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Cross Country Competes at Oz Memorial

Courtesy: SDSU Sports Info
Release: 09/05/2014 09:50:28
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The South Dakota State men’s and women’s cross country teams compete at the Oz Memorial in Falcon Heights, Minn. Friday, Sept. 5 at 5:30 p.m.

The meet, which is hosted by the University of Minnesota, will be held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course.

Rabbits Ranked

The men’s team was one of two Summit League squads to be ranked in the USTFCCCA Preseason Regional Rankings, taking 10th in the Midwest Region. IUPUI was ranked 11th in the Great Lakes Region.

The women’s team was the lone Summit League squad to be ranked, taking 14th in the Midwest Region.

The Last Time Out

The Jackrabbits opened their season at the Bison Open in Fargo, N.D. Aug. 29. The men’s team placed second out of four teams, while the women’s team finished fourth out of five teams.

The meet was scored based on all possible dual matchups. The men topped Fort Wayne, 15-50, North Dakota State, 25-30 and North Dakota, 21-36 but fell to South Dakota, 23-33. The women bested Fort Wayne, 20-42, but lost to South Dakota, 38-18, North Dakota State, 32-23, and North Dakota, 36-19.                                                                                        

Sage, and Fellow Sophomores, Surging

Brendan Sage got off to a hot start at the Bison Open. The sophomore shaved more than 40 seconds off his personal best 6k time, completing the course in 19:08.79 to place second overall. The 2013 Newcomer of the Championship and a second team all-Summit League honoree, Sage’s second-place finish was a key reason why South Dakota State edged out North Dakota State to take second.

Sage wasn’t the only sophomore to have a strong showing at the Bison Open. Trevor Capra (6th, 19:26.78), Connor Branick (9th, 19:40.53) and Daniel Pettit (16th, 19:56.52) were the only other Jackrabbits to crack the top 20 on the men’s side.

Anderson Leads the Pack

Samantha Anderson was the lone member of the women’s team to finish in the top 10 at the Bison Open, completing the 5k course in 19:19.62 to take seventh overall.

It was the second time Anderson was South Dakota State’s top finisher: in 2012, as a freshman, she finished second overall at the Fall Finale, also a 5k, with a time of 18:26.00.

Freshmen Flying

On the women’s side, four freshmen finished in the top 30 in their first collegiate race. Leading the pack was Renae Dykstra at 16th overall (20:02.94). Abigail Phillips (20:04.94), Mackenzie Schell (20:18.54) and Sandra Gramer (20:24.85) took 18th, 21st and 27th respectively.

On the men’s side, Eric Janssen claimed 37th overall with a time of 21:06.69. He was the only newcomer to make the trip to the Bison Open.

The 2013 Oz Memorial

Last year at the Oz Memorial, both the men’s and women’s team placed second out of five teams.

Joel Reichow posted a personal best 6k time, completing the course in 19:19.5 to take second overall. Four other members of the men’s team placed in the top 20: Drew Kraft (8th, 19:42.8), Sage (12th, 19:49.7), Andrew Thies (17th, 20:02.0) and Capra (18th, 20:10.1).

Courtney Neubert was the women’s team’s top finisher, taking 17th overall with a time of 23:44.4. Anderson (24:26.0) and Jessica Eibs (24:26.8) were next, finishing back-to-back to place 26th and 27th respectively. Laura Lawton, who was SDSU’s top finisher at the 2012 Oz Memorial at 19th overall, ran the 6k in 24:33.0 to take 34th.

A Look Ahead

The Jackrabbits return to Falcon Heights, Minn. and the Les Bolstad Golf Course to compete at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday, Sept. 27 at 12 p.m.

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