LINCOLN, Neb. – The South Dakota State men’s cross country team finished fourth in the University Division standings and the women took sixth at the Woody Greeno Invitational on Saturday at Mahoney Golf Course.
“There was decent competition at the meet today,” said SDSU coach Rod DeHaven. “The course was a little more challenging than expected and the heat was a factor. You could see many of the runners were already dripping with sweat before the race started.”
SDSU competes in the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 29, in Falcon Heights, Minn.
Gabe Peters led the Jackrabbits with an eighth-place showing in the 8K with a time of 25 minutes, 12.9 seconds.
Micah Mather (25:36.7) and Michael Schwinghamer (25:39.5) finished 17th and 18th, respectively.
Alexander Auch (25:54.1) took 29th and Lukas Nelson (26:07.1) was 34th to complete the team tally.
“I think the men’s team ran well and smart considering the heat and course,” said DeHaven. “The second half of the race went well, especially for the middle pack, and we recorded quite a few PRs despite the conditions.”
Minnesota won the team title with 33 points as Iowa (68) was second and Nebraska (71) third. SDSU had 104 points in fourth.
The Gophers’ Alec Basten was medalist in 24:17.5.
Rachel King pace the Jackrabbits, placing 14th with a 6K clocking of 22:00.4.
Emily Donnay (22:31.2) and Anna Donnay (22:35.2) were 32nd and 34th, respectively. Mackenzie Schell (22:48.1) was 41st and Ellie Friesen (23:01.9) 41st to round out the team score.
“This race felt like a season-opener for the women’s team,” DeHaven explained. “There were a lot of positive things we did and things we can look forward to as we get better throughout the season.”
Michigan cruised to the team title with 20 points. South Dakota (96) was second and Iowa (124) third. SDSU had 144 points in sixth.
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