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Rhem, Ackley NCAA All-Americans; Lady Jackets 10th


JOPLIN, Mo. — Hannah Rhem and Savannah Ackley ran to All-America honors and Cedarville finished tenth in the 2023 NCAA Division II Women’s Cross Country Championship.

Rhem placed 21st in 20:29.3 and Ackley was 38th in 20:40.6 for the 6,000 meters at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course.

They are the first two Lady Jackets to earn All-America status (Top 40) in women’s cross country.

Corinne Lynch was 75th in the field of 264 competitors in 21:18.3 and Abby Drosdak was 97th in 21:33.4.

Also scoring were Naomi Herman (134th; 21:55.9), Aubrey Harrington (174th; 22:14.9), and Audrianna Enns (215th; 22:54.8).

Midwest Region power Grand Valley State won the team championship with 59 points and was followed by Adams State (86) and Colorado School of Mines (121).

Cedarville totaled 300 points in posting its second consecutive Top 10 finish.

Isaiah Kelly and Ramen Felumlee wrapped up their campaigns at the men’s championships.

Kelly placed 140th in 31:36.0 for the 10,000 meters while Felumlee was 175th in 31:57.6.

Both runners were making their second appearance in the meet with the first in 2021 when the Yellow Jackets qualified as a team.

Kelly was the G-MAC runner-up and finished fifth in the Midwest Regional to garner all-region recognition.

Felumlee joined Kelly on the All-G-MAC First Team with a fourth-place effort and was all-region after finishing 14th.

Ashland eliminates Jackets from NCAA

ASHLAND — Midwest Region top seed Ashland knocked out No. 5 Cedarville, 2-0, in a NCAA Division II Women’s Soccer Championship Second Round contest at Ferguson Field.

The United Soccer Coaches Division II No. 2 Eagles improved to 19-0-4.

The Lady Jackets end the campaign at 16-5-1 following a repeat appearance in the NCAA second round.

“I’m sorry to see the season end, but so proud of what this team accomplished this year,” head coach Jonathan Meade said. “Even today, though we lost to an excellent team, we fought hard to the very end. We are grateful to our seniors for all they have done for this program. They will be missed.”

The hosts got the goal they needed in the 20th minute and tacked on the second one in the 64th.

AU outshot Cedarville 14-9 overall and 4-3 on goal. The visitors had a 7-6 shot advantage in the second half.

Volleyball duo earn G-MAC honors

Cedarville’s Madelyn Hensley has been named the 2023 G-MAC Volleyball Freshman of the Year.

The 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Dover, Del. was also selected to the All-G-MAC First Team.

Janae Heegaard, a 6-2 sophomore middle hitter from Sycamore, Ill., appears on the second team.

Hensley led the team and ranked second in the G-MAC with 3.61 kills per set.

Her .283 attack percentage rated ninth and she amassed a team-leading 455 points scored this season.

Hensley joins former Lady Jackets Tori Thompson (2012), Krissy Pratt (2014), and Taylor Wilkerson (2015) as G-MAC Freshman of the Year honorees.

Heegaard averaged 2.30 kills to go along with a .323 attack percentage and 0.93 blocks per set – both team highs.

She possessed the sixth-best attack percentage in the league.