was the
Bees who will be representing the MCC at the NAIA National Championships in
Joining Darmody and Randle at nationals for the Bees will be Ryan Buchanan,
Tanner Artnzen, Tyler Norby, Dean Knieps and Jay Whitmore. The win adds another
to the already record total of 15 conference championships won by the Fighting
Bee men harriers in the conference's 23-year history.
Artnzen, who had been in the hospital earlier in the week and hadn't run in the
days leading up to the MCC meet, came through in a big way, making a pass in the
final yards to score the crucial point that gave SAU the win.
Record falls again for women, Darmody wins home meet
Oct. 6, 2012
It's been a record breaking season for the St. Ambrose women's cross country
team, and Saturday was just a continuation.
The Fighting Bee women broke the school record for team time by nearly 40
seconds as Chelsee Lisk finished second to lead SAU to a runner-up finish.
Augustana won the meet for a second year in a row with 31 points to SAU's 52.
The women got lifetime best races from the rest of the varsity as Tina Eden
(19:25), Becca Wilder (19:36), Morgan Meseke (19:41) and Megan Miller (20:12)
had their fastest career times helping towards the school record.
With those times, the current SAU team has four runners in the top 8 all-time
SAU times! Lisk ranks 1st, while Eden (5th), Wilder (7th) and Meseke (8th) have
left their mark as well.
The Bees finished ahead of the other 7 teams including Midwest Collegiate
Conference members Mount Mercy, Clarke, Grand View and William Penn.
In the men's race, there was good and bad as the Bees finished second in the
9-team field behind champions, Lincoln.
John Darmody won the race with a lifetime best time of 25:43 to break the course
record, and finished more than 30 seconds ahead of the pack.
Part of the reason he was that far ahead was because SAU's No. 2 runner, Kevin
Randle, lost his shoe a half-mile into the race. He picked it up and spent the
next half-mile untieing it and loosening it up. Randle stopped at the mile mark
and put it on, laced it up and started running again.
Amazingly, Randle finished with his 3rd fastest career time of 26:37, but the
bad luck cost the Bees the meet. Dean Knieps ran a lifetime best of 26:34, while
Tanner Arntzen and Ryan Buchanan rounded out the Bees top 5.
Darmody and Lisk earn weekly honors, Bee men jump into national poll
Sept. 26, 2012
After a record-setting meet at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite, John Darmody and Chelsee Lisk were both honored by the Midwest Collegiate Conference as “Runner of the Week.”
Darmody ran a lifetime best in the 8,000m race, finishing in a time of 25:43, which ranks him No. 2 all-time on the SAU list. Darmody also led a Fighting Bee men’s finishing place of 7th and a total team time of 130:50, the second fastest team time in school history. It’s the second time this season Darmody has been honored by the league where he was MCC Harrier of the Year as a sophomore.
Lisk didn’t run the fastest race of her life, but she led a Fighting Bee women’s team to a school record team time and a record-8th place finish at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite. The Fighting Bee women ran to a team time of 120:12, which was 18 seconds faster than the previous record. This is the first time this season Lisk has been honored by the MCC.
Bee men get back into poll, ranked 28th
After receiving votes following their first meet of the season, the Fighting Bees unexpectedly fell out of the poll in the second week. After proving themselves worthy once again at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite, the Bees jumped all the way up to 28th in the poll.
The Bees next race on Saturday October 6 at Crow Creek Park as SAU hosts the Fighting Bee Invite. From there, they'll head to Michigan to take on other top NAIA teams in the Great Lakes Meet.
At the Brissman-Lundeen Invite, the Fighting Bees averaged 26:30, with four runners going under 27 minutes for the first time since 1999. John Darmody set a lifetime best, while sophomores Dean Knieps and Tanner Arntzen joined the sub-27 club.
Women set another school record, men have second fastest SAU time
Sept. 21, 2012
For the second meet in a row, the Fighting Bee women’s cross country team broke
a school record.
Paced by a pair of personal bests in the Bees top 5, SAU raced to an eighth
place finish at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite at Saukie Golf Course in Rock
Island. It is the Fighting Bees best finish in school history. The women broke
the school record for 6K team time by 18 seconds. The previous record had been
set last year at the same meet.
