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MAC 2020 Cross Country Team

MAC 2020 Cross Country Team

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(10/26/20) Men finish first at St. Louis Fall Classic. 

Cold, brisk temperatures didn't stop the Mineral Area College XC teams from another excellent effort this past weekend as the Men's team brought home first place honors at the St. Louis Fall Classic XC meet held Saturday morning, October 24th at Francis Park.  The Cards put 3 runners in the top 5 overall and had all 7 runners score in the top 20 for the 8 kilometer race in winning the 7 team meet by 17 points over the second place team Hannibal LaGrange. Donovan Denslow-2nd, Wyatt Elliott-3rd, and Kyle Vinyard-5th had the top performances for the Men's squad.  The two lady Cardinal runners also had good races on Saturday, with Hailey Debert placing 25th and Nani Brewington finishing 31st in the 5 kilometer race.  Links to the complete results from the St. Louis Fall XC Classic are below.
The Running Cards will have competition again this Friday, October 30th as they host the Region 16 XC Championships on the MAC campus.  The women's race time is 4:30 p.m., with the men to follow at 5:15 p.m.

(10/12/20)  Cross Country finishes 1st at Border Wars.

The Mineral Area College Cross Country teams competed at the Border Wars XC Championships on Friday, October 9th at Principia College. Despite the above normal hot weather conditions, the MAC men put together a great team effort to win the meet which had 6 schools competing. Sophomore Donovan Denslow's 2nd place finish lead the Cards, who placed 5 runners in the top 10 in the 8 kilometer race. Following Denslow were freshman Kyle Vinyard-4th; sophomore Wyatt Elliott-5th; freshman Brayden Mullins-7th;and freshman Caleb Wicklund-10th. The Lady Cards got a 23rd place finish from sophomore Nani Brewington, while sophomore Hailey Debert placed 29th in the women's 5 kilometer event. The MAC XC teams will return to racing on Saturday, October 24th, with competition in St. Louis at the Fall Festival Classic. Complete results from the Border Wars XC Meet can be found below.


Men's Results

Women's Results

(9/29/20)  Donovan Denslow named Athlete of the Week. 

Sophomore | Clarksville, Missouri

Donovan Denslow fared well at the Tiger Cross Country Invitational this past weekend.

The sophomore from Clarksville, Missouri, finished eighth out of 131 runners in a race that featured athletes from both the NCAA Division III level as well as the JUCO level, including the former National Athlete of the Week from NJCAA DIII. He crossed the finish line in 16:11.80, just 0.20 seconds out of seventh place.

This is the first time that an athlete from Mineral Area (Mo.) has been named National Athlete of the Week during the cross country season.

National Athletes of the Week

(9/28/20)  Tiger Invitational results. 

The Mineral Area College Cross Country teams participated in the Tiger Invitational XC meet in Bourbonnais, Illinois on Friday, September 25th. The Men's team finished in fourth place out of 13 schools, behind 3 four year colleges and first among all junior college teams, including a 142 point victory over NJCAA Division III #2 Nationally ranked Joliet Community College. The meet, which was sponsored by Olivet Nazarene University and ran on the Aspen Ridge Golf Course, proved to be MAC's biggest meet of the season to date, with 131 runners in the men's division and 110 in the women's race. Leading the way for the Cardinals was an 8th place finish from Sophomore Donovan Denslow for the men, completing the 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) course in a time of 16:11 which was the fastest time among all junior college runners participating. Finishing the scoring for the Cardinals were: Wyatt Elliott-17th; Kyle Vinyard-22nd; Brayden Mullins-33rd; and Cody Moore-51st. Complete MAC results were:

Men's results

Women's results


(9/14/20) MAC takes 1st place at Hillsboro Invitational.  The Cardinals took part in the Hillsboro Invitational in Hillsboro, Illinois over the weekend.  The Cardinals won the meet with a total of 43 points.  Team and overall meet results are listed below.


4 Miles                                   

Donovan Denslow-20:50-2nd                        

Wyatt Elliott-21:34-5th               

Kyle Vinyard-21:38-8th                        

Brayden Mullins-22:22-12th                    

Cody Moore-23:05-18th                 

Alex Ahrens-23:10-20th

Chris Brooks-24:05-25th

Ricardo Menjivar-28:25-35th


3.1 miles

Nani Brewington—24:43-18th

Hailey Debert-22:31-11th

Team Scores

Mineral Area College        43

Heartland Community     56

Team Black                    57

Team Orange                 71

Kaskaskia                      135


The next competition for the Cardinal teams will be Friday, September 25th at the Tiger XC Invitational hosted by Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois.


(9/9/20)  Cross Country has their first meet. 

