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Schuette

Schuette

Jaiden Schuette and the University of Mary women's cross country team looked in midseason form in its season opener on Friday.

Schuette led a 1-2-3 U-Mary finish as Marauder runners logged six of the top 10 times to blow out the eight-team field at the Dragon Twilight in Moorhead.

Ranked No. 4 in the NCAA D-II national poll, the Marauders' winning total of 17 total was 67 points better than runner-up MSU-Moorhead.

"Satisfied, but a long ways from No. 4 in the country," U-Mary head cross country coach Dennis Newell said.

Schuette, a senior from Century, posted a winning time of 17:47.3. She was followed by teammates Ida Narbuvoll (17:54.7) and Taylor Hestekin (18:00.3) of Bowman.

Bree Erickson (18:40), Sharlynn Costa (18:59.8) and Lacey Feist (19:05.8) also cracked the top 10, although Newell said improvements are needed.

"Front end looked solid," Newell said. "Depth is a red flag and will test the coaching staff over the next 12 weeks.

"We are up for the challenge, but it will be a nerve racking ride up to the very end."

The Marauder men got off to a solid start, taking second behind only the host Dragons.

Derek Myers ran third overall behind Nadir Yusuf of MSUM and Jamestown's Matt Young.

Meyers (22:26.50), Creighton Barrett (22:39.30) and Jered McCafferty (22:58.70) placed 3-5-10, respectively.

The Dragons' total of 27 topped the Marauders by 18.

Next up for the U-Mary cross country teams is the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 29 in Minneapolis.

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