Cross Country - Tue, Aug. 24, 2010

The preseason conference polls were released for the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) men's and women's cross country.  The preseason conference polls are used to determine the NAIA's Top 25 rankings and potential at-large bids at the end of the season as a team to qualify for NAIA Nationals.  The Trojan men's team ranks first in the preseason poll while the Trojan women's team ranks third.    The preseason national cross country rankings will be released on Aug. 25 (Wednesday).

The Trojan men's runners completed a historic 2009 season by capturing their first ever DAC conference title in Rapid City, S.D.  The Trojans placed 16th at the NAIA nationals and 19th in the final NAIA Cross Country national rankings. 

Black Hills State is second in the DAC men's cross country preseason poll.  Minot State is third, followed by South Dakota School of Mines fourth, Dickinson State fifth, Jamestown sixth and Valley City State seventh.

Dakota State women's cross country team placed fourth in last year's DAC cross country championship meet.  Black Hills State ranks first followed by Jamestown.  Dickinson State is fourth, Minot State fifth, South Dakota School of Mines sixth and Valley City State seventh.

The Trojan men's and women's runners will open their 2010 campaign, under first-year head coach Mike Nekuda, in the Dakota Wesleyan Invitational on Friday, Sept. 3.  The meet will be held in Mitchell, S.D. at 4 p.m.

DAC Men's Cross Country Conference Preseason Rankings
1.  Dakota State
2.  Black Hills State
3.  Minot State
4.  South Dakota School of Mines
5.  Dickinson State
6.  Jamestown
7.  Valley City State

DAC Women's Cross Country Conference Preseason Rankings
1.  Black Hills State
2.  Jamestown
3.  Dakota State
4.  Dickinson State
5.  Minot State
6.  South Dakota School of Mines
7.  Valley City State

Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director

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  • 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