By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
DICKINSON, N.D. ---- The South Dakota School of Mines women’s cross country team competed at the Blue Hawk Invitation Thursday where the Lady Hardrockers finished fourth as a team tallying 92 points.
“I was very excited with the way that our women competed,” said Hardrocker head coach Jerry Schafer. “We improved our times anywhere from a minute to two and a half minutes.”
The University of North Dakota won the women’s division with 19 points, Dickinson State was second with 57 and Montana State University – Western was third with 68 points.
Individually for the Hardrockers, freshman Kendra Crisman (Rapid City) had the fastest mark, finishing 12th in a time of 20 minutes 10 seconds.
“Interestingly enough, her time (Thursday) was 10 seconds faster then last year’s winning time (at Dickinson),” Schafer added.
Teammate Brittany Hovdenes (freshman from Rapid City) was close behind Crisman, clocking a 20:19 for 14th place and sophomore Samantha Diede (Huron) finished in a time of 22:35 for 29th place,
“Sam probably had the biggest improvement between this meet and the last one (two weeks ago),” Schafer said. “I was pleased with the way we ran.”
As for the rest of the Hardrocker thinclads, Kim Kerce (freshman from Colorado Springs, Colo.) had a career best time of 23:45 for 32nd place, Jessica Chretien (junior from Rapid City) was a spot back in 33rd place with a mark of 24:17 and freshman Molly Vukelich (Rapid City) was 35th in a time of 25:38.
Next up, the SDM men and women head to the University of Colorado Invitational in Boulder, Colo. The meet is slated to be high powered with a number of top ranked NCAA Div. I teams in attendance.
“It will be our toughest course we run on, the toughest competition we run against and a raise in altitude,” Schafer said. “I am hoping we improve on our efforts thus far.”
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