NCAA CROSS COUNTRY: SMSU men fifth, women sixth at Briar Cliff Invitational

McCOOK LAKE, S.D. The Southwest Minnesota State University men’s cross country team placed fifth among 12 teams, while the SMSU women’s team finished sixth among nine teams at the Briar Cliff Invitation on Saturday at Adams Homestead and Nature Preserve.

The University of Sioux Falls won the men’s team title with 31 points, while the USF women’s team won the team crown with 45 points. The Mustang men finished with 137 points, while the Mustang women earned 168 points.

Trent Smith paced the SMSU men with an 11th place finish among 133 runners with a time of 26 miuntes in the 8,000-meter race. Alejandro Sanchez came in right behind Smith with a time of 26:07 to record 13th place.

O.J. Ojullu ran a time of 26:52 to finish in 30th, followed by Kelly Fitzsimmons (27:18) in 41st and Alex Solheim (27:51) in 56th, Chris Kveseth (29:30) in 95th, Austin Handley (29:38) in 97th and Andrew Feucht (29:57) in 101st.

Amanda Grengs led the Mustangs in the 5,000-meter women’s race with a time of 19:23 to finish 19th among 94 runners. Paige Yi was 22nd in 19:27, while Tatum Larson placed 31st in 19:57. Julia Sauder posted a 21:01 to finish 51st, while Hannah Dressen rounded out the team scoring with a time of 22:24 to finish in 75th.

Both SMSU squads will have two weeks off before competing at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship on Oct. 26 at Yankton Trails Park in Sioux Falls, S.D.