Morgan Meseke had her best race as a Fighting Bee, joining the sub-20 club for
running 19:54 for 5K, before finishing the 6K in 24:00. For the second meet in a
row, senior Chelsee Lisk paced the Bees with a 6K time of 23:31. Becca Wilder
went under 20 minutes for 5K for the second meed in a row and also finished
under 24 minutes, running 23:51. Tina Eden was the Bees fourth runner, while
sophomore Whitney Derga made her varsity debut as SAU’s fifth runner with a
lifetime best 5K of more than 40 seconds, running 20:24 before finishing in
NAIA 3rd-ranked Olivet Nazarene won the 32-team meet with the hosts Augustana
3rd and fellow Midwest Collegiate Conference team Clarke in 22nd.
The Fighting Bee men had 3 lifetime bests from the top 4 runners and raced to
the second fastest time in school history. Missing the school record by just
seconds, the Fighting Bee men finished 7th out of 34 teams, and again
established themselves as one of the top NAIA teams in the country.
Senior John Darmody ran a lifetime best, finishing 11th with a time of 25:43,
while sophomore’s Dean Knieps (26:45) and Tanner Arntzen (26:50) joined the
sub-27 club. Kevin Randle had a solid race finishing in 26:20 and senior Ryan
Buchanan came up big for the Bees at the No. 5 spot, running 27:10.
Impressively, 9 of the 15 SAU runners that toed the line ran their lifetime best
at Saukie. The Bees finished just 13 points behind NAIA 23rd ranked Olivet
Nazarene and finished well ahead of NAIA receiving votes Goshen.
Women race to school record despite rain while Darmody
and Bee men runner up at Olivet
Sept. 7, 2012
Behind a runner-up finish from senior All-American John Darmody the Fighting Bee men kicked off the 2012 season with a runner-up finish at the Midwest Invite at Aspen Ridge Golf Course in Bourbonnais.
Darmody led the gang on a rainy and sloppy day with a solid time of 26:40, keeping up with the lead pack until the final mile when Trinity Christian’s Andy Reidsma won, running 25:45.
The Bees finished behind the hosts Olivet Nazarene 49-69, but beat St. Xavier who was receiving votes in the first NAIA national poll of the year. In all, there were 11 teams in the field.
SAU came just a few seconds from having lifetime best races from their sophomores, as Dean Knieps and Tanner Arntzen finished 3-4 for the Bees with times of 27:21 and 27:37 respectively. Both of those times are just two seconds away from their personal bests.
“The men are working very hard and things are starting to come together,” SAU head coach Dan Zeimet said. “The more they get comfortable with racing the better we’ll be. We need to get healthy too. We’ve got a couple guys coming back from things that will also help us in the weeks to come.
Darmody looked sharp in his first 8k in nearly two years after red-shirting last season.
The Bees could receive attention in next week’s national ranking after their performance heading into Sept. 21 race at the Brissman-Lundeen Invite in Rock Island.
Six personal bests propelled the St. Ambrose Fighting Bee women to a school record team time at the Midwest Invite.
Running in the rain in Bourbonnais at Aspen Ridge G.C., Chelsee Lisk, Tina Eden and Becca Wilder all ran under 20 minutes to pace the Bees.
For Eden and Wilder it is the first time they have joined the “sub-20″ club, racing 5K in under 20 minutes. Freshman Kate Groenhagen also joined the gang as she finished in 20:05, while Katie Beckett ran a personal best of 20:11 to round out the Bees top 5.
Eden finished in 19:29 which is the fifth fastest time in school history, while Wilder’s 19:47 ranks her 12th in SAU history. The team time of 99:01 is the fastest in coach Dan Zeimet’s 10 years at the helm of SAU.
“We ran very well today, and it’s a good start,” Zeimet said. “Some of the women ran very well, we’re lucky this year to be very deep and have a lot of talent to pick each other up.”
Newcomers Morgan Meseke and Emilie Minteer rounded out the varsity 7 with times of 20:14 and 20:31 while Megan Miller led the best of the rest with a time of 20:44.
Olivet Nazarene, ranked No. 3 in the initial NAIA poll, won the meet, while Taylor University, Saint Xavier and Trinity Christian, finished ahead of the Bees in the 12-team meet.
In all, six of the 10 returning Bees ran lifetime bests in their first 5K of the season. Beckett and Eden were both 98 seconds faster than their previous lifetime best, while Kate Wetzell improved by 47 seconds, Wilder was 24 seconds faster than her previous best and Molly Burkhalter improved her time by 21 seconds.
The FIghting Bees, who were receiving votes in the NAIA’s first poll, should continue to receive national attention heading into Sept. 21 Brissman-Lundeen Invite.
Men and women perform well at Augie Opener
August 31, 2012
When the gun went off on another cross country season, the Fighting Bees looked as good as ever.
The meet was unscored, but there was plenty to talk about for the Bees.
