Bison Women Finish Second, Men Fourth at SDSU Classic
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 13:10
The NDSU cross country team was well represented on Friday at the SDSU Classic. The meet, held at Edgebrook Golf Course, concluded with the men’s team finishing fourth and the women’s second out of 11 teams.
Junior Brett Kelly finished in fourth place with a time of 25:20.89 to lead the Bison men for the third straight showing. Three other Bison finished in the top 25 including senior Alec Espeland (25:58.35), Marty Joyce (26:19.11) and Lucas DeGree (26:31.48).
The Bison’s team score of 85 was just a few points shy from second place. Northern Iowa and South Dakota finished with 84 points apiece to place in second. SDSU, the hosting team, finished in first with a score of 27 points.
Consistency played a key factor in the outcome as SDSU had five top ten finishers including the individual leader Trent Lusignan, who finished the 8k run with a time of 24:54.20.
Other notable Bison finishers include Brendan Skime (26:39.31), Bryon Schuldt (27:05.51) and Grady Anderson (27:28.16).
The Bison women were led only by the talented and nationally ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers, who had a perfect score. The Bison’s 57 point effort was good enough to place them ahead of both South Dakota and SDSU.
Leading the Bison were Maddie McClellan and Abbi Aspengren who finished in 11th and 12th place. McClellan finished with a time of 18:12.00, and Aspengren finished with 18:13.24.
The NDSU women, who are defending its Summit League championship, were supported by Brecca Wahlund in 15th place with a time of 18:16.43, Erin Teschuk in 16th with 18:21.95 and Heidi Peterson in 21st with 18:35.78.
Each top ten finisher wore the maroon and gold of Minnesota, led by Molly Kayfes who finished the 5k with an impressive time of 17:29.01.
The Bison will next run on Oct 19 in Grand Forks at the UND Ron Pynn Invitational.