FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — South Dakota State placed three runners in the top 30 to earn a second-place finish in the women's division of the Oz Memorial cross country meet Saturday.
Junior Caitlin Berry led the Jackrabbit contingent with a 15th-place overall finish, covering the 6,000-meter course at Les Bolstad Golf Course in 23 minutes, 30.3 seconds. Fellow junior Claire Steinke crossed the finish line in 24:19.6 to place 22nd, and sophomore transfer Ashley Storm was right behind in 24th place, 24:40.
Also recording scoring runs for the Jackrabbits were freshmen Emily Smith, 27th, 24:53.3, and Jen Lang, 31st, 25:01, as well as sophomores Amanda (Kuchta) Frohling, 33rd, 25:04.8, and Heidi Quail, 35th, 25:05.7.
Closing out the Jackrabbit effort were: Nicole Davis, 36th in 25:08.0; Sarah Hanson, 40th in 25:09.8; Anne Stangler, 50th, 25:41.6; Shannon Hattervig, 56th, 25:53.9; Kelsey Aune, 59th, 26:00.3; Joni Strom, 76th, 27:13.7, and Aly Altenhofen, 77th in 27:17.6.
Host Minnesota won the meet with 15 points as the Golden Gophers swept the top 10 individual spots. Sophomore Jamie Cheever won the race, which featured 88 runners, in 21:51.3.
SDSU was second with 75 points, while Drake (Iowa) came in third with 88 points. North Dakota State was fourth with 93 points, followed by Minnesota State, Mankato with 105.
The Jackrabbits are scheduled to host the SDSU Classic Sept. 15 at Edgebrook Golf Course in Brookings. Race time is set for 9:20 a.m.