Weekend Cross Country Recap: October 3

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

October 3, 2010   

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

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By Region: Division I | Division II | Division III

MEETS OF THE WEEK: Wisconsin’s adidas Invitational / Notre Dame Invitational

Wisconsin adidas Invitational

Men’s Results | Women’s Results

Indiana Men Take Impressive Win at adidas Invite
source: Kyle Johnson, Indiana

MADISON, Wis. – Indiana cross country made a bold statement at the adidas Invitational on Saturday. The men’s team ran to an impressive win over a highly-ranked field of opponents, including No. 6 Wisconsin. The Hoosier men won with a score of 43, which was 32 better than the 11-time defending Big Ten Champion Badgers. The Hoosiers were led by second- and third-place finishes from Andy Bayer and Andrew Poore respectively. The IU women took fifth with a score of 151.

The IU men, entering the meet raked No. 25 by the USTFCCCA, also defeated No. 23 Princeton, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 15 Oklahoma, No. 20 Providence and No. 18 Michigan State. Indiana’s win is also impressive as it takes place on the same course that will host the Big Ten Championships this season on Oct. 31. Bayer took second in 23:30 and Poore was third in 23:31. De’Sean Turner took eight in 23:47 and Zach Mayhew was 10th in 23:52. Ben Hubers wrapped up the IU top five in 20th (24:01). (more)

Hursey Paces Victorious Orange in Wisconsin
source: Syracuse athletics

MADISON, Wis. – Senior Katie Hursey paced the 11th-ranked Syracuse University women’s cross country team that took first place at the Wisconsin Invitational. On the men’s side, junior Steve Weeks was SU’s top runner for the squad that finished fourth. 

The women’s team topped 20 other schools in the race to improve on its second place finish from a year ago in Wisconsin. Hursey (20:17) finished third overall in the 6k event in a pack of 202 competitors and less than four seconds behind the leader, Florida’s Charlotte Browning. The Orange had three other runners finish in the top 20, including Lauren Penney (20:31), Sarah Pagano(20:41) and Catherine DeSarle (20:42).

Head coach Chris Fox couldn’t have been happier with today’s performance by the women’s team.

“Today was a big day for the women and solidifies them as a top 10 program,” Fox said. “The men ran well also. We got beat by some top 10 teams, but we will get better.” (more)

Notre Dame Invitational

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Villanova Wins Notre Dame Invitational in Dominant Fashion
source: Villanova athletics

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Senior Sheila Reid (Newmarket, Ont.) came in second overall to lead three Villanova runners in the top seven and the Wildcats cruised to a big victory on Friday afternoon at the Notre Dame Invitational in their first big meet of the season. Villanova had all five of its counting runners place in the top 31 of the race and finished with 64 points to easily outdistance runner-up Oregon (118) and third-place Florida State (129).

Reid, senior Amanda Marino (Jackson, N.J.) and junior Bogdana Mimic (Pancevo, Serbia) finished within 13 seconds of each other in second, fifth and seventh place, respectively on the 5K course at the Notre Dame Golf Course. Reid crossed the line with a time of 16:26 and was just four seconds off the winning pace of a runner from Stony Brook.

A field of 24 teams ran on a warm afternoon on a dusty course but the runners still went out at a particularly fast pace, especially for this point in the season. Despite it being a tough race, the Wildcats still finished with the margin of victory that was often apparent in their results last season.

Senior Ali Smith (Columbia, Md.) and freshman Emily Lipari (Greenvale, N.Y.) came in 19th and 31st, respectively, to complete Villanova’s top five runners. All five had a spread of less than one minute in their finishing times.

Today’s race featured four of the top five teams in this week’s USTFCCCA national poll and a total of 12 nationally-ranked squads overall. New Mexico and Stony Brook rounded out the top five teams in the final standings. (more)

Puskedra Leads Oregon Men to Victory
source: Greg Walker, Oregon

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Luke Puskedra led the Men of Oregon to victory Friday at the Notre Dame Invitational, while the women’s team registered an impressive runner-up finish to defending NCAA champion Villanova at the Notre Dame Golf Course.

