Wildcats get ready for Griak

Nathan Pearson, Staff Writer

Wayne State College junior Antoine Bardou placed fourth out of 79 runners to lead the WSC men’s cross country team for the second week in a row at the Dakota State meet in Madison, S.D., on Saturday.

Bardou’s finishing time was 27:08 on the 8k (4.97 mile) course.

“Today was not a fast course,” Bardou said. “Fourth place was a good ranking, but I was going for the win. I’m a little disappointed.”

Other finishers for the Wildcats were Isaias Solorio in 22nd (28:16), Corbin Lehn in 31st (29:11), Noah Noeker in 34th (29:20), Joey Black in 43rd (29:46), Kak Ayaj in 50th (30:32) and Nathan Pearson in 68th (33:10).

The Wayne State men finished fourth out of seven teams overall.

Morningside ran away with the team title with a total of 28 points, followed by Hastings with 80. Northern State took third with 88 and Wayne State finisished fourth with 105. Dakota State (113), Briar Cliff (115), and Mount Marty (170) were the other finishers of the meet.

For the women’s team, Andrea DeSimone was the team front runner on the 5k course.

DeSimone finished 13th in 20:13, followed by Jamie Larson in 22nd (20:58), Alexis Oswald in 36th (21:53), Josephine Peitz in 40th (22:00), Mary Alderson in 64th (24:00) and Sarah Post in 73rd (27:31).

The Lady ‘Cats finished sixth out of seven teams.

Northern State won the team title with 28 points, followed by Morningside (46), Hastings (69), Northwestern (116), Mount Marty (138), Wayne State (142) and Trinity Bible College (200).

“We probably could have placed a spot better for both men and women,” head Coach Marlon Brink said. “Our runners got split up early and I was hoping they would go out together and set a good pace for the first 8k race of the season.”

The Wildcats will get a week off before heading to St. Paul, Minn., for the Roy Griak meet on September 24th.

The Griak meet is the third largest cross country meet in the country and draws a number of Div. I colleges from across the country.

The race will be at the Les Bolstad Golf Course in St. Paul.