USD cross country sweeps Tim Young Invitational

The University of South Dakota men's cross country team placed seven in the top-eight and the Coyote women placed six in the top 10 to sweep the team standings at the Tim Young Invitational on Saturday.

Jeff Mettler (Eureka, SD) won his second race of the season with a time of 24:52 in the 8k race, and Amber Eickhorn (Wichita, KS) paced the women with a third place finish in 18:07 in the 5k at the Don Baker Course in Vermillion.

The USD men won the meet with 16 points. They were followed by Carleton College (MN) with 51 points and Butler Community College (KS) with 79 points.

The Coyote women finished with 26 points, which was 19 points better than second-place Omaha (45). Minnesota-Morris was third with 71 points.

Mettler's time was eight seconds off the course record that he set last season. It was the first time this season he didn't set a school record at a meet.

The Coyote men had the top-four finishers in the race. Ethan Marqaurdt (Albert Lea, MN) placed second in 25:16, Mubarik Musa (Worthington, MN) was third in 25:46, and Brant Haase (Lemmon, SD) was fourth in 25:51. Carleton's Marcus Huderle rounded out the top-five in 26:00.

The Coyotes had the first three finishers outside the top-five. Benson Langat (Kapsabet, Kenya) crossed in sixth at 26:09, Isaac Allen (Lincoln, NE) was seventh in 26:31, and Alex Hohenthaner (Yankton) finished eighth in 26:34.

Minnesota-Morris' Linda Keller set a new course as she won the women's race in 17:36. Omaha's Amanda Vorthmann placed second eight seconds later (17:44). Eickhorn led a trio of Coyotes to round out the top-five with Katie Wetzstein (Hudson, WS) placing fourth in 18:36 and Megan Hilson (Yankton) finishing fifth in 18:39.

Carol Miller (Mead, NE) was the fourth best finisher for the Coyote women with a seventh-place finish in 18:45. Jessica Brandli (Rapid City) placed ninth in 18:55, Ali Gress (Papillion, NE) was 10th in 18:56, and Britni Waller (Lincoln, NE) rounded out South Dakota's scoring in 11th at 19:07.

South Dakota will take a weekend off before racing at the Summit League Championships at Oakland University on Oct. 27

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