The men’s team finished first, ahead of North Dakota State and South Dakota State, while Diana Medina-Mitchell also earned an individual title in the women’s race, leading the team to a second-place finish behind North Dakota State.
“It was an extremely good day for the program,” head coach Eric Houle said. “It’s tough to win one title alone, but to also have our other team finish second is really a cause for celebration.”
Levins earned the title Championship MVP with an 8k time of 24:34.3, finishing about 12 seconds ahead of second-place runner Cosmas Ayabei (UMKC). Nate Jewkes followed, finishing third with a time of 25:01.4 and earning First Team All-Summit honors. John Hart finished next for the T-Birds, earning Second Team All-Summit with an 11th-place time of 25:40.5.
Dallas Eborn (25:56.8) and Clinton Rhoton (26:00.0) rounded out the scoring Thunderbirds with consecutive finishes in 16th and 17th place respectively. Coach Houle was voted Coach of the Year by the other Summit League coaches for his work with the men’s team.
The men won with a total score of 48 points, with North Dakota State earning 95 points and South Dakota State following in a close third with 100 points.
Medina-Mitchell also earned Championship MVP recognition with her 6k time of 21:37.75. She finished about 10 seconds before second-place runner Kristen Radcliff (Oral Roberts).
“It was a tough race,” Medina-Mitchell said. “I felt like I really worked for it and that our training has paid off so far this season.”
Jamie Smith finished next for the T-Birds, earning Second Team All-Summit with an eighth-place time of 22:24.88. Madalyn Jones also earned Second Team All-Summit honors with a 13th-place finish and time of 22:38.43. Ashley Gray (23:06.02) and Dayna VanArsdol (23:10.26) rounded out the scores on the women’s side with 24th place and 27th place respective finishes.
North Dakota State earned the title on the women’s side with 64 points, followed closely by the Thunderbirds with 73 points. UMKC finished third with 99 points.
The Thunderbirds will now take a two-week break from competition as they prepare for the NCAA Mountain Region, which will take place Nov. 12 in Provo, Utah.
Press release submitted by SUU Media Relations.