It was the second meet of the season, and first home meet, for Dickinson State Friday afternoon at Heart River Golf Course.
The regular season in NAIA cross country doesn’t last long, with just four meets before the North Star Athletic Association championships take place on October 23 in Bellevue, Nebraska.
It will be the only time the Blue Hawks will run on their home course this season, but they sure did leave their mark as both the men and women won their respective competitions in the seven team meet. However, not all teams had a full roster of runners to qualify for a team score.
Nonetheless, it was a chance for Dickinson State to stretch their legs and set personal bests on the season.
On the women’s side, freshman Grace Timm took first place in the 5k with a time of 18:48. It was never a doubt for the freshman as she held the lead for nearly the entire race. Second place finished at 19:13 by Valley City State freshman Jasmine Barnes. Third went to Dickinson State sophomore Alexius Miller at 19:25.
The Blue Hawks dominated the race with all seven of their runners finishing in the top 10. They finished with the lowest possible score at 15.
The only other school that had enough runners for a team score was Trinity Bible College, who finished with 50.
It was a similar story on the men’s side as the Blue Hawks had a number of top finishers. Freshman Cole Jensen took the 8k with a time of 26:44, almost a full minute ahead of his fellow freshman teammate Zander Ackerman at 27:34. The two were even with each other at the one-mile marker, but Jensen powered through and began to extend his lead shortly after.
Sophomore Will Flowers and freshmen Mathew Kenney and Griffin Obrigewitch rounded out the five finishers for Dickinson State in the top ten.
As a team they scored 22, with second place going to Jamestown at 63. Four of the seven teams on the men's side that competed had a team score.
This meet was slightly longer than the last meet the Blue Hawks competed in, the Minnesota State-Moorhead invite on Sept. 10. The women ran a 4k in that one while the men ran a 6k. The conference and NAIA national championships will be an 8k race.
Dickinson State will have a couple of weeks off before heading to Jamestown for an invite on Oct. 8.
1st - Dickinson State, 15; 2nd - Trinity Bible College, 50
Top 10 individual
1st - Grace Timm, Dickinson State, 18:48; 2nd - Jasmine Barnes, Valley City State, 19:13; 3rd - Alexius Miller, Dickinson State, 18:28; 4th - Emberlyn Hoffman-Gaschk, Dawson CC, 19:33; 5th - Piper Perez, Dickinson State, 19:45, 6th - Zoey Stroop, Dickinson State, 19:52; 7th - Paige Erbstoesser, Jamestown, 20:07; 8th - Sarah Griffis, Dickinson State, 20:11; 9th - Haylie Oberlander, Dickinson State, 20:34; 10th - Ali Cunningham, Dickinson State, 20:53
1st - Dickinson State, 22; 2nd - Jamestown, 63; 3rd - Valley City State, 67; 4th - Dawson CC, 83
Top 10 individual
1st - Cole Jensen, Dickinson State, 26:44; 2nd - Zander Ackerman, Dickinson State, 27:34; 3rd - John Pearson, Oak Hills Christian, 27:47; 4th -Will Flowers, Dickinson State, 27:50; 5th - Jayden Wheeling, Valley City State, 28:22, 6th - Connor Chase, Dawson CC, 28:24; 7th - Drew Hjelmstad, Jamestown, 28:26; 8th - Mathew Kenney, Dickinson State, 28:40; 9th - Alex Benner, Valley City State, 28:49; 10th - Griffin Obrigewitch, Dickinson State, 28:51