The South Dakota State men's and women's cross country teams finished 21st and 25th, respectively, at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn., on Saturday...
The men's team finished in 21st place out of 24 teams, a field which included many schools from power conferences around the country. There were 220 runners on the men's side.
Senior Greg Vollmer continued his early success as the Jackrabbits' top performer. Vollmer finished in 65th place with a time of 25 minutes and 14 seconds.
Junior Jared Ailts was the second finisher for the Jacks in 101st place at 25:42. Freshman Trent Lusignan was finished two seconds later in 105th place. Senior Kyle Schmidt finished in 132nd place at 26:13, and sophomore Kenny Mayer completed the scoring for the Jacks in 150th place in 26:48.
The women's team finished in 25th place of 26 teams, a field which included 272 runners.
Junior Tera Potts took the lead for the Jacks in this meet, finishing in 150th place with a time of 23 minutes and 18 seconds.
Junior Erin Hargens finished 11 seconds later in 156th place. Senior Danielle Burke and junior Danielle McCann were separated by one second and came in 162nd and 163rd place, respectively. Freshman Courtney Neubert completed the scoring for the Jacks in 166th place in 23:42.
"The men had really solid performances out of our top three guys," head cross country coach Rod DeHaven said. "Vollmer had a really good day. On the women's side, I was impressed with the tight pack finish that we had. There were a lot of personal bests in that group, as well. It was a good day and obviously we hope to get better from here. The pieces are in place to make that happen."
South Dakota State had other runners compete, but did not factor into the team decision.
Complete results can be found at the beginning of this article.
Next up for both teams is a return home to host the SDSU Classic on Saturday, Oct. 1. The men's race is set to begin at 9:20 p.m., with the women's race starting at 10 a.m. The cross country meet kicks off a full day of SDSU athletics that Saturday.