Drake Mens XC Team
©Jim Kirby-2016

Bulldogs Record 3 Top 5 Finishes at the OZ

Coach Mark Carroll-Drake  ©Drake Athletics

Coach Mark Carroll-Drake
©Drake Athletics

The Drake University men’s and women’s cross country teams recorded a total of three top-five finishes Friday, Sept. 8, evening at the annual Oz Memorial, hosted by the University of Minnesota at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Courtesy Bulldog Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Drake Mens XC Team ©Jim Kirby-2016

The Bulldogs raced against competitors from Minnesota, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Creighton and Minnesota State with the men racing a four-mile (6.44k) course and women competing on a 6k course.

Senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) was the women’s team’s top finisher of the day with a third-place finish in 22:48.1, just 13 seconds off the winning pace.

The men’s race featured Drake sophomore Kyle Brandt (Maple Grove, Minn.) and junior Josh Yeager (Center Point, Iowa) finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Brandt crossed the finish line in 20:25.8, followed by Yeager in 20:38.5. South Dakota’s Kyle Burdick won the race in 19:55.7.

In the team standings, the Drake men finished second out of six teams with 51 points while South Dakota State took top honors with 35 points. The women’s squad finished fourth out of five teams with 95 points. Host Minnesota won the women’s meet with 25 points.

The Bulldogs will have a week off from competition before they return to the same course, Sept. 23, for the Roy Griak Invitational.

2017 Oz Memorial
Falcon Heights, Minn. – Les Bolstad Golf Course

Men’s Team Results
1. South Dakota State, 35
2. Drake, 51
3. Minnesota State, 79
4. North Dakota State, 83
5. Creighton, 111
6. Hamline, 157

Women’s Team Results
1. Minnesota, 25
2. North Dakota State, 54
3. South Dakota State, 62
4. Drake, 95
5. Hamline, 151

Drake Individual Men’s Results – 4 miles – 66 runners
4. Kyle Brandt, 20:25.8
5. Josh Yeager, 20:38.5
14. Kyle Cass, 21:03.9
18. Maxmilian Fridrich, 21:15.6
29. Kurt TeBeest, 21:35.3
42. Joe Romain, 21:50.5
44. Xavier Lechleitner, 21:57.2
47. Matt Cozine, 22:01.1
52. Justin Phillips, 22:18.7
56. Cole Friedman, 22:37.1
62. Alec Bognar, 23:55.5

Drake Individual Women’s Results – 6k – 63 runners
3. Bailee Cofer, 22:48.1
26. Morgan Garcia, 23:56.2
32. Olivia Rogers, 24:17.4
34. Mykaela Cole, 24:19.3
40. Elizabeth Aho, 24:27.8
44. Millie Bretl, 24:41.1
53. Kenzie Mente, 25:14.4
54. Rachel Selva, 25:16.5
57. Kayla Giuliano, 25:32.4
59. Paige Nicholson, 25:42.1
60. Meghan Kearney, 25:42.1