He Could Go All the Way!
It was a performance that all who saw will never forget. Playing before an excited crowd in a rare night game at Klas Field on September 21, 2013, running back Austin Duncan ’16 carried the ball a remarkable 48 times, gaining 298 yards in a 20-17 overtime loss to Carleton College.
Both numbers shattered records. But Duncan was just getting warmed up.
By the end of the season, he led the MIAC in rushing with a school record 1,460 yards and seven touchdowns. He gained 100-plus yards in eight games, including tearing up defending conference champion St. Thomas for 190 yards.
The star sophomore ended up doing more than just running the ball for the Pipers. He caught 21 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown. When a rash of injuries limited quarterback options, Duncan stepped behind center in the wildcat formation and ran the offense.
“He did everything we asked of him . . . and then some,” said first-year head coach Chad Rogosheske ’98.
The Pipers improved on the field, winning their first conference game in three years at St. Olaf. They went to overtime with Carleton and held the lead in the fourth quarter before falling at St. John’s.
With two years remaining, Duncan is already closing in on the school’s all-time rushing yards record of 2,898, held by Hall of Famer Monroe Walker ’80. How far will he go?
-David Wright, sports information director
Fall Sports Results
2-8, 1-7 (8th) MIAC
Austin Duncan ’16 led the league in rushing yards and was named to the All-MIAC first team. Offensive Lineman Alec Grimm ’15 was named to the second team.
19-13, 6-5 (T-5th) MIAC
Lynsey Reimer ’15 was “Co-Defensive Player of the Year.” Reimer, Sam Greeney - Hamline ’14, and Molly Hurrle ’14 were named to the All-MIAC team.
9-6-3, 6-4-1 (6th) MIAC
Midfielder Eden Behrens ’16 and Goalkeeper Erin Urbanowicz ’14 were named to the All-MIAC team. Defender Mackenzie Zink ’17 earned honorable mention.
6-10-1, 2-7-1 (8th) MIAC
Defender Michael Murphy ’14, Forward Gilbert Ghong ’15, and Midfielder Jake Niemann ’16 earned honorable mention.
Women’s Cross Country
77 points (6th)
Hannah Toedter ’14 was the top finisher at the MIAC meet, coming in 14th place. She earned All-MIAC honors and later made the NCAA All-Regional team. Maria Theisen ’14, who finished 19th, and Heather Hollinger ’14, who finished 22nd, drew honorable mention.
Men’s Cross Country
175 points (5th)
Colin Rogers ’14 finished in 14th place and gained a spot on the All-MIAC team.
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