Hoyt, Wedel are no match for competition Six-time All-American Matt Hoyt destroyed his competition at the USD Cross-Country Invitational Friday afternoon in Vermillion. Running unattached and pacing the Coyotes the first two miles, Hoyt ran away from his closest competition, Andy Tucknott of Wayne State College. The senior from Burlington, WY finished in a time of 25:15 for the five-mile course, over a minute ahead of Tucknott. Hoyt continues to train with the Coyotes daily while looking forward to a successful track season.
Jacob Christenson (third, 27:08), Andrew Neugebauer (12th, 27:46), Jeremy Kyte (14th, 28:28), and Brett Bacon (24th, 29:42) competed well for USD in this unscored meet of 30 runners. Unattached runners from USD were Jared Harns (third, 27:05), Mike Gade (fifth, 27:17), and Harvey Coble (ninth, 27:33). University of South Dakota, Wayne State College, Mount Marty College, and Midland Lutheran College were the teams that competed in the men's race.
Sophomore All-American Molly Wedel (Spencer, IA) pulled away from her closest competition halfway through the 5,000 meter race, winning with a time of 18:16. The next six places belonged to the highly ranked Division II University of Nebraska at Omaha, led by Tara Biltof (second, 18:46). Patricia Goertz was the other lone Lady Coyote, finishing 18th out of 40 runners in a time of 21:16. Jennifer Feely (eighth, 19:24), Teresa Ferris (12th, 20:39), and Marie Adams (27th, 22:24) ran unattached.
University of South Dakota, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Wayne State College, Midland Lutheran, and Mount Marty College were the teams in the women's race.