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Krsnak wins Oz Memorial

Dustin Veurink

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Dustin VeurinkSportswriter

The men’s and women’s cross country team finished second and fourth at the Oz Memorial in Minneapolis, Minn. on Sept. 10.

Leading the way was junior Michael Krsnak, winning for the second straight week with a time 19 minutes, 13.82 seconds in the men’s 6,000 meter.

“Mike controlled the race from the front from the gun and looked very comfortable doing that,” said head coach Rod DeHaven.

Junior Anthony Bongard finished third with a time of 19:20.27.

The men finished second with 51 points and Drake won with 39 points.

“I think in general we were a little flat,” DeHaven said. “We worked out hard on Wednesday and it showed some on Friday.”

Oklahoma sophomore transfer Erin Hargens led the women with a 12th place finish in a time of 23:01.11 in the 6,000 meter.

“We had some outstanding seniors that graduated created a large void,” DeHaven said. “Her emergence as our number one runner has helped fill some of that void.”

The women finished fourth with 105 points and Minnesota dominated the meet 19 points.

“Like the men, I think we might have been a little tired, but we had some good performances on a tough course,” DeHaven said.

Coach DeHaven was very satisfied with the women’s performance at Minneapolis.

“That is a really solid early season race considering that we have only had the team together since the start of school,” DeHaven said. “Our fourth runner Brooke Wyffels had a good race as she closed the gap between herself and Tera Potts.”

The cross country teams will be in Madison next on Sept. 18.

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