SDSU Men, USD Women Claim #SummitXC Championships

SDSU Men, USD Women Claim #SummitXC Championships

2016 Men's Cross Country Summit League Championships
Oct 29, 2016

Highlights and interviews from the 2016 Summit League Championships

2016 Women's Cross Country Summit League Championships
Oct 29, 2016

Highlights and interviews from the 2016 Summit League Championships

The Basics
Team Champions: M – South Dakota State | W – South Dakota
Individual Champions: M – Robert Murphy, IUPUI | W –  Emily Donnay, South Dakota State
Location: Spring Lake Park – Macomb, Ill.
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BROOKINGS, S.D. –  South Dakota State's men, ranked No. 6 in the Midwest Region, and South Dakota's women, No. 11 in the Midwest, claimed The Summit League Cross Country Championships Saturday. Individually, IUPUI's Robert Murphy claimed the men's victory and South Dakota State's Emily Donnay finished first on the women's side.

SDSU's men scored 25 points to best IUPUI, which finished with 33 points. North Dakota State (74) and South Dakota (131) rounded out the top four in the standings.

USD's women totaled 42 points for their third consecutive title, finishing ahead of South Dakota State's 58. North Dakota State (68) and IUPUI (90) completed the top-half of the field.

Murphy's victory came with an 8k time of 25:11.8, the fourth-fastest in The Summit League this season. South Dakota State teammates, Joel Reichow (25:19.2) and Ayub Kassim (25:24.2) finished second and third. IUPUI's Damon Pruett (25:27.7) and SDSU's Trevor Capra (25:32.5) rounded out the top five.

Donnay's winning 6k time was 21:05.9 and the fourth-fastest recorded by a Summit League champion. Teammate Rachel King finished as runner-up at 21:12.8 while the South Dakota tandem of Julia Noah (21:30.5) and Erin Wetzstein (21:46.1) finished 3-4. IUPUI's Zoey Johnson (21:49.4) rounded out the top five.

Murphy and Donnay claimed Men's and Women's Championship MVP honors with their victories. South Dakota State's Rod DeHaven was the Men's Coach of the Year while Dan Fitzsimmons was the Women's Coach of the Year after leading their teams to victory.

IUPUI's Jacob Stamm, who placed 13th (26:05.3) to earn Men's Newcomer of the Championship. South Dakota's Noah was the Women's Newcomer of the Championship after her third-place finish.

Team Standings

Men's

1.

South Dakota State

25

2.

IUPUI

33

3.

North Dakota State

74

4.

South Dakota

131

5.

Fort Wayne

138

6.

Western Illinois

176

7.

Oral Roberts

196

Women's

1.

South Dakota

43

2.

North Dakota State

48

3.

South Dakota State

55

4.

IUPUI

101

5.

Fort Wayne

149

6.

Omaha

163

7.

Oral Roberts

187

8.

Western Illinois

223

News & Notes

  • South Dakota State won its fifth men's title and first since 2013, when it capped back-to-back titles.
  • South Dakota won its third consecutive women's championship, become the second straight school to win three in a row (North Dakota State 2011-13).
  • Robert Murphy became the second IUPUI male in three years to win Championship MVP honors while Jacob Stamm earned the school's second Newcomer of the Championship accolade in three seasons.
  • South Dakota State's Rod DeHaven earned his fifth career Coach of the Year honor after collecting the award in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
  • Emily Donnay is South Dakota State's first athlete to win Women's Championship MVP.
  • Donnay's time was the fourth fastest for a Summit League champion and the seventh-best in league championship history.
  • Dan Fitzsimmons won his third Coach of the Year honor, all coming consecutively from 2014-16.

Awards

Men's All-League Teams
First Team
Robert Murphy, IUPUI (25:11.8)
Joel Reichow, South Dakota State (25:19.2)
Ayub Kassim, South Dakota State (25:24.2)
Damon Pruett, IUPUI (25:27.7)
Trevor Capra, South Dakota State (25:32.5)
Kyle Burdick, South Dakota State (25:41.3)
Abiel Mogos, IUPUI (25:48.0)

Second Team
Dakota Dubbs, IUPUI (25:48.1)
Chase Cayo, South Dakota State (25:49.6)
Brendan Sage, South Dakota State (25:58.4)
Elliott Stone, North Dakota State (26:03.1)
Derek Warner, North Dakota State (26:04.6)
Jacob Stamm, IUPUI (26:05.3)
Mach Dojiok, South Dakota (26:10.6)

Championship MVP
Robert Murphy, IUPUI

Newcomer of Championship
Jacob Stamm, IUPUI

Coach of the Year
Rod DeHaven, South Dakota State

Women's All-League Teams
First Team
Emily Donnay, South Dakota State (21:05.9)
Rachel King, South Dakota State (21:12.8)
Julia Noah, South Dakota (21:30.5)
Erin Wetzstein, South Dakota (21:46.1)
Zoey Johnson, IUPUI (21:49.4)
Brittany Brownotter, North Dakota State (21:53.5)
Emily Berzonsky, South Dakota State (21:54.2)

Second Team
Emma Kusch Dahle, North Dakota State (22:00.9)
Megan Billington, South Dakota (22:01.1)
Melina Kuerschner, North Dakota State (22:08.0)
Taylor Janssen, North Dakota State (22:10.0)
Lindsay Joyce, South Dakota (22:13.4)
Kayla Huhnerkoch, North Dakota State (22:17.9)
Hanna Sanchez, Oral Roberts (22:29.3)

Championship MVP
Emily Donnay, South Dakota State

Newcomer of the Championship
Julia Noah, South Dakota

Coach of the Year
Dan Fitzsimmons, South Dakota

Up Next
Eight league teams head to NCAA Regionals on Friday, Nov. 11.  Fort Wayne and IUPUI will compete in the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Vernona, Wis., while North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois will compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional in Iowa City, Iowa.

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