Saturday, October 26, 2013

UMD Wins Women's Title, Augustana the Men's at NSIC XC Championships

University of Minnesota Duluth won the women's title, Augustana the men's at the NSIC Cross Country Championships in South Dakota on Saturday.  University of Mary's Jennifer Agnew took the women's individual title in 20:35.02 for 6K.  Augustana's Paul Yak led his team to a dominating performance in the men's race winning the individual title in 25:07.7 for 8K.

UMD was led by the duo of freshman Samatha Rivard and sophomore Hannah Olson, who were fourth and fifth in 21:29.45 and 21:32.74.  Junior Alexandra Rudin was seventh in 21:42.41, freshman Breanna Colbenson was tenth in 21:57.27, and sophomore Erica Seidenkranz placed in 22:23.92. The individual race was expected to be a battle between Agnew and Augustana's Runa Falch, this year's Griak DII winner who set a new course record at the event.  Falch finished fourteenth and was the team's third finisher on Saturday. Women's results are HERE.

Yak, who won his third consecutive NSIC XC title, led an Augustana pack that captured to five of the top six places with the only interloper being Sioux Falls' Matt Horan's in third in 25:25.77. Norwegian brother's Tom(second/25:24.23) and Harald(fourth/25:26.16) Karbo, Adam Braun(fifth/25:31.82) and John Klecker(25:31.99) gave the hosts 18 points and the championship trophy. The team win was the fifth straight NSIC team title for Augustana.  Men's results are HERE.

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