DICKINSON, N.D.-- Matt Young (SO/Woodland, Wash.) made it two North Star Athletic Association cross country championships in as many seasons, winning the 8000-meter race Saturday afternoon.
The sophomore finished in 26 minutes, 4.44 seconds, which was 4.89 seconds ahead of Dickinson State's Christopher Moreno.
Young's winning time was 36.33 seconds faster than his time at Madison, S.D. a year ago.
Daniel Palmer (FR/Royalton, Minn.) was UJ's second runner, finishing 24th overall in a time of 28:19.63.
Michael Sampers (JR/Rosemount, Minn.) came in 30th with a time of 29:22.10. Dakota Wagner (SO/Jamestown, N.D.) (33rd, 29:42.77) and Jamison Gray (JR/Dickinson, N.D.) (40th, 30:22.42) rounded out the top 5 places for the Jimmies.
Dickinson State won the NSAA's automatic team bid to the national championship meet. Their total of 34 points was five better than second place Waldorf. Jamestown finished with 120 points in 4th place.
Young's first place finish earned him North Star Athletic Association All-Conference honors and qualified him for the 2016 NAIA National Cross Country Championships in Elsah, Ill., on November 19.