Weekend Recap: October 15-17

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Well, at least for the regular season.

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We saw just about every single ranked team from the most recent NCAA Division I Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls and the NCAA Division III Cross Country National Coaches’ Polls in action this weekend across the nation at various meets.

Keep reading below to find out what happened.

FSU Invite/Pre-Nats – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Score
Women’s Team
Score
No. 1 Northern Arizona
63
No. 5 Colorado
54
No. 7 Colorado
128
No. 10 Utah
149
No. 8 Arkansas
128
No. 15 Florida State
163
No. 5 BYU
131
No. 14 Ole Miss
165
No. 2 Notre Dame
203
No. 12 North Carolina
184

Men’s 8k Garnet Race

Five of the top-8 teams in the country tussled on the 8k version of the course that will host the same squads over 10k in five weeks for the 2021 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships. Northern Arizona, ranked No. 1 in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll, strode to victory with 64 points. The Lumberjacks put three in the top-10 and all five scorers in the top-25. Teams 2-4 were incredibly tight as No. 7 Colorado earned runner-up honors in a tiebreaker over No. 8 Arkansas (128-128), just ahead of No. 5 BYU (131). Taking fifth place was No. 2 Notre Dame with 203 points.

Conner Mantz of BYU outdueled Adrian Wildschutt of Florida State to win the individual title in a course-record 22:47.0 with the Seminole 2.5 seconds back (22:49.5, just off the previous course record of 22:48.8). Alabama’s Victor Kiprop (22:54.8), NAU’s Abdihamid Nur (22:55.2) and Notre Dame’s Dylan Jacobs (22:55.5) completed the top-5, all under 23 minutes as the race produced five of the six best times in course history.

Women’s 6k Garnet Race

No. 5 Colorado placed three runners in the top-10 – and all five scorers before any other team’s No. 3 – to claim team honors with 55 points. No. 10 Utah took the runner-up position with 149 points, just ahead of a rankings war: No. 15 Florida State (163), No. 14 Ole Miss (165), No. 12 North Carolina (184), No. 11 Arkansas (243), No. 16 Northern Arizona (279) and RV Liberty (279), the latter position decided by a tie-breaker.

Abby Nichols of Colorado used a strong finish to overtake Lauren Gregory of Arkansas, 19:46.4 to 19:47.7, to win the individual race with the sixth fastest mark in course history. Five in all bettered 20 minutes for the 6k course as FSU’s Lauren Ryan (19:51.1) finished third ahead of NAU’s Taryn O’Neill (19:53.4) and Emily Covert of Colorado (19:54.6).

Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Score
Women’s Team
Score
No. 6 Iowa State
88
No. 3 New Mexico
93
No. 3 Stanford
104
No. 1 NC State
102
No. 12 Tulsa
160
No. 2 BYU
152
No. 11 Wisconsin
187
No. 6 Minnesota
188
No. 30 Air Force
225
No. 13 Oklahoma State
206

Women’s 6k Championship

No. 3 New Mexico used its overall depth to score a big win in the Women’s 6k Championship. The Lady Lobos, who didn’t have a top-10 finisher, went 12-15-16-24-26 with an 18-second gap between its first and fifth runners for 93 points. No. 1 NC State finished runner-up with 102 points and put two runners in the top-5, but saw its next three runners go 18-31-46. No. 2 BYU finished third with 152 points, followed by No. 6 Minnesota (188) and No. 13 Oklahoma State (206). All told, there were 19 nationally-ranked programs in the mix on the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, including six from the top-10.

Ceili McCabe of West Virginia continued her breakout season and captured the individual title in 19:57.4. McCabe, who also won the individual title at the Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic, was the only athlete under 20 minutes for the 6k course. Kelsey Chimel of NC State earned runner-up honors in 20:00.2, followed by Taylor Roe of Oklahoma State (20:01.1), Jenna Magness of Michigan State (20:05.6) and Katelyn Tuohy of NC State (20:08.4) to round out the top-5.

Men’s 8k Championship

Wesley Kiptoo ran away with the individual title in the Men’s 8k Championship and No. 6 Iowa State followed suit in the final 4k, as they captured the team crown over a loaded field, which included 18 teams that were ranked in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll. The Cyclones went 1-17-20-21-29 for 88 points, 16 fewer than No. 3 Stanford. The Cardinal had a massive lead at the 2k split (82 points), but came back down to Earth over the final 6k as it dwindled to 56 points at 4k, 14 points at 6k and then a 16-point deficit by the finish (Iowa State had a lot to do with that, as its top-5 athletes gained a total of 49 spots in the final 4k). No. 12 Tulsa finished third with 160 points, followed by No. 11 Wisconsin (187) and No. 30 Air Force (225) to round out the top-5.

