WAYNE – With conference to be hosted in Wayne in October, the Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team held their first home event Friday late afternoon.
From the back nine of the Wayne Country Club, the Wildcat Classic featured six other teams.
In the women’s division MSU Moorhead edged Wayne State (32-44) while Southwest Minnesota State took third with 91 points. Mount Marty College (95), Bellevue University (105) and Peru State (173) rounding out the team standings.
Allie Rosener was the top Wildcat finisher, placing fourth overall out of 52 runners with a time of 20:12 on the 5,000-meter course.
Three other Wildcats finished in the top 10 individually as Jade Rickard was eighth (20:33), Andrea Torres ninth (20:45) and Kim Johnson 10th at 20:47.
Other Wildcat runners included – Marin Jetensky 13th – 21:06, Brianna Crouch 16th – 21:11, Alex Bauer 17th – 21:16, Amanda Mote 18th – 21:16, Molly McCartney 32nd – 22:26 and Josephine Peitz 44th – 25:19.
From the men’s division, MSU Moorhead dominated the field with 15 points as South Dakota School of Mines finished runner-up with 62 points and Wayne State placed third with 95 points. Bellevue University (98), Mount Marty (129) and Southwest Minnesota State (147) closed out the team standings.
Dylan Kessler was the top Wildcat runner, crossing the tape ninth overall out of a field of 51 runners with a time of 27:30 on the 8,000-meter course.
Bryce Holcomb followed in 19th place at 28:10 with teammate Bailey Peckham right behind in 20th at 28:14.
Other Wildcat finishers were – Brock Hegarty (28th – 28:56), Nathan Pearson (30th – 29:05), Jakob Kemper (35th – 29:37) and Nathan Hiemer (41st – 30:44).
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team will be on the road next weekend. WSC will compete in the Briar Cliff Invite in McCook Lake, South Dakota on Saturday, October 5.