The Northern State men's cross country team has had a great season so far.
The Wolves won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Preview meet at Moorhead earlier this season and had a solid showing at the Roy Griak Invitational Saturday at the University of Minnesota.
NSU seniors Richard Keroack and John Rawerts led the Wolves at the Griak with overall finishes of 20th and 35th. NSU finished 10th out of 27 teams at the prestigious meet.
The Wolves also recently earned a top 10 spot in the regional rankings. NSU was ninth in the Central Region, one of eight regionals across the nation that cover NCAA Division II athletics.
Up next for coach Kevin Bjerke and his Wolves teams is the annual Roe Granger Invitational on Oct. 7 at Lee Park Golf Course in Aberdeen. The women's 5,000 meters is at 4:20 p.m. followed by the men's 8,000 meters at 5 p.m.
NSU honoree: Northern State junior golfer Curry Kuehl of Pierre was honored by the NSIC this week.
He was named the conference golfer of the week after being the top NSIC finisher in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference-NSIC crossover tourney. His three-round score of 217 placed Kuehl in a three-way tie for fifth place in the 105-man field.
College coach musician I: The Christian rock group For The Few performed at the Red Rooster in Aberdeen Tuesday night. Members of the group are Trinity Bible College football coach and athletic director Dustin Morgan, wife and lead singer Aleena Morgan, Jake Rocky Cummins and Orah Garst.
College coach musician II: University of Sioux Falls football coach Jed Stugart was a singer-songwriter in Nashville in the 1990s.
Former resident: Youth swimming sensation Michael Andrew was featured in the September issue of Sports Illustrated Kids. The 12-year-old, who holds numerous national records, recently moved to Lawrence, Kan., from Aberdeen.
Gyps raise money for Wolves: The Royal Order of Gyps has started its annual fund-raising drive in support of NSU athletics. The group consists of business people, alumni, former athletes and friends of the university who use the proceeds from their activities to fund scholarships and other special needs of the athletic department.
On an annual basis the Gyps contribute nearly $50,000 to NSU. During coronation ceremonies on Oct. 6, Don Bremer will relinquish his crown to the new King of the Gyps.
For information about the Gyps or to become a member, call 605-229-0156.
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