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Overmyer caps senior season at Duluth with NSIC honors

Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer capped off his senior season as a captain for the University of Minnesota Duluth men's cross-country team by earning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Second Team honors.

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Isaac Overmyer capped off his senior season as a captain for the University of Minnesota Duluth men's cross-country team by earning NSIC Second Team honors. UMD Athletics photo

Park Rapids' Isaac Overmyer capped off his senior season as a captain for the University of Minnesota Duluth men's cross-country team by earning Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Second Team honors.

Overmyer began his final collegiate cross-country season by placing first at the Dan Conway Classic at Superior, Wisconsin, with a 5K time of 15:51. Duluth topped the four-team field with 19 points as 45 runners competed in the season opener on Sept. 6.

At the Augsburg Invitational on Sept. 15 at Bloomington, Duluth finished third with 115 points as Overmyer was the Bulldogs' No. 1 runner with an 8K time of 27:49 to finish 11th overall out of 316 runners. Josh Schroeder clocked a winning time of 26:48 in leading the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse to the team title in this 23-team event with 43 points. St. Olaf was second with 49 points.

Duluth finished seventh out of 29 teams at the Blugold Invitational at Colfax, Wisconsin, on Sept. 28 as Overmyer was the team's No. 2 runner with an 8K time of 25:27 for 19th place out of 438 runners. Patrick Treacy of Wisconsin-Eau Claire led the field in 24:39 while Wisconsin-Stout won the team title with 75 points. UMD tallied 231 points.

UMD runners went 1-2 as Overmyer clocked a runner-up 8K time of 25:05 as Duluth claimed runner-up honors at the Ron Pynn Classic at Grand Forks, North Dakota, on Oct. 13. North Dakota State University won the team title with 39 points while the Bulldogs followed with 56 points in this seven-team meet. UMD's Luke Lahr clocked a winning time of 25:03 to top the 71-runner field.

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At the NSIC Championships on Nov. 3 at Aberdeen, South Dakota, Overmyer was UMD's top finisher by placing 13th overall with an 8K time of 24:43 to earn a spot on the NSIC Second Team for the second year in a row. Duluth finished fifth in the 12-team meet with 143 points to trail Sioux Falls (which won its first NSIC title with 32 points to snap Augustana's nine-year run as conference champs), Augustana (53), Minnesota State University Moorhead (97) and Minnesota State Mankato (109). Steven Brown of Sioux Falls led the 121-runner field with a winning time of 24:11.

Overmyer concluded his collegiate cross-country career by helping the Bulldogs place 15th out of 28 teams at the NCAA Division II Central Regional Championships at Joplin, Missouri, on Nov. 17. Overmyer was UMD's No. 2 runner with a 10K time of 31:20 for 31st place overall out of 189 competitors. Gidieon Kimutai won the meet in 29:48 in leading Missouri Southern State University to the team title with 55 points. Duluth compiled 386 points.

1982 Dawson-Boyd High School graduate
1987 Moorhead State University graduate
Sports reporter for Park Rapids Enterprise since 1987
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