Men, women finish in 1st

The men’s and women’s cross country teams open up strong this past weekend participating at a triangular hosted by South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City. Both teams claimed first place, but the men tied for first.

It was an easy win for the women’s team as they swept through the 5k event led by Rebecca Volf, junior of Wood River. She finished with a time of 19:00. Jayme Nunes, junior of Alliance, came in second with 19:09, and to finish the sweep, Nicky Banzhaf, sophomore of Chadron, was third with a time of 19:13.

 Also for the women, Callie Johnson, sophomore of Casper, Wyoming, finished fifth; Margaret Vinton, freshman of North Platte, finished ninth; and Justine Stone, freshman of Maywood, finished 10th; and Sarah Townsend, junior of Douglas, Wyoming, finished 17th. The women averaged a 5k time of 19 minutes and 24 seconds, with six women breaking the 20 minute barrier.

The men averaged a little over 27 minutes in their 8k race, coming up even with Black Hills State University.

Josef Gertner, sophomore of Fort Morgan, Colorado, placed seventh in the event; Dylan Stansbury, junior of Crawford, finished 11th; Eric Yager, freshman of Hot Springs, South Dakota, placed 12th; Evans Koech, junior of Kenya, placed 14th; Levi Avila, freshman of Mitchell, placed 22nd; and Hank Johnson, sophomore of Lingle, Wyoming, placed 25th.

The cross country teams will be back in action Sept. 13 when they host a meet at the college. Events will begin at 9 a.m.

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