USD’s Probasco finishes second at NCC championship

USD's Probasco finishes second at NCC championship The North Central Conference Championship was held Saturday, Oct. 16, on the battlefield of the North Links Golf Course in Mankato, MN. The University of South Dakota men came into the meet as the two time defending NCC champions.

After losing five out of their top eight runners from last year, the Coyotes looked to make a new name for themselves.

When the gun went off, All-American Jason Probasco (junior, Woodbine, IA) decided to celebrate his 22nd birthday in style with a second place finish. The leading Coyote runner finished in 25:39 for the 8000 meter race, just five seconds back from Joseph Kogo of Minnesota State Mankato, the overall conference individual champion. Rapid City Stevens graduate Noah Randles placed fourth (25:49) to join Probasco as USD's two All-Conference harriers.

Iowa City graduate Solomon Richards (21st, 26:38) and Eden Prairie graduates Adam Lindahl (23rd, 26:44) and Andy Nelson (26th, 27:00) rounded out the scoring five for the Coyotes. Jacob Christensen (28th, 27:02), David Farnsworth (36th, 27:28), Andrew Neugebauer (37th, 27:32), and Jeremy Kyte (39th, 27:40) performed well.

Minnesota State Mankato's team won the NCC Conference Championship with 36 points. South Dakota State (72), South Dakota (76), Augustana (78), North Dakota (117), and North Dakota State (119) followed.

The Lady Coyotes finished with their highest placing in USD's history as the runner-up in the NCC Conference Championship. Their second place finish was a shocker after being picked to finish fifth in the meet. North Dakota State won with 68 points while USD (82) squeaked by Nebraska-Omaha (83), Northern Colorado (84), North Dakota (87), Minnesota State Mankato (183) and Morningside (238).

Leading the way and earning NCC All-Conference honors were Molly Wedel (second, 20:53) and Krista Lederer (sixth, 21:27). Four-time All-American Wedel (sophomore, Spencer, IA) led for most of the 6,000 meter race, finishing just 10 seconds behind Augustana's Leah Gifford, the overall individual conference champion.

Six-time track and field All-American Krista Trei (senior, George, IA) finished 13th with a time of 22:11. Jennifer Feely (31st, 22:43) and Alison Woolley (35th, 22:54) rounded out the scoring five. Alison Luedke (48th, 43:28) and Aimee Dunlop (50th, 23:31) ran well.

The University of South Dakota men and women's teams now have three weeks to prepare for the regional championships, which are held in Fargo, ND this year on Saturday, Nov. 6.

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