Top 10 Roundup
Southern Indiana scores well, Augustana (S.D.) runs at twilight
No. 2 Western State at CSU Invite
FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- The Western State Colorado cross country teams were the top placing Division II squads at the CSU Open in Fort Collins, Colo. on Friday. Both the men's and women's programs finished third.
The Western men finished ahead of Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference opponents Colorado Mines and Metro State as well as Division I opponents Colorado State and Northern Colorado to finish third as a team. Air Force and Wyoming were the only two teams to finish ahead of the Mountaineer men.
Keifer Johnson was the top men's finisher for the Mountaineers. Johnson finished the 5k race in ninth place with a time of 15:11.30.
No. 3 Augustana (S.D.) at Augustana Twilight
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Augstana (S.D.) kicked off the cross country season in grand fashion by hosting the third annual Augustana Twilight meet. They placed second in a field of 21 teams.
Nebraska's Trevor Vidlak won the men's 4-mile race in 18:18.03 with Augsutana's Adam Braun taking third with a time of 18:45.45.
After Braun's third-place finish, Paul Yak, Keegan Carda, and Jordan Slusser placed 13-14-15, respectively. John Klecker finished Augustana's scoring with a 21st-place finish. The Vikings amassed 57 points, falling only to Nebraska's 31-point total.
No. 6 Colorado Mines at Colorado State Invitational
FORT COLLINS -– Juniors Chloe Gustafson and Phil Schneider captured top-10 times Friday evening to lead Colorado School of Mines in their season debuts at the 5K Colorado State Open on the grounds of Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins.
Gustafson earned a career-best finish of fourth overall out of 77 runners, crossing the line more than five seconds ahead of fifth place in 18:18.20.
Schneider timed a 15:14.20, taking 10th overall and second place among Division II competitors in the 115-runner field. An All-American and the RMAC runner-up in 2012, Schneider has been inside the top-10 in five of his last seven races dating back to last season's opener.
No. 7 Missouri Southern State at Arkansas Dual Meet
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Seventh-ranked Missouri Southern State men's opened the season tonight in a double-dual at Arkansas Friday, competing against the Razorbacks and Missouri.
Eric Schott led the Lions finishing third overall with a time of 20:15.3 over the distance of the 6.6k course. He finished third in the race against Arkansas and won the dual against Missouri, defeating 20 other Tigers in the process.
Jake Benton completed the course in a time of 20:41.7, while Ryan Jackson had a time of 21:34.6. Nathan Henry (21:53.5) and Colton Wooldridge (21:57.4) finished back-to-back, while Drake Smelser completed the course in a time of 22:42.1.
Against the Razorbacks, the Lions finished with 44 points to Arkansas' 18 and the Lions had 41 points to Missouri's 20.
No. 10 Southern Indiana at Stegemoller Classic
EVANSVILLE, Ind. -- Behind a one-two-three finish Friday evening, No. 10 Southern Indiana rolled to a dominating victory in its season-opening Stegemoller Classic at the USI Cross Country Course.
Junior Tyler Pence edged out sophomore Johnnie Guy and junior Trent Nolan for first place as the Screaming Eagles cruised past second-place Bellarmine University by 42 points.
Pence finished the 6-kilometer race in 18:30, while Guy crossed the finish line in 18:30.1. Nolan followed in 18:33.1.
Juniors Solomon Bennett and Eric Scheiber placed fifth and sixth, respectively, while senior Austin Viano and freshman Noah Lutz were seventh and eighth, respectively.
Sophomore Cody Stone was 10th as the Eagles finished with 17 points, just two shy of a perfect mark.