Cross country: Former Topper makes Norse squad

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By Special to the Monitor

DECORAH, Ia. – Jessica Mietz, a 2008 graduate of Los Alamos High School, has made the cross country team Luther College.

Mietz, a true freshman, is the daughter of Don and Lisa Mietz of Los Alamos.

At Luther College, Yarrow Pasche will begin her fourth season as associate head coach.

Pasche has been named Iowa Conference Coach of the Year twice after leading the Norse to back-to-back league titles in 2006 and 2007.

Pasche was also named the 2007 Region Coach of the Year after Luther captured the 2007 Central Region title, its third in school history and first since 2004.

During her tenure, her teams have qualified for the NCAA III National Championships in 2006 and 2007, finishing 11th and 10th.

The Norse enter the 2008 campaign ranked second in the NCAA III and first in the Central Region. The Norse start their season at the Central Invitational Saturday.

Luther will host the 37th Annual All-American Invitational on Sept. 13 with the junior high races starting at 9 a.m., followed by the high school races at 9:30 a.m. and finally the collegiate races at 11:15 a.m.

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Luther College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and is located in Decorah, Ia.

The Norse compete in 10 men’s and nine women’s intercollegiate sports.

As a member of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) since 1922, the men have won 144 conference championships. In 1982 the IIAC expanded its championship sponsorship to include women’s sports. During this time span, the women have won 56 team titles.

Combined, Luther is the first school in the Iowa Conference to capture 200 league titles.

 More information on Luther College athletics can be found on the athletic web site at sports.luther.edu.