Minot State cross country teams start season

MOORHEAD, MINN. — The Minot State men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2019 season at the Dragon Twilight on Friday at the Moorhead, Minn.

It was a record-breaking night for both teams where on the women’s side freshman Whitney Hanson became the new record holder for the 4000 meters with a time of 14:23.10. Right behind her was teammate Lauren Reeves who also broke the record with a time of 14:24.10. As a team, the women finished in second place to the University of Mary, who is currently ranked #5 in the nation.

On the men’s side, senior Leo Skellenger became the new DII era record holder for the 6000 meters with a time of 19:17. Teammate Nicholas Merillana trailed right behind and tied the previous school record time, running it in 19:21.10. As a team, the men finished in third place behind Minnesota State University-Moorhead and the University of Mary.


MEN (Out of 72 Runners)

Leo Skellenger finished 9th with a new school record time of 19:17

Nick Merillana finished 10th tying previous school record with 19:21.10

Ryan Kohler finished 13th – 19:27.40

Jacob Jensen finished 14th – 19:27.50

Landon Dunlap finished 21st – 19:49.30

Tito Gonzalez finished 28th – 20:25.30

WOMEN (Out of 91 Runners)

Whitney Hanson finished 4th with a new school record time of 14:23.10

Lauren Reeves finished 6th tying previous school record with 14:24.10

Ashley Franco finished 9th – 14:40.40

Alicia Murillo finished 12th – 14:52.60

Nina Arias finished 15th – 14:53.40

Andrea Franco finished 18th – 15:05.70

Abby McGee finished 20th – 15:07.80

Kelci Lovercheck finished 28th – 15:36.70

Elizabeth Holzer finished 30th – 15:44

Cambree Ferguson finished 88th – 20:48.70

— MSU athletics