Senior star John Darmody won the men’s race as he finished the 5K course with a time of 16:08, five seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
Kevin Randle finished third, also racing tremendously with a time of 16:20 and
Dean Knieps finished fifth. Monmouth runners finished second, fourth and sixth, but then it was all Bees.
St. Ambrose had the next four finishers as Tanner Arntzen, Ryan Buchanan, Jay Whitmore and Tyler Norby packed up and finished in a flash. Arntzen and Whitmore were two of four Bees to establish new personal bests for 5K at Sylvan Island.
In the women’s race, the Bees showed their depth as the top 3 Bees came across the line within six seconds of each other.
Tina Eden led the way crossing the line in a blistering 15:29, while
Chelsee Lisk and Becca Wilder crossed together at 15:35.
Morgan Meseke was right on their heels at 15:49 and Kate Groenhagen rounded out the top 5 with a finish of 16:14, finishing 10th.
Katie Beckett and Emilie Minteer were the Bees 6th and 7th runners, finishing in the varsity 7 for the first time in their careers. In all, four women improved upon their 4K personal bests set at Sylvan Island last fall.
The Bees will next race on Friday in Bourbonnais at the Midwest Invite hosted by Olivet Nazarene University.
Fighting Bees look strong on paper according to
August 20, 2012
With senior Tina Eden leading the way, the Fighting Bee women have been picked to be the favorites in the Midwest Collegiate Conference cross country preseason coaches poll.
Eden, a former Moline standout, had a breakout summer and will lead a group that includes fellow senior and XC school record holder Chelsee Lisk. Sophomore's Becca Wilder (Dav. Central) and Megan Miller (Orion) also return for the Bees varsity.
Along with the returners, the Fighting Bees will be banking four of newcomers who should immediately impact the front of the pack. Autumn Vergeyle (UTHS), Nicole Wager (Wethersfield) and Kate Groenhagen (Oregon) all have personal best 3-mile times of 19:00, while Alleman product Mary Adlfinger will contribute as well.
"Preseason polls are motivating, but we've got a lot of work to do," said coach Dan Zeimet. "It's nice we're recognized as one of the better teams, but it comes down to competing and we're hoping that on Nov. 3 (conference championship) we'll be on top."
The Fighting Bee women have 26 harriers this season, and the wealth of talent should make everyone better.
"Our depth is definitely our strength," Zeimet said. "I don't think we've ever had a team from top to bottom as talented, and it's exciting knowing each week a different women will be able to step up and contribute."
The Fighting Bee women haven't won an MCC cross country championship since winning back-to-back crowns in 2004 and 2005. Reigning champions Grand View are ranked fourth. SAU along with Mount Mercy and Viterbo each received two first-place votes.
- Men ranked 2nd: The Fighting Bee men return the top two runners in the Midwest Collegiate Conference, and were picked to finish second behind back-to-back champions Mount Mercy. Seniors John Darmody and Kevin Randle have won the last three MCC individual titles and were a part of their own back-to-back championships in 2008-2009. The Mustangs were the unanimous No. 1 pick by the coaches, while the Fighting Bees were the unanimous No. 2 pick.
St. Ambrose Cross Country releases schedule with two
Come this November, the Fighting Bee men and women will be racing on familiar
territory with their sights set on making the NAIA National Championships.
The Bees will play host to the Midwest Collegiate Conference Championship at
Crow Creek Park in Bettendorf on November 3, marking the first time since 2006
that SAU has hosted.
The conference meet highlights a schedule that will have the Bees racing
against the best small-school talent in the Midwest. On October 6, SAU will host
it's annual Fighting Bee Invite, with several MCC schools getting a first-look
at the newly designed course.
SAU starts the season against Augustana and Monmouth College at Sylvan Island
in Moline on August 30, as all three schools will use the meet as a tuneup to
check conditioning levels. SAU will return to Augustana at Saukie G.C. in Rock
Island for the always tough Brissman-Lundeen Invite on September 21.
The other two meets on SAU's schedule are both NAIA meets, with the Bees
traveling to Olivet Nazarene's Midwest Classic Invite on September 7 at Aspen
Ridge G.C. in Bourbonnais, then to Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan for
Aquinas College's NAIA Great Lakes Invite.
The winner of the Midwest Collegiate Conference meet will earn an automatic
bid to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships held November 17 in
Vancouver, WA at the Fort Vancouver Historical Site.
"I think our schedule presents a lot of opportunity for us to compete at the
national level," SAU coach Dan Zeimet said. "Nearly every weekend we will be
competing against nationally ranked NAIA and D-3 teams which should prepare us
for the conference and national meet."