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Mustang cross country begins new chapter

SMSU cross country competes at SDSU Classic, the program’s first meet since the 1990 season

September 15, 2012
Marshall Independent

It was the beginning of a new era for the Southwest Minnesota State cross country team Friday, as the Mustangs competed in their first meet since 1990 and their first meet ever as an NCAA Division II program when they took part in the South Dakota State Classic at Edgebrook Golf Course in Brookings, S.D.

Facing mostly Division I competition, SMSU's men's and women's teams each finished in last place, with the men placing seventh and the women taking eighth.

The SMSU cross country team was reinstated on June 18 of this year after having been suspended following the 1990 season. SMSU head coach Nate Wolf quickly assembled a team of 10 women and seven men prior to the start of the season.

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Southwest Minnesota State runner Demond Carter runs in the South Dakota State Classic Friday at Edgebrook Golf Course in Brookings, S.D.

Host SDSU won the men's competition with a team score of 25 and placed three runners in the top five. Trent Lusignan had the top time at 24 minutes, 59.13 seconds.

Marshall natives Grant VanKeulen and Chad DeAustin competed in the event. VanKeulen, a freshman at SDSU, finished 41st with a time of 27:47.16. He earned bragging rights over former teammate DeAustin, who is a freshman at NDSU and finished 50th with a time of 28:34.27.

The top finisher for the SMSU men was Jack Derham, who took 57th place at 29:42.68.

The University of Minnesota won the women's team competition. The Gophers had nine runners in the top 10. Molly Kayfes had the fasted time at 17:15.82.

The Mustangs were paced by Tatum Larson, who took 78th place. She finished with a time of 23:16.58.

SMSU cross country will resume action Sept. 28 when the Mustangs compete in the Gale Woods Invite in Mound.

SDSU Classic

Men's Team Scores: 1. South Dakota State 25; 2. Minnesota State-Moorhead 60; 3. North Dakota State 80; 4. North Dakota 86; t5. SDSU Alumni 134; t5. Northern State 134; 7. Southwest Minnesota State 213.

Top 10 Individuals: 1. Trent Lusignan (SDSU) 24:59.13; 2. Michael Krsnak (SDSU) 25:19.90; 3. Clayton Foster (MSU-M) 25:43.31; 4. Jared Ailts (SDSU) 25:33.91; 5. Spencer Ruebke (MSU-M) 25:58.12; 6. Chris Gruenhagen (SDSU-A) 25:58.12; 7. Jason Dowell (MSU-M) 26:03.63; 8. Anthony Bongard (Unattached) 26:04.68; 9. Drew Kraft (SDSU) 26:05.95; 10. Grady Anderson (NDSU) 26:09.62.

SMSU Individual Results: 57. Jack Derham 29:42.68; 61. Kevin Leiferman 30:45.24; 63. Alex Solheim 30:59.35; 64. Andrew Feucht 33:00.98; 65. Demond Carter 33:07.81; 69. Jason Bentley 34:48.98.

Notable Finishers: 41. Grant VanKeulen (SDSU) 27:47.16; 50. Chad DeAustin (NDSU) 28:34.27.

Women's Team Scores: 1. Minnesota 15; 2. South Dakota State 73; 3. North Dakota 100; 4. North Dakota State 102; 5. Minnesota State-Moorhead 137; 6. SDSU Alumni 166; 7. Northern State 168; 8. Southwest Minnesota STate 235.

Top 10 Individuals: 1. Molly Kayfes (MIN) 17:15.82; 2. Laura Docherty (MIN) 17:22.95; 3. Katie Moraczewski (MIN) 17:24.01; 4. Ashlie Decker (MIN) 17:30.10; 5. Maggie Bollig (MIN) 17:32.97; 6. Becca Dyson (MIN) 17:44.19; 7. Rachel Drake (MIN) 17:46.70; 8. Liz Berkholtz (MIN) 17:47.11; 9. Kelli Budd (MIN) 17:48.54; 10. Brecca Wahlund (NDSU) 17:51.34.

SMSU Individual Results: 78. Tatum Larson 23:16.58; 80. Diana Moe 23:56.04; 81. Karli Tholen 24:58.86; 82. Amanda Estes 25:44.66; 83. Kaelyn Turner 25:46.64; 84. Emily Hartwig 27:05.54; 85. Melissa Peterson 27:23.87.

 
 

 

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