SIOUX FALLS — The South Dakota women claimed top honors in the Augustana Twilight cross country meet, held Friday at Yankton Trails Park in Sioux Falls.

Led by medalist Abby Ripperda (16:47.07) and sixth place Kianna Stewart (17:39.20), the USD women beat out Nebraska 40 to 67 in the 5,000-meter event. Augustana (98) was third.

Also for the Coyote women, Laura Nelson (17:47.91) was 10th, Maddie Lavin (17:50.75) was 11th, Kelsi Kearney (18:03.19) was 12th, Jonna Bart (18:09.30) was 13th and Haley Arens (18:10.84) was 14th.

Mount Marty finished 20th in the women’s team race. Freshman Kelsey Folchert led the Lancer women, placing 118th in 20:07.37. Also for MMC, Genevieve Clark (20:31.46) was 140th, Tayler Carlson (21:18.89) was 193rd, Mikayla Prouty (21:39.24) was 217th and Jaclyn Laprath (21:59.56) was 226th.

Nebraska won the men’s four-mile race, beating Augustana 69 to 104. Cloud County CC was third at 111 points, followed by Sioux Falls (129) and Nebraska-Kearney (134).

Cloud County’s Dais Malebana won the race in 18:54.46, beating out Sioux Falls’ Mason Phillips (18:55.89)

USD was sixth with a score of 178, led by freshman Clayton Whitehead (16th, 19:32.10) and sophomore Merga Gemeda (19th, 19:38.21). Alec Atwood (20:16.20 was 48th, Abdinasir Abdi (20:20.99) was 52nd and Braden Peters (20:28.17) was 64th to round out the Coyotes’ scoring.

Mount Marty was 25th as a team, led by Brian Santiago (21:17.64) in 128th. Seth Wiebelhaus (22:47.90) was 234th, Cristobal Gonzalez (22:50.05) was 236th, Lukas Blankman (23:11.25) was 252th and Brayden Effle (24:15.08) was 273rd for the Lancers.

USD competes in the Woody Greeno Invitational on Sept. 21 in Lincoln, Nebraska. MMC competes in the Herb Blakley Invitational Sept. 14 in Madison.

High School

SIOUX FALLS — The Fremont, Nebraska, girls and the Sioux Falls Lincoln boys claimed team honors in the high school divisions of the Augustana Twilight cross country meet, held Friday at Yankton Trails Park in Sioux Falls.

Fremont ran away with the girls’ title, 87 to 129 over Sioux Falls Lincoln. Custer (134) was third, followed by Woodbury (161) and Aberdeen Central (169).

O’Gorman’s Alea Hardie won the girls’ title, finishing the 5,000-meter course in 17:50.57. Brookings senior Ellie Abraham was second in 18:14.60.

Gayville-Volin’s Madison Fairley was the top area finisher, placing 10th in 18:38.74. Ethan-Parkston’s Lindsey Roth was 20th at 19:12.27.

Yankton, which finished 14th, was led by Thea Chance, who placed 25th in 19:24.32. Sydnee Serck (20:13.01) was 64th, Shea Rumsey (21:07.21) was 94th, Lauren Eidsness (21:09.72) was 96th and Claire Tereshinski (21:30.65) was 111th to complete the first five.

Beresford placed 15th in the girls’ team race.

The Sioux Falls Lincoln boys, led by medalist Andrew Lauer (15:18.29), beat out Fremont 97 to 106 for the team title. Aberdeen Central (132) was third, followed by Creighton Prep (Nebraska) with 137 and Sioux City (Iowa) North with 139.

Sioux City North’s Jaysen Bouwers finished second in 15:26.72.

The top area finisher was Crofton’s Connor Arens, who finished 19th in 16:31.22.

Yankton, which placed 16th as a team, was led by Mason Welker (17:27.820 and Zach Fedde (17:28.34), who finished 73rd and 74th. Parker Pooler (18:04.28) placed 123rd, Tim Merchen (18:17.12) placed 136th and Tre Hayes (18:26.37) placed 153rd to round out the Bucks’ first five.

Yankton competes in the Brandon Valley Invitational Sept. 14 in Brandon.

Yankton finished ninth as a team in the 4,000-meter JV girls’ race, led by Hailey Solomon’s 15th place finish (17:34.79).

Yankton was 16th in the JV boys’ race, led by Oliver Dooley (23rd, 14:46.36) and Nate Schoenfelder (24th, 14:47.31).

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