The Mineral Area College Cross Country teams played host to St. Charles Community College on Friday, September 4th as both schools kicked off their fall cross country seasons.  The MAC course had race competition for the first time in almost 15 years, the last time being the North County Invitational in either 2005 or 2006.  No official team scores were kept, but highlighting the day for MAC was Donovan Denslow leading a 1 through 5 finish for the men’s team as he won the 3.1 mile race in a time of 16:54.  Hailey Debert also took the individual win in the Women’s 2-mile race, completing the distance in a time of 14:29.  Complete race results follow:


Donovan Denslow-MAC-16:54                                            

Kyle Vinyard-MAC-17:19                                                    

Wyatt Elliott-MAC-17:26                                                    

Dylan Cisne-MAC-17:39                                               

Cody Moore-MAC-17:43                                   

Ryan Pendergast-St, Charles-17:45

Brayden Mullins-MAC-18:13

Alex Ahrens-MAC-18:18

Chris Brooks-MAC-18:56

Jacob Arnold-MAC-20:02

Logan Ray-St. Charles-20:28

Ricardo Menjivar-MAC-22:12

Isaak Robinson-St. Charles-27:09

Jeremiah Branson-St. Charles-28:44

Joshua Butters-St. Charles-32:03

2 mile

Hailey Derbert - MAC - 14:29

Ashley Diaz - St. Charles - 16:06

Nani Brewington - MAC - 16:36

Madaline Wiskirchen-MAC-17:30

Stephanie Cunningham-St. Charles-18:18

The next competition for the Cardinal teams will be this Friday, September 11th at the Hillsboro Invitational in Hillsboro, Illinois.




(7/27/20)  MAC Athletic Golf Tournament is September 18th.  Mineral Area College Athletic Department will host their 5th annual golf tournament at St. Francois Country Club at 7:30 a.m and 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 18th, 2020.  Click on the link below for more information.

MAC Athletic Golf Tournament

(11/14/19)  Steve Davis named National Coach of the Year.  Coach Davis was named National Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association: 

"As the coach of a new program, Steve Davis could leave his mark any way he pleased. Davis chose to do it with an exclamation point as he led Mineral Area College to the national title this past weekend at the NJCAA Division III Cross Country Championships. The Cardinals had three runners finish in the top-8 and two more in the top-25 as they scored 54 points. MAC also won the team title at the Region XVI Championships eight days before winning the national crown."

National Coach of the Year

(11/4/19)  MAC Cross Country wins the national title.  In their first-ever attempt, MAC won the NJCAA Division III National Championship this weekend in Westfield, Massachusetts.   In their second season of competing at the NJCAA level, MAC was able to end the 8-year reign of Harper College (IL). 

Hall of Fame Head Coach Steve Davis, who lead Potosi High School to seven state titles has quickly turned the Cardinals into a national champion. 

Here are the results from the meet:

The Mineral Area College Cross Country Teams were represented at the NJCAA Division III Cross Country National Championships this past Saturday, November 2nd by ten MAC student-athletes.  The competition took place at Stanley Park in Westfield,

Massachusetts, and had over 40 junior college schools throughout the United States participating.  The MAC Men’s team had their best races of the season and came away with a National Championship for their effort.  Three of the “Running Cardinals” won All American honors for their races, with freshman Donovan Denslow-3rd, freshman Wyatt Elliott-4th, and freshman Jacob Arnold-9th, all placing in the top 15 overall in a race that had 200 runners.  For the MAC women, Hailey Cortez and Nani Brewington both finished their freshman cross country campaigns running their fastest races of the season; with Cortez narrowly missing an All American spot placing 18th.  Complete Mineral Area Cross Country results for the National Meet were as follows:

Men 8K:

Donovan Denslow


Wyatt Elliott


Jacob Arnold


Sam Toppins


Dylan Cisne


Alex Ahrens


Bryce Mings



Women's 5K:      

Hailey Cortez


Nani Brewington



Complete National Results are at


Daily Journal Article


(10/30/19)  Both men and women cross country currently ranked in the top 10.  The MAC woman cracked the top 10 in the latest national poll.  This marks the first time that both teams are currently ranked on the season.  To read more about it, click the link below.

The Cross Country Rankings.

(10/30/19)  MAC men and women win the Region 16 Title.  The Cardinals defeated St. Charles over the weekend to claim the 1st ever Region 16 Title for the Running Cardinals. 

The Mineral Area College Women's and Men's Cross Country Teams both won the first-ever NJCAA Division III Region XVI Cross Country Championships on Friday, October 25th, held at St. Charles Community College. Way to go Cardinals!!!!

Leading the Lady Cardinals to victory was freshman Hailey Cortez who placed 3rd overall in the 5-kilometer race to win All-Region honors. For the men, freshman Wyatt Elliott placed 2nd and freshman Jacob Arnold finished 3rd in the slightly long 8-kilometer course, leading the Men’s team to their first-place finish with their All-Region performances. Complete MAC CC results for the Region XVI meet are as follows:

Men (8 kil.) Women (5 kil.)

