Gannon led the Vikings with an 11th-place finish in the women’s 5k race, crossing the line in a time of 22:44.84. Ranke was just behind in 12th place, finishing in a time of 22:56.14. Kristina Fricke (16th, 24:02), Brook Tibke (20th, 25:13) and Addie Willett (22nd, 25:41) rounded out VCSU’s team score. The Viking women placed fourth out of four teams, finishing just three points behind MSU-Billings.
On the men’s side, Valley City State placed fourth out of five teams. Govani Garza (31:43) and Jayden Wheeling (31:45) placed 24th and 25th, respectively, to lead the Viking men. Xander Seaman was just two spots back in 27th (32:41).
Up next: The Vikings have next weekend off before racing in the St. Olaf Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 21, in Northfield, Minn.