The men will be led by two Juniors. Gage Blaschke a Junior from Sioux Falls, SD. Gage has been on of the top 5 runners on the team his 1st two years and is ready to be a leader for the team. Ryan Oye is a Junior from Luverne, MN has good leadership skills and looks to help the team.
Christian Petrich, a Sophomore from Lennox, SD was one of the top five runners on the team and shows great promise. Jordan Houdek, a Sophomore from Highmore, SD also shows great potential after coming off a very good track season. Newcomers, Justin Sugtelgte a Freshman from Elkton, SD helped lead his high school team to a High School State Cross Country title by placing 6th at the South Dakota State Class B state meet. Austin Miller, a Freshman from Maple Valley, WA has a 1600 meter run of 4:43 in track and a 10:11 3200 meter run to his credit. He should be ready to be one of our top runners on the team as well. Adam Voigt, a Freshman from Gregory, SD looks to have an impact on the team as he has run a 5:01 mile and looks to have a great deal of potential.
The Lancer men placed 7th out of 11 teams in the Conference last year for one of the programs best in men’s finish in cross country history. The men hope to improve on last years performance. The team also looks to be one of the best in Lancer history and should improve as the season progresses.
The Lancer women will have a more experienced team this year led by Karen Mayfield who was the 2nd runner on the team year ago. Karen is a Sophomore from Watertown, SD. Karen just missed All-Conference last year and went on to be All Conference two times during indoor track and outdoor track and qualified for the 5k at the Indoor National meet in the 5k run. She was All-American in the Marathon outdoor by placing 8th at the NAIA National meet. She is 4th on the All-time women’s Cross Country list. She will be joined by Junior, Jordyn Hudelson from Elk Point, SD who is 5th on the All-time school record list, Sophomore, Mandy O’Malley from North Platte, NE who is 6th on the All-time school record cross country list.
Others that look to make an impact on the team are Berkley Rietveld a Sophomore from Mitchell, SD, Tiffany Tramp, a Sophomore from Crofton, NE, Beth Finnegan, a Senior from Ponca, NE, and Caitlyn Davis, a Sophomore from Elk Point, SD. Jordyn, Mandy, Berkley, and Caitlyn also qualified and ran at the National Indoor Track and Field meet in the 4 x 800 meter relay. Newcomer, Kelsey Sutera from Tabor, SD placed in the top 20 in the state cross country meet in high school. The Lancer Ladies had their best team finish in GPAC history by placing 4th out of 11 teams at the GPAC Conference meet in the 2013 season. This group promises to be one of the best in Mount Marty history and should improve as the season progresses and be respectable in the GPAC Conference.