Wyatt Elliott-2nd-28:45

Hailey Cortez-3rd-22:47

Jacob Arnold-3rd-29:00

Nani Brewington-4th-23:07

Donovan Denslow-4th-29:24

Michaiah Fels-5th-25:59

Sam Toppins-5th-30:02

Cameryn Yount-6th-26:42

Dylan Cisne-6th-30:50

Kassie Rawlings-7th-28:22

Alex Ahrens-8th-31:28

Bryce Mings-9th-31:55

Collin Jenkins-10th-31:56


Women's Cross Country displays their awards after winning Region 16 Title.

Men's Cross Country displays its awards after winning Region 16 Title. 

On to Nationals!!! These 10 Mineral Area College Cross Country Runners will represent MAC at the National Meet in Westfield, Massachusetts on Saturday, November 2nd.

These 10 athletes will represent MAC at the National Tournament in Westfield, Massachusetts on November 2nd.  

Alex Ahrens
Jacob Arnold
Nani Brewington
Dylan Cisne
Hailey Cortez
Donovan Denslow
Wyatt Elliott
Bryce Mings
Sam Toppins
Collin Jenkins

(10/15/19) MAC competes in Illinois College Invitational.  

The MAC Cross Country teams competed at Illinois College Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 12th.  The meet was held at the Nichols Park Golf Course in Jacksonville, Illinois and the weather produced chilly temperatures for the first time at a race this season for the “Running Cardinals”.  The MAC Men’s team had an outstanding day as they placed 2nd overall out of 11 schools, finishing behind NCAA Division II School Truman State University.  With a total of 68 runners competing, the Cardinals placed 6 runners in the top 25, lead by freshmen Wyatt Elliott (5th) and Jacob Arnold (6th).  For the MAC Women, Nani Brewington finished in 27th place out of 57 total runners. Complete MAC results were:

           Men's 8K 

            Wyatt Elliott- 5th-27:28

            Jacob Arnold-6th-27:37

            Sam Toppins- 11th-28:02

            Donovan Denslow- 19th-29:03

            Dylan Cisne- 22nd-29:23

            Bryce Mings- 32nd-30:28

            Alex Ahrens- 25th-29:48

            Collin Jenkins-35th-30:37


            Women's 6K 

           Nani Brewington-27th-27:04


The Mineral Area team's next competition will be on Friday, October 25th at the Region 16 Meet hosted by St. Charles Community College.


The MAC Cross Country teams competed at Columbia College Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday, October 5th.  The meet was held at the Gans Creek Recreational Area in Columbia, Missouri and was hosted by Columbia College.  The MAC Men’s team placed 7th out of 12 schools, with only 10 schools fielding full teams.  Top finisher for the Men’s squad was Wyatt Elliott in 21st place out of 105 runners.  Nani Brewington was the only MAC Women’s team runner at the meet, finishing in 68th place in a field of 81 runners.  Complete MAC results were:



             Wyatt Elliott 21st - 27:36                          

            Jacob Arnold-23rd-27:41

            Sam Toppins- 32nd-28:08

            Donovan Denslow- 50th-29:00

            Dylan Cisne- 54th-29:20

            Bryce Mings- 73rd-30:13

            Alex Ahrens- 74th-30:15

            Collin Jenkins-94th-32:28



Women(5 kil.)

Nani Brewington-68th-22:38




            The Mineral Area teams will compete this Saturday, October 12th at the Illinois College Invitational, held at Nichols Park Golf Course in Jacksonville, Illinois.


(10/2/19)  MAC ranked #1 in the latest NJCAA national poll.  The Mineral Area Cross Country team has quickly climbed the polls this season and is currently the #1 ranked team in the latest NJCAA Division III national poll.  This was due in part to a strong performance at the H.W. Wright Invitational where MAC placed four of its runners in the top five of the race.

NJCAA National Poll

MyMOinfo interview with Coach Davis

(10/1/19)  MAC competes in H.W. Wright Classic Invitational.  The MAC Cross Country teams competed at the H.W. Wright Classic Invitational Cross Country meet on Friday, September 27th. The meet was held at the Old Scoville Golf Course in Decatur, Illinois and was hosted by Millikin University. The MAC Men’s team placed third of the 9 teams that scored, finishing behind NCAA Division II School Millikin University and NCAA Division III School Rose-Hulman. Top finisher for the Men’s squad was Jacob Arnold in 14th place out of 91 runners. Nani Brewington was the only MAC Women’s team runner at the meet, finishing in 42nd place in a field of 75. Complete MAC results were:

MEN(8 kil.) Women(6 kil.)

Jacob Arnold-14th-28:46

Nani Brewington-42nd-30:18

Wyatt Elliott-17th-29:03

Sam Toppins-21st-29:24

Donovan Denslow-29th-30:09

Dylan Cisne-42nd-31:27

Bryce Mings-44th-31:37

Alex Ahrens-49th-32:01