"It was our first opportunity to really run hard together," said Associate Athletic Director Vin Lananna. "There were a lot of good things that happened and we also identified some things that we need to work on, but overall they did a good job."

Puskedra finished strong for a six-second victory over Nicholas Kipruto of New Mexico. The junior from Ogden, Utah, covered the 8,000-meter course in 23:39 with Kipruto clocking in at 23:45, just ahead of Oregon’s Matthew Centrowitz.

"Luke was great," said Lananna. "He and Matthew did a fantastic job."

Centrowitz, a senior from Arnold, Md., finished at 23:46 as he and Puskedra were two of four Ducks in the top 20 to lead No. 3 Oregon to the team title with 69 points. No. 16 New Mexico was second with 78, followed by No. 21 Florida State at 99, Tulsa at 196 and Penn State at 205 to round out the first five.

The Ducks also counted an 18th-place finish from senior Danny Mercado in 24:17, a 20th-place showing from senior A.J. Acosta in 24:19 and a 27th-place finish from freshman Ben DeJarnette in 24:30. (more)

Lehigh Paul Short Run

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Virginia Men Claim 37th-Annual Brooks-Paul Short Team Title
source: Virginia athletics

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The No. 22 Virginia men’s cross country team edged No. 24 Georgetown, 132-149, in the 42-team field to win its first title at the 37th-annual Brooks-Paul Short Invitational on a rain-soaked Friday morning. The women’s team, ranked 12th nationally, finished runner-up to No. 6 Georgetown by a score of 34-98.

Senior Emil Heineking led the Cavaliers in his season debut, finishing second overall in the men’s 8k race with a time of 23:49, while Liberty’s Sam Chelanga – the 2009 NCAA Champion – won the race in 23:34. Redshirt junior Ryan Collins was Virginia’s second scorer, finishing 18th in 24:19, while freshman Chris Foley – making his collegiate debut – was 25th, completing the course in 24:35. Fourth for UVa was redshirt sophomore Sean Keveren, finishing 43rd with a time of 24:49, while redshirt junior Andrew Revelle rounded out the scoring Cavaliers with a time of 24:50, earning a 44th-place finish. (more)

Georgetown Women Win Paul Short Invitational in Dominant Fashion
source: Georgetown athletics

WASHINGTON – Using its full lineup for the first time this season, the No. 6-ranked Georgetown University women’s cross country team put all seven of its runners among the top-20 overall – including an individual win for junior Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) – and cruised to the team title at the Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pa. Friday afternoon.

The Hoyas had three runners among the top-10 overall and finished with a team total of 34 points, ahead of second place and No. 16-ranked Virginia (98), with James Madison third (169), Cornell fourth (198) and Columbia in fifth place (205).

Infeld, a 2009 All-American after finishing in eighth place at the NCAA Championships,topped the field of 366 runners, finishing the 6K course in 20:04.

She was followed closely by sophomore Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Broomfield), who won the Spiked Shoe Invitational to start the season on Sept. 15. Jones finished in fourth place in 20:20, while freshman Madeline Chambers (Rocky River, Ohio/Magnificat) finished in sixth place in 20:27. "Today was another great step forward for us," Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Chris Miltenberg said. "Across the board, everyone competed extremely tough. We’ve been training really hard right up through this meet and for everyone to go compete as well as they did today while a bit tired and in the mud shows great signs of what is to come later in the season. "To put seven in the top 17 and all seven under 21:00 on a very muddy and sloppy course is a great sign of our depth." (more)

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RedHawks Sweep All-Ohio Championship Titles
source: Miami (Ohio) athletics

WOMEN: Team Results | Individual Results

CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Senior Rachel Patterson broke the course record and helped the Miami University women’s cross country team win the All-Ohio Championship title Friday afternoon at the Ervin R. King Cross Country Course on the campus of Cedarville University. Six RedHawks finished in the top 15, including Patterson (Rochester, Mich.), who won the overall individual title.

Patterson finished first in 17:12.3, seven seconds ahead of Maura Bulgrin of Dayton, who was the runner-up, while smashing the course record of 17:24 set at last year’s meet by Ohio State’s Sarah Foster. The senior has now led Miami in all three races she’s ran this year while earning her second individual title of the season (Flyer 5K Challenge). She was also just two seconds off her personal-best time, which is the 5K school record.

