Cross country competes at Briar Cliff Invite

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  • Andrea DeSimone competes in the Briar Cliff Invitational, finishing in 45th place.

  • Wayne State’s Nick Fly and Justin Brueggemann fight each other and the rest of the competitors in the Briar Cliff Invitational. Brueggemann finished in 18th place while Fly finished in 38th.

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J’Ron Erby, Staff Writer

Wayne State College men’s cross country team placed sixth out of 10 teams Saturday with a team score of 169 points at Saturday’s Briar Cliff Invitational Men’s Cross Country Invitational held at the Adams Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, S.D.

“We had several athletes who ran faster than their previous best times on the same course, so that shows that we are making progress in a positive direction,” head coach Marlon Brink said.

“Individually, I was pleased with both Justin Brueggemann (18th) and Kinsey Clark’s (30th) efforts. They got out and competed with some good runners and had solid performances to lead the teams.”

Junior Justin Brueggemann was the top WSC runner in a time of 26:19 to place 18th out of a field of 136 runners.

Junior Nick Fly was next for the Wildcats in 38th place at 26:55, with senior Nathan Boggess close behind in 41st place at 26:58.

The WSC women’s cross country team placed eighth Saturday with 217 points at the Briar Cliff Invitational run at the Adams Nature Preserve in McCook Lake, S.D.

Sophomore Kinsey Clark was the top Wildcat finisher, placing 30th overall out of a field of 108 runners with a time of 19:41.

Sophomore Andrea DeSimone followed in 45th place at 20:24 with senior Skyler Lippman right behind in 48th with a time of 20:26.

“I believe we are going to continue to improve as a team. We are aiming to peak at the NSIC Championships and NCAA Regional Championships,” Brink said.

The team will compete next on Saturday at the Mount Marty College Invitational in Yankton, S.D.