Mather, Donnay earn all-region honors; SDSU men take fourth

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STILLWATER, Okla. – A pair of Jackrabbits earned all-region honors as the South Dakota State men finished fourth and the women were 16th in the NCAA Midwest Regional on Friday morning at the OSU Cross Country Course.

It marked the men’s top finish all-time in the event. Their previous best was sixth.

Men

The Jackrabbits totaled 166 points in fourth and won a tiebreaker with host Oklahoma State.

Tulsa won with 37 points, while Iowa State (54) was second and Kansas (150) third.

The Cyclones’ Edwin Kurgat was medalist with a time of 30 minutes, 38.3 seconds in the 10K.

Micah Mather earned all-region recognition for SDSU, taking 23rd in 31:31.

Joseph Minor-Williams (31:38.9) crossed in 28th, Chase Cayo (31:44.1) 32nd, Gabe Peters (31:53.2) 40th and Thomas Breuckman (31:56) 43rd to complete the team tally.

Also for SDSU, Andrew Rush (32:24) finished 70th and Lukas Nelson (33:02.6) 106th in the 197-runner field.

Iowa State’s Addison DeHaven, a Brookings native, placed 29th with a 31:39.1 clocking.

There were 27 teams competing.

SDSU entered the meet ranked eighth in the region.

Women

Jackrabbit Anna Donnay matched the best finish in program history – women or men – in the event by placing 10th, earning all-region honors in the process.

She posted a time of 20:57 in the 6K.

Illinois (108), Tulsa (123) and Minnesota (130) occupied the top three spots on the team leaderboard. SDSU was 16th at 387.

Iowa State’s Callie Logue was medalist in 20:20.6.

Completing the SDSU team tally, Ellie Friesen (22:10.7) was 69th, Cailee Peterson (22:28.5) 94th, Kendra Dykstra (22:37.6) 104th and Leah Hansen (22:50.9) 117th.

Also for the Jackrabbits, Jessica Christoffer (23:03.2) ended up 135th and Emma Nelsonm (23:24.2) 153rd.

Donnay matched Rachel King’s 10th-place performance from 2017.

Thirty-three teams and 235 individuals competed in the event.

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