Fellow senior Amanda Mirochna (Naperville, Ill.) was second on the team in seventh in 17:42.2 while freshman Kate Carter (Ann Arbor, Mich.) was 10th overall in 17:53.5 and redshirt junior Kelley Miller (Dublin, Ohio) crossed a tick later in 11th. Junior Maggie Bingham (Carmel, Ind.) was the fifth RedHawk to cross in 14th place in 18:02.2, rounding out Miami’s scoring, while senior Katie Lenahan (Cincinnati, Ohio) was less than a second behind in 15th place in a field of 277.

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CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Placing five runners in the top 25, the Miami University men’s cross country team captured the 8K All-Ohio Championship crown Friday afternoon at the Ervin R. King Cross Country Course on the campus of Cedarville University. The RedHawks have now won all three meets in 2010 that have been scored.

Senior Robbie Fisher (Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.) was the top RedHawk finisher, taking 12th in a personal-best time of 24.54.5. He was Miami’s top finisher for the first time in his career, despite being knocked down early in the race in a field of 263 runners, but recovered to finish strong.

The next three RedHawks to cross the line all were within three seconds of each other, as the group ran as a pack throughout the race. Sophomore Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) placed 15th in a personal-best 24:57.7, redshirt freshman Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) finished a second later in 16th in personal-best time while senior Michael Perry (Cincinnati, Ohio) took 18th in 24:59.9. Redshirt sophomore David Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.) rounded out Miami’s scoring five in 21st place in 25:10 while battling through a blister after leading the `Hawks early.

Lakers Take Team Trophy at the Greater Louisville Classic
source: Grand Valley State athletics


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Grand Valley State’s women’s cross country team placed first (106 points) at the Greater Louisville Classic Saturday (Oct. 2) morning in Louisville, Ky. GVSU ran against top division I schools and the Lakers ran the fastest team time in school history. The Lakers were led by senior Katherine McCarthy’s 10th place finish. She crossed the finish line with a time of 17:23.

"This was a great meet for our program to see the NCAA regional and national course and it was great competition," head coach Jerry Baltescommented. "We ran well and ran some very fast times, along with finishing in the top-three in both the men’s race and winning both women’s race shows the quality and depth of our program. We will look to get better over the next few weeks and will be excited to hopefully be back to Louisville two more times yet this season."

Senior Megan Maceratini placed 14th with a time of 17:29, followed by Monica Kinney in 22nd (17:39), Kylen Cieslak in 32nd (17:44),Rebecca Winchester 39th (17:48) and Sarah Dugan in 54th (18:03). The Lakers will compete at the Charger Invitational and Penn State Invitational on Oct. 16. 

McNiff leads top-ranked Grizzlies to non-Division I team title in Boulder
source: Adams State athletics


BOULDER, Colo. – Senior Ryan McNiff (Los Alamos, N.M.) finished third overall and led a pack of three Grizzlies that finished in the top 10 at the University of Colorado-hosted Rocky Mountain Shootout on Saturday at the Buffalo Ranch on the CU South Campus, where the Adams State men’s cross country team dominated the non-Division I field,

The Adams State women’s squad also topped the podium in the non-Division I team field.

The Grizzlies, ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association’s latest Division II men’s rankings, placed their five scoring runners just 45 seconds apart en-route to a team score of 22 points. The closest challenger to the Grizzlies was arch-rival and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference member Western State, the second-ranked squad in Division II, which finished as the runner-up with 70 points. Fellow RMAC school Metro State, No. 17 nationally, claimed third with 118, followed by Division III Colorado College with 145 and RMAC member New Mexico Highlands with 154. Three other league schools placed in the top 10 in Boulder as third-ranked Colorado Mines, which split their squad between this meet and one in Louisville, Ky., finished seventh with 192 points.  Fort Lewis was eighth with 212 and UC-Colorado Springs took ninth with 216.   

The host Buffaloes won the Divison I portion of the race, contested over eight kilometers, with a team score of 17 points, and were followed by Wyoming with 40 points, Air Force Academy with 84.  Northern Colorado rounded out the Division I field with 116 points. (more)