North Dakota State sophomore runner Erin Teschuk won the Summit League individual title with a 6-kilometer time of 21:17.4 Saturday at Rose Creek Golf Course in Fargo.
NDSU men’s and women’s cross country teams didn’t cross the finish line first, however.
The Bison women checked in at second place as a team, ending the streak of back-to-back-to-back conference team titles, while the men’s team was fourth.
“Overall, I’m thrilled with how the women ran today,” NDSU cross country assistant coach Andrew Carlson said. “They stepped up and I thought everyone played their part and Erin continues to impress as the class of this field and (is) getting better everyday.
“I feel really badly for our guys today. It wasn’t because of lack of effort by any means and it wasn’t because of lack of wanting to do well as a whole. (They) just did not have a good day.”
Bison seniors Marty Joyce and Brett Kelly were the top runners for the men’s team. Joyce crossed the 8-kilometer race in 25:48.1 and Kelly was right behind him with a time of 25:55.3.
“It’s a little unfortunate today,” Joyce said. “We were kind (of) hoping to win this thing. It just didn’t happen for whatever reason.”
NDSU’s Brant Gilbertson came in 13th place with a time of 25:59.2, senior Lucas DeGree finished in 26:06.3 for 16th place and junior Brendan Skime was 20th with a time of 26:29.4.
“This year we added a lot of depth to the roster,” Joyce said. “A lot of the freshman and sophomores stepped up this season.”
For the Bison women, sophomores Taylor Janssen finished in 10th place with a time of 22:32.8 and Tarin Lachowitzer came in 12th place in 22:43.8. Junior Paige Stratioti took 18th at 23:01.2 and Ashley Heinze was 19th overall with a time of 23:03.
“This year we had to really overcome some obstacles to get to here today,” Teschuk said. “We had a lot of injuries on our team … but it really made us stronger and I think every girl stepped up to the position they needed to be in.”
The most valuable player for the women’s championship was Teschuk, while her teammates Janssen and Lachowitzer earned second-team All-Summit League honors.
Joyce, Kelly and Gilbertson earned second-team honors for the men’s team.
“(Teschuk) sets a high bar when she comes to practice and I think it’s starting to rub off on the other girls,” Carlson said. “(And) Marty has really dedicated himself and I think that sets a good example for the team.”
South Dakota won the women’s team title with 29 points and Indiana-Purdue of Indianapolis took home the men’s championship with a total of 38 points.
Both cross country squads will hit the ground running at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Ill., on Nov. 14.
“Everyone has to take a different mindset (moving forward) almost, if you ran well keep running well,” Carlson said. “If you didn’t run well, you have another chance.”