IOWA City, Iowa – The University of North Dakota closed out the 2016 cross country season today at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Championship, hosted by the University of Iowa at the Ashton Cross Country Course.
UND finished 25th in the men’s 10K race and 31st in the 6K women’s race. Oklahoma State won the men’s race and was the runner-up behind Missouri on the women’s side.
UND women’s squad was paced by sophomore Alyssa Anderson and freshman Hannah Oscarson, who both bested the 23-minute mark to finish as the Fighting Hawks’ top two runners. Anderson ran a time of 22:25.5 while Oscarson clocked in at 22:51.4
“I was really pleased with Alyssa Anderson, to see how far she’s come along,” said UND head coach Dick Clay. “Her goal was to break 23 minutes and she ran 22:25. She had just a really strong race.Hannah Oscarson had a rough conference meet, so it was nice to see her come in and run under 23 minutes.”
Clay was pleased with his team’s overall performance.
“As a team we ran very well,” said Clay. “We had a sophomore and a couple freshmen up in our top four, so that bodes well for the future.”
On the men’s side, senior Drew Campbell was UND’s top runner, crossing the line in 32:28.4. Classmate Cataldo DiDonna was next at 33:09.9, with Kyle Sweeney (33:32.1), Scott Kvidera (33:34.2) and Connor Danielson (33:40.2) clustered right behind him.
“The times were good, about what we expected,” said Clay. “You can always do a little bit better, but everyone got out and competed well. That’s all you can ask for. “It’s the only 10K we run all year so it’s a bit of a struggle, especially the freshmen.
“It was nice to see Drew Campbell finish up his career on a good note. He’s been really steady over the years so I was really happy for him.”
UND’s distance runners will now shift their focus toward preparing for the indoor track season, which begins Dec. 3 at the South Dakota State Holiday Open.
UND Women’s Participants
134. Alyssa Anderson, 22:25.5
169. Hannah Oscarson, 22:51.4
178. Janessa Meuleners, 23:02.0
191. Larissa Juelich, 23:22.4
193. Erica Eades, 23:23.3
217. Lydia Lutz, 24:13.5
218. Paige Melin, 24:19.3
UND Men’s Participants
114. Drew Campbell, 32:28.4
146. Cataldo DiDonna, 33:03.9
163. Kyle Sweeney, 33:32.1
165. Scott Kvidera, 33:34.2
170. Connor Danielson, 33:40.2
183. Jacob Henne, 34:28.8
188. Eddie Kiolbasa, 35:37.9