MADISON, S.D. – The North Star Athletic Association announced its eighth edition of the Cross Country Runner-of-the-Week honors by the conference office Tuesday. Brittney Grove of Dickinson State (N.D.) was named as Women's Runner-of-the-Week. Dennis Gonzalez of Valley City State (N.D.) was selected as Men's Runner-of-the-Week.
NSAA Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Brittney Grove – Dickinson State (N.D.) – Sophomore – Billings, Mont. – Dickinson State's (N.D.) Grove was the first North Star finisher (13th-place overall) in the Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational cross country meet. She finished within the Top 15 overall individual and set a new personal record time of 19 minutes, 35 seconds in the 110-runner 5K women's field. Grove's time was a 55-second improvement from her race time at Mount Marty in 2015.
NSAA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Dennis Gonzalez – Valley City State (N.D.) – Junior – Riverside, Calif. – Valley City State's (N.D.) Gonzalez was the top North Star finisher at the Mount Marty (S.D.) Invitational cross country meet. He produced a career-best time of 25 minutes, 58 seconds to earn a fourth-place finish in the 8K men's race that featured 105 runners. Gonzalez's time was the fastest time by a Viking male runner since the cross country program was reinstated in 2010.
All six North Star members will be taking this week off before preparing for the North Star Athletic Association (NSAA) conference meet on Saturday, Nov. 5. The conference meet is hosted by Dickinson State (N.D.). The women's 5K race kicks off at 12 p.m. (Central Time)/11 a.m. (Mountain Time) with the men's 8K race to follow. The meet will be held at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson, N.D.
The team winner in each division will earn an automatic bid to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which is slated for Nov. 19 at North Farms in Elsah, Ill.
Saturday, Nov. 5
Dakota State (S.D.), Dickinson State (N.D.), Jamestown (N.D.), Valley City State (N.D.), Viterbo (Wis.) & Waldorf (Iowa) @ North Star Athletic Association Conference Championships – Dickinson, N.D.
Nick Huntimer, North Star Athletic Association Sports Information Director