Cross country

Cross Country Runners, Coach, Claim Postseason Recognition

A school-record eight members of the Northwestern College Cross Country team earned postseason honors as announced by the GPAC office earlier today. 

Six Northwestern College men's runners claimed all-conference honors, led by Will Norris who was named the GPAC/Hauff Mid-America Sports men's runner of the year. Norris, now a three-time all-conference selection, won the GPAC Championship on Saturday with a school-record 8K time of 24:35. Norris won three meets this fall and finished in the top 15 in the five events he competed in.

Two additional Northwestern runners were repeat all-conference selections. Tanner Goetsch earned all-conference honors for the second consecutive year after finishing sixth overall at the GPAC Championship. Goetsch has three top 10 finishes this season. Hans Epp received postseason honors of the second time after placing 10th at the championships last weekend. 

Three Northwestern men's runners earned all-conference honors for the first time, Peter Smith, Tim Rose and Ryan Bauermeister with eighth, ninth and 11th places, respectively. 

Katie Bosch earned all-conference honors for the women's team, finishing sixth at the GPAC Championship with a 5K time of 18:17, posting the third fastest time in program history. Bosch qualified for the NAIA National Championship, the first NWC women's runner to qualify since 2010.

Head Coach Scott Bahrke was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Mens' Cross Country coach of the year after leading the Red Raiders to their first ever men's team championship. Bahrke's squad earned the GPAC's lone auto bid into next week's NAIA Championship, their third straight trip to nationals.

GPAC Press Release | PDF

Will Norris

Senior from Spirit Lake, Iowa

Katie Bosch

Junior from Ankeny, Iowa

Hans Epp

Junior from Giltner, Neb.

Tanner Goetsch

Junior from Spirit Lake, Iowa

Tim Rose

Junior from Iowa Falls, Iowa

Peter Smith

Junior from Polk City, Iowa

Ryan Bauermeister

Junior from Spencer, Iowa