People recognize her name, even if you they pronounce it.
Junior Erin Teschuk won the six-kilometer race, leading the Bison women to 13th place out of 32 teams at the NCAA Widwest Regional meet Friday in Lawrence, Kansas.
Teschuk, the reigning NDSU Female Athlete of the Year, dominated the course in 20:07.7. The second place finisher was a long five-seconds behind her.
The win automatically qualified Tesheck to the NCAA Division I Cross-Country Championships Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky.
She also qualified for the NCAA Championships last year as a sophomore.
Top finishers for the Bison women include redshirt freshman Brittany Brownotter and junior Taylor Janssen who were 64th and 79th place behind Teschuk, respectively.
Freshman Emma Kusch Dahle finished 110th at 22:18.1 and sophomore Jenny Guilbert 142nd at 22:40.5, rounding out the Bison five.
Thirteenth place as a team is five spots better than last year, when the women finished in 18th place. Also an improvement of 105 points off the team score from last year, reducing it from 496 to 391.
In terms of conference competition, the Bison finished Friday in front of South Dakota State and South Dakota, team that were second and first in the Summit League Championships two weeks ago.
The Bison men took 17th place, with a team total of 437 points. The men’s 10-kilometer course saw the best finisher in freshman Derek Warner at 72nd place.
Three of Warner’s four teammates in Kansas were sophomores or younger, freshman Matt Lundstrom finished 73rd sophomore Brant Gilbertson came in 99th, and Elliot Stone rounded out the team at 119th place.
The only upperclassmen to race was senior Brendan Skime, and he finished 87th with a career-best 31:52.1 time.
The men finished 16th last year, one place better than this year’s young squad.