WEEKEND IN REVIEW: September 20-22

We just hit our first major weekend of the 2019 cross country season!

This weekend we will see a number of ranked teams take to the grass circuit across the nation from the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown in Boston, Massachusetts, to the John McNichols Invitational in Terre Haute, Indiana.

We’ll add to this post as results come through from major meets.

John McNichols Invitational Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 1 Northern Arizona
No. 5 Arkansas
No. 7 Stanford
No. 8 Stanford
No. 5 Iowa State
No. 3 Washington
No. 24 Purdue
No. 4 Michigan
No. 16 Indiana
RV Northern Arizona


Men’s 8K Race

Stop us if you heard this before: Northern Arizona is good.

The Lumberjacks, who have been No. 1 in the Men’s National Coaches’ Poll for the past 23 weeks in a row, dominated the proceedings at the John McNichols Invitational. NAU put four runners in the top-6 – Luis Grijalva (third), Theo Quax (fourth), Abdihamid Nur (fifth), Brodey Hasty (sixth) – and stormed to the team title.

It turned out to be a 20-point win for the Lumberjacks as they topped two other teams ranked in the top-10: No. 7 Stanford (runner-up with 51 points) and No. 5 Iowa State (third place with 66 points). No. 24 Purdue put three runners in the top-10 and finished fourth with 70 points. No. 16 Indiana was a distant fifth with 174 points.

Edwin Kurgat of Iowa State won the individual title in a time of 23:47.3, besting Thomas Ratcliffe of Stanford by nearly three seconds.

Women’s 5K Race

Four top-10 teams in the most recent Women’s National Coaches’ Poll put on a show at the John McNichols Invitational.

No. 3 Washington, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Arkansas and No. 8 Stanford traded the lead back and forth over the 5K tract, but when the dust settled, it was the Razorbacks who came away with a five-point win over the Cardinal.

Arkansas received the all-important low stick from Taylor Werner, who won the individual title in 16:24.6. Werner is riding a wave of momentum from the outdoor season, where she earned two First-Team All-America honors,  including a runner-up finish in the 5000 that locked up the Razorbacks’ team title in Austin.

Depth proved critical for Arkansas, as it put four runners in the top-10, compared to just three from Stanford.

Washington finished third in the team standings with 66 points, while Michigan took fourth with 75 points and RV Northern Arizona rounded out the top-5 with 112 points.

Coast-To-Coast Battle In Beantown Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 13 Syracuse
No. 27 Syracuse
RV Army West Point
RV Boston College
NR Stony Brook
Wake Forest
RV Harvard
No. 3 Washington
No. 29 Georgia Tech


Men’s 8K Race

Syracuse proved itself to be the King of Franklin Park once again.

The 13th-ranked Orange established itself early and won its third consecutive team title at this meet and the fourth crown in the past five years.

Syracuse led by 45 points at the 5K mark and ended up with 64 points, 27 fewer than runner-up Army West Point (91). Stony Brook finished third with 129 points, followed by Harvard (151) and No. 3 Washington (156) in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Kieran Tuntivate of Harvard won the individual title in 23:57.6, nearly 13 seconds ahead of Jake Brophy of Navy at 24:10.1.

Talon Hull of Washington finished third overall in 24:19.4, while the Syracuse duo of Joe Dragon (24:23.5) and Aidan Tooker (24:25.4) were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Women’s 5K Race

The race for the individual title was far more exciting than the one for the team title.

Abbey Wheeler of Providence outkicked Amanda Vestri of Syracuse down the stretch to defend her crown from last year. Wheeler crossed the finish line in 17:02.4, just .6 seconds ahead of Vestri’s runner-up mark of 17:03.0.

When it comes to the race for the team title, Vestri and the Orange had the last laugh.

Vestri was one of five runners from 27th-ranked Syracuse to finish in the top-15, as the squad rolled to the team title. Laura Dickinson finished third, while Jordan Jacob (seventh), Rachel Bonner (ninth) and Abigail Spiers (14th) rounded out the scoring lineup for the Orange.

Syracuse finished with 35 points, well ahead of Boston College‘s runner-up score of 83. Wake Forest finished third, while Harvard (138) and No. 29 Georgia Tech (141) rounded out the top-5.

Gil Dodds Invitational Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 1 North Central (Ill.)
No. 4 U of Chicago
No. 3 Washington (Mo.)
No. 1 Washington (Mo.)
No. 14 U of Chicago
No. 23 Hope
NR Wheaton (Ill.)
NR Wheaton (Ill.)
NR Carroll (Wis.)
NR Illinois Wesleyan


Men’s 8K Race

Two of the top-3 teams in the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll did battle at the Gil Dodds Invitational hosted by Wheaton (Ill.) as No. 1 North Central (Ill.) squared off against No. 3 Washington (Mo.).

The top-ranked Cardinals came out on top as they beat the Bears by a score of 29-49. North Central (Ill.) put all seven of its runners in the top-15 (2-3-7-8-9 to score), while WashU put five in the top-15 and all of them in the top-20 (4-5-11-14-15 to score).

U of Chicago, led by individual champion Ryan Cutter, finished a close third behind the Bears with 52 points.

Women’s 6K Race

Warrenville, Illinois, is Upset City!

No. 4 U of Chicago took down No. 1 Washington (Mo.) in the women’s race by a score of 34-49. The Maroons put their entire scoring lineup in the top-10 (3-6-7-8-10 to score), while the Bears only managed three runners in that same spot (4-5-9-13-18 to score).

No. 23 Hope, led by individual champion Anastasia Tucker, finished a distant third with 71 points.