WEEKEND IN REVIEW: October 4-6

One of the biggest weekends in cross country is upon us.

And we are here for it!

From The USTFCCCA InfoZone: Meets & Results

There are multitudes of nationally-ranked teams in action across the nation, but most are centralized in South Bend, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. That’s where the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational and the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic are being held, respectively.

Allow us to walk you through what happened this weekend in the wonderful world of collegiate cross country! We’ll continue to update this post with results.

Joe Piane Invitational – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
Women’s Teams
Points
#4 Colorado
71
RV Utah
110
#14 Ole Miss
107
#1 Colorado
116
#15 NC State
177
#17 Florida State
129
#21 Purdue
178
#8 NC State
139
#9 Notre Dame
187
#3 Washington
144
#19 Indiana
195
#9 Wisconsin
157
#16 Michigan
213
#2 New Mexico
171
#10 Wisconsin
243
#12 Notre Dame
234
#26 Eastern Kentucky
254
#29 Minnesota
265
RV Florida State
266
#14 Ole Miss
288

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Men’s Blue Division 5 Mile

Depth and pack running is a staple of Colorado’s program.

The fourth-ranked Buffaloes showed that in spades on Friday in the Men’s Blue Division 5 Mile Race on Notre Dame’s Burke Golf Course.

Colorado was the only team with three runners in the top-15, including two in the top-10, as it romped to a victory over 11 other nationally-ranked programs. The Buffs scored 71 points, the second fewest by the winning team in the past four years.

If you didn’t know any better, you would have thought Colorado was in trouble at the 1 Mile Split where it was in 11th place, but Mark Wetmore’s squad moved up to 2nd by the 4K Split and into the lead over No. 14 Ole Miss with 1K to go.

Joe Klecker led the Buffs with a third-place finish behind individual champion Vincent Kiprop (23:09.88) and teammate Gilbert Kigen (23:17.83). John Dressel crossed the finish line 10th to give Colorado its second finisher, while Eduardo Herrera (15th), Kashon Harrison (18th) and Alec Hornecker (26th) weren’t too far behind.

Remember those aforementioned Rebels? Well, they finished a clear runner-up in the team standings with 107 points, 70 fewer than No. 15 NC State. Ole Miss didn’t have an athlete in the top-10, but put four in the top-25 by the end.

It was a close battle between the Wolfpack, No. 21 Purdue, No. 9 Notre Dame and No. 19 Indiana for two other spots in the top-5. Just 18 points separated third-place NC State from the sixth-place Hoosiers: NC State 177, Purdue 178, Notre Dame 187, Indiana 195.

Kyle Mau led the Hoosiers with a fourth-place individual placing, while Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin took fifth.

Women’s Blue Division 5K

In a race billed as No. 1 vs. No. 2 among 11 nationally-ranked programs, it was RV Utah that came away victorious in the Women’s Blue Division 5K.

The Utes, who began the year at No. 22 but fell to just receiving votes this week, surely opened some eyes with their win, as their 110-point total was six better than No. 1 Colorado, while No. 2 New Mexico was 7th with 173 points. Ahead of the Lady Lobos were No. 17 Florida State (129) in 3rd, followed by No. 8 NC State (139), No. 6 Washington (144) and No. 9 Wisconsin (159).

Weini Kelati of New Mexico was the individual champ in 16:01.61, more than 12 seconds ahead of Wiscosnin’s Alicia Monson (16:13.73).

Utah’s top runner, Bella Williams, was 11th as the Utes went out hard. At 4K, they had a clear lead with 85 points and all five runners in the top 20. At that point Washington – led by 4th-place freshman Melany Smart – was the closest pursuer with 121 points, and Colorado was at 130.

In the last kilometer, Colorado made a push as both Utah and Washington faded slightly. The Utes ended up with just three in the top-20, their 4th and 5th runners finished 27th and 37th. Colorado’s 4th runners was 21st, but their 5th runner was 53rd, five seconds behind a place that would have given the Buffaloes the win.

Rounding out the top-10 in the team standings after New Mexico was host No. 12 Notre Dame (236) in 8th, followed by No. 29 Minnesota (265) and No. 14 Ole Miss (288). Other ranked teams in the field of 24 were No. 25 Boston College (310) in 12th and No. 16 Iowa State (429) in 15th.

