VERMILLION – South Dakota State’s Chase Cayo and Rachel King won individual titles, and the Jackrabbit men took the team crown for the second year in a row during the Summit League Cross Country Championships on Saturday at The Bluffs.
The NCAA Midwest Regional is Friday, Nov. 10, in Ames, Iowa.
The Jackrabbits brought home their sixth championship in 11 years as members of the Summit League.
They won it with their second-lowest score in the championship race with 31 points.
SDSU also won titles in 2009-10, 2012-13 and 2016.
The Jackrabbits had five All-Summit League performers, including three on the first team.
Cayo, a sophomore, pulled ahead of junior Kyle Burdick in the last few meters of the race to post a winning 8K time of 24 minutes, 44.78 seconds – the third-fastest in the history at the finale. He was Championship MVP.
Burdick was runner-up with a 24:47.2 clocking.
Sophomore Lukas Nelson was fourth in 25:12.7.
Rounding out the team score and earning second-team honors were junior Cal Lawton (25:29.18) in 11th and freshman Gabe Peters (25:34.93) – the Newcomer of the Championship – in 13th.
Also for SDSU, sophomore Sam Ivanecky (25:48.74) was 17th and redshirt-freshman Ray Munsterman (26:25.74) 22nd.
SDSU’s Rod DeHaven was named Men’s Coach of the Year for the sixth time.
On the team leaderboard, North Dakota State (42) was second and South Dakota (55) third.
King, a junior and the Championship MVP, was medalist in the 6K with a meet-record time of 20 minutes, 53.54 seconds.
The Coyotes claimed the Nos. 4-8 spots individually to take the team title with 30 points, while the Bison were a distance second at 57.
The Jackrabbits ended up third at 67. They’ve been in the top three for six years in a row.
SDSU had three all-league performers.
Freshman Anna Donnay landed on the second team after placing 13th in 21:50.76. Junior Emily Berzonsky was also on the second team, finishing one spot back with a 22:01.68 clocking.
Completing the Jackrabbits’ team tally, junior Mackenzie Schell (22:21.16) took 19th and freshman Cailee Peterson (22:30.08) 22nd.
Also for SDSU, junior Renae Dykstra (22:31.23) ended up 23rd and sophomore Kendra Dykstra (23:03.94) 30th.
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