Weekend In Review: September 27-29

Top-ranked teams battled across the nation this weekend in what proved to be an eventful few days for the collegiate cross country season.

Three meets caught our attention the most, due to sheer volume of ranked teams entered: Oregon’s Bill Dellinger Invitational, Sacramento State’s Capital Cross Challenge and Williams’ Purple Valley Classic. All three of those meets went down on Saturday.

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Here are brief recaps of those meets. We’ll continue to add to this post as more go final.

Be sure to check out the newest National Coaches’ Polls when they drop next Tuesday and Wednesday on USTFCCCA.org.

Bill Dellinger Invitational Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 11 Oregon
No. 6 BYU
No. 2 BYU
No. 13 Boise State
No. 24 UCLA
RV Air Force
RV Boise State
No. 9 Oregon
No. 7 Portland
RV Oregon State


Men’s 8K Race

Oregon protected its home turf and pulled off an upset.

The 11th-ranked Ducks worked their way up the pack and took down No. 2 BYU in the final 1K of the race. Down four points at the penultimate split, Oregon swung ahead to win by six thanks to a 31-second spread.

Conner Mantz gave the Cougars the all-important low stick with the individual victory, but the Ducks flocked well behind him. Oregon went 3-4-9-14-24, while BYU’s top-5 – including Mantz – went 1-8-15-16-20.

UCLA, led by individual runner-up Robert Brandt, finished third as a team. The 24th-ranked Bruins were one of two teams with three runners in the top-10 (Oregon was the other).

RV Boise State finished fourth, while No. 7 Portland rounded out the top-5 of the team standings.

Women’s 6K Race

BYU passed its first test of the 2019 season with flying colors.

The sixth-ranked Cougars, who received a first-place vote in each of the first three National Coaches’ Polls, dominated the proceedings at the Bill Dellinger Invitational. BYU, led by Whittni Orton‘s individual title and Erica Birk-Jarvis‘ runner-up placement, totaled a meager 35 points to win by 46 over No. 13 Boise State.

Even though the Broncos didn’t have a runner in the top-5, they were led by Clare O’Brien in eighth place. O’Brien was followed closely by Boise State’s final four runners that rounded out its scoring lineup. In fact, the Broncos had the second smallest spread between its top-5 runners at 26 seconds (UC Davis had a 12-second difference between its No. 1 and No. 5 runners).

RV Air Force ran well to finish third in the team standings, while No. 9 Oregon and RV Oregon State weren’t far behind in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Capital Cross Challenge Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
NCAA DI Cal Poly
NCAA DII No. 5 Mines
NCAA DII No. 3 Chico State
NCAA DI California
NCAA DI Cal Poly
NCAA DII No. 19 Queens (N.C.)
NCAA DI San Jose State
NCAA DIII No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer
NCAA DII No. 6 Chico State


Men’s 8K Race

Cal Poly captured the team title in the Men’s 8K race at the Capital Cross Challenge. The Mustangs, led by individual champion Jake Ritter, scored 51 points to top NCAA Division II #3 Chico State by 16 points. There were six nationally-ranked teams from NCAA DII at the race, as the meet served as the de facto Pre-National Invitational.

Women’s 6K Race

Colorado School of Mines proved that division doesn’t matter. The fifth-ranked squad in NCAA DII took down a host of NCAA DI programs at the Capital Cross Challenge to win the team title. Mines went 3-8-14-33-38 and toppled NCAA DI California by 16 points.

Purple Valley Classic Standings

Men’s Teams
Women’s Teams
No. 2 Williams
No. 8 Tufts
No. 10 MIT
No. 4 Williams
No. 16 RPI
No. 5 MIT
No. 21 Middlebury
No. 10 RPI
No. 18 Amherst
No. 19 Middlebury
No. 34 Connecticut College
NR Amherst


Men’s 8K Race

Williams made quick work of the competition on its home course.

The second-ranked Ephs, who have received first-place votes in the NCAA Division III National Coaches’ Poll the past two weeks, put each of its top-5 runners in the top-11 led by individual champion Aidan Ryan. It turned out to be a decisive win for Ryan, as he crossed the finish line 24 seconds ahead of Jacob Davis of RPI.

Williams finished with 31 points, 25 fewer than No. 10 MIT (56). The Engineers were a clear runner-up thanks to their top-3 runners going 4-5-6 as they were 35 points ahead of No. 16 RPI in third place (91). No. 21 Middlebury and No. 18 Amherst rounded out the top-5 of the team standings.

Women’s 5K Race

@GoJumbos isn’t just Tufts‘ Twitter handle.

It’s a rally cry.

The eighth-ranked Jumbos were the only squad to put three runners in the top-10 (1-2-7) and fought off No. 4 Williams down the stretch to win the team title. Tufts finished with 60 points, eight fewer than the host Ephs. Sabrina Gornisiewicz led the way for the Jumbos with an individual title.

No. 5 MIT received a fourth-place individual finish from Kirsey Rajagopal and packed up well with its No. 2 through No. 4 runners in 12th, 15th and 18th. That allowed the Engineers to finish third as a team.

No. 10 RPI and No. 19 Middlebury rounded out the top-5 of the team standings in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

Other Meets Of Interest

Roy Griak Invitational


Make it back-to-back titles in the Merrill Fischbein Gold Race for the Duke Blue Devils. Duke became the first team to repeat as men’s champion since Wisconsin did so in 2003 and 2004 and scored the fewest points (31) since the Badgers totaled 21 in 2004. The Blue Devils put six runners in the top-15, as they scored 3-4-8-9-10. Kenny Vasbinder of Columbia won the individual title in 24:32.4.

California Baptist University won the Jack Johnson Women’s Gold Race with 70 points. The Lancers put three runners in the top-15 and became just the second team from the state of California to win a team title at the Roy Griak Invitational since 2012 (San Francisco rolled to the crown in 2017 with a meager 22 points). Speaking of the Dons, Aoibile Richardson won the individual title in 20:47.7.

Augustana (S.D.) romped to the team title in the Suzy Wilson Women’s Maroon Race, which is reserved for NCAA DII & NCAA DIII teams. The 10th-ranked team in NCAA DII scored 36 points to beat NCAA DII #4 U-Mary by 53 points. NCAA DII #14 UC Colorado Springs finished third.

The team title in the Jo Rider Men’s Maroon Race went to NCAA DII #7 Augustana (S.D.). The Vikings had to work for their crown, unlike their female counterparts, as they held off NCAA DII #9 Michigan Tech. Top-end depth for Augustana (S.D.) proved to be too much as the squad put four runners in the top-10, compared to just two for the Huskies.