Live In The Lou Classic – Final Standings

Men’s Teams
Points
Women’s Teams
Points
#1 North Central (Ill.)
85
#7 MIT
43
#9 Johns Hopkins
116
#14 Oberlin
115
#14 Otterbein
127
#15 St. Thomas (Minn.)
193
#11 MIT
144
#16 Hope
201
#16 RPI
194
#11 RPI
209
#23 John Carroll
194
#31 John Carroll
216
#5 UW-La Crosse
201
NR Baldwin Wallace
217
#28 Berea (Ky.)
220
#22 Case Western Reserve
232
#18 Emory
237
#28 Centre
267
#18 Case Western Reserve
272
#25 UC Santa Cruz
301

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Men’s Silver 8K Race

North Central (Ill.) proved why it’s ranked No. 1 in the nation – just like it has for the past 25 weeks in a row (Yeah. It’s been a while.)

The top-ranked Cardinals flew past ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins in the final 4K of the Men’s Silver 8K Race on Saturday at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park. North Central (Ill.) trailed the Blue Jays by 42 points at the 3.9K Split, but then brought the hammer down and swung the score 73 points the other way en route to a 85-116 victory.

North Central (Ill.) and Johns Hopkins were just two of 12 nationally-ranked squads in the field.

No. 14 Otterbein finished a close third with 127 points, while No. 11 MIT wasn’t too far behind in fourth with 144 points. No. 16 RPI and No. 23 John Carroll each finished with 194 points, but the tiebreaker went to the Engineers, whose sixth runner crossed the finish line seven spots ahead of the Blue Streaks’ sixth runner.

Tyler Nault of UW-La Crosse earned the individual victory in a time of 24:19.16, three seconds clear of Toler Freyaldenhoven of Rhodes.

Women’s Silver 5K Race

MIT ran like the top-ranked team in the field on Saturday.

The seventh-ranked Engineers led by 72 points through the 3.9K split, which is where the meet was scored due to a mistake by course officials.

According to Record Timing, “A gate was opened at wrong time due to a lapped runner, which caused field to deviate to an alternate course for safety of spectators. The Games Committee determined that the race will be scored at 3.9k (last split point).”

At the time of the error, MIT had four runners in the top-15 and another right outside of that in 16th place. Katie Collins led the Engineers all day as she was in first place, five seconds clear of the next runner at the 3.9K split.

No. 14 Oberlin was the definitive runner-up with 115 points, 78 fewer than No. 15 St. Thomas (Minn.) in third place. No. 16 Hope (201 points) and No. 11 RPI (209 points) rounded out the top-5 in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Other Meets Of Interest

Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival

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We saw some great racing between collegiate divisions in the Men’s Seeded 8K Race at the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival. When the dust settled in Fayetteville, Arkansas, NCAA DI RV Texas had pulled away late and topped NCAA DII No. 1 Colorado School of Mines by a score of 74-96. Finishing behind the Orediggers was NCAA DI No. 8 Oklahoma State (124), NCAA DII No. 3 Western Colorado (135), NCAA DI No. 25 Arkansas (165) and NAIA No. 1 Oklahoma City (209).

After No. 1 Colorado stumbled at the Joe Piane Invitational, No. 2 Arkansas knew if it made a statement it would look good in the eyes of the coaches who votes in the National Coaches’ Poll. Well, consider that statement made as the Razorbacks rolled to a victory in the Women’s Seeded 5K Race. Taylor Werner led the way for Arkansas as the squad put four runners across the finish line before another team could. The Razorbacks won the meet by a score of 24-82 over Texas.

Paul Short Run

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Utah State won the Men’s Gold 8K Race by a substantial margin. The Aggies scored 54 points, nearly 100 fewer than the runner-up Penn (154). NCAA DII No. 5 Adams State took third in the team standings with 193 points.

Canada’s Queens University earned the team title in the Women’s 6K Gold Race, topping NCAA DII No. 1 Adams State by a score of 128-176. The Grizzlies received the all-important low stick and a course record to boot from Eilish Flanagan, though. Penn finished with 177 points, a close third behind Adams State.

Elsewhere in the meet, Genny Corcoran of SUNY Geneseo won the individual title in the Women’s Brown 6K race. Corcoran, a former National Athlete of the Week, covered the tract in 20:42.6, nearly 20 seconds ahead of Emily Acker from NCAA DI Columbia.