USD runners turn in solid efforts

USD runners turn in solid efforts
The University of South Dakota men's and women's cross country squads turned in solid efforts at the Roy Griak Invitational at the University of Minnesota, with the Coyote women taking seventh out of 29 teams in the Maroon II division with a total of 263 points. Meanwhile, the USD men claimed 10th out of 52 squads in the Maroon class by totaling 349 points.

On the women's side, the top three teams were all non-NCAA Division II schools, meaning the Coyotes finished in fourth-place among D-II institutions. USD was led by sophomore Kelsey Maloney (Sioux Falls) who ran a 23:21 over the six-kilometer course to take 12th individually.

Sophomore Lexie Dunlop (Woodbine, IA) turned in a 24:00.05 to finish in 31st, while freshman Tianna Hurtado (Loveland, CO) was 56th with a time of 24:30.80. Senior Amy Lindner (Sioux Falls) clocked in at 24:41.35 to place 71st, with sophomore Jessica Lundgren (Truman, MN) rounding out the Coyote contingent with a 109th-place effort in a time of 25:18.95.

The Coyote men actually had a better D-II finish than the women as of the nine teams that fared better than USD, only two (Minnesota State in third and Fort Hays State in seventh) were fellow Division II schools, thereby giving South Dakota a third-place D-II performance. Once again, senior Tyler Wetering (Sioux Falls) turned in the best time for South Dakota by completing the eight-kilometer course in 26:08 to finish in fifth-place. Wetering not only led USD on the day, but was the top D-II runner in the meet by over five seconds.

Sophomore Matt Yaggie (Mission Hill) crossed the finish line next for USD by taking 36th in a time of 26:51, with freshman Rob Gregoire (Wakonda) finishing in 63rd-place at 27:09.45. Freshman Sean Fitzsimmons (Yankton) ran a 27:49.30 to finish in 122nd, while junior Josh Jeffery (Spearfish) was the fifth Coyote to count towards the team score by placing 153rd with his 28:05.05. Also running for South Dakota but not having their times count for the team score were senior John Coleman (Littleton, CO), who was 217th in 28:34.40, and junior Josh Blue (Council Bluffs, IA), who finished 262nd in 29:01.10.

The Coyote harriers will next be in action next Saturday, Sept. 30, when they compete at the SDSU Classic in Brookings, with the women's race starting at 9:45 a.m. and the men at 10:15 a.m.

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