Weekend College XC Recap: Down Go The DIII Champs – St. Olaf Men Fall to UW-Eau Claire

Weekend College XC Recap: Down Go The DIII Champs – St. Olaf Men Fall to UW-Eau Claire

NEW ORLEANS – Another weekend of Division III cross country; another big upset.

Defending men’s champion St. Olaf fell at its home invitational to No. 3 UW-Eau Claire by a narrow 56-61 margin, with both squads running most, if not all, of their top competitors. It’s still early — St. Olaf wasn’t even in the top 10 at this point a year ago en route to a national title — but at the very least it’s a wake-up call that the high expectations placed upon UW-Eau Claire this year are well deserved.

What else happened this past weekend around the nation in all three NCAA Divisions? Below we briefly recap each of the top-10 teams that were in action, with links to all the meets’ results.

Links to all the cross country meets this past weekend can be found in the USTFCCCA Infozone.

DIVISION I

MEN

Running without its top guys, No. 2 Northern Arizona finished runner-up at the Arizona Dave Murray Invitational to host Arizona, 25-49. Arizona’s Collins Kibet won the 4.25 mile race by a second in 21:15.0. Full TFRRS Results

No. 6 Portland, led by winner Scott Fauble, scored 27 points to win the three-team Willamette Oak Knoll Run over host Willamette, 27-37. In his 2014 debut, Faulble won by 17 seconds on the 8k course in 24:46.5. Full TFRRS Results

With a number of their top runners in action, No. 7 Indiana easily breezed to a win at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships with 29 points over the next-best DI team in IUPUI with 56 points. Led by third-place Evan Esselink, the Hoosiers put four in the top six. Reigning National Athlete of the Week John Mascari of Indiana State took the win on the 8k course in 24:32.8. Full TFRRS Results

WOMEN

In its first inter-squad competition of the 2014 season, the No. 1 Michigan women handled the field at the Iowa Black & Gold Invitational/Big Ten Preview with ease, scoring a near-perfect 16 points to the 70 scored in a hard training run by No. 16 Wisconsin. Erin Finn ran away from the field to cover the 6k course in 20:36.5, a full 40 seconds ahead of teammate Shannon Osika. Full TFRRS Results

Using the Virginia Tech Invitational as a chance for a hard workout in a race setting, the No. 6 Florida State women ended up winning the meet over No. 22 Virginia Tech, 26-31. Leading the way for FSU – which put all five of its scorers among the top 10 finishers – was winner Colleen Quigley, who completed the 6k course in 21:09.2. Full TFRRS Results

The No. 8 Arkansas women made quick work of the competition in the University/Open race at the Missouri Southern Stampede, claiming the title over Tulsa, 24-49. The Razorbacks’ Dominique Scott earned her second win of the season, crossing the line on the 5k course in 16:32.78, 26 seconds faster than teammate Shannon Klenke. She was one of six Arkansas women in the top 10. Full Results

DIVISION II

MEN

Not running many of its top guys at the Colorado College Invitational, two-time defending champion No. 1 Adams State lost out to No. 5 Colorado Mines, 21-38. Leading the way for a 1-2-3 CSM sweep was Phil Schneider, Marty Andrie and Derek Alcorn. Frosh Jackson Sayler was the top ASU finisher in sixth. Full TFRRS Results

No. 9 Shippensburg and No. 11 Lock Haven competed at the unconventional Dickinson Long/Short Invitational, which featured two races for both genders. Lock Haven ran only in the 4K race, winning with a score of 10 to Shippensburg’s 27. Shippensburg, meanwhile, split between both races and finished runner-up in both. Recap

WOMEN

No. 2 Adams State didn’t trot out its whole top squad for the Colorado College Invitational, but it didn’t matter as the Grizzlies were able to easily dispatch the field. Led by winner Rachel Kresl among seven of the top 11 finishers, ASU scored 20 points to Colorado Mines’ 61. Full TFRRS Results

No. 4 Minnesota Duluth looked strong in its 2014 debut, winning the St. Olaf Invitational over Division III No. 15 Carleton, 35-51. The Bulldogs, led by a 1-2 sweep from reigning national top-10 finisher Samantha Rivard and Breanna Colbenson, had three of the top five finishers. Rivard won the 6k race handily in 21:35.6, more than 15 seconds faster than her teammate. Full TFRRS Results

DIVISION III

MEN

Upset Alert: Running at their home invitational, the defending men’s champion No. 1 St. Olaf Oles fell to upstart No. 3 UW-Eau Claire, 56-61, as both teams narrowly finished behind No. 17 Sioux Falls’ (of Division II) 49 points. The Oles were the top-heavier of the two, with overall winner and two-time top-three national finisher Grant Wintheiser leading three St. Olaf men in the top eight, but UWEC’s Nos. 4 and 5 runners came up big to clinch the win. Wintheiser edged out UWEC’s Josh Thorson by four seconds for the individual 8k win in 24:52.6. Full TFRRS Results

At perhaps the most competitive meet on the Division III schedule this weekend, No. 5 Central (Iowa) was able to defeat No. 11 Washington (Mo.) and No. 20 Chicago, 37-59-72, at the Wheaton (Ill.) Gil Dodds Invitational. The Dutch put four men among the top eight finishers – with reigning national top-10 finisher Eli Horton third among the central pack. WashU senior Andrew Padgett claimed the 8k race handily in 24:47 by more than half a minute. Full TFRRS Results

Unranked Oneonta State took the win at the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational, scoring 55 points to defeat contingents from nationally ranked No. 13 SUNY Geneseo and No. 26 SUNY Cortland in fifth and sixth, respectively. Fourth-place RPI took the top two individual spots with Jacob Andrews and Benjamin Fazio. Full TFRRS Results

WOMEN

No. 6 Oberlin earned a dramatic tie-breaker win over No. 19 Washington (Mo.) at the Wheaton (Ill.) Gil Dodds Invitational. Both squads scored 45 points, but the Yeowomen’s Nos. 2, 3, and 4 runners finished ahead of the Bears’ to break the stalemate. Unranked North Central (Ill.) finished third with 69 points, while No. 4 Chicago recorded a disappointing fourth-place finish with 87 points. Washington (Mo.)’s Lucy Cheadle won on the 6k course in 21:03 by nearly a minute over the Oberlin duo of Lindsay Neal and Emma Lehmann. Full TFRRS Results

Another upset at the Rochester Yellowjacket Invitational as No. 21 SUNY Oneonta edged out No. 7 SUNY Geneseo, 69-76. Deirdre Dwyer led Oneonta with her fourth-place overall finish, while Geneseo had a pair of top-10 finishers in Winny Chen and Cassie Goodman in seventh and eighth. Rachel Malone of Brockport State took the win on the 3.73 mile course in 22:49. Full TFRRS Results

No. 8 Middlebury dominated its home invitational, with Katie Carlson leading eight Panthers among the top nine finishers for a perfect score of 15. She won the 5k race by 11 seconds in 18:49.5. Saint Michael College finished runner-up  with 76 points. Full Results

No. 9 NYU finished first among Non-DI schools at the Monmouth Invitational. Full Results

No. 10 Dickinson hosted the unconventional Dickinson Long/Short Invitational. Recap