Join the conversation at #saunats
Twitter should be abuzz on Saturday, Nov. 23, with 140-character commentaries about St. Ambrose University athletes.
Super Saturday will feature three teams and a pair of individuals competing for St. Ambrose in the NAIA postseason.
It will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Lawrence, Kan., where men's cross country runners Tanner Arntzen, a junior, and Aubrey Barnes, a senior, will race in the NAIA National Championships.
At 11 a.m., the St. Ambrose men's football team will kick off its NAIA playoff quarterfinal contest vs. unbeaten and top-ranked University of Cumberlands in Williamsburg, Ky.
At 11:45 a.m., the Midwest Collegiate Conference champion SAU women's cross country runners will compete in the national meet for a second straight year.
And, finally, at 1 p.m. at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport, the MCC champion SAU women's soccer squad will host Davenport University of Midland, Mich.
Fans, students and alumni can track the Bees progress in all four Super Saturday competitions via a special Twitter stream. All are welcome to share encouraging comments and carry on a Twitter conversation with the competing athletes beginning today by using the hashtag #saunats.
The Twitter stream will stay alive for as long as SAU teams are competing in the postseason.
- Arntzen and Barnes earned their berths in the national cross country meet with respective finishes of fourth and eighth place in the conference meet on Nov. 9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The SAU men were edged by two points for a second straight league title.
- Led by record-setting senior quarterback Eric Williamson, the 16th-ranked Bees football squad earned its second straight berth and 13th overall in the 16-team NAIA playoffs by capping a 7-3 season with an 80-20 victory at Waldorf on Nov. 16. Williamson became the Bees all-time passing yardage leader in that contest and established single season marks for passing yards and yards of total offense. Two of the Bees gridders' three losses came by a combined three points, both on the road. They also were beaten 35-21 by second-ranked Mid-States Football Association Midwest League champion Grand View. Should the Bees win on Saturday, a rematch in Des Moines could follow on Nov. 30.
- Paced by senior conference champion Becca Wilder, the SAU women's cross country crew claimed four of the first five spots in the field at the Nov. 9 league meet in Cedar Rapids. Wilder became the first women's MCC champion since 1996, but edged junior teammate Dominique Guinnane by only a second. Junior Megan Miller and sophomore Nicole Wager finished only 15 seconds behind in the fourth and fifth place, respectively.
- MCC Coach of the Year Dan Zeimet's women runners will be looking to top last year's 21st place team finish at the nationals, best in school history. They already have set school team records at the 4K, 5K and 6K distances.
- Led by two-time MCC Player of the Year Ashley Dexter, conference Coach of the Year Jon Mannall and six other all-league selections, the women's soccer team earned its second playoff berth in three years with a tense 1-0 overtime victory over Viterbo in the MCC Tournament championship game on Nov. 13 in Davenport. Ranked 22nd nationally, they will take a 14-4-1 record into postseason action. The visitors from Davenport sport a 17-2-1 record and are ranked seventh.
St. Ambrose narrowly missed landing another entry in the Super Saturday field when Mannall's men's soccer squad lost the conference title game 3-2 in overtime to top-ranked Grand View on Nov. 15.