(Wayne, NE) - For the first time in school history, the University of Minnesota Duluth will be represented at the NCAA Division II women's cross country championships by an individual for the third consecutive year. The Ellsworth, Wisc. native, Morgan Place, will be competing for an individual national title in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 4. Place finished third overall with a time of 21:08.8 coming in behind the regional winner Kristen McGlynn, a senior from Adams State, and behind the runner up Alexis Skarda of Mesa State.
As a team, both the men's and women's seasons came to an end today. The Lady Bulldogs came in overall with a fifth place finish, just one place shy of a returning trip to the NCAA championships, while the men finished seventh overall, two places short of a trip to nationals. Finishing behind Place in the 6k race, and contributing in a great effort for the women included the senior quartet of Bridget Hines (24th, 22:33), Rachel Stack (28th, 22:59), Michelle SanCartier (29th, 22:59), and Whitney Hines (31st, 23:02). Following behind was also freshman Jacque Thaemert (44th, 23:26) and senior captain Taylor Marble (107th, 25:26).
The men also put forth a great effort as a team and overall had a good season. The top seven finishes for the men in the 10k race included senior Erik Escher (37th, 32:56), sophomore Ryan Eason (46th, 33:22), sophomore Cole Toepfer (47th, 33:23), sophomore Robert Kostick (53rd, 33:43), junior Nick Nygaard (59th, 33:51), sophomore Ray Rolling (61st, 33:52), and junior Kyle Larson (63rd, 33:56).
Courtesy: UMD Athletics
Posted by Joe Dufek