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Mason Tope-Dav. Central-Loras
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Tope Leads Non D1 Runners in DuHawk Effort

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras ©Jim Kirby 2017

Brandon Gradoville-Xavier-Loras
©Jim Kirby 2017

For the fourth time in program history, the Loras men’s cross country team claimed top honors at the National Catholic Championships, hosted by Notre Dame. Senior Mason Tope finished as the top non-Division I runner, running the 8k race in 25:27.2.

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NOTABLES
-As a team, Loras’ men finished fourth in 2016 with 105 points, cutting down to 32 points on Friday to win the non-Division I race
-Tope ran 43 seconds faster than his 2016 time, moving up from 12th as a junior to first as a senior … Friday’s performance was the second in as many races for the Davenport native
-Senior Brien Nugent shed nine seconds off last year’s time and moved up to fifth in the field
-Sophomore Patrick Wolak went from 26:54 as a freshman to 26:25 and finished ninth
-The Duhawks scored its top-five runners inside the top-10 in the field
-Loras’ women earned a fifth-place finish on Friday with 133 team points
-Senior Kelly Minear turned in the top time for the Duhawks, finishing 20th at 19:54, a 2:24 second improvement from her performance in 2016
-Junior Kemunto Ondande placed 26th with her time of 20:19
-Senior Liz Venezio was right behind Ondande, fininshing 28th with a time of 20:24, an eight-second improvement from last year’s time

UP NEXT
Loras is next in action on Saturday, Sept. 30 at the Wartburg Invitational. The race serves as a preview for the 2017 Iowa Conference Championships, set for Saturday, Oct. 28.

McKenzie Yanek-PV-Alabama
©Crimson Tide Athletics-2017

Tide’s Yanek is Back

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama © Amelia B. Barton-2016

Mackenzie Yanek-Pleasent Valley-Alabama
© Amelia B. Barton-2016

In the women’s 6,000-meter race, at the UC Riverside Invitational in Riverside, Calif., on Saturday, sophomore McKenzie Yanek led the Tide across the finish line, placing 18th (15thcollegiate finisher) in 20:37.3. Fellow sophomores Elisabeth Danis and Rebecca Buteau finished 20th (16th) and 25th (18th), respectively. Danis finished in 20:39.1 while Buteau clocked a time of 20:47.0. Junior Jessica Grayfinished 43rd (33rd) in 21:16.9. Junior Nicole Gardner rounded out the scoring for UA, finished 44th (34th) in 21:17.0.

In the women’s open 5,000-meter race, freshman Maddie Dearborn finished seventh overall (sixth collegian) in 17:45.5 to lead the Tide. Redshirt freshman Shannon Marsh finished 13th (12th) in 17:57.7. Senior Alison Ringlewas 34th (26th) in 18:31.6. Sophomore Caroline Brooks was the Tide’s fourth finisher, running 18:40.7 to come in 52nd (40th). Freshman Margot Dooley was 61st (46th) in 18:51.0 in her collegiate debut.

In the men’s invitational 8,000-meter race, sophomore J.P. Brinyark was the Tide’s top runner, finishing 46th (38thcollegian) in 25:02. Senior Garrett Bull finished 62nd (53rd) in 25:16.5, followed by freshman Chase Buckelew, who placed 72nd (61st) in 25:20.9 in his collegiate debut; sophomore Elliott Miller, 86th (71st) in 25:30.4 and sophomore Clay Austell, 93rd (77th) in 25:35.5.

Both teams will be off next weekend before traveling to South Bend, Ind. for Notre Dame’s Joe Piane Invitational on Sept. 29. The women’s 5,000-meter race will take place at 1 p.m. CT, followed by the men’s five-mile race at 1:45 p.m.

UC Riverside Invitational

Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017

UCR Ag Ops Course

Riverside, Calif.

Host: University of California, Riverside

 

Women’s 6,000 Meters Invitational Team Results (Top 5 Collegiate)

1. Arkansas (36)

2. ALABAMA (72)

3. Utah Valley (192)

4. Cal State San Marcos (205)

5. Southern Utah (207)

Alabama Individual Women’s Results

6,000 Meters- Invitational (Collegiate Finish)

15. McKenzie Yanek, So., 20:37.3

20. Elisabeth Danis, So., 20:39.1

25. Rebecca Buteau, So., 20:47.0

33. Jessica Gray, Jr., 21:15.9

34. Nicole Gardner, Jr., 21:17.0

37. Rachael Reddy, Jr., 21:20.9

45. Caroline Barlow, Sr., 21:29.9

 

UNI Women
©Jim Kirby-2016

Top Finishers For Panthers at May Flower Day Open

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI ©Panther Athletics-2017

Ashley Norem-Urbandale-UNI
©Panther Athletics-2017

It was another successful race day for the Northern Iowa cross country program as the men and women turned in a combined six top-10 finishers at the Wisconsin Mayflower Day Open.

