DSU men take first at Black Hills State
SPEARFISH, S.D. -- The Dickinson State men's cross country team accomplished something that they haven't in over 20 years. Beating Black Hills State.
In the three-team meet Friday at the Spearfish Canyon Country Club, the Blue Hawks men finished first (33) followed by Black Hills State (44) and Rocky Mountain College (50). The women's team finished last in the meet behind 10th ranked Rocky Mountain and Black Hills State. Head coach Mike Nekuda said he couldn't be more proud of both teams, especially the men for beating his alma mater.
"We ran our race, more of an even pace-type race and that's what really made us succeed tonight. This is a very hilly course out here in the mountains and if you take the race out too hard you'll end up paying for it the last couple of miles. We followed the game plan exactly on the men's side."
On the men's side, DSU had four runners finish in the top 10, starting with sophomore Dante Carter who finished third at 27 minutes, three seconds. Junior Jeffrey Segovia was right behind Carter at fourth (27:16), then seniors Denis Patrick (27:29) and Dustin Sandbak (28:31) placing sixth and ninth respectively.
On the women's side, freshmen Ashly George (21:33) and Meleah Leiss (21:40) finished in the top 10 at seventh and ninth respectively. Although the team finished last, Nekuda said that this was the first 5K ever for George, Leiss and sophomore Shelby Snare, who runs track for DSU, and that the team needs to keep things in perspective.
"You're not going to go out and set the world on fire your first time ever," Nekuda said. "The one thing about my girls, they always come out of stuff with an upbeat attitude, better than my guys. They're upbeat, they're positive about things and that's what it's all about."
The teams don't compete again until Sept. 28 at the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul, Minn., where over 30 teams will be present. After the big win over Black Hills State, Nekuda is confident the team is on the right track and will push forward with the momentum.
"Everyboday knows who Black Hills State is because they've been a powerhouse for 15-20 years," Nekuda said. "So if you can beat Black Hills, you're moving in the right direction."
Black Hills State Invitational
At Spearfish Canyon Country Club, Spearfish, S.D.
Team scores: Dickinson State 33, Black Hills State 44, Rocky Mountain 50.
Individual top 10: 3, Dante Carter, DSU, 27:03. 4, Jeffrey Segovia, DSU, 27:16. 6, Denis Patrick, DSU, 27:29. 9, Dustin Sandbak, DSU, 28:31.
Other Dickinson finishers: 11, Riley Malcolm 28:41. 13, Eddie Meneses 28:56. 14, Delano Lilly 29:14. 20, Daniel Patrick 31:09. 24, Ariel Hurtado 32:03
Team scores: RM, BHS, DSU
Individual top 10: 7, Ashly George, DSU, 21:33. 9, Meleah Leiss, DSU, 21:40.
Other Dickinson finishers: 14, Stormie Sickler 23:02. 17, Shelby Snare 23:32. 21, Camille Ness 25:48. 23, Shayna Tonderum 26:04.