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SMSU cross country team closes out season at regionals

November 5, 2012
Marshall Independent

The first season of men's and women's cross country at Southwest Minnesota State University in over 30 years came to an end at the NCAA II regional on Saturday.

Hosted by Missouri Southern State in Joplin, Mo., the Mustang women placed 26th with 814 points, while the men had just four runners compete rather than a full team.

AnnMarie Dykstra finished 159th out of 179 runners with a time of 25 minutes, 36 seconds over the 6,000-meter race to lead the SMSU women. Tatum Larson was just 16 seconds behind Dykstra (25:52), while 10 seconds separated Diana Moe (28:27) and Kaelyn Turner (28:37). Karli Tholen (30:05) and Amanda Estes (32:13) rounded out the SMSU scores.

For the men, Alex Solheim completed his 10,000 meters with a time of 34:20. His 134th-place finish of 163 competitors led the Mustangs. Jack Derham (36:38) was nine seconds faster than teammate Demond Carter, and Andrew Feucht (38:19) was the final SMSU harrier to finish.

Augustana swept the regional meet. The women took first place with 28 points behind Runa Falch's time of 20:39, the fastest of the day. Travis Beniak was the fastest among the men, finishing in 29:57 and leading Augustana to 31 points and the title.

 
 

 

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