ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Dakota State University's cross country teams had a stellar performance at the competitive Roy Griak Invitational Saturday. The event was hosted by the University of Minnesota. The Trojans participated in the Division II race. The race featured schools from NCAA Division II and top quality NAIA schools.
The Trojans had a huge day and placed fifth out of 22 teams with 155 points. The Trojans were the second NAIA school to finish in the top five. Concordia (Neb.) placed second.
NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist won the team title. Augustana (S.D.) placed third and Minnesota State-Mankato finished fourth. A total of 238 runners competed in the race.
Anthony Drealan was the top placer for the Trojans as he finished 12th in 26 minutes and 15 seconds. Tyler Van Peursem placed 16th in 26:18. Devon Berkness came in 34th (26:52).
Other Trojan finishers were: Matt Fideler, 45th, 27:13; Andrew Manning, 102nd, 28:11; John Bintliff, 138th, 28:56; Michael Hoffman, 170th, 29:43; Ben Harrison, 189th, 30:29; Kyle Sanderson, 194th, 30:48; Keith Huffman, 199th, 31:02 and Cody Foreman, 203rd, 31:07.
Similar to the men's, the Trojan women runners had a stellar performance and finished 15th in the race. The Trojans were just four points behind DAC foe Jamestown, 384-388. The Jimmies are ranked in the NAIA's Top 25. A total of 287 runners competed in the women's 6K race.
Trojan Stephanie Warnke placed 34th in 24 minutes and three seconds. Brittany Young finished 78th in 24:56. Samantha Warnke crossed the finish line in 100th place with a time of 25:09. Clarice Bauer finished 131st in 25:30. Suzanne Swett placed 145th in 25:41.
The Trojans will have a week off. Dakota State will compete in the Briar Cliff Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 10. The race will be held in McCook Lake, S.D. with the women's race at 10 a.m., men's to follow.
Nick Huntimer, Dakota State University Sports Information Director
Edited by Ariy-El Boynton, Madison Daily Leader Sports Editor