On the heels of a fourth place conference finish last year, the North Dakota State men’s cross-country team went into Brookings this weekend hoping to improve upon last year’s finish in the Summit League Championships.
The team’s underclassmen stole the show as they rounded out the top five finishes for the Bison.
Placing third overall, the Bison men finished the day with 80 team points, second only to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and South Dakota State.
Freshmen Elliot Stone, Derek Warner and Matt Lundstrom were the Bison’s top three finishers in the eight-kilometer course, crossing the finish line in the 12th, 13th and 17th positions, respectively.
With a final course time of 25:31.76, Stone was the top-finishing freshman and was named Summit League Newcomer of the Championships. He also earned second-team All-Summit League honors with teammate, Derek Warner.
NDSU men were ranked fourth in the league’s preseason poll.
As the men’s’ team’s underclassman made a splash in Brookings this weekend, NDSU junior Erin Teschuk showed up for the Bison, claiming her second consecutive Summit League cross-country title.
In a swift 20:43.91, Teschuk recorded the second fastest winning time in Summit League history at the six-kilometer course at Edgebrook Golf Course.
Overall, the NDSU women placed third at the Championships, being beaten out only by University of South Dakota and SDSU.
A range of only thirteen points decided the placement of the top three teams. Redshirt freshman Brittany Brownotter and junior Taylor Janssen both secured top ten finishes and season-best times for the six-kilometer race.
Pleased with the weekend’s performance, the Bison will compete at the NCAA Midwest Regional on Nov. 13 in Lawrence, Kansas.