Men’s cross-country team finishes 7th at nationals

Men's cross-country team finishes 7th at nationals The University of South Dakota men's cross-country team, led by the all-American performances of seniors Noah Deyo and Jason Probasco, placed seventh at the NCAA Division II Cross-Country National Championships.

The Coyotes men's team scored 239 points to finish seventh, bettering their 11th-place finish in 1999. The Coyotes' finish was the best among North Central Conference men's teams.

Western State, which captured the North Central Regional title, won both the men's and women's competition at the meet, with the men totaling 29 points and the women totaling 38 points.

Abilene Christian was second in the men's competition with 62 points while North Dakota, the top NCC finisher, was second in the women's competition with 131 points. Alfred Rugema, a sophomore from Abilene Christian, ran a 30:17 to win the men's competition. Mario Venalainen of Kennesaw State won the women's competition in 21:33.6.

Deyo, a senior from Rapid City, finished 29th in 32:43.7, and Probasco, a senior from Woodbine, IA, finished 34th in 32:49.7. Both earned all-American honors for their performance.

Probasco earned his third straight all-American honor. He was 37th in 1998 and 32nd in 1999. Their performance gives USD 21 all-Americans all-time in cross-country.

"Overall, we had a pretty good performance," said Dave Gottsleben, who oversees the cross-country and track and field programs at USD. "Noah (Deyo) ran fantastic. Overall, we were very pleased with our effort and rate it a pretty good performance. We had two all-Americans and that we are pleased with. I think we did very well in this national competition."

Other Coyote finishers included Adam Lindahl, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, MN, 56th, 33:28.1; Jacob Christensen, a junior from Hill City, 71st, 33:50.2; Edward Whetham, a junior from Stillwater, MN, 81st, 33:58.5; David Farnsworth, a senior from Chamberlain, 87th, 34:19.5; and Andrew Nelson, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, MN, 137th, 35:48.1.

USD did not have any competitors in the women's competition.

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