Weekend Recap: Top Teams Handle Business Across The Nation

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From The USTFCCCA InfoZoneMeets This Weekend | USTFCCCA Scoreboard

That means the collegiate cross country season is heating up.

Here are the meets that stood out the most to us this weekend.

Joe Piane Notre Dame Invitational

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The Women’s Blue 5000m lived up to the pre-race hype.

Four top-10 programs squared off and when the dust settled at the Burke Golf Course in Notre Dame, Indiana, top-ranked NC State stood tall as it held off strong challenges from No. 3 New Mexico and No. 10 Alabama to win the team title. The Wolfpack, led by an individual title from Katelyn Tuohy, put three runners in the top-6 – four in the top-15 – to propel themselves to a 55-68 win over the Lady Lobos and a 15-point cushion over the Crimson Tide (55-70).

Tuohy paced the field through the 4k split at 12:49.9 with Mercy Chelangat of Alabama (12:50.9) and Kaylee Mitchell of Oregon State (12:51.9) right behind her. Then Tuohy hit another gear and left them in the dust. Tuohy gapped Chelangat, the eventual runner-up, by 12.1 seconds over the final 1k to shatter the course record with her 15:50.0 stopper (Mitchell finished fourth).

NC State had its work cut out for itself on Friday morning, as Alabama and New Mexico wouldn’t go away. The Crimson Tide cut the Wolfpack’s lead to just five points by the 4k mark, but NC State’s depth proved to be too much down the stretch. The Wolfpack saw Tuohy, Samantha Bush (fifth, 16:11.7) and Sydney Seymour (sixth, 16:11.9) all finish in the top-6 with Marlee Starliper (12th, 16:21.9) not too far behind. Alabama had the best 1-2 punch with Chelangat and Hilda Olemomoi going 2-3 (Olemomoi crossed the finish line in 16:04.9). The Lady Lobos moved as a pack through the field and eventually put the entire scoring lineup in the top-20.

Notre Dame protected home turf in the Men’s Blue 5 Mile, taking the team title with a concerted team effort. The 14th-ranked Irish went 10-13-14-18-26 for 81 points to beat RV Tennessee (104), No. 25 Alabama (126) and No. 22 Montana State (144).

Victor Kiprop captured the individual title in 23:16.5, just ahead of Nickolas Scudder of Charlotte (23:18.0). Kiprop’s teammate Eliud Kipsang finished third in 23:19.9, while Yaseen Abdalla of Tennessee (23:24.4) and Ferghal Curtin of Florida State (23:24.7) took fourth and fifth, respectively.

Other Meets Of Note

Exciting competition happened all over the nation!

Paul Short Run

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Men’s College Gold 8k

You’re only as strong as your fifth runner. No. 13 North Carolina, led by a 1-2 finish by Parker Wolfe (23:02.4) and Patrick Anderson (23:04.4), beat three other teams that were included in the most recent National Coaches’ Poll (No. 17 Georgetown, No. 21 Villanova, RV Utah State). The Tar Heels were the only program to put all five scoring athletes in the top-25. The Wildcats had a commanding 28-40 lead through four runners on Friday, but wouldn’t see their fifth cross the finish line until the 72nd scored place.

RPI won the race within the Men’s College Gold 8k by being the top-finishing NCAA DIII program out of three top-10 programs that were entered. The tenth-ranked Engineers amassed 744 points in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 33 fewer than No. 6 Johns Hopkins and 76 fewer than No. 7 John Carroll. Alex Phillip led the Blue Streaks as the top NCAA DIII individual in seventh place (23:14.7).

Women’s College Gold 6k

No. 12 North Carolina edged No. 18 Georgetown, 63-67, in the Women’s College 6k Gold at the Paul Short Run. The Tarheels, led by Brynn Brown’s sixth-place finish, placed all five scoring runners in the top-20. The Hoyas looked like they would run away with the team title with a 22-43 lead over the Tar Heels through four runners, but Georgetown’s fifth runner crossed the line in 45th and wasn’t enough to overcome North Carolina’s final team score. No. 15 Providence finished third in the team standings with 176 points, followed by Utah State (191) and No. 16 Utah Valley (234).

Individually, Everlyn Kemboi of Utah Valley broke the tape first in 19:33.0. Amina Maatoug of Duke crossed the line in second (19:34.6) with Maggie Donahue of Georgetown placing third (19:37.1).

Men’s College Brown 8k

Carnegie Mellon won the team title in a race that featured at least four other top-35 programs in the most recent NCAA DIII National Coaches’ Poll: No. 21 Emory (second), No. 19 Haverford (third), No. 9 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (fourth) and No. 14 Lynchburg (sixth). The Tartans compiled 114 points and were the only team in the race with five athletes in the top-40.

Gidion Kosgei of Norfolk State won the individual title in 23:51.1, just 0.1 seconds ahead of Isaac Prather of Concord (W. Va.). Frank Csorba of Lynchburg was the NCAA DIII individual in fourth place (23:56.0).

