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Cross Country - Tue, Sep. 20, 2016

September 20, 2016


This Week
After taking a week off after the 14th Annual Herb Blakely Invitational on Sept. 10, the Dakota State (S.D.) University cross country teams return back to action Saturday morning.  The Trojans compete in one of the premier cross country meets in the Midwest Region, the 31st Annual Roy Griak Invitational.  The race will be held on the University of Minnesota Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul, Minn. (2275 W. Larpenteur Ave.)

About Roy Griak Invitational
Dakota State (S.D.) women's and men's runners will be running in the Maroon II division, including schools from the NAIA and NCAA Division II.  Dickinson State (N.D.), Valley City State (N.D.) and Waldorf (Iowa) will also compete in the 31st year running of the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by NCAA Division I Minnesota.  Over 45 teams are listed in the Maroon II Division as of Tuesday.  The cross country meet will kick off with the national anthem at 8:55 a.m.  The women's Maroon II competition, which runners will be running a 6K course, is slated to start at 9:50 a.m.  The awards ceremony for the women's Maroon is scheduled for 10:45 a.m.  The men's Maroon II 8K race begins at 11:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony to follow at 12:25 p.m.  There will be awards for the top 7 of winning team in each division, top 3 teams in each division (must be collegiate), top 20 individuals and a special trophy for top individual in each division.  For more information about the Roy Griak Invitational, go to

DSU Women's Cross Country runs in 14th Annual Herb Blakely Invitational
The Dakota State (S.D.) University women's cross country team ran in the 14th annual Herb Blakely Invitational on Sept. 10 at the Madison Country Club.  DSU had four runners in the 5K race and did not field a team for the team score, which was won by NCAA Division II Northern State (S.D.) with 28 points.  Karen Mayfield was the top Trojan runner with a 24th-place finish with a time of 21 minutes, 13 seconds.  Ashley Robinson placed 47th in 22 minutes, 36 seconds.  Victoria Sopko clocked a time of 23 minutes for 56th-place finish.  Tyra Laws was 60th in 23 minutes, 32 seconds.

Trojan men's cross country team places fifth in home meet
Dakota State (S.D.) men's cross country team had three runners placed in the 'Top 30', including a runner that placed in the 'Top 10', at the 14th Annual Herb Blakely Invitational at the Madison Country Club on Sept. 10.  The Trojans finished fifth overall with 113 points with a total of 79 runners completed the men's 8K race.  Morningside (Iowa) won the team title with 28 points.  Braden Curnow was the top freshman runner in the race for DSU, clocking a time of 27 minutes, 38 seconds for a ninth-place finish.  Alex Derr added a 27th-place finish with a time of 29 minutes, while his teammate Claudio Tejada finished 30th in 29:06.  Michael Carson recorded a time of 29 minutes, 31 seconds for a 39th-place finish, followed by Cameron Harming with a 41st-place in 29 minutes, 42 seconds.  Maxwell Cruse was 42nd in 29:45 for the Trojans.  Jonathan Lein added a 52nd-place finish in 30 minutes, 47 seconds.  Caleb Hemphill was 55th in 31 minutes, 23 seconds while Corey Hermann was 58th in 31:27.

Curnow honored by the North Star Athletic Association
The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) has selected Braden Curnow of Dakota State (S.D.) as its Men's Cross Country Runner-of-the-Week on Sept. 13.  He was the top freshman runner in the 14th Annual Herb Blakely Invitational for the Trojans, placing ninth overall with a time of 27 minutes, 38 seconds.  The field consisted of 79 runners from a pair of NCAA Division II schools and a 'Top 25' ranked team from the NAIA before entering the race.  This was the first NSAA Conference Runner-of-the-Week for DSU's Curnow.

Regionally Speaking...
Dakota State (S.D.) men's cross country team ranks third in the North Star Athletic Association conference rankings as of Sept. 12.  Waldorf (Iowa) holds the top spot in the men's division, followed by Dickinson State (N.D.) second.  Jamestown (N.D.) was placed fourth in the poll, while Viterbo (Wis.) was fifth and Valley City State (N.D.) sixth.  On the women's side, the Trojans are ranked fourth in the conference rankings.  Dickinson State is the top-ranked team in the conference, followed by Jamestown second and Viterbo third.  Valley City State and Waldorf were both tied for fifth in the conference ranking poll.  The next conference rankings will come out on Sept. 26.

A Look Ahead
Dakota State (S.D.) takes a week off before resuming back to action on Oct. 8 as they run in the Briar Cliff (Iowa) Invitational.  The race will take place at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, S.D.

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

  • Today - Men's Cross Country @ Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational - 6th of 9 - recap - results
  • Oct. 7 - Men's Cross Country @ Briar Cliff (Iowa) Invitational - 12th of 14 - recap - results
  • Sep. 23 - Men's Cross Country @ Roy Griak Invitational (University of Minnesota) - No Team Score - recap - results
  • Sep. 9 - Men's Cross Country @ Herb Blakely Invitational - 3rd of 4 - recap - results
  • Sep. 1 - Men's Cross Country @ Augustana (S.D.) Twilight Meet - 23rd of 26 - recap - results