WEEKEND REVIEW: Spiked Shoe Invite Highlights Collegiate Cross Country Weekend

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

September 12, 2010   

Check out all the weekend’s results at the USTFCCCA’s Weekly Results page

MEET OF THE WEEK: Penn State’s Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational

Men’s Results | Women’s Results

Cabral Leads Princeton Men To Spiked Shoe Victory
source: Princeton athletics

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Junior Donn Cabral won the individual title and led the Princeton men’s cross country team to victory at the 2010 Spiked Shoe Invitational hosted by Penn State University on Saturday, Sept. 11. Princeton sent 18 out onto the course to see where it stood among 15 other squads in its first competition of the 2010 season including its top regional opponent Georgetown.

Cabral dominated the competition clocking in with a winning time of 25:13.4. He was joined by two teammates in the top 10 out of the 193 runners competing. Classmates Brian Leung finished fifth with a time of 25:21.2 and Joe Stilin was ninth at 25:35.7.

Rounding out Princeton’s top five scorers was sophomores Michael Franklin at 25:54.7 for 15th place and George Galasso at 25:55.8 in 18th place. Galasso led a blanket finish of Tigers, as freshman Jonathan Vitez, freshman Tyler Udland and senior Dennis Walsh followed in at 19-20-21. (more)

Hoya Women’s Cross Country Wins Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational
source: Georgetown athletics

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Backed by strong performances from a group of younger and inexperienced runners, the Georgetown University men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2010 season on Saturday with impressive showings at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational, hosted by Penn State University.

Sophomore Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Broomfield) finished in first place overall and graduate student Renee Tomlin (Ocean, City, N.J./Ocean City) took second as Georgetown won the women’s competition, finishing with 28 points. The Hoyas, who had four runners finish among the top-10 overall, held a 17-point advantage over runner-up and No. 7-ranked Princeton.

The men’s team placed four runners among the top-15 overall and finished in second place overall with 52 points, just behind Princeton at 48 points.

Jones, a member of the United States Cross Country team that competed in Poland last year, won the women’s 6,000-meter run, finishing in a time of 20:59.2, just two seconds ahead of teammate Tomlin.

"I’m really pleased," Head Women’s Cross Country Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "We haven’t beaten Princeton since I’ve been here but it’s a great sign of where we’re at. I’m really excited with the confidence, composure and competitiveness we all ran with today."

Freshman Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished in fifth place overall in 21:06.2, while sophomore Kristen Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) placed eighth overall in 21:19.8 SophomoreRachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) was among a group of three Hoya runners who finished in the top-25, as she placed 12th overall in 21:29.3. Junior Katie McCafferty (Convent Station, N.J./Oak Knoll) finished in 15th place at 21;39.6 and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) placed 24th in 21:59.7. 

"Our entire pack of six, the plan was to stay together and a little past 2.5 miles to pick up the pace," Miltenberg said. "Emily started to pull away and Renee ran her race and closed the gap at the finish. Having a one-two punch like that is huge. Emily is at a totally different level from where she was last year and it’s been two years since Renee ran a cross country, but she has gotten so much stronger in that time and I’m excited to see her run this year." (more)

Top-ranked Grizzly men perfect again at Joe I. Vigil Open
source: Adams State athletics


ALAMOSA, Colo. – The names were different but the results were the same as the Adams State men’s cross country team posted a perfect score at the Joe I. Vigil Open for the second consecutive season, kicking off its quest for a third straight NCAA Division II national championship, Saturday morning at Cattails Golf Course.

The Grizzly women, who like the men have been ranked No. 1 in the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association (USTFCCCA) preseason rankings, were just as dominant, taking the women’s team title with a perfect score of 15. Senior Kristen McGlynn led the field and shattered the decade-old course 5-kilometer record by 21 seconds, finishing in 17:01.

Senior Ryan McNiff (Los Alamos, N.M.) took the college men’s title in the 8k race and was second overall in a time of 24:34, six seconds under his time from a year ago. Adams State graduate Brian Medigovich, running for Brooks-Hansons, was the overall top finisher, pulling away from McNiff over the final mile to clock a time of 24:17, 13 seconds under his 2009 time.


