BHSU’s Kraft finished second in MSU-Billings race
Mitch Kraft finished with a strong second to lead Black Hills State University to a second-place finish at the Yellowjacket Invitational cross country meet Saturday in Billings, Mont.
Noah Kiprono of Rocky Mountain won the men’s 6K run in 24 minutes, 39.5 seconds, just ahead of Kraft at 24:42.8. Chris Jessup of Mary was third in 24:51.1. also for BHSU, Mark Wilcox was ninth in 25:08.7, followed by Gage McSpadden in 10th(25:11.9) and Seth Ulvestad in 11th (25:18.8).
MSU Billings won the men’s team title with 52 points, followed by BHSU with 89 and Mary with 93. Mines placed eighth with 182 points and was led by Tyler Nack in 15th place in 25:24.9.
In the women’s race, Jennifer Agnew of Mary ran away from the field to win the 5K race in 16:51.8. Mary also won the team title with 29 points, to 81 for second-place MSU-Billings. Black Hills was fourth with 135 points and Mines placed ninth with 216 points.
Becca Ellis led BHSU with an 18th-place finish in 19:06.5, while Therese Frels led Mines with a 37th-place finish in 20:30.3.
BHSU returns to action on Oct. 26 at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championships in Silver City, N.M., while Mines will be at the Gillette College Invitational on Oct. 24.
Mines volleyball drops pair in Missouri
The South Dakota School of Mines volleyball team had another rough outing Saturday during the Missouri Southern State Crossover Volleyball Tournament in Joplin, Mo., losing matches to Southwest Baptist University (Mo.), 3-0, and a tough defeat to the host school Lady Lions in a five-set match, 3-2.
Southwest Baptist defeated the Lady Hardrockers, 25-13, 25-22, 25-23.
Individually for the Hardrockers, sophomore Samantha Johnson finished the match with a team-high 11 kills while senior Justine Blade added eight and freshman Hannah Redman tacked on seven. Junior setter Carsyn Garcia earned 30 of the Hardrockers’ 34 assists and notched 12 digs. Freshman libero Mikkella Reese led Mines with 19 digs.
Against MSSU, the Lady Lions escaped with the win, 12-25, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24, 20-18.
The Hardrockers recorded 74 kills as a team and went 160-of-191 on the attack. Blade had a game-high 24 kills, followed by Samantha Johnson with 18, sophomore Hannah Benedix added 15 kills and freshman Kirsten Johnson contributed with 10 kills. Mines had 70 assists with 59 going to Garcia. Reese finished with 27 digs.
The Lady ‘Rockers, 6-15, return home today for a match against Colorado Mesa University, beginning at 2 p.m.
Mesa stops BHSU volleyball in three
Colorado Mesa moved to 7-1 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference with a three-set win over Black Hills State University in the Donald Young Center.
Mesa, 14-2 overall, rolled to the 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 win. With the loss, the Yellow Jackets fell to 1-7 in the RMAC and 5-12 overall.
Christian Otzen paced the Mavericks with 18 hills, while Melissa Hess added 12. Mesa hit .296 in the three games.
The Yellow Jackets were led by Cailtin Templeton and Amy O’Neil with seven kills each. Black Hills State hit only .083 overall.
On Saturday, BHSU fell to Fort Lewis in five tough sets, 25-20, 27-25, 13-25, 14-25, 16-14.
Templeton led the offensive attack with 18 kills and added four digs, with finishing with 17 kills to give her a double-double on the night with her 23 digs. Holly Hamlin added 11 kills.
BHSU's freshman setter, Brynn Eckhardt had a season-high 57 assists along with seven blocks.
The Yellow Jackets host New Mexico Highlands and Western New Mexico Friday and Saturday respectively.
Girls JO softball tryouts rescheduled
The Rapid City Girls Junior Olympic ASA Fastpitch Softball fall tryouts have been rescheduled for Friday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the ASA fields at Parkview.
In case of bad weather, tryouts will be moved to the West Community Gym (same date, same time).
The tryouts are for girls ages 12 through 18 who are looking for a team to play on for the 2014 season.
For more information, contact Matt Brandhagen at firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jeanne Deming at email@example.com.