Sports in Brief: Nov. 1

Jakob King, Sports Reporter

Cross Country

Led by Chase Cayo for the men and Kayla Christopherson for the women, the South Dakota State cross country teams started the month of October with a pair of first-place overall finishes at the Briar Cliff Invitational in Sioux Falls. 

The teams competed in two meets in one day on Oct. 19, in Terre Haute, Indiana, and then Grand Forks, North Dakota. The men finished 21st and then second, while the women finished ninth and then third.

Joseph Minor-Williams was named Summit League Cross Country Athlete of the Week for his 63rd place finish out of 265 runners who competed at the Under Armour Pre-Invitational in Terre Haute.

Both teams compete next at the Summit League Cross Country Championships Nov. 2 in Fargo, North Dakota.



SDSU’s men’s golf team competed twice in October, while the women’s team participated in one meet.

The men had a pair of 12th place overall finishes at the Intercollegiate at the Grove in Tennessee and the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational in Florida and are in seventh place in the Summit League.

The women were led by Teresa Toscano’s even-par performance to a fifth-place finish at the Aggie Invitational in New Mexico. Toscano’s fourth straight top-ten finish at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown helped the Jacks to a fourth-place finish, and are now in fourth in the Summit League. 

Neither team has another scheduled meet until February 2020.


Swim and Dive

After wrapping up their preseason schedule at the Midwest Shootout in Omaha, Nebraska, the Men’s swim team competed in a quad-dual in Ford Dodge, Iowa on Oct. 19.

After dropping their first match to Iowa Central Community College, they won their last two over Midland University 152-53 and Olivet Nazarene University 148-57. They had 25 top-five finishes in the quad-dual, most notably a first-place finish by their 400 free relay team of Cody Watkins, Alex Kraft, Will Bierschbach, and Henry Skinner.

The women dropped a preseason match to the University of Nebraska in Brookings 154.5-88.5. They also competed in the Midwest Shootout and begin regular season competition Nov. 1.



The SDSU equestrian team competed twice in October, losing in both instances.

Samantha Hunsecker Rylee Streit scored career highs in fences and horsemanship, respectively, against the University of Tennessee-Martin, but the Jacks fell 9-8.

After dropping their next match 13-7 against No. 10 Delaware State, the Jacks dropped to 0-4 on the season. They get back in action Nov. 2 in a scrimmage against Minnesota-Crookston.