SDSU Men, USD Women Repeat as #SummitXC Championships

SDSU Men, USD Women Repeat as #SummitXC Championships

The Basics
Team Champions: M – South Dakota State | W – South Dakota
Individual Champions: M – Chase Cayo, South Dakota State | W – Rachel King, South Dakota State
Location: Bluffs Golf Course – Vermillion, S.D.

Men's Results | Women's Results | Photo Gallery | Video

BROOKINGS, S.D. – South Dakota State's men, ranked No. 11 in the Midwest Region, and South Dakota's women, No. 7 in the Midwest, claimed The Summit League Cross Country Championships Saturday. Individually, South Dakota State's Chase Cayo claimed the men's victory and SDSU's Rachel King finished first on the women's side.

SDSU's men claimed its second straight title by scoring 31 points to best North Dakota State, which finished with 42 points. South Dakota (55) and Fort Wayne (106) rounded out the top four in the standings.

USD's women totaled 30 points for its fourth consecutive crown, finishing ahead of North Dakota State's 57. South Dakota State (67) and Omaha (118) completed the top-half of the field.

Cayo's victory came with an 8k time of 24:44.78, the ninth-fastest winning time in league championship history. South Dakota State teammate Kyle Burdick (24:47.42) finished second followed by South Dakota's Eldon Warner (24:52.90). SDSU's Lukas Nelson (25:12.70) and North Dakota State's Elliott Stone (25:15.21) rounded out the top five.

King's winning 6k time of 20:53.54 was the fastest in the league this season. Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse (21:02.68) and North Dakota State's Kelby Anderson (21:08.43), who earned the Women's Newcomer of the Championship, finished second and third. The South Dakota tandem of Megan Billington (21:17.37) and Lindsay Joyce (21:27.09) rounded out the top five.

Cayo and King claimed Men's and Women's Championship MVP honors with their victories. South Dakota State's Rod DeHaven was the Men's Coach of the Year while Dan Fitzsimmons was the Women's Coach of the Year after leading their teams to victory.

SDSU's Gabe Peters, who placed 13th (25:34.93), earned Men's Newcomer of the Championship. North Dakota State's Kelby Anderson was the Women's Newcomer of the Championship after her third-place finish.

Team Standings

Men's

1.

South Dakota State

31

2.

North Dakota State

42

3.

South Dakota

55

4.

Fort Wayne

106

5.

Western Illinois

152

6.

Oral Roberts

175

Women's

1.

South Dakota

30

2.

North Dakota State

57

3.

South Dakota State

67

5.

Omaha

118

6.

Fort Wayne

129

7.

Western Illinois

176

8.

Oral Roberts

199

News & Notes

  • South Dakota State won its second consecutive men's championship and its sixth overall (all since 2009).
  • South Dakota won its fourth consecutive women's championship, becoming the first team since 2004 to achieve that feat.
  • Chase Cayo's time was the ninth fastest by a league champion.
  • South Dakota State's Rod DeHaven earned his sixth career Coach of the Year honor after collecting the award in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.
  • Rachel King is South Dakota State's second consecutive athlete to win Women's Championship MVP. Last season's award was the school's first.
  • Dan Fitzsimmons won his fourth Coach of the Year honor, all coming consecutively from 2014-17.
  • Fort Wayne's fourth-place finish was the school's best championship placing since joining The Summit League.
  • North Dakota State's men tied for the highest Summit League Championship in school history, equaling its runner-up placing in 2011.
  • Omaha recorded its best championship finish as a member of The Summit League.

Awards

Men's All-League Teams
First Team
Chase Cayo, South Dakota State (24:44.78)
Kyle Burdick, South Dakota State (24:47.42)
Eldon Warner, South Dakota (24:52.90)
Lukas Nelson, South Dakota State (25:12.70)
Elliott Stone, North Dakota State (25:15.21)
Brant Gilbertson, North Dakota State (25:16.50)
Tim Heikkila, North Dakota State (25:17.46)

Second Team
Brice Cowman, South Dakota (25:17.86)
Derek Warner, North Dakota State (25:25.95)
Logan Kitchen, Fort Wayne (25:27.10)
Cal Lawton, South Dakota State (25:29.18)
Nathan Wendt, South Dakota (25:31.37)
Gabe Peters, South Dakota State (25:34.93)
Luke Bailey, South Dakota (25:40.12)

Championship MVP
Chase Cayo, South Dakota State

Newcomer of Championship
Gabe Peters, South Dakota State

Coach of the Year
Rod DeHaven, South Dakota State

Women's All-League Teams
First Team
Rachel King, South Dakota State (20:53.54)
Emma Rafuse, Fort Wayne (21:02.68)
Kelby Anderson, North Dakota State (21:08.43)
Megan Billington, South Dakota (21:17.37)
Lindsay Joyce, South Dakota (21:27.09)
Madeline Huglen, South Dakota (21:31.09)
Kianna Stewart, South Dakota (21:31.09)

Second Team
Laura Nelson, South Dakota (21:34.38)
Erin Wetzstein, South Dakota (21:34.96)
Bethany Kozak, South Dakota (21:39.30)
Ashley Perez, North Dakota State (21:44.14)
Annika Rotvold, North Dakota State (21:47.17)
Anna Donnay, South Dakota State (21:50.76)
Emily Berzonsky, South Dakota State (22:01.68)

Championship MVP
Rachel King, South Dakota State

Newcomer of the Championship
Kelby Anderson, North Dakota State

Coach of the Year
Dan Fitzsimmons, South Dakota

Up Next
Seven league teams head to NCAA Regionals on Friday, Nov. 10.  Fort Wayne will compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Terre Haute, Ind., while North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Ames, Iowa.

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