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MSU-N hosts exciting races


September 25, 2017

Colin Thompson

Montana State University-Northern's Rachel David runs the women's race during Saturday's Battle of the Border with Central Wyoming College at Prairie Farms Golf Course. David finished second to teammate Ashley McCready.

George Ferguson

Havre Daily News sports editor


On a crisp, chilly Saturday morning at Prairie Farms Golf Course, the Montana State University-Northern cross country teams made some history.

In just their third year of existence, the Lights and Skylights, of head coach Chad Spangler, competed in Havre for the first time. Northern hosted a dual meet with Central Wyoming College, dubbed the Battle of the Border Saturday morning at Prairie Farms. It was the second annual, as the two teams met in Wyoming last fall.

And both races were extremely exciting.

On the men's side, Central just edged the Lights 28-27, while the score was the same for the women's 5K race.

Individually, fromer Havre Blue Ponies Rachel David and Luke Karnauskas stood out for Northern, as did MSU-N's Ashley McCready. McCready won the women's race with a time of 20:48, finishing just ahead of David, who came in at 20:58. Central had the next three top times in the women's race, while former Blue Pony Nicole Parsons finished in sixth place with a time of 22:57.

McKenna Barkus and Breck Don, two more former HHS standouts, finished 10th and 11th, respectively, while Courtney Cota was 11th for the Skylights.

The men's 8K race was a battle to the finish line, and Central's Lukas Mathew wound up breaking the tape one second ahead of Karnauskas, who finished in 27:47. Kai Krumweide was fourth for Northern with a time of 28:49, while Amos Taiswa was fifth at 28:51. Beau Hyatt, Riley Dennis and Gabe Hallock finished 8-10, respectively for the Lights.

And while Northern may have come up just short in both races against Central Wyoming, the morning was still a huge success as the Lights and Skylights got to do something that was three years in the making - host an NAIA cross country meet of their own. That's something that you just can't put a time, a place or a price on.

The Lights and Skylights will return to action Oct. 7 when they travel to Billings for the Yellowjacket Open hosted by Montana State-Billings.

Battle of the Border

Women's 5K


Ashley McCready, 1st, 20:48; Rachel David, 2nd, 20:58; Nicole Parson, 6th, 22:57; McKenna Barkus, 9th, 24:03; Breck Don, 10th, 24:12; Courtney Cota, 11th, 24:23

Colin Thompson

The Lights return together during Saturday meet at Prairie Farms Golf Course.

Central Wyoming

Breanna Beaslen, 3rd, 22:09; Jessica Stweart, 4th, 22:33; Jesslyn Monohan, 5th, 22:48; Rebekah Hutchison, 7th, 22:58; Sienna Shuelar, 8th, 23:37.

Men's 8K


Luke Karnauskas, 2nd, 27:47; Kai Krumweide, 4th, 28:49; Amos Taiswa, 5th, 28:51; Beau Hyatt, 8th, 29:53; Riley Dennis, 9th, 30:27; Gabe Hallock, 10th, 32:07.

Central Wyoming

Lukas Mathew, 1st, 27:46; Zach Reif, 3rd, 28:19; Dominic Twomey, 6th, 29:02; Erick Nkunzimana,7th, 29:19; Brayden Wirick, 11th, 34:12.


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