Wayne State women 11th, men 12th in NSIC race
The Wayne State women came away with an 11th place team finish while the Wildcat men placed 12th in the NSIC Cross Country Championships held Saturday at Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen, S.D.
Sophomore Molly McCartney was Wayne State’s top runner, taking 50th overall in a field of 140 runners with a time of 23:30 on the 6,000-meter course. Wayne freshman Andrea Torres followed in 64th place at 23:57 with senior Joan Jelimo 83rd with a time of 24:33.
Other Wildcat runners were Kim Lowman (95th, 24:51), Allie Rosener (100th, 25:10), Joana Sato (110th, 25:45), Amanda Mote (114th, 25:49), Brianna Crouch (116th, 25:55), Josephine Peitz (117th, 26:01), Marin Jetensky (120th, 26:07), Hannah Perkins (128th, 26:53) and Payton Birkel (138th, 29:02).
As a team, the Wildcats finished with 323 points in the 15-team race. University of Mary won the team title for the third straight year with 54 points, while Minnesota State was second with 110 points.
In men’s action, the Wildcats were led by junior Dylan Kessler, who covered the 8,000-meter course in 26:16 to finish 55th out of 121 runners. Senior Isaias Solorio was 69th in 26:44, while sophomore Bailey Peckham was 7th in 26:55.
Other Wildcat runners included – Bryce Holcomb (85th, 27:09), Brock Hegarty (94th, 27:39), Jesus Arellano (105th, 28:14), Nathan Pearson (108th, 28:29), Jakob Kemper (109th, 28:30) and Nathan Hiemer (110th, 28:36).
The Wildcats finished 12th out of 12 teams with 320 points. Sioux Falls ended Augustana’s nine-year run as conference champion with 32 points to the Vikings’ 53. MSU Moorhead was third with 97 points.
Wayne State will close out the 2018 season on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the NCAA Div. II Central Regional in Joplin, Mo.