CSC To Host Cross Country Open Meet

For the ninth consecutive year, the cross country program at Chadron State College will host its annual open race this Saturday at the CSC Cross Country Course on the south side of its campus.

Typically, the open race is run the second week of September, however due to postponement of the sport by the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference this year, it was moved to October 3. The high school and middle school races were still run, independently of the college programs, on the usual date.

This year South Dakota School of Mines will join the Eagles for a one-on-one dual meet. The men’s eight-kilometer race begins at 10 a.m., and the women’s 5k will begin at 10:45.

“It will definitely be a low key event,” said CSC Head Cross Country Coach Luke Karamitros. “At least our teams match up well to give both the men and women’s teams competitive races.

The Eagles opened the season against other RMAC competition in Colorado Springs, two weeks ago. There, both sides of the squad finished in fourth place out of four teams, behind Front Range schools Colorado Christian University, MSU Denver, and University of Colorado Colorado Springs. All three of those opponents were anticipated to be among the upper half of league competition for both men’s and women’s cross country.

Several returning Eagles chipped significant time off their previous openers at the Colorado Springs meet, with top finisher Emma Willadsen returning a 22nd place showing out of 47 women’s runners. Top men’s finisher Jesse Jaramillo cut exactly 90 seconds off his former benchmark, landing 37th of 58 entrants.

South Dakota Mines broke in its season at Black Hills State two weeks ago, as well. Head-to-head against the Yellow Jackets, the Hardrocker men were the stronger of the two, while the BHSU women prevailed.

The men’s team ran an average 8k time of 27:53, led by Tim Dunham’s 26:49 second-place finish.

In the women’s 6k, Lindsay Butler was the first Hardrocker to cross the finish line in 24:43, good for fourth. The women averaged 25:38.

Winning times at the CSC course have typically been in the 26 to 27 minute range for the men’s 8k loop. For the women’s 5k, winners often finish around the 20 to 21 minute mark.

Members of both CSC’s men’s and women’s squads have demonstrated the capability of running similar times in the past.

Free spectator parking on Saturday will be located at the softball field, near the center of the CSC Cross Country Course loop.

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