NORTH SIOUX CITY, SD – After hosting the Wildcat Classic in late September, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team were back in action on the road over the weekend.
To begin the month of October, WSC competed during the Briar Cliff Invite held in North Sioux City, South Dakota Saturday morning.
From the Adams Nature Preserve, the Wildcat women placed fourth out of 11 teams with 103 points while the WSC men took seventh out of 14 teams with 207 points.
In the women’s division, South Dakota State was the top team with 77 points, Friends University took second with 81 points, Dakota State placed third with 94 points and WSC held off Concordia (NE) 103-122 to round out the top five.
Three Wildcats placed inside the top 20 led by Allie Rosener in 13th (19:56) out of 130 runners on the 5k course. Kim Johnson took 18th (20:03) and Andrea Torres placed 20th (20:05).
Other WSC runners featured Alex Bauer (27th – 20:11), Jade Rickard (39th – 20:21), Brianna Crouch (65th – 20:53), Marin Jetensky (67th – 20:54), Amanda Mote (73rd – 21:01), Molly McCartney (81st – 21:19) and Josephine Peitz (99th – 22:03).
South Dakota State took the men’s title with ease totaling 28 points well ahead of Dakota State and Iowa Western Community College who tied for second (73) as Friends University and Morningside College (IA) each scored 145 points to round out the top five. Concordia (NE) held off the ‘Cats 194-207 for sixth, Fort Scott CC (229), Hastings College (254) and Southeast CC (270) closed out the top 10.
The top Wildcat runners were Dylan Kessler placing 41st out of 140 runners with a time of 27:08 on the 8k course followed by Bailey Peckham in 43rd (27:15).
Other WSC runners came from Bryce Holcomb (50th – 27:34), Brock Hegarty (54th – 27:51), Nathan Pearson (57th – 27:51), Jakob Kemper (73rd – 28:29) and Nathan Heimer (86th – 28:55).
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team will be off for the next two weekends and will host the NSIC Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 26. From the Wayne Country Club the women’s race will start at 11 a.m. followed by the men’s around 12:15 p.m. in late October.