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Grassmid, Schröder help teams win national cross-country titles

Nov. 24 — MITCHELL — Two area cross-country runners were part of their respective varsity’s national championship teams this fall.

At the NAIA National Championships in Tallahassee, Fla., on November 18, the Dordt University men’s cross-country team won the championship for the first time in school history. Thaniel Schroeder, a Spencer native, is a member of the Defender Squad. Dordt won the event with 97 points, placed four runners in the top-25, and scored 97 points, finishing ahead of runner-up Milligan (Tennessee) who had 115 points.

It is Dordt’s first national championship in a team sport and the first men’s cross-country title won by a school in the Great Plains Athletic Conference.

Schroeder wasn’t one of the seven runners attending the national gathering, but he was also a member of the NAIA’s 2022 Student Athlete List for the third time in his career.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have attended a full year at that institution.

As a junior, Schroeder was tenth at the November 5 GPAC meeting in Jamestown, North Dakota in a time of 26:05.2, where he was seventh among runners on the stacked Dordt roster. The goal at the meet meant Schroeder was an All-GPAC runner for the first time. Dordt won the men’s GPAC team title for the fifth year in a row.

At Bob Jones (SC) University, Menno’s graduate Joseph Grassmid was a brakeman for the Bruins championship team at the November 11 National Christian College Athletic Association Division II meet in Joplin, Missouri.

Grassmid finished 11th of 70 runners in the national competition (28 minutes, 44 seconds) and was eighth in the Bruins’ list, helping the BJU finish their seventh straight national championship. In a field of eight teams, the Bruins – who are based in Greenville, South Carolina – finished with 20 points, their best result in team history at a national championship.

Grassmid had his best result of the season at the Alexander Asics Cross Country Invitational on October 1 in Fairburn, Georgia when he finished 46th in a field of 130 runners (27:32.4) that also included NCAA Division I competition.

ABERDEEN, SD – Winner-native Northern State wrestler Wyatt Turnquist is ranked statewide in Division II Wrestling to open the season.

Turnquist, who wrestled 149 pounds, was No. 11 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association preseason rankings. The Senior Wolves wrestler was 20-5 and 9-0 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference action last season.

Turnquist started their 2022-23 season 2-0. He won two matches in a dual event on November 4th in Edmond, Oklahoma. There he pinned Kayson Kenny of Carl Albert State (Okla.) in 2 minutes and 19 seconds in a 47-3 doubles win for NSU and earned the only win for Northern in a 30-3 doubles loss to fourth-placed. ranked Central Oklahoma after a 6-4 decision over third-placed Brik Filippo.

Northern State travels to the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in Kenosha, Wisconsin on December 2nd and 3rd. Wolves will double with the Rangers on December 2nd and then compete in the UWP’s Jim Koch Open on December 3rd.

VERMILLION, SD — Ella Byers, a junior cross-country skier at the University of South Dakota, wrapped up her 2022 season at the NCAA Division I Midwest Regional Meeting Nov. 11 at the University of Missouri’s Gans Creek Course in Columbia, Missouri.

Byers, a native of Chamberlain, completed the 6,000 meter course in 21:48.3, a season best at the Gans Course, and good for 101st place. Earlier in the year she ran the course in a time of 21:52.1. As a team, USD placed 22nd out of 33 teams.

Byers finished 23rd for the Coyotes at the Summit League Championships on October 29 in Grand Forks, North Dakota, finishing in 21:23.7. USD placed fifth as a team at the conference meeting.

Her best result of the season was a 12th place finish at the Platte River Rumble on October 14, when she finished in Ashland, Nebraska in 21:44.1 and helped USD take third place as a team at the event.

Byers and the Coyotes will soon be heading into the indoor track and field season, which begins Dec. 2-3 at the South Dakota State University Holiday Invitational in Brookings.

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