USD men second, women third at league championships
Nov. 2, 2013
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The South Dakota men's cross country team finished second by the second smallest margin in Summit League history while the USD women battled through injuries to finish third at the Summit League Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Hefner Complex in Fort Wayne.
Sophomore men's runner Mubarik Musa finished second individually in the 8k to lead a trio of Coyotes to first-team All-Summit League status. Musa posted a time of 24 minutes, 57.41 seconds, while Taylor Chapman placed fourth in 25:00.48 and Brant Haase took seventh in 25:14.15.
Jeff Mettler placed 12th in 25:31.61 to earn second-team honors and Isaac Allen finished 17th in 25:50.11 to round out USD's top-five. Alex Hohenthaner placed 33rd (26:57.61) and Benson Langat finished 35th (27:29.73), but their scores did not add in to the team score.
The men's team tallied 42 points, but was edged by South Dakota State's 41 points due to a position change near the end of the race.
"Our top five battled the entire way through," said USD coach Dan Fitzsimmons. "We were even with SDSU heading down the stretch, but one of their runners passed another to move up a spot for the win."
SDSU's Trent Lusignan took the men's individual title in 24:49.42.
Megan Hilson finished fourth in the women's 6k with a time of 21:51.46 to earn first-team all-league honors, while Katie Wetzstein's eighth-place finish in 22:39.25 earned her second-team all-league honors.
Kate Kaster placed 16th in 22:39.25, Britni Waller was 18th in 22:43.57 and Amber Eichkorn was 20th in 22:47.13 to complete USD's scorers. Jessica Feldman (23:56.56) and Kristin Steffen (24:01.88), who finished 39th and 41st respectively, were the pushers who added points to other teams but did not count in the USD point total.
"We had a little tougher day on the women's side, but we expected that going in because we have a couple runners with injuries," said Fitzsimmons. "We placed five in the top-20, but we were just not where we were a few weeks ago."
North Dakota State took the team title with a score of 25 behind Brecca Wahlund's first-place finish in 21:24.22.
USD will next compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional Meet in Ames, Iowa on Nov. 15.