The Eagles dominated in the Chadron State Cross Country Invitational on Saturday with both teams coming in first place. CSC
competed against South Dakota School of Mines and Central Wyoming College.
The CSC men’s team came in first place with a total score of 16 points. South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, finished with a team score of 50 points, and Central Wyoming College, Riverton, finished with a score of 74.
The women’s team finished with a total score of 24 points. South Dakota School of Mines finished in second with 31 points, followed by Central Wyoming College with 85 points.
Head Coach Brian Medigovich said that he was pleased with the results of the race.
“I think the course was set up pretty good and all the teams enjoyed the course,” Medigovich said. “The men and women’s teams did their jobs.”
Phillip Duncan, senior of Chadron, came in first place in the men’s 8k run with a time of 27 minutes. Riley Howard, sophomore of Anchorage, Alaska, followed Duncan with a time of 27:01 and a second place standing. Eric Yager, senior of Hot Springs, South Dakota came in third with a time of 27:12. CSC runners placed in four out of the five top spots.
Medigovich said that the men ran “more up to par” than the previous week.
The women’s team finished the race with three out of the top five spots for the women’s 5k run, coming in first against the competition. Alyse Henry, sophomore of Rock Springs, Wyoming finished in first place with a time of 19:04. Nicky Banzhaf, senior of Chadron finished in second with a time of 19:18. Julia Eskelson, freshman of Meeker, Colorado, finished the race in fifth place with a time of 20:29.
“Alyse Henry surprised me how fast she could run that course,” Medigovich said. “It didn’t surprise me that she was the number one runner but it surprised me how fast she ran.”
The teams will be traveling to the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis for their next meet. The Roy Griak Invitational starts on September 23, at 8:50 a.m. for women, and at 10:30 a.m. for men.
“We will go really hard this week because we will have at least one week in between training,” Medigovich said. “The week after a previous race is usually pretty hard so next week we can back off a hard week followed by an easier week.”