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XC: Speicher records personal best, Dragons win at Jamestown

Brady Speicher ran 26:21 at Jamestown, a personal best for the MSUM freshman. Robert Williams/FOCUS

JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Perham’s Brady Speicher ran a personal best time in his freshman season as part of the winning Minnesota State University Moorhead cross country team at the Jamestown Jimmie Invitational, which was held Friday at the Hillcrest Golf Course in Jamestown, N.D.

The Dragons were led by individual titles from sophomore Molly Montonye and junior Jason Dowell.

The meet, which was delayed an hour by lightning, was held in wet and muddy conditions after rainfall early in the day.

The Dragon women were dominant, winning with 28 points, 31 ahead of runner-up Northern State.The Dragon men earned their second meet win of the 2013 season with an impressive performance, finishing with 25 points, well ahead of second-place Northern State with 57.

Montonye won her first meet of the 2013 season in impressive fashion to lead the Dragon women. She ran a time of 18:38 and finished 19 seconds ahead of Northern State's Sasha Hovind. MSUM's pack continues to solidify as freshman Makenzie Smith ran a time of 19:35 to take fourth, while junior Savannah Link was fifth at 19:37.

Senior Megan Ackerman was eighth at 19:47, while sophomore Emily Mammenga was 10th at 20:12. Senior Kelly Brammer was 11th (20:17) while Elli Teige was 12th (20:21).

"Molly took over from the gun and never was challenged," MSUM associate cross country/track and field coach Ryan Milner said. "It was nice to see Makenzie and Savannah run well. We're starting to see Megan, Emily, Kelly and Elli close the gap between them and our top three."

Dowell picked up his second individual win of 2013 with a four-second victory over Minnesota Morris runner Chalmer Combellick. Dowell finished with an 8K time of 25:48.

Freshmen Brady Speicher and Jacob Jankowski placed fourth and fifth, respectively. Speicher ran a personal-best time of 26:21, while Jankowski also ran a personal best time of 26:21. Junior Jack Peterson was seventh at 26:41 while sophomore Tyler Hennen was ninth at 26:50. Sophomore Jamison Gehrig also ran well with a time of 27:10 to take 11th.

"The men ran well. It was nice to see them bounce back from the South Dakota State meet,"  Milner said. "Jason is getting over some sickness and ran a solid race. Our pack time for our top five got down to around one minute which was good to see."

MSUM is off until Oct. 26 when the Dragons compete at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships in Sioux Falls, S.D.

"It's nice to have a meet like this to get their confidence back with our last meet being a little rough," Milner said. "They're primed and ready to go for the conference meet."

Story courtesy Tom Berg, MSUM Assistant AD for Media Relations

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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