Weekend Recap: October 8-10
October continued its hot cross country ways!
There seems no stopping the avalanche of top teams and individuals posting fantastic performances.
Four meets provided some high-ranking fireworks as teams begin to prepare for the championship season.
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FHSU Tiger Open
There was no shortage of excitement as Fort Hays State staged its Tiger Open.
Cloud County (Kan.) CC swept the Black races, followed by unheralded Westminster (Utah) winning the Gold women’s contest and Adams State displaying incredible depth in the Gold men’s competition.
Women’s 5k Black Race
In a battle of NJCAA DI top-10 teams, No. 6 Cloud County (Kan.) CC beat No. 7 Dodge City (Kan.) CC for team honors, 68-93. Tabor (Kan.) edged John Brown (Ark.) by 3 points for third, 148-151, with Kansas Wesleyan just behind at 152 as NAIA schools completed the top-5. Teresha Jacobs of Wayland Baptist (Texas) led individuals with a time of 18:12.71 over the 5k course as Allika Pearson of John Brown was second in 18:15.76.
Men’s 8k Black Race
Top-flight NJCAA team action saw DI No. 3 Cloud County (Kan.) CC score a rankings upset over DI No. 2 Colby (Kan.) CC, 95-107, as the T-Birds’ depth overcame the strong top-4 of the Trojans. NJCAA DI No. 5 Northwest Kansas Tech was close behind in third at 114, sporting a top-3 that finished 1-5-6. Fourth place went to DII Cowley (Kan.) with 163, just ahead of Wayland Baptist (Texas) of the NAIA at 171. Vincent Nchogu of Northwest Kansas Tech won the individual title, clocking 23:35.87 over the 8k tract, with Dennis Mutai of Garden City (Kan.) CC runner-up in 23:44.23 as both ran faster than the Gold race’s winning time of 23:45.84.
Women’s 5k Gold Race
No one saw this one coming. Unranked NCAA DII Westminster (Utah) scored a close win over NAIA No. 5 Saint Mary (Kan.) and NCAA DII co-No. 1 Adams State. The Griffins totaled 99 points to beat out the Spires and Grizzlies, the latter resting its top seven which ran the previous week in the Paul Short Run. A close group of five followed the top-3: Nebraska-Kearney (119), NCAA DII No. 25 Northwest Missouri (128), Fort Hays State (131), Washburn (140) and Central Missouri (145). Caroline Cunningham of Northwest Missouri took home the individual title with a time of 17:33.71 for 5k as Oklahoma Christian’s Kenya Bailey was second in 17:47.09.
Men’s 8k Gold Race
NCAA DII No. 3 Adams State scored 84 points to edge Nebraska-Kearney (90) and NCAA DII No. 21 Northwest Missouri (93) for the team title. Impressively, the Grizzlies raced none of its scorers from last week’s Paul Short Run squad. NAIA No. 2 Saint Mary (Kan.) was close in fourth with 108, while New Mexico Highlands (133) was fifth. Andrew Amor of New Mexico Highlands earned the individual title, finishing the 8k course in 23:45.84 ahead of Saint Mary’s Johnathan Bowen (23:53.45).
Lewis Conference Crossover
Grand Valley State’s women and Colorado Christian’s men earned team titles as the two highly-ranked programs were too much to handle at the sixth annual meet hosted by Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.
Women’s 6k Race
NCAA DII co-No. 1 Grand Valley State flexed its muscles in winning the team crown with 36 points ahead unranked host Lewis (106) as the Lakers placed four runners in the top-10. NCAA DII co-No. 21 Colorado Christian was third with 124 points, ahead of the higher-ranked No. 19 Minnesota-Duluth (154). NCAA DII No. 26 Saginaw Valley State was fifth with 183, and notable teams completed the top-10: No. 18 Walsh (194), No. 24 Wayne State (Mich.) (225), No. 27 Biola (Calif.) (248), RV Lenoir-Rhyne (250) and co-No. 21 Cal State San Marcos (261). Klaudia O’Malley of Grand Valley State edged Walsh’s Alexa Leppelmeier for the individual title, 21:54.1 to 21:54.8 for the 6k course.
Men’s 8k Race
A hot start by NCAA DII No. 6 Colorado Christian could not be doused by host NCAA DII No. 19 Lewis, as the Bearcats’ 1-2-3 was too much for the Flyers to overcome in winning the team title with 59 points. Lewis followed with 87 points ahead of NCAA DII co-No. 1 Grand Valley State’s 96 as the Lakers rested its top runners. NCAA DII RV Wayne State (Mich.) was fourth with 120 points, just beating NCAA DII No. 25 Walsh (124). CarLee Stimpfel of Saginaw Valley State romped to the individual crown in 23:55.1 over the 8k tract, with Ryder Searle over Colorado Christian (24:32.7) finishing as runner-up.
UAH Chargers Invitational
A bevy of activity nested at Alabama-Huntsville’s John Hunt Park course, especially on the men’s side.
Men’s 8k Race
NCAA DII powers waged a big battle as NCAA DII No. 11 Pittsburg State beat two higher-ranked teams in taking team honors with 90 points. NCAA DII No. 7 Lee (Tenn.) (107) led the parade of NCAA DII ranked teams that followed: host No. 12 Alabama-Huntsville (119), No. 10 Southern Indiana (121) and No. 14 Missouri Southern (171). RV Embry-Riddle (Fla.) finished in sixth (193). Ryan Riddle of Missouri Southern (23:47.76) won individual honors over Saint Leo’s Shane Bracken (23:51.54) for 8k.
Women’s 5k Race
NCAA DII No. 5 Lee (Tenn.) rode a 1-3 finish to capture the team crown with 53 points as No. 15 Southern Indiana (82) was runner-up. Dallas Baptist (138), Pittsburg State (198) and Metropolitan State-Denver (202) completed the top-5. Celine Ritter of Lee won the individual title in 16:47.09 ahead of Southern Indiana’s Jennifer Comastri (16:47.09).
It was a banner day for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, as the Staggs and Athenas easily swept the team crowns on Pomona-Pitzer’s home course.
Men’s 8k Race
NCAA DIII No. 7 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps cruised to victory with 27 points as all five scorers were in the top-10. Azusa Pacific (Calif.) finished second with 43 points, followed by Cal Poly Pomona (72), NCAA DII No. 22 Biola (Calif.) (151) and Westmont (Calif.) (153). Individual honors went to Santiago Hardy of Antelope Valley (Calif.), who ran 24:49.9 for the 8k course ahead of the 24:51.5 of Benjamin White of Whittier (Calif.).
Women’s 5k Race
Led by a 1-2-3 finish, NCAA DIII No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps was a dominant winner with 18 points as the Athenas had all five scorers ahead of runner-up NAIA No. 22 Westmont (Calif.), which had 81. NCAA DII No. 27 Biola (Calif.) edged Cal Poly Pomona for third, 110-111, with Azusa Pacific (Calif.) rounding out the top-5 with 132 points. Riley Harmon of CMS earned the individual title in 21:27.4 for 6k over teammates Meredith Bloss (21:30.4) and Natalie Bitetti (21:36.3).