SignUp
Holiday Tickets 2014
Ice Hockey MM
Sport Page
Saccoman's time of 27:00.3 led all UND runners.
Men's cross country eighth at Big Sky Championship
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Thursday 10/27/2012 21:13:28 (ET)
by Jayson Hajdu, UND Athletic Media Relations
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop Files available
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The University of North Dakota men's cross country team placed eighth today at the Big Sky Conference Championship, the program's first-ever appearance at the league's championship meet.

Host Northern Arizona ran away with its sixth consecutive men's championship, paced by the meet's top three individual performers and four of the top seven. NAU's Brian Shrader took first place with a time of 24:55.9. He was followed by teammates Matt McElroy and Futsum Zienasellassie, who finished second and third, respectively. The Wildcats finished with 24 points to defeat runner-up Weber State (54).

North Dakota placed eighth with 223 points to finish ahead of Eastern Washington, Northern Colorado and Portland State.

Junior Sam Saccoman (Hibbing, Minn.) capped his first season at North Dakota by pacing the team with a time of 27:00.3. Teammates Nate Peterson (Horace, N.D.), Jerrod Braam (Jr., Pequot Lakes, Minn.), Ross Nelson (Jr., Apple Valley, Minn.) and Parker Wharram (Fr., Independence, Minn.) were all tightly bunched behind Saccoman, with each runner clocking in under 28 minutes.

Team Scores
1. Northern Arizona, 24
2. Weber State, 54
3. Southern Utah, 57
4. Montana State, 97
5. Sacramento State, 160
6. Montana, 171
7. Idaho State, 184
8. North Dakota, 223
9. Eastern Washington, 286
10. Northern Colorado, 287
11. Portland State, 329

UND Participants
40. Sam Saccoman, 27:00.3
41. Nate Peterson, 27:04.1
45. Jerrod Braam, 27:23.6
50. Ross Nelson, 27:37.0
55. Parker Wharram, 27:50.5
60. Kyle Economy, 28:17.4
63. Adam Stainiger, 28:35.4

South Dakota claims border battle 86-81
VERMILLION, S.D.-- Host South Dakota shrugged off a nine-point halftime deficit in a 86-81 defeat of visiting North Dakota Sunday afternoon at the DakotaDome in non-conference action. USD's... MORE
Game Notes: Final Big Sky tune-up at Marquette
North Dakota's final tune-up before Big Sky play begins will be a tough one as the squad heads to Milwaukee to face Marquette Monday. MORE
UND posts 78-48 rout of Dickinson State
It took a while for North Dakota to get things rolling in its first home game in over a month, but the Green and White eventually settled in to post a 78-48 rout of Dickinson State Friday at the... MORE
Defending league champs square off in border battle Sunday
North Dakota closes its non-league slate with a tilt at South Dakota on Dec. 21 before tackling the Montana schools to lift the curtain on the Big Sky Conference schedule (Jan. 1-3). MORE
Graduation day for several UND student-athletes
GRAND FORKS, N.D. Thirteen student-athletes are among the candidates for graduation at Winter Commencement and Official Graduation Day this afternoon on the campus of the University of North... MORE

advertisement