Ten runners set personal bests at BCU Invite

Haley Brunke

Haley Brunke

Justin Brueggemann

Justin Brueggemann

NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – Ten members of the Dakota Wesleyan University cross country team set new personal bests at the Briar Cliff Invite Saturday afternoon. The race was held at Adams Nature Preserve in North Sioux City, S.D.

On the women’s side, Haley Brunke, Skylar Forgey, Nicole Court-Menendez, Kayleen Gupman and Heather Banister all beat their previous personal records Saturday. Brunke was the top finisher for the Tiger women. She finished 31st in 19:15.41. Forgey was the other Tiger runner with a top-75 finish. She took 71st in 20:16.43. Court-Menendez completed the course in 21:44.26 and took 126th; Gupman took 133rd in 21:59.13; Banister finished in 22:30.31 and took 144th and Jamie Geho finished in 22:39.83 and took 147th.

The University of Nebraska-Omaha’s Amanda Vorthmann won the individual title in 17:12.38 and Concordia’s Sarah Kortze was second in 17:48.17. UNO won the team race and Dordt College was second. The Tigers took 12th.

On the men’s side, Justin Brueggemann, Andrew Hernandez, Jeff Sahli, David Elliott and Mike Claar all ran personal bests. Brueggemann paced Dakota Wesleyan with an 81st-place finish. He finished the race in 27:45.77. Hernandez took 109th in 28:19.01, Trace Tjeerdsma was 110th in 28:20.36, Sahli finished 119th in 28:34.98, Elliott finished in 28:38.9 and took 122nd and Claar took 143rd in 29:58.25.

The University of Sioux Falls’ Billy and Bobby Brockmueller took first and second, respectively, in the individual race. Billy finished in 25:07.14 and Bobby in 25:07.95. The Cougars won the team race and Morningside College finished second.

Dakota Wesleyan is off until Saturday, Oct. 20, when it travels to Yankton, S.D., for the Mount Marty Invite.