Grace Miller leads a pack of runners Friday at the Jimmie Invite. (Mark Potts/VCSU)
Grace Miller leads a pack of runners Friday at the Jimmie Invite. (Mark Potts/VCSU)
Women's Cross Country - Fri, Oct. 6, 2017

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – VCSU junior Grace Miller ran the fourth fastest time in school history Friday as she led the Viking women's cross country team with a 12th-place finish at the Jimmie Invite.

Miller took advantage of great weather and a fast course to cross the line in a time of 19 minutes, 2 seconds. It is the fastest 5K time by a Viking female since 1996 and the fourth fastest time in school history. Miller was also the top NAIA finisher at the meet, trailing only NCAA Division II runners.

VCSU's women placed 8th as a team with 185 team points. They were just nine points back of the University of Jamestown.

Viking sophomore Allyssa Weitkum took 34th in a time of 20:18. Julianne Wilson placed 46th in 20:55; Kristina Fricke ran a 21:10 to place 49th; and Peyton Halverson rounded out the team with a 23:10 and 67th place finish.

Friday's race gave the Viking women an early preview of the NSAA championship course, which is also being run at Jamestown's Parkhurst Cross Country Course on Nov. 3.

"Today we were blessed with great weather, a fast course, and the kids responded in kind," said VCSU coach Chris Johnson. "I couldn't be prouder of the way they ran after a week of hard training. The strong competition on both sides brought out the best in us, and I'm excited to see our continued progression in the coming weeks. This will especially be the case when we return to Jamestown next month for the NSAA conference meet."

Up next: Valley City State is off until the Mount Marty Invite on Oct. 21 in Yankton, S.D.