USD women’s cross country team finishes 3rd at region

USD women's cross country team finishes 3rd at region The University of South Dakota women's cross country team had its best performance ever with a third place finish at the North Central Region meet in Wayne, NE, on Saturday, Nov. 8.

South Dakota had 150 points to finish third behind first place Adams State, 20 points; and Western State, 53 points. The placing was USD's best ever by the women's team, which now advances to nationals.

Other team finishers included SDSU, fourth, 155; Colorado School of Mines, fifth, 167; Colorado-Colorado Springs, sixth, 171; North Dakota, seventh, 191; NDSU, eighth, 250; Minnesota-Duluth, ninth, 255; and Augustana, 10th, 269.

Senior Jennifer Feely was the top USD finisher at 17th in 22:04.36. Other finishers included: Amber Friedrich, 30th, 22:46.91; Aimee Nielsen, 33rd, 22:58.12; Jennifer Buller, 34th, 22:58.35; Amanda Roeman, 36th, 22:59.64; Amy Steckelberg, 44th, 23:10.16.

The South Dakota men finished 10th and will not advance to nationals for the second time in the past 10 years.

Sophomore Tony Turgeon led the South Dakota men's team with a 16th place finish in 31:25.08.

Other men's results included Tyler Wetering, 37th, 32:35.36; Bret Fransen, 67th, 33:17.39; Matt DeWald, 73rd, 33:32.73; Shane Roder, 89th, 34:30.88; Nate Seier, 104th, 35:16.34; Brendan Huber, 108th, 35:31.08.

The top 10 men's teams included: Adams State, first, 33; Western State, second, 50; NDSU, third, 122; SDSU, fourth, 128; Minnesota-Duluth, fifth, 146; Colorado-Colorado Springs, sixth, 159; Fort Hays State, seventh, 169; MSU, Mankato, eighth, 217; Colorado School of Mines, ninth, 276; South Dakota, 10th, 281.

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