Tigers go 1-2 in Dean White Invite

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The Doane men’s cross country team used the old one-two punch to come away with the team title in Saturday’s Dean White Invitational meet held on the Doane Cross Country Course.

The Tiger women’s team placed second in the team standings to Great Plains Athletic Conference rival Morningside, ranked No. 19 in the NAIA poll this week.

In the Doane men’s case, the old one-two was provided by Tigers Sufian Kimo and Edwin Ronoh, who headed the collegiate field on the 8,000-meter course in 26 minutes, 24 seconds and 26:50.

The race was won by former NU runner Eric Rasmussen in 26:06. Rasmussen, now a high school coach, ran lead for the Doane Alumni team.

Kimo and Ronoh helped the NAIA 14th-ranked Tigers defeat GPAC foes Dana, Hastings and Morningside by a 40-69-70-79 count.

Paul Garcia also recorded a top 10 finish with eighth overall in 27:18. Doane’s final two scorers were Scott Ohlson and Jarid Holliday, 11th and 16th in 27:22 and 27:49.

Phil Rohde and Jordan Pieper were the sixth and seventh Tigers across the line, placing 22nd and 28th.

On the women’s side, the top four Tigers all recorded top 10 finishes. Viviana Arreola and Jillian Ourada were sixth and seventh, covering the 5,000-meter course in 20:06 and 20:07.

Jess Driewer and Yadira Salazar weren’t far behind with ninth and 10th in 20:07 and 20:22. Lizzie Kolbo was Doane’s last scorer with 16th in 20:46.

Morningside, the team champs with a 1-2-4-5 finish, was paced by Kara Nelson in 18:57.

Doane’s Halie Smith, Alex Conrin and Aprill Bodlak were 20th, 23rd and 26th in the field of 64.

Crete High graduate Jenna Kral, who runs for Morningside, placed 18th Saturday in 20:53.

For more on Saturday's race, see the Sept. 30 print edition of The Crete News.