MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) announced its second edition of the women's and men's cross country runners-of-the-week, announced by the conference office Tuesday afternoon. Amanda Wolff of Dickinson State (N.D.) was chosen as Women's Runner-of-the-Week. Braden Curnow of Dakota state (S.D.) was selected as Men's Runner-of-the-Week.
NSAA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Amanda Wolff – Dickinson State (N.D.) – Sophomore – Glasgow, Mont. – Wolff led Dickinson State (N.D.) to a 29th-place overall individual finish out of 102 runners at the NCAA Division II meet, Minnesota State-Morehead Twilight meet. She was the first North Star Athletic Association runner and non-NCAA Division II runner to finish the finish line. The Blue Hawk women's cross country team finished fifth overall out of eight teams (two of which are ranked in the top 11 of the NCAA Division II). Wolff's 4K time of 15 minutes, 22 seconds was a 31-second personal record for Dickinson State.
NSAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Braden Curnow – Dakota State (S.D.) – Freshman – Hibbing, Minn. – Curnow of Dakota State (S.D.) was the top Trojan runner in the Herb Blakely Invitational, which the field included a pair of NCAA Division II schools and a ranked team from the NAIA. He was also the top freshman runner in the 79-runner 8K race, clocking a time of 27 minutes, 38 seconds for a ninth-place finish. The Trojans finished fifth overall as a team in the race.
Viterbo (Wis.) is schedule to compete in the St. Olaf (Minn.) Invitational on Saturday.
Most NSAA schools are taking a week off before returning back to action on Sept. 24. Dakota State (S.D.), Dickinson State (N.D.), Valley City State (N.D.) and Waldorf (Iowa) will be running in the Roy Griak Invitational in Minnesota.
Saturday, Sept. 17
Viterbo (Wis.) @ St. Olaf (Minn.) Invitational – Northfield, Minn.
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director