Justin Thorstad-Iowa Western-Black Hills St
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Iowan Justin Thorstad Helps Black Hills State at Griak

Justin Thorstad-Iowa Western-Black Hills St ©Jim Kirby

Justin Thorstad-Iowa Western-Black Hills St
©Jim Kirby

The Black Hills State University cross country teams continued their seasons Saturday at the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minnesota. The men’s team placed third overall while the women’s squad earned a 15th place finish.

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The men’s squad, led by Jonah Theisen in 17th position, placed behind No. 6 Augustana University and No. 21 UC-San Diego and ahead of No. 18 MSU Moorhead. The field also contained RMAC schools MSU Denver who placed eighth, Colorado Mesa in 12th and Chadron State in 13th in the 40-team field.

Theisen ran the 8K course in 26:45.5, the highest RMAC finisher in the race. Joshua Davis, the winner of the Gage McSpadden Memorial Invitational two weeks ago, placed 33rd in 27:08.2 wile Chance Dooley and Kendall Murie placed back-to-back in 38th and 39th, respectively. Dooley’s time was 27:13.3 while Murie crossed the line in 27:15.6.

Garrett Peterson was the fifth runner for BHSU as he placed 52nd in the field of 453 runners in a time of 27:27.6

The Yellow Jacket women saw a 14-position improvement from last season as they placed 15th led by Christine Thorn with an individual placing of 17th as she navigated the 6K course in 23:36.9. Nicole Allerdings placed 78th in 25:00.7.

Shelby Stoltz crossed the finish line in 99th position and a time of 25:17.7. She was closely followed by Tori Moore in 109th place and a time of 25:22.1. The final point scoring Yellow Jacket was Kelsey Van Den Hemel as she crossed the line 171st in the 392-runner field, and a time of 26:09.0.

From the RMAC in the women’s field was the University of Colorado Colorado Springs who placed fourth, Colorado Christian in 12th Colorado Mesa in 20th, MSU Denver in 24th and Chadron State in 28th.

The Yellow Jackets return to action on Saturday, October 8, for the Yellowjacket Open hosted by Montana State Billings for the final tune-up before the RMAC Championships hosted by Black Hills State on October 22.