Pioneer runner Amanda Phillips CAS '08 capped her outstanding 2007 cross country season with a 19th-place finish at the NCAA III Cross Country Championships in Northfield, Minnesota, becoming Lewis & Clark's first female Cross Country All-American. Also at the national championships, Tamma Carleton CAS '09, in her third trip to the championships in three seasons as a Pioneer, placed 79th. Carleton and Phillips competed among the top 280 runners in NCAA III.
With a race-time temperature of 34 degrees and snow flurries in the air, Phillips finished the 6K race with a time of 21:51. Her 19th-place finish is the best ever by a female Pioneer cross country athlete at the national championships and the best finish by a Pioneer cross country athlete of either gender since Chris Miller's 9th-place finish at the 1965 NAIA National Championships in Omaha.
Carleton and Phillips qualified for the national championships at the West Regional, hosted by Lewis & Clark, at McIver State Park in Estacada. Phillips finished fourth and Carleton eighth at the regionals. For the Pioneer men, David Berman CAS '09 finished 33rd to earn All-West Region honors alongside Phillips and Carleton.
Phillips and Carleton were also both named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team for their respective third- and seventh-place finishes at the race, helping to lead the team to a third-place finish.
The Pioneers' offensive lineman Casey Wilson CAS '08 was named First Team All-Northwest Conference. He had previously earned second-team honors in 2006. Stand-out running back Joevonte Mayes CAS '11 was named to the second team. Mayes was ranked as high as sixth in the nation in all-purpose yards per game this season. He finished the year averaging 143.6 yards per game in a combination of receiving, rushing, and return yardage. Mayes was fifth in the NWC in rushing, averaging 64.2 yards per game. Also receiving honorable mentions on the offensive side were quarterback AJ Brown CAS '09, wide receiver Mike Wennerlind CAS '08, and kicker Andrew Foote CAS '10. Brown finished the season with 1,278 passing yards. Wennerlind led the team in receptions this season with 25. He also caught two touchdowns. Foote was the team's second-leading scorer, accounting for 24 points this season. Offensive lineman Curtis Smith CAS '10 also received an honorable mention.
On the defensive side, a pair of senior linebackers earned honorable mentions. Ryan Chapman CAS '08 and Ryan Lockard CAS '08 each posted career highs in tackles this season, with Chapman logging a team-high 60 tackles and Lockard posting 55.
Middle blocker Katherine Fiedler CAS '11, in her rookie season, led the Northwest Conference in blocks per game (1.29)--ranking her 38th among all Division III players in that statistic. She was also one of the conference's most efficient hitters, posting the fifth-best attack percentage (.282). Fiedler was named Second Team All-Northwest Conference.
Fellow middle blocker Sara Kettler CAS '08 rewrote the record books to round out a remarkable career. Kettler has a record 170 career block assists and is third on the all-time combined blocks list. She is second in kills with 836. Following Kettler in third place on the career kills list is her teammate, outside hitter Nicki Smith CAS '08, with 815. Leah Collins CAS '08 set a new career record for digs, logging 1,037 in her four-year career, eclipsing the old career mark by 160 digs.
Lisa Housman CAS '08 won her third Second Team All-Northwest Conference honor. She ends her Pioneer career with 34 goals. Midfielder Katie Brunett CAS '08 earned her second straight honorable mention.
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