Courtesy Panthers Athletics, click here! Feature photo: UNI Women XC ©Jim Kirby-2016

The women led the way with four top-10 finishers, while the men earned two. Both squads had their remaining runners (five for the women, five for the men) grab at least a top-30 showing.

“We’re very pleased with today’s performance,” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “We had a lot of runners competing in their first face at UNI, so this was a great effort on their part. We’re going to take a week to recover and then prepare for the second-half of our regular season”

WOMEN RECAP
In her first race of the season, 2016 MVC Freshman of the Year Hannah Truniger posted a third-place finish with a time of 21:55.2 in the 6K. Truniger’s third-overall finish was her highest as a Panther, beating out last season’s sixth-place posting at the Badger Classic.

Not far behind Truniger, was senior Ashley Norem with a time of 22:23.9 in the 6K to finish sixth overall. Fellow senior Brette Correy turned in an eighth-place finish in her first action of the season, with a time of 22:27.6. Rounding out the top-10 was Panther junior Tiffany Christensen with a time of 22:35.7.

Freshman McKayla Cole continued the successful day for new Panthers after finishing 11th with a time of 22:39.0 in her first race, while freshman Gabby Skopec posted a time of 23:26.7 to place a season-high 18th overall.

Kelsey Leedy (23:37.1 – 21st), Maddie Reynolds (23:51.4 – 24th) and Gaby Champion (23:59.9 – 27th) rounded out the Panther results for the women on Saturday.

MEN RECAP
Last week, CJ May turned in a collegiate-high 13th showing at the Hawkeye Invite. This week the junior continued his impressive year by turning in a fifth-place finish and change his collegiate best once again. May turned in a time of 26:10.1 in the 8K.

Also in the top 10 on Saturday was Alex Jackson, who finished with a time of 27:05.4 in his first race for Panther cross country. Ethan Smith was right behind Jackson, finishing 11th with a time of 27:06.0. Freshman Logan Murray was the last Panther to claim a top-15 finish, coming in at 14th overall with a time of 27:08.2.

Dillon Timmerman (27:45.8 – 21st), Peyton Twedt (27:57.0 – 24th) and Bo Hjelle (28:53.1 – 29th) rounded out the Panther men results.

UP NEXT
UNI is off until Sept. 30, when the Panthers travel to South Bend, Ind., for the Joe Piane Invitational.

SOCIAL MEDIA
For more information on the UNI cross country program, follow the Panthers on Twitter at “@UNITrackFieldXC” and on Facebook at “UNI Track and Field.”

WISCONSIN MAYFLOWER DAY OPEN (WOMEN)
Sept. 16, 2017 – Madison, Wis. (6K)
Place    Name  (Time)
3rd        Hannah Truniger (21:55.2)
6th        Ashley Norem (22:23.9)
8th        Brette Correy (22:27.6)
10th     Tiffany Christensen (22:35.7)
11th     McKayla Cole (22:39.0)
18th     Gabby Skopec (23:26.7)
21st      Kelsey Leedy (23:37.1)
24th     Maddie Reynolds (23:51.4)
27th     Gabby Champion (23:59.9)

WISCONSIN MAYFLOWER DAY OPEN (MEN)
Sept. 16, 2017 – Madison, Wis. (8K)
Place    Name  (Time)
5th        CJ May (26:10.1)
10th     Alex Jackson (27:05.4)
11th     Ethan Smith (27:06.0)
14th     Logan Murray (27:08.2)
21st      Dillon Timmerman (27:45.8)
24th     Peyton Twedt (27:57.0)
29th     Bo Hjelle (28:53.1)

Daniel Soto-Valley-Iowa, among the Iowa Men XC Team
©Hawkeye Athletics-2017

Hawk Men Win Greeno Woody

Madison Waymire-DCG-Iowa ©Brian Ray-2017

Madison Waymire-DCG-Iowa
©Brian Ray-2017

The University of Iowa men’s cross country team placed first and the women finished third at the Greeno Woody Invite on Saturday morning in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Hawkeye men placed four runners in the top 10 of the 8,000 meters, including a 1-2 finish by sophomore Nathan Mylenek and junior Ian Eklin.

