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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, October 28, 2018 1:00 am

Briefs

Mastodons runner wins Summit League

Staff, news services

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, Nebraska, setting a school record for a 6K and breaking the Summit League championship record.

Rafuse finished nearly 10 seconds ahead of second-place Kelby Anderson of North Dakota State (20:41.46).

She is the first Mastodon to win the women's title since Crystina Martinez in 2008 and was named the championship MVP and All-Summit League first team after Saturday's race.

As a team, the Mastodons took fifth with 146 points. South Dakota won the team title (51 points), defeating North Dakota State (52 points).

In the men's race, the Mastodons finished fourth (99 points). 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 with 23 points.

AUTO RACING

Sauter wins Truck Series race

In Martinsville, Virginia, Johnny Sauter gained an automatic berth into the Nov. 16 Truck Series championship finals by winning at Martinsville Speedway. Sauter won for the fourth time in a truck at Martinsville.

BASKETBALL

Mad Ants lose scrimmages

The Mad Ants played a pair of half-game scrimmages Saturday and lost both – 54-48 to the Canton Charge and 50-44 to the Grand Rapids Drive – in Auburn Hills, Michigan. It was the lone preparation they'll have against other opponents before the regular-season opener Friday at Sioux Falls, South Dakota. In the opening game, Davon Reed scored 16 points to lead the Mad Ants. Against Grand Rapids, Alandise Harris led the Mad Ants with 15 points and Jared Sam had 10 rebounds.

Braves' Furst gets offer from IU

Indiana basketball offered a scholarship to Blackhawk Christian sophomore big man Caleb Furst, Furst announced on Twitter. The Braves center is a five-star recruit and the No. 30 player nationally in his class, according to 24/7 Sports. The 6-foot-8, 205-pound Furst led Blackhawk to a semistate appearance last season. He also has offers from Iowa, Butler and Purdue.

Indiana Tech men lose their opener

Indiana Tech men's basketball lost its season opener at Mount Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) 101-98 in double overtime. The Warriors, who were ranked No. 5 by the NAIA coaches' preseason poll, were led by Darnei Hairston with 19 points and Darren Groves with 18, although five players scored in double-digits. The Indiana Tech bench outscored Mount Vernon's second string 40-19. The Warriors play Tuesday at No. 23 Bethel and then meet No. 16 Saint Francis at the Cornerstone Classic in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Friday.

GOLF

Roundup

In Shanghai, Tony Finau closed with three straight birdies for a 2-under 70 to keep his three-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. ...

In Taoyuan City, Taiwan, Nelly Korda shot a 3-under 69 to share the lead with Wei-Ling Hsu after three rounds of the LPGA Taiwan Championship.

In Jackson, Mississippi, Cameron Champ shot an 8-under 64 to open a four-stroke lead in the Sanderson Farms Championship.

In Thousand Oaks, California, Miguel Angel Jimenez shot his second straight 4-under 68 to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour Champions' Invesco QQQ Championship.