USD cross country teams place second at conference meet

The University of South Dakota cross country teams both finished second at the Summit League Championships on Saturday with a second place finish by Jeff Mettler (Eureka, SD) in the men's race and a sixth place finish by Megan Hilson (Yankton) on the women's side.

Mettler and Hilson led a contingent of seven Coyotes who earned all-conference honors at the meet.  Freshmen Mubarik Musa (Worthington, MN) and Amber Eickhorn (Wichita, KS) were also named conference newcomers of the year on top of earning all-conference status.

South Dakota State won the eight-team men's race with 35 points.  South Dakota had 62, IUPUI had 104, Oakland had 111 and Western Illinois tallied 119 to finish in the top-five.  The women's race was won by North Dakota State with 36 points.  South Dakota's 59, South Dakota State's 63, Oakland's 114 and Omaha's 157 rounded out the top-five in the nine-team field.

Mettler crossed the finish line of the 8k race in a time of 25:10.6, which was four seconds behind race winner Michael Krsnak of South Dakota State.  Ethan Marquardt (Albert Lea, MN) placed seventh in 25:49.1 and Musa (Worthington) was eighth in 25:58.8. 

Mettler and Marquardt were named first-team all-conference, while Musa earned second-team all-conference honors.

Isaac Allen (Lincoln, NE) finished 22nd in 26:43.5, and Alex Hohenthaner (Yankton) was 23rd in 26:44.1.  Brant Haase (Lemmon, SD) crossed the finish line in 26:55.8 and Benson Langat (Kapsabet, Kenya) crossed in 27:23.9 to finish in 28th and 40th, respectively. 

Hilson earned first-team all-conference with her sixth place finish in 22:23.7.  Her time was about 34 seconds behind race winner Brittni Hutton of Oakland (21:49.8).

Three Coyote women made second-team all-conference, led by Eickhorn's 11th place finish in 22:51.0.  Katie Wetzstein's (Hudson, WS) 12th place in 22:54.4 and Ali Gress' (Papillion, NE) 14th place in 22:57.7 also earned second-team honors.

Carol Miller (Mead, NE) had a strong finish with a 16th in 23:05.4, Jessica Brandli (Rapid City) finished 24th in 23:30.8 and Britni Waller (Lincoln, NE) was 25th in 23:31.1.

The Coyotes are next scheduled to race at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10 in Springfield, MO.

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