Courtesy Hawkeye Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Daniel Soto-Valley-Iowa, among the Iowa Men XC Team ©Brian Ray-2017

The Hawkeye women were led by junior Andrea Shine, who won the 6,000-meter race with a personal-best time of 21:39. Madison Waymire finished sixth with a time of 22:08

Quoting The Hawkeyes

“I was pleased with how the men operated today. Our primary goal was to move as a team. We had our team in 30th at 1k and patiently moved up from there. Nathan Mylenek, Daniel Soto, and Ian Eklin all had a lot left and pushed hard the last 1k to secure the team win. We had much better team tactics today compared to the season opener.” – UI head coach Randy Hasenbank

Andrea Shine won the University division. She was beat by one professional athlete and that’s exciting. Andie and Madison both moved to the front of the pack and stayed up front most of the way.” – UI head coach Randy Hasenbank

Notables

  • Daniel Soto finished fourth in the men’s race with a time of 25:48.
  • Brandon Cooley was Iowa’s fourth finisher in the men’s race, placing seventh with a time of 26:07.
  • Andrea Shine ran a career-best 21:31.9 in the 6,000 meters.
  • Juliann Hollensbee was Iowa’s third finisher in the women’s race. She finished 10th with a time of 22:24

Next For The Hawkeyes
The Hawkeyes continue their season on Sept. 29, in South Bend Indiana at the Notre Dame Invite.

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou
©Mizzou Athletics-2017

Fast Start For Mizzou’s Schweizer at Vandy

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri ©Jim Kirby

Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Missouri
©Jim Kirby

Mizzou Cross Country senior Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Iowa) began her 2017 campaign right where she left off in 2016, winning the Commodore Classic on Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The 2016 NCAA Cross Country National Champion set the Percy Warner Park course record with a time of 16:25.4 in the 5k race, besting the second-place finisher by more than a full minute (1:03.3).

Courtesy Mizzou Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Karissa Schweizer-Dowling-Mizzou ©Mizzou Athletics-2017

Schweizer’s course-record performance lifted the Mizzou women’s team to a third-place finish at the meet with 103 points, as the Tigers finished behind Ohio State (60 points) and Vanderbilt (93 points). The Mizzou men’s team, paced by redshirt sophomore Thomas George‘s (Gloucester, England) 13th-place finish, finished seventh with 177 points.

NOTABLE FINISHES

Schweizer’s time of 16:25.4 bested Michigan’s Erin Finn’s previous course record of 16:43.4, which was set in 2015. Two other Tigers finished in the top-20 on the women’s side, as redshirt senior Megan Cunningham (Eureka, Mo.) finished 14th with a 5k cross country personal record time of 17:55.3, while redshirt senior Kaitlyn Fischer (Pevely, Mo.) finished 17th with a time of 17:56.1. Rounding out the top-five finishers for Mizzou was freshman Jenna Lutzow (Poplar Grove, Ill.), who finished 37thwith a time of 18:21.1 and redshirt sophomore Samantha Farmer (Columbia, Mo.), who finished 44th with a time of 18:23.3.

On the men’s side, George led the way with a 5k personal record time of 25:26.1. Redshirt junior Evan Schulte (Columbia, Mo.) and redshirt freshman Justin Loquercio(Mt. Prospect, Ill.) each posted top-50 finishes, placing 34th and 35th with times of 25:58.7 and 25:58.8, respectively.

QUOTABLES

Mizzou Head Coach Marc Burns

“I thought we had some very good things happen today on the men’s side,” said Mizzou Cross Country head coach Marc Burns. “Thomas did a nice job leading the way today and is developing some consistency that we need up front. It was great to see Evan Schulte back in action and he battled hard the whole way. Justin Loquerciocompeted hard and continues to impress early in the season. Overall, though, we have to be better top to bottom. We are a much better team than we showed today. The guys will get recovered and back to work tomorrow. We will be back to full strength at Oklahoma State and really see where we are leading into October.”

“Our women put forth a strong effort today,” said Burns. “Karissa looked effortless in breaking the course record. Megan showed what she is capable of by running in second place most of the last 2k. She struggled a bit in the heat over the last 800m, but she is close to being at a very high level. Kaitlyn ran the most complete race we have seen from her in a couple of years. Her perseverance is paying off in her fifth year and she is rolling. It was good to get a win over a ranked Eastern Michigan team, but felt like we should have been able to race with the front of the race. We are excited to get the crew prepared for Oklahoma State in two weeks.”

