Wedel and Coyote men advance The University of South Dakota men and women's cross country teams traveled to Fargo, ND for the 1999 NCAA Division II North Central Regional Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 6. The meet was held in near perfect weather of 48 degrees, sunny, and a south wind of 10 mph.
A national championship berth was to be won or lost by the Coyotes. Both the men and women's teams were picked to not make the cut. The men were predicted to finish behind Minnesota State, Mankato, South Dakota State, Augustana, and Minnesota-Duluth. The women were predicted to finish behind North Dakota State and Nebraska-Omaha.
The top four men's teams and top two women's teams advance to the NCAA National Championships in Joplin, MO two weeks later.
USD's Molly Wedel decided to go out with the leaders and made a decisive move with 1600 meters to go in the 6000 meter race. The sophomore from Spencer, IA won the race in the time of 21:18, 12 seconds ahead of Augustana's Leah Gifford. Both of these women qualified as individuals for the national meet.
Freshman Krista Lederer (eighth, 21:56) and senior Krista Trei (13th, 22:40) earned all Region honors along with Wedel for the Lady Coyotes.
Jennifer Feely (40th, 23:49) and Amy Dunlop (45th, 24:05) were the final two scoring members for USD. Alison Woolley (53rd, 24:26) and Alison Luedke (74th, 25:05) also competed.
The Lady Coyotes finished in third place (107 points) as a team behind North Dakota State (69 points) and North Dakota (88 points). Wedel was also named the 1999 Female Regional Athlete.
For the Coyote men, Jason Probasco (second, 31:14), Noah Randles (fifth, 31:31), and Solomon Richards (sixth, 31:47) earned All-Region honors while leading their team to a second place regional finish, only 10 points behind Minnesota State, Mankota (42, points). Adam Lindahl (17th, 32:32) and Jacob Christensen (22nd, 32:48) were the final two scoring members for USD. David Farnsworth (35th, 33:31) and Andrew Nelson (34:26) also competed. The men's team (seventh consecutive NCAA appearance) and Molly Wedel will now travel to Joplin, MO for the NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships in two weeks.