Katie Wetzstein and Megan Hilson placed third and fourth respectively in the women’s 4k to lead the University of South Dakota women’s cross country team to a second place finish while Mubarik Musa placed second individually for the USD men in the 5k at the Bison Open on Friday.
The USD women placed second out of four in the meet with 45 points while the men finished with 73 points. The meet was also scored as a triple dual. The women went 2-1, topping North Dakota 19-39 and South Dakota State 26-30, but getting edged by North Dakota State 27-30. The men went 0-3, losing to North Dakota 26-31, South Dakota State 22-37 and North Dakota State 24-35.
Wetzstein paced the women with a finish of 14 minutes, 51.90 seconds, which was six seconds behind the winning time of 14:45.53 by Erin Teschuk of North Dakota State. Megan Hilson crossed in 14:55.03 and Amber Eichkorn placed seventh in 15:00.72 to round out USD’s top-10 finishes. Britni Waller finished 14th in 15:34.93 and Kate Kaster finished 17th in 15:43.16 to finish USD’s scoring.
Musa finished in 15:46.41, but was edged at the line by South Dakota State’s Joel Reichow’s time of 15:46.38. Taylor Chapman also recorded a top-10 for USD by finishing seventh in 16:04.16. Taylor Huseman finished 18th in 16:31.33, Stephen Nielson placed 25th in 16:41.33 and Alex Hohenthaner placed 30th in 16:46.73 to round out the men’s scorers.
Men’s runners Jeff Mettler and Brant Haase did not compete at the meet.
South Dakota is next scheduled to compete at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis on Sept. 28.