USD Coyote cross country finishes 11th in the nation The University of South Dakota men's cross country team and Molly Wedel traveled to Joplin, MO to compete at the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships. The weather was perfect with no wind and 61 degrees at race time. The race was held on Missouri Southern University's cross-country course.
Molly Wedel (sophomore, Spencer, IA) represented USD well by placing third overall with a time of 20:52.9 for the 6000 meter race, just 4.7 seconds behind the national champion Marjo Venalainen from Kennesaw State in Georgia. Wedel earned All-American honors and received awards for Regional Athlete of the Year and Top 15 at Nationals.
The Coyote men arrived at Nationals ranked sixth in the country, hoping for another top four finish as in the past two years. Jason Probasco (junior, Woodbine, IA) led USD with a 32nd place finish in the 10,000 meter race, earning All-American honors. Noah Randles (48th, 32:03), Jacob Christensen (69th, 32:35), Solomon Richards (70th, 32:40), David Farnsworth (103rd, 33:37), Adam Lindahl (108th, 34:07), and Andy Nelson (121st, 34:45) were the other USD competitors.
As a total team, the Coyotes finished 11th in the nation for the 1999 season. This was the seventh straight year that Head Coach Scott Munsen has gotten USD in the national championships. For 1999, Western State was crowned the Men's National Champion, while Adams State was crowned the Women's National Champion.