Smoragiewicz tabbed for Team USA

Freshman Tony Smoragiewicz of the University of Michigan men's cross country team was selected to represent Team USA at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Cross Country Challenge in Edinburgh, Scotland's Holyrood Park on Saturday. He will be one of six members of Team USA competing in the Junior Men's 6K race. The event is set for a 3 a.m. MST start, with the men's junior race beginning at 4:55 a.m. MST. The entire event will be streamed live on BBC One TV.

Smoragiewicz was selected by the USA Track & Field Cross country council based on his performances throughout his freshman campaign at Michigan. To be considered for nomination to the junior squad, athletes must be between the ages of 16-20 and must be a USA Track & Field member in good standing.

Smoragiewicz was the only true freshman to travel with Michigan's varsity squad this season. Smoragiewicz was Michigan's fourth scorer at the Big Ten Championships, finishing just two spots shy of earning All-Big Ten honors, to help the team place second overall.

Smoragiewicz sat out of the Great Lakes Regional meet to rest, as he had recently returned from New Zealand, where he competed in the International Triathlon Union Junior World Championships. He rejoined the Wolverines for the NCAA Championships and finished his first collegiate 10,000-meter race as U-M's third scorer.

The Bupa Great Edinburgh Challenge is an international team challenge that includes senior and junior teams from Great Britain & N. Ireland, the USA and Europe competing in four separate races with the aim of taking the overall team challenge title. The winning team is determined by the best aggregate finishing positions over the four races.

Mines men win on road

Denis Dobkowski hit his only shot of the game, a 3-pointer, with 46 seconds to play to give South Dakota Mines a 61-59 win over Azusa Pacific on Wednesday.

Down 59-58, Dobkowski hit a triple to give the Hardrockers (9-5) the lead. Azusa Pacific had a chance to tie but missed before Mines missed the front end of a bonus free-throw chance. Azusa got the ball back but couldn't capitalize. 

Caleb Shockman led Mines with 14 points. The Hardrockers will play at Westmont tonight.

BHSU Alumni Mile set for end of month

Black Hills State University alumni, including former track & field and cross country athletes, are encouraged to participate in the 21st annual Alumni Mile weekend Jan. 25 and 26.

“This event allows for our current student athletes to connect with athletes from the past,” said BHSU head track and field coach Seth Mischke. “The support from the Stadium Sports Grill helps make this event possible”.

The ‘warm-up’ will take place Friday, Jan. 25 with an evening social at the Stadium Sports Grill.

The starting line of the race begins Saturday at 12:15 p.m. in the Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center Field House preceding the Dave Little Invitational college track meet.

Following the Alumni Mile and the University mile races, there will be ‘finish line’ activities with lunch, sponsored by the Stadium Sports Grill, served in the Yellow Jacket Hall of Fame room.

The ‘cool down’ will start at 4 p.m. with a social at the Stadium Sports Grill.

For more information about the Alumni Mile race and luncheon, contact Tom Wheaton at or 642-6385.

Racers headed to Deadwood for meet

This week Saturday the Rapid City Racers will be sending their Junior Racer and Age Group swimmers to compete in the Deadwood New Year's Swim Meet. Action will kick off on Saturday at 10:15 am at the Deadwood Recreation Center.                                                        -- Journal staff

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