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Two Qualify for Men’s Cross Country NCAAs
Six Earn All-Region Honors

The Muhlenberg men’s cross country team qualified two runners for the NCAA Division III Championships, and narrowly missed qualifying
Will Elson
Elson is the first athlete in school history to qualify for the NCAA Championships in both cross country and track.
its entire team, while finishing fourth at the NCAA Mideast Regional, hosted by Salisbury.

Senior Will Elson and junior Rob Uniszkiewicz earned two of the seven berths for individuals by placing 10th and 15th, respectively. The NCAA Championships are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.

The fourth-place finish was an all-time best for the Mules, who came in eighth last season. The top three teams qualify for nationals, and Muhlenberg trailed third-place Allegheny by just five points.

In addition to Elson and Uniszkiewicz, three other Mules earned all-region honors by placing in the top 35: senior Brendan Gallagher (24th), freshman Alex Hotz (32nd) and junior Brian Cash (34th). It was the fourth straight year on the all-region team for Gallagher.

For the women, freshman Karen Mount landed on the all-region team by finishing 25th. Muhlenberg was 16th.

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• Wrestling Opens at King’s: Junior Brendan Barrett won the consolation bracket at heavyweight as the Muhlenberg wrestling team opened its season at the King’s Monarch Invitational.

Barrett went 4-1 at the tournament on a pin and three decisions. Freshman Dale Mills made an impressive collegiate debut, placing fourth at 149 pounds.

Four other Mules tied for fifth by reaching the consolation semifinals: sophomore Jeremy Hart (133), senior Nate Yeasted (141), sophomore Dylan Moulton (149) and junior Josh Carter (heavyweight).

Muhlenberg finished in ninth place. Click here for Muhlenberg results.

Mules Share CC Championship for Second Straight Year

The Muhlenberg football team recorded its third shutout in four weeks, defeating Moravian, 8-0, in the mud at Steel Field in its regular-season finale.

Meanwhile, in Baltimore, Johns Hopkins gave the Mules the help they were looking for, toppling McDaniel by a 27-7 score. That caused a three-way tie for the Centennial Conference championship between Muhlenberg, McDaniel and Johns Hopkins. The Mules earn the CC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the basis of their strength of schedule.

The 28-team NCAA Tournament begins on Saturday, Nov. 23. Pairings and locations will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

Although it had no bearing on the automatic bid, the Mules gained a measure of revenge for a loss in last year’s finale by defeating their local rivals and snapping their six-game winning streak. Muhlenberg (9-1) has won five in a row and tied the school record for wins, set in 1946, 1947 and 2000.

The Mules allowed only 125 total yards and nine first downs in their fifth straight superlative defensive outing. They have given up a total of 23 points and an average of 194.8 yards in the five games.

Moravian (7-3) took only one snap in Muhlenberg territory the entire first half, and that came with 11 seconds left in the half (and resulted in senior Jordan Wright intercepting a pass for the fourth straight game). The Greyhounds had one serious scoring opportunity, reaching the 5-yard line early in the fourth quarter after the Mules snapped the ball high on a punt, but a field-goal attempt was scrapped when the snap skidded by the holder on the slick field.

Senior Beau Sherry and junior Tony Briscella each made 10 tackles from their linebacker positions. Junior Joe Getz and senior Steve Doll also recorded interceptions.

Junior Matt Bernardo won the Bianco Award as Muhlenberg’s MVP by rushing for 129 yards against the eighth-ranked run defense in Division III. It was his seventh straight 100-yard game.

Junior Kodi Shay helped the Mules win the field-position battle in the second quarter by returning four punts for 46 yards. Two plays after a 13-yard return, he caught a 29-yard pass from senior Justin Jones in the end zone for the lone touchdown of the game.

The only other points came midway through the third quarter when Moravian defensive back Nate Pogue, instead of knocking down a fourth-down pass, intercepted it on the 1-yard line. He then pitched the ball to teammate Jarrod Pence, who was tackled in the end zone by Shay and senior Alfredo Mercuri for a safety.

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Last updated November 16, 2002