The Minnesota State men’s cross country team opened 2016 with a second-place finish at the Augustana Twilight Invitational held in Sioux Falls S.D., Friday evening.
The four-mile event was held at Yankton Trails.
Host Augustana topped the 22-team field by tallying 32 points. The Mavericks registered 96 points in placing second and was followed by Black Hills State (106), Nebraska-Kearney (131), Northwestern (Iowa) (138), Morningside (220), Sioux Falls (236), North Iowa Area CC (259), Winona State (271) and Dordt (295).
Sophomore Austin Pasch posted a time of 19:34.24 with his ninth-place finish pacing the Mavericks. Sophomore Caleb Burke (19:39.11 placed 13th, sophomore Steven Erredge (19:46.75) finished 18th, sophomore Derek Cruz (19:52.12) placed 22nd, freshman Austin Yardley (20:11.13) was 38th, junior Thomas Schiltz (20:14.73) was 41st and freshman Isaiah Rabata (21:02.17) finished in 96th place. Other Mavericks and their results included sophomore Michael Hoff (22:03.77, 158th) and junior Derek Finsterwalder (22:28.01, 175th).
Next action for the Mavericks is Sept.17 when they compete at the St. Olaf Invitational in Northfield, Minn.
Minnesota State’s women’s cross country team opened the 2016 season by posting a sixth-place finish at the Augustana Twilight Invitational held in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday evening.
The 20-team, three-mile event was held at Yankton Trails.
Sophomore Megan Serratore paced the Mavericks (17:46.34) with a team-best 26th-place finish. Junior Erin Baker (17:46.70) placed 28th. Freshman Carisa Weyenberg (17:53.59) was 32nd in her collegiate debut, while sophomore Josie Braaten (18:00.12) was39th, sophomore Lily Paul (18:00.43) placed 41st, junior Megan Allen (18:10.92) finished 54th and sophomore Allyson Daines (18:21.40) placed 60th, Other Maverick individuals competing included freshman Jaylynn Lauer (18:33.90, 72nd), junior Mariah Betzler (18:36.29), 76th), freshman Josie Heeren (18:41.78, 82nd), freshman Bobbi Patrick (19:05.84, 97th), freshman Katie Anderson (19:09.56, 99th), junior Haley Kruger (19:16.27, 109th), freshman Hilary Swanson (20.29.03, 170th) and junior Becca Ohotto (21:48.30, 203rd).
Winona State tallied 84 points in claiming team honors. Sioux Falls (135) was second and was followed by Augustana (130), Dordt (145), Morningside (154), Minnesota State (164), Carleton (168), Nebraska-Kearney (179), Black Hills State (193) and Doane (256) rounded out the top ten.
Next action for the Mavericks Men’s and Women’s team is September 17 when they compete at the St. Olaf Invitational in Northfield, Minn.