Kiptoo led from right after the 1k split and never looked back. He led by 4.2 seconds at 2k, 14 seconds at 4k, 19.9 seconds at 6k and won by 9.7 seconds in 23:11.2 over Cooper Teare of Oregon. Teare was one of two Ducks in the top-5, as Aaron Bienenfeld was fourth in 23:23.2. Charles Hicks of Stanford ended up third in 23:21.9 with Bob Liking of Wisconsin in fifth at 23:27.1, ahead of two Cardinal athletes (Cole Sprout in sixth; Ky Robinson in seventh).

Augustana Interregional Invitational – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Score
Women’s Team
Score
No. 1 Wartburg
39
No. 9 Pomona-Pitzer
68
No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer
46
No. 2 Wartburg
75
No. 12 North Central (Ill.)
120
No. 3 Washington (Mo.)
97
No. 22 Otterbein
121
No. 5 UChicago
97
No. 10 Washington (Mo.)
122
No. 16 Hope
100

Men’s 8k Championship

A battle between the top-2 teams in the most recent NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll didn’t disappoint – not in the slightest.

No. 1 Wartburg and No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer dueled over the 8k tract at the Saukie Golf Course and when the dust settled, the top-ranked Knights emerged victorious, 39-46. The second-ranked Sagehens put four runners in the top-10, compared to Wartburg’s three, but the top team in the nation wielded its top-end depth with Joe Freiburger and Christopher Collet going 1-2.

No. 12 North Central (Ill.), No. 22 Otterbein and No. 10 Washington (Mo.) were all separated by one point in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. The Illinois-based Cardinals went 8-11-16-42-43 for 120 points, while the Ohio-based Cardinals finished 13-19-25-30-34 for 121 points and the Bears took spots 14-22-26-27-33 for 122 points.

Women’s 6k Championship

Pomona-Pitzer was ready to race.

One week after COVID-19 concerns kept them from running a home meet, the ninth-ranked Sagehens put three runners in the top-10 and cruised to the team title on Saturday. Pomona-Pitzer finished with 68 points, seven fewer than runner-up No. 2 Wartburg (75). Genevieve DiBari led the Sagehens in fourth place, while Riley Mayer was the top Knight in sixth.

A close battle raged behind those top-2 teams as No. 3 Washington (Mo.) and No. 5 UChicago had be separated by a tiebreaker since they both finished with 97 points. Zayra De Souza gave the Bears a needed nudge thanks to her seven-spot edge over Sarika Temme-Bapat as the teams’ fifth runners. No. 16 Hope finished fifth thanks to Anastasia Tucker’s individual title.

Connecticut College Invitational

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There were a total of 18 ranked teams in action at the Connecticut College Invitational on Saturday.

Men’s 8k Blue Race

No. 3 Williams and No. 4 MIT separated themselves from six other ranked teams on Saturday and dueled for top honors. The Ephs eventually came out on top, posting a six-point win over the Engineers, 37-43. Both squads put three runners in the top-10, but Williams’ top-end depth with Aidan Ryan’s individual title and Elias Lindgren’s third-place finish proved pivotal. No. 18 Middlebury (114), No. 16 RPI (143) and No. 32 Connecticut College (170).

Women’s 6k Caroline Grape ’22 Memorial Blue Race

No. 6 Williams dropped the hammer and cruised to victory. The Ephs, who led by 12 points at 2.8k, eventually won by 25 points over No. 12 MIT, 74-99. Williams only had one runner in the top-10 (Genna Girard, second), but sent its full lineup across before the Engineers mustered five. Danielle Page gave Tufts the all-important low stick with her individual title in 21:02.1, which propelled the 17th-ranked Jumbos to third place with 122 points. No. 15 Bates (163) and No. 23 Middlebury (167) rounded out the top-5 teams.

Rowan Inter-Region Border Battle

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A pair of top-5 ranked programs imposed their will as multiple ranked squads gathered at Dream Park in Logan Township, New Jersey.

Women’s 6k Championship

No. 1 Johns Hopkins displayed its dominance with a 28-point total as all five scorers finished in the top-10 (and Nos. 6 and 7 runners followed closely in 11th and 14th). No. 10 SUNY Geneseo was also impressive as runner-up with 55 points, placing two in the top-10 and all five scorers in the top-20. No. 30 St. Olaf was third with 166 points, followed by No. 32 Haverford (192), No. 29 Lynchburg (219) and No. 31 Rochester (N.Y.) (237).

Isabella Miller of Haverford won the individual title in 21:33.76, with Ashley Heidenrich (21:41.82) edging Johns Hopkins teammate Alex Ross (21:43.70) for runner-up honors.

