SIOUX FALLS, SD – With the atmosphere pumping up the runners for their first collegiate race in nearly two years, Wayne State College competed in the Augustana Twilight Cross Country Invitational under the lights.
From Yankton Trails Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, WSC cross country runners were put to the test Friday evening.
In the women’s division, South Dakota captured the team title with 70 points followed by Augustana and Nebraska who tied for second at 83 points. South Dakota State edged Minnesota State-Mankato 94-95 for fourth place in the team standings.
Wayne State College finished 15th with a team score of 452 points out of 27 teams from NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA ranks competing in the event that lasted 5,000-meters.
Wayne State’s top finisher was senior Allie Rosener, who was 69th overall out of a field of 329 runners with a time of 19:51. Yankton sophomore Brooke Solomon was next in 91st place overall at 20:12.
Freshman Alison Stineman (156th place) and Wayne senior Andrea Torres (167th place) were the next Wildcat runners at 21:10 and 21:27 respectively.
Other Wildcat finishers included – Kylie Pachta (190th – 21:59), Kelsey Larsen (217th – 22:30), Amanda Mote (232nd – 22:40) and Marin Jetensky (272nd – 23:40).
Men’s division team winner was South Dakota State who edged Augustana 29-35 followed by Dordt (123), South Dakota State unattached (144), South Dakota (145) and Nebraska (172).
The Wildcat men placed 15th out of 31 teams with 441 points on the four-mile course which attracted 343 runners from Division I, II and III schools to go with NAIA and junior college teams.
Will McGonigal was the top Wildcat finisher, crossing the line in 39th place overall in a time of 20:46. Senior Brock Hegarty was next in 87th place at 21:35.
Freshman Isaac Richards came in 117th place with a time of 22:04 followed by Abe Schroeder in 154th at 22:39.
Other Wildcat runners were Brandon Mundorf (165th – 22:47), Collin Kotz (166th – 22:48), Bryce Holcomb (191st – 23:04), Brandon Mitzel (200th – 23:08), Nathan Hiemer (228th – 23:37), Jakob Kemper (282nd – 24:23) and Dawsonn Lawver (285th – 24:24).
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team will next compete on Friday, September 17 at the Morningside Invitational held at the Adams Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, South Dakota.