BILLINGS, Mont. - The Black Hills State University men's cross country team finished second overall and the women finished in fifth-place over the weekend at the 23rd annual running of the Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets Invitational.
The Yellow Jackets turned in a record day on a fast track that included seven personal record times between the two squads. The top five men and two of the top four women ran personal bests, according to head coach, Scott Walkinshaw.
"I was really pleased with how we raced. We had a lot of personal best times in both the man and women's races. I was really pleased with our team's places. MSUB men's team is very good and has a good chance to qualify for the national meet," Walkinshaw said.
The men's team was led by senior Mitch Kraft, who finished in second-place with a time of 24:42.8. Senior Mark Wilcox was ninth-overall (25:08.7), junior Gage McSpadden finished right behind in 10th-place (25:11.9), followed by senior Seth Ulvestad who finished in 11th with a time of 25:18.8.
"Kraft, Wilcox, McSpadden and Ulvested ran some of the very best times we have ever run on that course. Now we have a two week training cycle before the conference finals."
Senior Becca Ellis had the only top-20 finish for the women's team when she finished 18th-overall with a time of 19:06.5 and a personal record. Senior Courtney Chase finished 23rd (19:21.4), senior Anna Yanchek was close behind in 28th with a time of 19:38.0.
"We were able to get by the University of Mary who got us at Griak and we finished ahead of Dickinson State for the second time in a row after the defeated us in our home opener," Walkinshaw said. "I feel our women's team finished closer to NAIA Nationally ranked Rocky Mountain who won our home opener."
The next meet for the Yellow Jackets will come in Silver City, N.M at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference finals on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.