Men’s 8k Championship

Two squads – No. 5 SUNY Geneseo and No. 20 Lynchburg – had three top-10 finishers, but the fifth-ranked Knights’ depth of having two more scorers in the top-20 was the deciding factor in winning the team crown with 39 points over the Hornets, who tallied 88. No. 13 Johns Hopkins finished third with 123 points, just ahead of No. 22 Haverford’s total of 125 as No. 24 St. Olaf was fifth (146).

Frank Csorba of Lynchburg earned individual honors with a time of 24:42.63 as Nick Andrews (24:49.54) edged SUNY Geneseo teammate Ezra Ruggles (25:00.98) for the runner-up position.

Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble

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Ten ranked teams – five each on the men’s and women’s sides – and top individuals from those teams provided lots of great action in Oberlin, Ohio.

Women’s 6k Championship

Carnegie Mellon, the highest-ranked team in the field at No. 17, earned a hard-fought team title with 122 points, 18 points ahead of No. 22 Allegheny (Pa.) (140). Unranked UW-Stevens Point claimed third (148) ahead of No. 19 John Carroll (167), No. 34 Trine (170) and No. 24 Case Western Reserve (184).

Evie Bultemeyer of Trine cruised to the individual crown in 21:14.5, winning by 30.7 seconds over Hannah Lohrenz of UW-Oshkosh (21:45.2).

Men’s 8k Championship

A tight team battle was anticipated and the top-2 ranked programs in the field didn’t disappoint. No. 7 John Carroll edged No. 8 UW-Whitewater, 60-67. The Blue Streaks got the low stick with Alex Phillip winning the individual title, but the Warhawks looked impressive with three top-10 finishers. JCU then followed with its next four scorers all in the top-20 ahead of UWW’s Nos. 4 and 5. Finishing third in the team standings was No. 17 Carnegie Mellon (103), followed by No. 19 UW-Oshkosh (130) and No. 26 Case Western Reserve (151).

Phillip’s winning time of 24:59.5 gave him the individual title by 8.3 seconds over Mount Union’s Jeff Joseph (25:07.8). UWW’s David Fassbender was third in 25:13.7.

Jim Drews/Tori Neubauer Invitational

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UW-La Crosse swept the team titles as its annual meet named in honor of two of its legendary runners, but NJCAA DI Iowa Central CC was among the programs providing strong competition.

Women’s 6k Championship

NCAA DIII No. 8 UW-La Crosse, romped to the team title with 19 points. Emma Malooly led a 1-2-3 Eagle finish, taking the individual title in 22:07.2 as they had 8 of the top-13 finishers. NCAA DIII No. 20 UW-Eau Claire was the runner-up team with 63 points. Impressive in fifth place was Iowa Central CC, No. 3 in the NJCAA DI rankings, as top runner Chloe Garcia Grafing was the fourth individual in 22:15.1.

Men’s 8k Championship

NCAA DIII No. 11 UW-La Crosse got all it could handle in the team battle from Iowa Central CC, the No. 1-ranked program in NJCAA Division I. The Eagles prevailed with 60 points, just ahead of Iowa Central’s 67, with NCAA DIII No. 27 UW-Eau Claire third (89). The Tritons had three in the top-6 led by the overall 1-2 of Aspel Kiprob (24:16.5) and Kelvin Bungei (24:18.4), both 29-plus seconds ahead of anyone else.

Greenville Classic

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High-ranking squads from NJCAA Division II and Division III crossed paths in Hillsboro, Illinois.

Women’s 5k Championship

NJCAA DII No. 1 Heartland (Ill.) CC found a new No. 1 runner in taking team honors with 32 points over a pair of NCAA DIII squads in Webster (53) and host Greenville (74). NJCAA DIII No. 1 Joliet (Ill.) JC was fourth with 92 points. Individual honors went to Taylor Joop of Heartland CC in 19:37.9 over Danielle Schultz of Webster (19:40.7). The Hawks’ Olivia Bloyd, a former NJCAA DII National Athlete of the Week, was Heartland’s No. 2 runner in fourth place overall (19:57.6).

Men’s 8k Championship

NCAA DIII Greenville held off NJCAA DII No. 3 Heartland (Ill.) CC, 38 to 41. The next two teams were two NJCAA DIII powers in No. 1 Mineral Area (Mo.) with 108 points and No. 3 Joliet (Ill.) JC with 123. Greenville went 1-2 individually with Gianni Estrada (26:16.5) and Kaleb Carlson (26:38.7) as Kyle Vinyard of Mineral Area was the top JUCO finisher in third (26:41.1) ahead of Heartland’s Briar Nevills (26:42.3).