UP NEXT

Next up for Mizzou will be the Cowboy Jamboree in Stillwater, Okla., on Sept. 30. It will be the third of five regular season meets for Mizzou before starting postseason competition. The Tigers will head south to Athens, Ga., for the SEC Championships on Oct. 27, north to Ames, Iowa, for the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 10, and east to Louisville, Ky., for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18.

HINDMAN COMPETES IN TRIATHLON JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Overnight in the Netherlands, freshman Austin Hindman (Wildwood, Mo.) finished 29th in the Triathlon Junior World Championship. Hindman clocked a time of 58:06 in the event, with splits of 9:21 in the 750m swim, 30:22 in the 20k bike ride and 16:03 in the 5k run. Last summer, Hindman took home gold in the same event in Mexico, finishing with a time of 54:02.

For all the latest on Mizzou Track & Field, stay tuned to MUTigers.com and follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (MIZ_TrackField).

Men’s Results – 7th place (177 points)
13. Thomas George, 25:26.1 // 34. Evan Schulte, 25:58.7 // 35. Justin Loquercio, 25:58.8 // 53. Marc Dubrick, 26:19.1 // 62. Michael Widmann, 26:31.1 // 73. Jacob Schweiss, 26:44.0 // 78. Eric Scott, 26:47.4 // 101. Stephen Mugeche, 27:23.6 // 103. Patrick Kearns, 27:30.2 // 119. Chris Conrad, 28:15.4

Women’s Results – 3rd Place (103 points)
1. Karissa Schweizer, 16:25.4 // 14. Megan Cunningham, 17:55.3 // 17. Kaitlyn Fischer, 17:56.1 // 37. Jenna Lutzow, 18:21.1 // 44. Samantha Farmer, 18:23.3 // 58. Hannah Thomas, 18:36.7 // 67. Jordyn Kleve, 18:49.2 // 86. Melissa Menghini, 19:09.7 // 90. Kayla Funkenbusch, 19:19.7 // 99. Valeska Halamicek, 19:28.4 // 101. Lexi Maddox, 19:29.2 // 119. Kayla Glowacki, 19:54.9 // 124. Faramola Shonekan, 19:58.6 // 130. Kiley Deain, 20:01.9 // 135. Susan Forbis, 20:16.2 // 141. Vivien Jepkemoi, 20:22.1 // 156. Emmie Hahn, 20:55.8 // 161. Elly DeTurris, 21:22.3 // 173. Kaelyn Balch, 23:16.8

Central Men-2017
©Dutch Athletics

Dutch Men and Women Off to a Good Start

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central ©Dutch Athletics

Mark Fairley-Dubuque-Central
©Dutch Athletics

Men

After a season-opening win at the home Dutch Invitational, the Central College men’s cross country team made a three-spot leap to No. 6 in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Central Region poll.

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Loras College stayed atop the rankings in the second week, and St. Olaf College (Min.) was unchanged at No. 2. Wartburg College (No. 3) Nebraska Wesleyan University (No. 4) and Luther College (No. 10) also represent the Iowa Conference.

The Dutch are back in action Saturday following an off weekend and will venture to Northfield, Minnesota for the St. Olaf Invitational. The race will start at 10 a.m. on the campus of St. Olaf.

Women

Senior Holly McKinney (Saint Charles, Interstate 35 HS) led the Central College women’s cross country team in the 5,000-meter Dutch Invitational Friday.

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Central finished second with 49 points with Grinnell College winning the three-team invitational with 24 points.

McKinney finished the race in 20 minutes, 9 seconds placing fifth. Right behind McKinney was junior Rachel Peter (Prairie City, PCM HS) with 20:12.

“Holly and Rachel are both coming back from injuries and they ran a solid race tonight,” said associate head coach Stephen Fyfe.

Sophomore Lauren Moll (Faribault, Minn.) finished 11th with 20:50, senior Evie Kammeyer (Urbandale)finished 13th with 21:10, freshman Sarah Roberts (Lake-in-the-Hills, Ill., Huntley HS) followed Kammeyer with 21:44, sophomore Carly Klavins (Urbandale) finished 15th with 21:57 and sophomore Ashley Meldrum (Cambridge, Ballard HS) finished 16th with 21:59.

“I was extremely pleased with how our women ran,” said Fyfe. “Carly, Lauren and Ashley have really taken a step forward from last year which is great to see.”

