WAYNE – This past weekend marked the 2022 NSIC Cross Country Championships held in Wayne.
From the Wayne Country Club, the Wildcat women placed 12th with 350 points while the WSC men took ninth with 236 points.
In the women’s division, Augustana took the team title for the second straight year with 56 points. They were followed by Minnesota State-Mankato with 68 points and Winona State with 73 points. Minnesota Duluth took fourth with 78 points, while UMary rounded out the top five with 107 points.
Sioux Falls was sixth at 146 points with St. Cloud State (238), Northern State (257), Bemidji State (288) and Minot State (318) closing out the top 10 teams. MSU Moorhead was 11th with 318 points and Wayne State 12th at 370. Rounding out the team standings were Southwest Minnesota State (390), Upper Iowa (393), Concordia-St. Paul (400) and Minnesota Crookston (441).
Alison Stineman placed 71st out of 141 runners to lead WSC with a time of 25:07.54. She was followed by Kelsey Larsen placing 75th with a time of 25:12.80 and Kylie Pachta 86th with a time of 25:41.05.
Other Wildcat Finishers included Faith Polacek (119th – 27:40.91), Maelee Beacom (123rd – 27:49.42), Kenzie Mosel (125th – 27:59.10) and Ava McGown (130th – 28:14.72).
Wayne State women’s finishers at NSIC Cross Country Championships
Wayne Country Club – Wayne, Nebraska (6,000-meters)
71st Alison Stineman 25:07.54
75th Kelsey Larsen 25:12.80
86th Kylie Pachta 25:41.05
119th Faith Polacek 27:40.91
123rd Maelee Beacom 27:49.42
125th Kenzie Mosel 27:59.10
130th Ava McGown 28:14.72
During the men’s division, Augustana took the team title with 18 points followed by Minnesota State-Mankato and Sioux Falls with 94 points. UMary was fourth (105), fifth was Minnesota Duluth (134), followed by Minot State (164), Northern State (222), MSU Moorhead (223), Wayne State (236) and Winona State (239) to round out the top 10.
Brandon Mundorf was the top finisher for the Wildcats with a time of 25:44.94 on the 8,000-meter course placing 18th to be on the All-NSIC Second Team. Mundorf becomes Wayne State’s first All-Conference finisher since John Kern in 2010 (First Team All-NSIC/7th place).
Titus Kiptoo placed 37th with a time of 26:35.57. He was followed by Quentin Dreyer with a time of 27:27.70.
Abe Schroeder crossed the finish line with a time of 27:33.74, placing 66th. Will McGonigal followed him with a time of 28:00.74 to place 77th.
Other Wildcat finishers include Brandon Mitzel placing 87th (28:16.17), Isaac Richards placing 102nd (28:44.51), Gabe Peitz placing 107th (29:14.20) and Andrew Wylie placing 117th (30:20.18).
Wayne State men’s finishers at NSIC Cross Country Championships
Wayne Country Club – Wayne, Nebraska (8,000-meter course)
18th Brandon Mundorf 25:44.94
37th Titus Kiptoo 26:35.57
65th Quentin Dreyer 27:27.70
66th Abe Schroeder 27:33.74
77th Will McGonigal 28:00.74
87th Brandon Mitzel 28:16.17
102nd Isaac Richards 28:44.51
107th Gabe Peitz 29:14.20
117th Andrew Wylie 30:20.18
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team will next compete at the NCAA Central Region Cross Country Championships in Joplin, Missouri on Saturday, November 19 to conclude the 2022 season.