Saturday, September 12

Rapid City, S.D. - Following a four kilometer road race on September 4 against Wartburg College and BHSU Alumni the men’s and women’s cross country teams officially opened the 2009 season by sweeping the South Dakota Mines Cross Country Invitational in Rapid City on Saturday.

The Running Yellow Jacket women placed all five scoring individuals in the top ten to win the women’s title with a score of 31 points. NCAA Division II MSU-Billings placed second in the seven team field with 60 points. Senior, Wendy O’Lexey, Rock Springs, WY won the individual title finishing thirty-five seconds in front of Amber Watson, a 2008 NAIA national meet qualifier, from Rocky Mountain College in Billings. Freshmen, Erin Curran, Wahoo, NE and Abi Bever, Cheyenne, WY (East) began their Yellow Jacket careers in impressive fashion by placing fourth and seventh respectively. Erin covered the 5000 meter course in 20:10 with Abi running 20:38. Sophomore  Leigh Anne Whiteside, Loveland, CO, and senior Katie Cook, Cheyenne, WY (Central) placed ninth and tenth respectively in a field of fifty runners.

For the men sophomore, Jed Morgan, Livermore, CO, won the individual title and led a one, two, three punch that had three Yellow Jackets in the top four in the field of sixty-six runners. Jed’s time of 26:25 over the 7900 meter course gave him a seventeen second margin of victory. Senior, Birch Haraden, Billings, MT, placed third in 26:44 which was just two seconds from the second place runner, Kip Mutai from Gillette Community College. Senior Mark Mazza, Cheyenne, WY, was fourth in 27:02. Red-shirt freshman Sam Goforth, Fort Collins, CO (Rocky Mountain) and freshman Josh Wilson, Aberdeen, SD (Central) rounded out the scoring for the Running Yellow Jackets with 10th and 12th place finishes respectively. The Black Hills State men showed their depth by placing eleven runners in the top twenty-eight. Complete results can be found on the BHSU cross country schedule page.

“Team wise, I was pleased with the wins, but we are not hitting on all cylinders yet. I was pleased with how we handled the conditions and the fact that it was our first races over the 5k (women) and 8k (men) distance,” coach Walkinshaw commented after the meet.


Men's Results Click Here

Women's Results Click Here