Sports in Brief: Dec. 3

Jakob King, Sports Reporter

Cross Country

Both of South Dakota State’s cross country teams finished their seasons in the top five of the Summit League.

Led by a first-place finish from Joseph Minor-Williams, South Dakota State’s men’s cross country team won its fourth consecutive Summit League Championship. Nov. 2 in Fargo, North Dakota.

The Jacks’ runners made up the entire top-six in the final results. They followed that with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Stillwater, Oklahoma, which meant they barely missed out on a chance to qualify for the NCAA Championship meet.

The women posted a third-place finish at the Summit League Championships led by a second-place finish from first-team All-Summit League runner Anna Donnay. They were also invited to the Midwest Regional, where they finished 16th out of 33 teams.


Swim and Dive

The men’s and women’s swim teams competed in two events in the month of November.

They began with a two-day Quad Dual event in Sioux Falls. Mitchell Raihle led the men to a 3-2 finish at the event. Raihle won gold in the 100-meter swim and qualified for NCAA Zones.

Emily Pincus won both the 200 and 500-meter swims on day one and led the women to a 5-2 record at the event. They followed that with an exhibition win in Brookings over Omaha University.

The women finished first out of eight teams at the Augustana Invite, while the men finished second out of four teams.

The women will be back in action Jan. 17 in Ames, Iowa, while the men will next swim on Jan. 18 in St. Cloud, Minnesota.



In the only competition of the month, the SDSU equestrian team defeated Minnesota-Crookston 16-2.

Samantha Husecker led the team to a 3-1 win in Fences, Rylee Streit led a 5-0 sweep in Horsemanship, Claire Garduno scored 84 on the Flat and Natalie Gydesen finished the event by earning Most Outstanding Player honors in Reining.

They will look to build on the victory when they travel to Blythewood, South Carolina, on Jan. 31 to take on the University of South Carolina.