Banzhaf, Henry lead Eagles to 2nd place

The men’s and women’s cross country teams each earned second place finishes at the South Dakota School of Mines Hardrocker Cross Country Classic at Robbinsdale Park in Rapid City, South Dakota, Saturday morning.
In the 5K women’s race, Black Hills State University’s Tori Moore, junior of Ipswich, South Dakota, took the top spot with a time of 19 minutes, 34 seconds. CSC’s Nicky Banzhaf, senior of Chadron, crossed the line in second place with a time of 19 minutes, 56 seconds. Alyse Henry, sophomore of Rock Springs, Wyoming, trailed Banzhaf by six seconds to take the third spot on the podium.
Two other Eagle runners rounded out the top 10, Julia Eskelson, freshman of Meeker, Colorado, earned ninth place, while Taylor Allison, senior of Gordon, took 10th. Teammate Dominique Oden, sophomore of Anaheim, California, finished in 11th.
The Black Hills State women won the team competition with 30 points. The Eagles finished the day with 35 points, and South Dakota School of Mines ended with 55 points.
BHSU also took the men’s team title with 28 points. The Eagles scored 40 points and Gillette College, Gillette, Wyoming, finished third with 75 points.
Gillette College’s Ayrton Ledesma-Fuentes, sophomore of Tillamook, Oregon, won the 8K men’s race with a time of 26 minutes, 52 seconds. Riley Howard, sophomore of Anchorage, Alaska, was the Eagles’ top finisher, crossing the line after 27 minutes, 1 second.
All the Eagle men finished inside the top 15 in Rapid City. Phill Duncan, senior of Chadron, finished sixth in 27 minutes, 22 seconds. Sheldon Curley, freshmen of Arizona, came in two seconds later for a seventh place finish. Eric Yager, senior of Hot Springs, South Dakota, finished in 27 minutes, 37 seconds to take 10th place. The final Eagle to cross the line was Joseph Gertner, senior of Fort Morgan, Colorado, in 14th place.
The Eagles will be back in action at home, Saturday as they host the Chadron State Invitational.

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