The Dutch turn their attention toward the September 16 St. Olaf Invitational in Northfield, Minn. The invitational serves as a preview for the NCAA Division III Central Regional.

Wartburg Men's Cross Country-2017
©Knights Athletics

Knights Earn High Rank at Les Duke

Ashlyn Bagge-Independence-Wartburg ©Knights Athletics-2017

Ashlyn Bagge-Independence-Wartburg
©Knights Athletics-2017

The Wartburg men’s and women’s cross country teams were in action at the Les Duke Invite.

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The Men

The  men’s cross country team won their second-straight meet by 40 points. In addition, this was the fourth-straight year the Orange and Black won the team title at this race.

The top finisher for the Knights was freshman Sam Pinkowski (La Crosse, Wis.), 2nd, 25:00.

Finishing fourth was senior Eli Kaczinski (Charlotte), 25:25. Junior Casey Roberts (Ankeny) finished in seventh with a time of 25:51. In 11th place for Wartburg was senior Joel Toppin (Clear Lake), 26:00. Freshman Ali Ali (Iowa City) finished in 16th place (26:23). Rounding out the top 25 for the Knights was sophomore Caleb Appleton (Bemidji, Minn.) and freshman Liam Conroy (Mount Vernon) with times of 26:31 (18th) and 26:41 (21st), respectively.

Wartburg’s next meet is at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. at 4:30 p.m on Sept. 22.

Women

The Wartburg women’s cross country team ran to a first place finish in the meet with 33 points.

Leading Wartburg was senior with a first place individual finish with a time of 21:29. This individual title marked Bagge’s third in her career, following last weekend’s win at Crown College and Wartburg’s own Dan Huston invitational last season.
Senior Beth Mallon (Davenport) finished in fourth with a time of 22:37. Freshmen Cassidy Christopher (Cedar Falls) and sophomore Nicole Breitbach (North Buena Vista) ran times of 23:07 (8th) and 23:11 (9th), respectively. Rounding out the top 15 for the Knights was junior Shae McEnany (Independence) and junior Ashley Stevens (Windsor Heights) with times of 23:21 (14th) and 23:22 (15th), respectively.

The Orange and Black return to competition on Sept. 22 at Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill at 4:30 p.m.

Complete team results:

 1 Wartburg College         40    
  2 Grinnell College        101   
  3 Cornell College         112   
  4 North Iowa  C C         117  
  5 Principia               123   
  6 Hawkeye C C             170   
 7* Indian Hills            189   
 7* University Of Dubuque   189    
  9 Monmouth College        222   
 10 Coe College             233   
 11 Knox College            256 
 12 Grand View University   315   

Wartburg's competitors: 
2  Sam Pinkowski, Fr    25:00
4  Eli Kaczinski, Sr    25:25
7  Casey Roberts, Jr    25:51
11  Joel Toppin, Sr     26:00
16  Ali Ali, Fr         26:23
18  Caleb Appleton, So  26:31
21  Liam Conroy, Fr     26:41
27  Mitch Black, Sr     26:50
30  Spencer Warehime, Fr 27:00
33  Joe Freiburger, Fr  27:07
34  Aaron O'Leary, Sr   27:10
41  Jordan Yessak, Fr   27:28
44  Matt Schneider, So  27:49
50  Curren Matthias, Fr 28:01
55  Conor Sapp, So      28:07
57  Noah Worthington, Fr 28:19
60  Drew Hoffmann, Fr   28:23
67  Trevor Sode, Fr     28:35
70  Karl Jaeschke, Sr   28:46
83  Christian Brothers, Fr  29:08
86  Sam Madison, Fr     29:12
87  Ryan Dalton, Fr     29:12
103 Joe Mixdorf, Fr     29:40
110 Zac Sapiot, Fr      30:12
114 Matt Heinzman, Fr   30:19
117 Sam Lorimer, Fr     30:29
124 Matt Egts, Fr       30:47
128 Jon Fuentes, So     31:10
155 Ben Coleman, Sr     34:11
Nicole Svendsen-Dowling Cent. Missouri
©Jennie Athletics

Svendsen Leads the Jennies at Home

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent. Missouri St  ©Jennies Athletics

Nicole Svendsen-Dowling-Cent. Missouri St
©Jennies Athletics

At their second race of the season, both Central Missouri Cross Country teams finished in first place at the CMU Eagle Invitational. The Mules finished first out of four teams, scoring 41 points while the Jennies took first place out of six teams and scored 29 points.