Duke Cross Country Grabs Second Win of the Season
source: Duke athletics


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Duke men’s and women’s cross country teams picked up win number two on the season at the Wake Forest Dual on Saturday. The Blue Devils took the top spots in the 8k men’s and 5k women’s race.

The Blue Devil men picked up the sweep – 15-50 – after taking the top 11 spots on the day. Senior Josh Lund crossed the line in first place with a time of 24:52 and his first career win in a Duke uniform. Junior Andrew Brodeur finished a close second just one tenth of second behind Lund with a time of 25:52.10. Junior James Kostelnik came in third just one second behind Lund with a time of 24:53 following Kostelnik was freshmen Clint McKelvey who captured fourth with a time of 24:53.10 and consecutive top five finishes as a Blue Devil. Senior standout Bo Waggoner rounded out the top five with a time of 24:53.20.

“We had a great day out there today and we had six guys break the 25 minute mark,” men’s head coach Norm Ogilvie said. “I was very proud of Josh Lund today who got his first career win. Now we just have to train and get ready for our next meet and we look forward to putting our No. 23 ranking on the line against some of the top teams in the country when travel to Minnesota on Sept. 25.”


Top Ten Orange Harriers Victorious on Home Course in BIG EAST Preview
source: Syracuse athletics

Men’s Results | Women’s Results

JAMESVILLE, N.Y. – The Syracuse University men and women’s cross country teams opened the 2010 season in winning fashion as each captured a first-place finish at the BIG EAST Preview. The meet, which was hosted by Syracuse at Jamesville Beach Park, was the first home meet for the Orange since the 2004 season. 

Many SU student-athletes turned in strong performances at today’s meet, including junior Steve Weeks and sophomore Sarah Pagano. Both runners were SU’s top finishers and took second place in their respective races. Weeks crossed the finish line of the men’s 6k race at 18:22.7, while Pagano finished the women’s 5k event with a time of 18:48.4. The Orange finished with four runners in the top 10 spots in both races. 

"We had Steven Weeks and Steve Murdock both run really nice races for us, said head coach Chris Fox. "Those two did a great job, as well as Roman Acosta. I expect by the conference meet they should be able to run pretty close to the DePaul kid that won today."

"On the women’s side, we were really happy with Sarah Pagano, Ari KasprowiczCarly Hamond and Ashley Smolinka. It was a great race for all of them. It was big step up for Sarah and she beat some really good girls, as did Ari and Carly. Overall, were pleased."

The meet, which included five other BIG EAST teams, gave runners a chance to experience the course at Jamesville Beach Park and prepare for the BIG EAST Championship. Connecticut, DePaul, Seton Hall, South Florida and West Virginia were among those who represented the BIG EAST. The BIG EAST Championship will also be hosted by Syracuse on the same course on October 30.


Hoosiers Roll in Season Opener
source: Indiana athletics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana cross country opened the 2010 season with the Indiana Open. Sarah Pease won the women’s race and IU legend Sean Jefferson took the men’s race. Ben Hubers was the first collegian to cross the line, along with five of his teammates who were all across the line within the next 2.13 seconds.

Pease ran the first 2K of the 5K course at a planned slower-than-normal pace before racing to the finish. She was in eighth place at the 2K mark, yet finished the race in first by nearly 10 seconds with a time of 18:12.86. Chelsea Blanchard took second in 18:22.11 and Samantha Ginther was third in 18:29.47 as Hoosiers claimed the top 10 spots.

Jefferson, now a professional triathlete, took the win in 25:17.99. Hubers ran a "handicapped" race much like Pease. The Marietta, Ga., native and teammates Andy BayerAndrew PooreDe’Sean Turner and Zach Mayhew all ran a planned pace for the first three miles of the 8K course. Hubers finished in 25:30.5 for the collegiate title and was immediately followed in by Bayer in 25:30.83, Poore in 25:31.16, Turner in 25:31.69, Nate Morrow in 25:32.18 and Mayhew in 25:32.63. Andy Weatherford was ninth in 25:38.39, wrapping up the Hoosier top seven.

The women’s top seven was rounded out by Kelsey Duerksen (fourth, 18:36.88), Erica Ridderman (fifth, 18:40.69), Caitlin Engel (sixth, 18:48.21) and Lyndsey Wall (seventh, 18:51.35).