Freshman Travis Brenner and sophomore Carol Miller were the top Coyote finishers in a South Dakota cross country dual sweep of North Dakota on Saturday afternoon at the Don Baker Cross Country Course. The South Dakota men earned a 19-38 victory, while the USD women notched a 20-43 win.
Brenner (Yankton) guided a pack of three Coyotes through the eight-kilometer course in 26:02 for first place overall. Fellow freshman Jeff Mettler (Eureka) and sophomore Ethan Marquardt (Albert Lea, MN) were also in the lead pack for the majority of the race until Brenner broke away in the final stretch. Mettler placed second in 26:04, while Marquardt ran his fastest time ever on the course in 26:12 for third. Senior Andrew Duba (Sioux Falls) ran a 26:27 for fifth and essentially locked up the Coyote win with four runners in the top five. Sophomore Mark Hayden (St. Louis, MO) rounded out USD's scorers in 27:08 for eighth.
Miller (Mead, NE) helped construct an equally impressive win on the women's side with an 18:57 for the five-kilometer race. The time was her fastest ever on the course and placed her second, as the Coyotes swept second through eighth place. Freshman Megan Hilson (Yankton) place third in 19:08 to finish out her first cross country campaign for the Coyotes. Sophomore Jessica Brandli (Rapid City) and freshman Ashleigh Giese (Marshall, WI) teamed to run 19:32 and 19:33 for fourth and fifth, respectively, while sophomore Sigornie Pfefferle (Grand Island, NE) rounded out USD's scorers in 19:53 for sixth.
The South Dakota cross country squads now join with the Coyote track and field teams that have been participating in fall practices. USD begins the indoor track and field season by hosting the Red vs White Intersquad on Dec. 9 in the DakotaDome.