NORTH SIOUX CITY, S.D. – Concordia cross country took a road trip to the Adams Nature Reserve this homecoming weekend for the Briar Cliff Cross Country Invitational. The men and women made their way out to North Sioux City, S.D., and finished seventh overall for the men and eighth overall for the women.
Beisel was pleased with how his runners competed after their sixth week of very intense training, and Shelbi Hackbart made her Bulldog debut on this fast-paced course, placing third among the other Concordia women.
“Out of our 13 women, 10 of them had all-time personal bests,” said Beisel. “And three of them had important season bests. On the guy’s side 50 percent of our guys had all-time personal bests. Almost all of the rest had huge season bests.”
The Bulldogs typically do well on this course and today proved to be no different as the women beat out Midland, Mount Marty, St. Mary, Dakota Wesleyan and Briar Cliff. The men went on to place ahead of Hastings, Dakota Wesleyan, Mount Marty and Briar Cliff from the GPAC.
Bulldog standouts for the women included Taylor Grove (18:53.56), Emily Sievert (19:05.34), Shelbi Hackbart (19:32.26), Marti Vlasin (19:55.31) and Jacy Johnston (19:58.72).
Top five for the Concordia men included Kohlton Gabehart (26:50.50), Thomas Taylor (26:51.48), Patrick Wortmann (27:01.00), Evan Asche (27:35.76) and Cameron Moes (27:52.50).
The Bulldogs will make their next appearance at the Mt. Mercy University Seminole Valley Stampede in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Oct. 22. The runners take off at 11:30 a.m.