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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, October 27, 2018 5:40 pm

Mastodons' Rafuse wins Summit League championship

JOURNAL GAZETTE

The best Summit League women's cross country student-athlete all year was at her best on the most important day of the season Saturday. Purdue Fort Wayne's Emma Rafuse cruised to the Summit League Championship with a time of 20:32.92 in Omaha, Neb. She set a school record for a 6K and broke the Summit League Championship record.

Rafuse finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of second place Kelby Anderson (North Dakota State, 20:41.46). She is the first Mastodon to win the women's title since Crystina Martinez in 2008. Like Martinez, Rafuse was named the Championship MVP and All-Summit League First Team following Saturday's race.

As a team the Mastodons took fifth with a score of 146 points. South Dakota won the team title (51 points), defeating North Dakota State (52 points). Omaha hosted the event at the Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis Club.

In the men's race, the Mastodons finished fourth (99 points), matching last season's best-ever finish. Logan Kitchen had the best performance of the day for PFW, taking 13th with a time of 26:04.19 to earn All-Summit League Second Team honors for a second straight season.

South Dakota State won the team title thanks to a score of 23.