Sports briefs

MSU XC teams compete at NSIC Championships

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – All six Minot State University women’s cross country runners ran personal bests in the 6K (3.7 mile) race Saturday at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships, carrying the Beavers to an eighth-place finish out of 15 teams.

Junior Kara Kuntz took 29th with a time of 22 minutes, 43.46 seconds. Freshmen Samantha Huether (23:03.20) and Catie LeDesma (23:05.81) also ran in the top 40.

“The women ran a super race finishing eighth,” MSU coach Stu Melby said in a press release. “That was a big improvement over last year. … Kara was huge, finishing 29th compared to 73rd last year. Sam went out quick and moved up well.”

Minnesota Duluth finished atop the women’s team standings and University of Mary All-American Jennifer Agnew won the race in 20:35.02 – 35 seconds ahead of the next finisher.

Augustana crushed the field in the men’s race, placing five runners in the top six – including three-time NSIC champion Paul Yak, who won the 8K (4.97 mile) race in 25:07.75.

Sophomore Joel Cartwright was the top MSU performer, clocking in at 27:08.37 for 49th place. The Beavers finished 12th out of 13 men’s teams.

MSU competes at the NCAA Central Region Championships on Nov. 9 in Sioux Falls.

– Daily News Staff

No. 2 Beavers skate past Colorado State

The second-ranked Minot State University men’s club hockey team broke open a close game with three goals in the third period en route to a 4-0 victory against No. 20 Colorado State University on Saturday at Maysa Arena.

After a scoreless first period, MSU junior forward Dwight Lee gave the Beavers the lead 5 minutes, 20 seconds into the second period. Junior defenseman Mitch Peeke was credited with the assist.

MSU freshman forward Jeremy Johnson tallied two goals in the third period and has 13 this season. Classmate Sean Delwo scored the Beavers’ fourth goal with 1:17 remaining.

“The boys really dug in tonight,” MSU coach Wade Regier said in a press release. “Defensively, we were solid and (senior goaltender) Wyatt (Waselenchuk) played great. We continue to put together another great third period, which has been our strength this year.”

Waselenchuk recorded 27 saves for the shutout.

The Beavers (8-0) host Williston State College at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Maysa Arena.

– Daily News Staff

MHS boys XC third at state meet

VALLEY CITY – The Minot High School boys cross country team met its goal of being the second best team out of the West Region with a third-place finish Saturday at the state championships.

Bismarck High dominated the 18-team field with a low score of 29 for the Demons’ 10th straight title. East Region champion Davies took second with 88 followed by the Magicians at 124. BHS senior Matt Gotta was first overall in 15 minutes, 51 seconds for the 5K (3.1 miles), and the five scoring Demons finished in the top 11.

MHS seniors Dylan Ellis and Sean Krill finished 18th and 19th, repectively, to lead the Magicians. Ellis was a second ahead of Krill in 16:48. MHS senior Andrew Beach was 21st in 16:54. Seniors Billy Sartwell and Jordan Krill rounded out the Magicians’ scoring, finishing 30th and 36th, respectively.

On the girls side, the Demons edged Century by six points for the team title. The win marked back-to-back championships for BHS and the program’s fifth in seven years. Minot High was 10th overall.

Century’s Jordan Jacob won comfortably in 14 minutes, 3 seconds for the 4K (2.48 miles). Brittany Brownotter of BHS was second in 14:18, edging Century’s Kelby Anderson by one second.

Minot High eighth grader Emily Nelson was the top Majette, finishing in 15:31 for 16th overall. Meg Super was second on the team and 30th overall in 15:50.

– Daily News Staff

New Town boys win Class B XC title

VALLEY CITY – The New Town High School boys cross country team crushed the 35-team field to win the Class B championship Saturday.

The Eagles won their second straight title and eighth in the last decade. New Town’s Ryan Wheeling finished second overall and just two seconds behind individual champion Elliott Stone of Shiloh Christian (16 minutes, 16 seconds).

The Eagles had three runners in the top 10 and five in the top 18 for a low of 45 points. Beulah-Hazen took second with a distant 139. Griggs County Central (180) was third.

Watford City freshman Asha Smith continued her dominance of Class B girls distance running with an individual title. Smith finished in 14:51 to beat Carrington freshman Ashley Neumiller by 16 seconds.

The Wolves’ standout is the two-time defending champion in the 3,200-meter race in Class B track and field. Smith also won this year’s 1,600.

– Daily News Staff

MSU, Crookston soccer teams play to scoreless tie

CROOKSTON, Minn. – Minot State University and Minnesota Crookston combined for just six shots on goal Saturday in a 0-0 women’s soccer tie.

The Beavers (5-6-3 overall, 5-5-2 Northern Sun) recorded four shots on target, compared to two for the Golden Eagles (3-9-3, 1-8-3).

“The girls played hard in some tough elements today,” MSU coach Jason Spain said in a press release. “There was a sideways wind, a choppy field and very cold temperatures. We struggled to settle the ball in the attacking third.”

MSU freshman Chloe Melton finished with a team-high four shots, including two on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Jimi Guibor posted her second straight shutout.

The Beavers play at Bemidji State at 1 p.m. Sunday.

– Daily News Staff

Tauros fall at home, losing streak reaches eight

The Minot Minotauros lost their eighth straight game Saturday, dropping a 5-2 decision to the Bismarck Bobcats at Maysa Arena.

Bismarck (10-3) took a 2-0 lead into the second period before Minot defenseman Scott Dornbrock tallied a power-play goal 15 seconds into the frame. Dornbrock’s goal snapped a seven-period scoreless streak at home.

The Bobcats responded with two more goals before the intermission for a 4-1 advantage.

Jake Johnson scored Minot’s second power-play goal with 12:13 remaining.

The loss, coupled with Brookings’ win, drops the Tauros (2-10-2) into last place in the Central Division.

Minot travels to play Brookings at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

– Daily News Staff

Portland State rallies past North Dakota 14-10

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – DJ Adams ran for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help Portland State prevail over North Dakota 14-10 in a Big Sky Conference matchup Saturday.

Facing a 10-0 deficit, the Vikings (4-4, 1-3 Big Sky) fired back in the fourth quarter as Adams scored on two straight drives on runs of 4 and 15 to take the lead. Each of the two scores came on short drives following a blocked punt and another pressured punt that resulted in a turnover on downs.

North Dakota (2-6, 1-4) got the ball with 3:12 remaining, but Joe Mollberg was intercepted by David Edgerson, preserving the Vikings’ first conference victory this season.

Portland State trailed most of the game as North Dakota used an 80-yard touchdown pass from Mollberg to Greg Hardin and a 22-yard field goal by Zeb Miller to hold a 10-point lead through three quarters.