MADISON, S.D. - On a cool and cloudy day, the Dakota State cross country teams kicked off their 2011 season at home Saturday morning. The Trojans hosted their annual Herb Blakely Invitational at Madison Country Club. DSU men's defended their team title for their third consecutive year (resulted in a tie with University of Sioux Falls), while the women's placed third.
The meet opened with the women's race. University of Sioux Falls captured the team title with 30 points. South Dakota State was second with 36 points. DSU placed third with 75 points followed by Briar Cliff with a fourth place finish (88 points). Dakota Wesleyan was incomplete. A total of 29 runners competed in the women's race.
USF's Shelbie Pettie won the individual title with a time of eighteen minutes and 42 seconds.
Stephanie Warnke finished third for Dakota State with a time of 19:19. Claire Beck was 20th in 23:16. Paula Kapperman placed 21st with a time of 23:41. Other DSU place finishers are: Sara Schultz - 23rd (23:46); Amber Wiebenga - 24th (24:03); Summer Bronson - 26th (24:46) and Nicole Jurrens - 28th (25:59).
Niki Kubiak of DSU Alumni placed tenth with a time of 20:37. Samantha Drealan (DSU Alumni) was 13th in 21:03.
DSU and University of Sioux Falls ended in a tie for first place with 33 points in the men's race. Briar Cliff placed third with 62 points. South Dakota State and Dakota Wesleyan were incomplete. A total of 33 runners participated in the men's race.
Jared Noyes of University of Sioux Falls won the men's individual title with a time of 26:09. DSU's Matt Fideler was second in 26:22.
Michael Hoffman recorded a fourth-place finish for the Trojans with a time of 26:55. Nic Penning was ninth in 27:53. Kace Groff finished 14th in 28:57. John Bintliff placed 19th in 29:21. Jacob Cassutt was 20th with a time of 29:49.
DSU Alumni Ryan Phillips was 11th in 28:14, along with Gerald Kubiak for a 15th-place finish in 29:02. Ted Sees placed 18th in 29:18 for DSU Alumni.
Dakota State returns back to action next Saturday, Sept. 24. The Trojans compete in one of the toughest races in the Midwest region, the Roy Griak Invitational (hosted by University of Minnesota). The women's race starts at 9:50 a.m., followed by the men's race at approximately 11:20 a.m.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director