ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team kicked off the month of November of with the first of two championship meets.
From Aberdeen, South Dakota, WSC saw their runners take part in the 2018 NSIC Cross Country Championships Saturday.
On the women’s side, the ‘Cats placed 11th with 323 points as their top performer was sophomore Molly McCartney finishing 50th out of 140 runners on the 6,000-meter course (23:30).
For the third straight year, the University of Mary women were crowned NSIC Champions with 16 points, followed by Augustana in second with 54 points and Minnesota State-Mankato placing third with 110 points. Sioux Falls placed fourth (140), Minnesota Duluth took fifth (144), Winona State in sixth (187), the host Northern State placed seventh (204), MSU Moorhead finished eighth (265), St. Cloud State (ninth – 269) and Concordia-St. Paul (281) rounded out the top 10 teams.
Southwest Minnesota State followed WSC in 12th with 329 points, Minot State (13th – 334), Bemidji State (14th – 365) and Upper Iowa (15th – 426) rounded out the field.
Other top finishers for WSC came from Andrea Torres (64th – 23:57); Joan Jelimo (83rd – 24:33), Kim Lowman (95th – 24:51); Allie Rosener (100th – 25:10); Joana Sato (110th – 25:45), Amanda Mote (114th – 25:49), Brianna Crouch (116th – 25:55), Josephine Peitz (117th – 26:01), Marin Jetensky (120th – 26:07), Hannah Perkins (128th – 26:53) and Payton Birkel (138th – 29:02).
In the men’s division, WSC finished 12th with 320 points as Junior Dylan Kessler was the top individual crossing the finish line 55th place out of 121 runners on the 8,000-meter course (26:16).
Sioux Falls was crowned men’s champions with 32 points, snapping the nine-year streak of Augustana who placed second with 53 points as MSU Moorhead finished third scoring 97 points. Minnesota State-Mankato placed fourth with 109 points Minnesota Duluth finished fifth with 143 points, University of Mary (sixth – 165), Concordia-St. Paul (seventh – 171), Northern State (eighth – 185), Winona State (ninth – 257) and Southwest Minnesota State rounded out the top 10 teams with 279 points. Minot State recorded 315 points to place 11th ahead of Wayne State.
Other Wildcat men finishers featured Isaias Solorio (69th – 26:44), Bailey Peckham (76th – 26:55), Bryce Holcomb (85th – 27:09), Brock Hegarty (94th – 27:39), Jesus Arellano (105th – 28:14), Nathan Pearson (108th – 28:29), Jakob Kemper (109th – 28:30) and Nathan Hiemer (1110th – 28:36).
The Wayne State College women’s and men’s cross country team will next take part in the Central Regional Championships from Joplin, Missouri on Saturday, November 17.