To link to this object, paste this link in email, IM or document
To embed this object, paste this HTML in website
Saturday marked the opening of the college cross country season for South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State as both squads competed in the Hardrocker Cross Country Meet at Robinsdale Park in Rapid City
By Brad Blume
Sports Information Director
South Dakota School of Mines
RAPID CITY --- Saturday marked the opening of the college cross country season for South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State as both squads competed in the Hardrocker Cross Country Meet at Robinsdale Park in Rapid City.
Conditions weren’t exactly ideal, with temps in the upper 50’s to go along with a brisk and strong 30 mph wind.
“I was pleased with the effort today,” said Yellow Jacket head coach Scott Walkinshaw. “It is a little hard to gauge (where our team is at) from the times posted today because of the conditions and elevation.”
Montana State University – Billings also took part in the race as did Rocky Mountain College, running their first two races in school history.
In the women’s race, the Lady Yellow Jackets took the top four places, as Kerry Washburn won the 5-kilometer race, in a time of 19 minutes 23.50 seconds, followed by teammate Wendy O’Lexey (19:32.41), Alicia Verhulst (20:35.79) and Shelli Scheffler (21:19.22).
“It’s great to have Kerry back,” Walkinshaw said. “Her time was just great for her first meet (this season).”
New Hardrocker recruits Kendra Crisman and Brittnany Hovdenses (both freshmen) finished fifth and sixth respectively. Both girls competed for Rapid City Stevens last year, and appear to have made the transition from high school to college with little problems. Crisman clocked a time of 21:45.17 while Hovdenes finished with a mark of 21:45.17.
“Kendra and Brittany ran very well for us as I expected them to,” said Hardrocker head coach Jerry Schafer. “They got up toward the front and worked their way through the pack. I am excited about their fifth and sixth place finishes.”
As for the rest of the Hardrockers, Samantha Diede came in 31st in a time of 25:34.38, Jessie Chretien was 33rd with a 25:58.41, Kim Kerce clocked a 26:33.75 for 34th and Molly Vukelich took 35th in a time of 27:58.85.
“The rest of our ladies packed really well,” Schafer said. “It was a good starting point. It will be fun to watch them as they improve over the season.”
Looking at the women’s team standings, BHSU took first with 17 points, MSU Billings was second with 50 points, SDM earned third with 75 and Rocky Mountain College was fourth with 103.
In the men’s race, the Yellow Jackets swarmed, taking the first six positions and placing 11 BHSU runners in the Top 12. BHSU has 22 runners on the men’s roster and with that many harriers on the team it can make for some interesting problems.
“Logistically, it can be challenging,” Walkinshaw said. “This is one of our biggest teams. It creates a lot of competition. Our top four guys are real tough. It’s going to be interesting to see how the next group of guys come along.”
BHSU’s Allen Wood cruised to win the 8k race, clocking a time of 26:18.50.
“Allen Wood looked like he ran a comfortable race. He had a great time today,” Walkinshaw added. Yellow Jacket Trent Waage was almost a minute back, taking second with a time of 27:00.91, teammate Cody Bordewyk was third with a 27:22.75 and Michael Nekuda was fourth with a mark of 27:42.17.
The Hardrockers’ top runners were senior Kyle Kattke and freshman Lucas Fried. Kattke took 13th with a mark of 28:45.26 which was 30 seconds faster from a year ago, and Fried was a few ticks behind in 14th in a time of 28:56.00.
“Kyle Kattke ran a steady race at the front,” Schafer said. ��Lucas went up there with him. That was a big surprise as a freshman. They aren’t sharp yet, but I was pleased with how they were able to get to the front.”
As for the rest of the ‘Rocker runners, Colton Reid took 19th in a time of 29:41.08, Rob Hahn was 20th with a 29:51.09 and Marcus Moor clocked a time of 30:10.14 for 23rd place.
“Those three, as a pack, are getting stronger,” Schafer said. “They will be up front with Kyle and Lucas before you know it.”
Team wise, the Yellow Jackets took first with 15 points, the Hardrockers were second with 58 points and Montana State University-Billings was third with 66 points.
Click tabs to swap between content that is broken into logical sections.
The work from which this copy was made did not include a formal copyright notice. This work may be protected by U. S. copyright law (Title 17, United States Code), which governs reproduction, distribution, public display, and other uses of protected works. Uses may be allowed with permission from the copyright holder, if the copyright on the work has expired, or if the use is fair use or within another legal exemption. The user of this work is responsible for compliance with the law.
Devereaux Library. South Dakota School of Mines and Technology.
Add tags for Saturday marked the opening of the college cross country season for South Dakota School of Mines and Black Hills State as both squads competed in the Hardrocker Cross Country Meet at Robinsdale Park in Rapid City