Coyotes show strength in Minnesota The men and women's cross country teams of The University of South Dakota finally ran full teams for the first time this season. They competed at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota on Saturday, Sept. 25.
The USD women finished fifth out of 37 teams from Division II, III, and NAIA ranks. Only St. Olaf, North Dakota State, North Dakota, and Wisconsin La Crosse finished ahead of the Lady Coyotes in the 5000 meter race. Sophomore Molly Wedel took seventh (18:37) and freshman Krista Lederer finished 10th (18:46) out of 424 competitors. Senior Krista Trei finished 40th (19:37), junior Alison Luedke finished 54th (19:52), while sophomore Alison Wooley rounded out the scoring five with a 67th placing (20:06). Aimee Dunlop placed 103rd (20:41), Stephanie Knight placed 167th (21:29), and Nicole Nelson placed 363rd (24:02).
The USD men finished ninth out of 32 teams. Conference foes Mankato, NDSU, Augustana and SDSU finished ahead of the Coyote men in the 8000 meter race. Junior Noah Randles took top honors for USD with a sixth place finish out of 302 competitors with a time of 25:45. Jason Probasco placed 22nd (26:28), Andy Nelson placed 70th (27:18), Adam Lindahl placed 78th (27:21), and David Farnsworth rounded out the scoring five with 88th place (27:36). Jeremy Kyte (28:07), Solomon Richards (28:08), and Andrew Neugebauer (28:14) also competed.
Six-time All-American Matt Hoyt ran unattached, blazing to a second place finish with a time of 25:16. USD graduate Chad Feeldy also ran unattached, placing 12th overall (25:59) just two weeks after winning the Sioux Falls Half-Marathon.