Courtesy Mules/Jennies Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Nicole Svendsen-Dowling Cent. Missouri ©Jennies Athletics

Senior Ian Frazier lead the way for the Mules, finishing second overall with a time of 19:16.3. Ronald Ayabei was just a second behind, placing third. Central Missouri had seven more runners make it into the top-20. Nick Victor (20:17.5), Tyler Musgrave (20:18.1), and Justin Howard (20:20.7) finished 11th, 12th, and 13th to round out the top-five list for UCM.

There were five Jennies who finished in the top-10. Nicole Svendsen placed third overall, crossing the line at 19:26.1. Mariah Elmore was right behind and finished in fourth place at the 19:31.4 mark. Amy Marx and Courtney Rogersfinished back-to-back and placed sixth and seventh. Freshman Kimberlee Sewester ran a 20:06.5 to finish ninth.

The Mules and Jennies will have a week off from competition before traveling to Minneapolis, Minn. for the Roy Griak Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 23.

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

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota 
©Craig Lassig

Kohut-Jackson Impresses For the Gophers

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota  ©Craig Lassig

Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota
©Craig Lassig

Abby Kohut-Jackson took home top individual honors and the Golden Gophers won the team title as the University of Minnesota women’s cross country team hosted the 18th annual Oz Memorial Run at Les Bolstad Course Friday evening.

Courtesy Golden Gopher Athletics, click here!  Feature photo: Abby Kohut-Jackson-Ballard-Minnesota ©Craig Lassig

Kohut-Jackson, a redshirt freshman, paced the field of 63 runners in 22:35.6 with unattached Gopher rookie Anastasia Korzenowski finishing as runner-up in 22:43.4. Drake senior Bailee Cofer was third in 22:48.1 while redshirt freshman Zetta Mason (22:51.0) and unattached Gopher rookie Jaycie Thomsen (23:02.6) rounded out the top five.

“We didn’t run our top seven, which presented a good opportunity for some of our other kids to step up and be in a scoring spot, and they did a great job,” head coach Sarah Hopkins said. “We obviously had the individual champ in Abby KJ, and I thought that was the best race of her collegiate career to this point. It’s obviously hard to lead … it was nice to see her get out there and assert herself.

“We had a good group right around her, too. Anastasia Korzenowski, as a redshirt, had an awesome debut 6K and ran really well. Zetta Mason and Lindsey Greenlund ran really well, and Jaycie Thoomsen, also red-shirting, ran really well. We put a bunch of people in the top 10 and on a day like this, that’s a really good day.”

The Gophers cruised to the team title with 25 points ahead of runner-up North Dakota State with 54 points. South Dakota State (62), Drake (95), and Hamline (151) rounded out the five-team meet.

Overall, the Gophers placed seven individuals among the top-10 finishers, including three athletes racing unattached. In the team scoring, Minnesota placed five in the top nine in Kohut-Jackson, Mason, Greenlund, Molly Eastman, and Carissa Dock.

“I think we have a lot of excitement right now, and when we get the whole group back together at Griak, it’s going to be really fun to see how these guys mix back in with our top seven,” Hopkins said. “We’re in a really good place right now and now we have a couple weeks to go back to work and then be ready to come back out here with a lot more company and hopefully have a great day at Griak.”

Minnesota has a week off from competition next week in preparation for the 32nd annual Roy GriakInvitational at Les Bolstad Course on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Gopher Results at the Oz Memorial
1. Abby Kohut-Jackson, 22:35.6
2. Anastasia Korzenowski, 22:43.4 (UA)
4. Zetta Mason, 22:51.0
5. Jaycie Thomsen, 23:02.6 (UA)
7. Elyse Prescott, 23:06.1 (UA)
8. Lindsey Greenlund, 23:08.9
10. Molly Eastman, 23:12.6
12. Carissa Dock, 23:18.4 (UA)
14. Olivia Hummel, 23:20.9 (UA)
17. Abby Lange, 23:29.6
19. Ally Smith, 23:34.2
21. Sophie Schmitz, 23:41.6 (UA)
22. Tate Sweeney, 23:42.1 (UA)
23. Kelli Schmidt, 23:45.3
29. Bit Klecker, 24:12.4 (UA)
30. Sarah Werking, 24:14.7
35. Samantha Prouty, 24:21.1
36. Sarah Klecker, 24:22.0
38. Abby Kargol, 24:23.3
39. Paige Peschel, 24:25.9
45. Rachel Wians, 24:44.7
51. Maria Eastman, 25:05.1 (UA)