USD cross country teams advance to nationals The South Dakota men's and women's cross country teams both put together perhaps their best performances of the season as both teams advanced to nationals following strong performances at the North Central Regional Cross Country Meet at the Don Baker Cross Country Course on the USD campus on Nov. 6. The meet was hosted by South Dakota for the first time.
The South Dakota women's team, ranked 12th in the nation, captured third-place at the regional with 144 points. The 14th-ranked South Dakota men's team was fourth with a team total of 138 points. Western State won the men's title with 32 points, led by individual titlist Kelly Christensen (30:33). Adams State, led by individual titlist Stephanie Bylander (20:39), won the women's title with 20 points.
It was the second straight year that the Coyotes women's team took third place at the regionals and qualified for nationals. USD had thae top team point total among NCC schools. USD was led by Aimee Nielsen's (Mason City, IA) 12th place finish (22:18) in the 6K race. Other finishers for USD included Kaylee Keating (Sioux Falls), 24th (23:11); Mary Bennett (Scotland), 25th (23:12); Amanda Roeman (Dell Rapids), 34th (23:44); Amy Steckelberg (Yankton), 49th (24:14); Amy Duba (Sioux Falls), 96th (25:43); and Paige Turgeon (Sioux Falls), 103rd (25:50).
The men's team was fourth with 138 points as a team and qualified for nationals after missing out a year ago. USD finished 10th at the regional a year ago.
Junior Tony Turgeon (Sioux Falls) finished ninth (31:26) in the men's 10K race, which was the best performance among NCC competititors. USD's fourth place finish was also the top performance among NCC schools. USD sophomore Tyler Wetering (Sioux Falls) was 16th (32:17), with Bret Fransen (Edgerton, MN) 26th (32:42). Matt Dewald (Yankton) was 43rd (33:38), with Nate Seier (Dubuque, IA), 44th (33:40). Two other USD finishers included freshman Doug Galbavy (Lennox), 79th (35:04), and senior Brenden Huber (Huron) 89th (35:32).