Women’s College Brown 6k

NCAA DIII No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps notched an impressive victory on Friday at the Paul Short Run. The Athenas rolled to the team title in the Women’s College Brown 6k with 82 points, 132 fewer than runner-up NCAA DI George Washington. CMS went 3-10-15-21-23 with Natalie Bitetti (third, 20:57.3) and Meredith Bloss (11th, 21:15.8) leading the charge. NCAA DIII No. 27 Lynchburg finished third in the team standings with 251 points.

Annika Urban of Emory won the individual title going away in 20:22.9, beating the eventual runner-up by 24.7 seconds.

Chile Pepper Festival

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McDonnell Memorial Men’s 8K

The 34th Chile Pepper Festival ended with a spicy race on Friday.

On a picture-perfect course at Agri Park in Fayetteville, Arkansas, the concluding collegiate contest saw Sanele Masondo of Colby (Kan.) CC pull away from Patrick Kiprop of Arkansas by six seconds to win in 23:18.4.

Teamwise, it was an interesting collection of ranked squads from multiple divisions. The host Razorbacks (No. 16 in NCAA DI) won the team title with 61 points, while Colby – No. 1 in the NJCAA Division I coaches poll – was second with 149, ahead of Missouri Southern (157) and Iowa Central CC (166). Missouri Southern is No. 6 in NCAA Division II, while Iowa Central is No. 2 in NJCAA Division I.

Women’s 5K

Razorbacks went 1-2 – sort of. Isabel Van Camp of Arkansas won by a scant 0.2 seconds over post-collegian and former teammate Lauren Gregory in 15:58.0. Teamwise, it was all Razorbacks as the No. 13-ranked squad had five scorers in the top 11 to tally 29, 100 points ahead of runner-up Southern Miss.

It was the 10th-straight Chile Pepper team victory for Arkansas.

Prairie Fire Pepper Men’s 8K

Vincent Nchogu of Texas A&M-Texarkana claimed the individual title by 13 seconds in 24:53.3. Nchogu was NJCAA DI champ last year for Northwest Kansas Tech. Drury won the team title with 81 points over Rogers State (127) – that was just ahead of Oklahoma Baptist (133), which was led by individual runner-up Max Wheeler.

Prairie Fire Pepper Women’s 5K

Emily Diercks was the first winner of the afternoon for Colby (Kan.) CC, winning this contest by 15 seconds in 17:17.1. Missouri S&T squeaked by St. Edward’s, 158-160, for team honors.

Live in the Lou Cross Country Classic

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Men’s 8k Gold

Tanner Chada and Grand Valley State get it done once again.

The Lakers, ranked No. 3 in NCAA DII, topped the field in the Men’s 8k Gold Race at the Louisville Classic with 104 points. Chada took the individual crown in 23:18.1 to lead three Lakers to top-16 finishes. NCAA DII No. 8 Lee (Tenn.) earned runner-up honors with 133 points behind great pack running. The Flames’ scoring five went 20-21-23-31-38 as Silas Eckenroad and Adan Rodriguez finished within 0.7 seconds of each other. NCAA DI Miami (Oh.) (150), Cincinnati (172) and Eastern Michigan (186) finished in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. 

Women’s 5k Gold

NCAA DI Furman romped to the team title in the Women’s 5k Gold Race at the Louisville Classic with 44 points over fellow DI opponent West Virginia, who placed second with 92 points. The Paladins’ scoring five finished among the top-16 in the field behind a second and fifth-place finish by Bethany Graham and Abigail Robertson, respectively. The Mountaineers received an ultimate low stick thanks to Ceili McCabe’s individual crown in 16:23.9 and had runners finish 1-4-14-27-46. NCAA DII No. 2 Grand Valley State placed third with 132 points, followed by NCAA DII No. 5 UC-Colorado Springs in fourth (198) and NCAA DI Auburn in fifth (251).

Men’s 8k Blue

Freshman Jason Bowers of Cumberland (Tenn.) was a runaway winner in 23:51.7, 25 seconds ahead of Tennessee-Martin’s Will Cahill.

Grand Valley State – No. 3 in the current NCAA Division II national coaches poll – edged Tennessee-Martin for the team title, 190-196 as North Alabama third (207). Tennessee Tech (263) and Purdue Fort Wayne (276) rounded out the top-5. In sixth with 277 points was Grace (Ind.) – No. 10 in NAIA polling, while NAIA No. 8 Cornerstone (Mich.) was 14th with 443 points.

Women’s 5k Blue

Freshman Addy Wiley of Huntington (Ind.) won in 17:26.1, eight seconds up on Noel Vanderwall of Taylor (Ind.).

Teamwise, Taylor – No. 2 in the latest NAIA national coaches poll – tallied 67 points to top NCAA DI Xavier (Ohio)’s score of 111. NCAA DII No. 2 Grand Valley State was third (121), ahead of DI Mississippi State (179) and DI Tampa (221). Three other NAIA top-10 programs were in the field: No. 3 St. Francis (Ill.) was sixth with 257, while No. 7 Cornerstone (Mich.) was 10th (413) and No. 8 Grace (Ind.) was 19th (613).

NCAA DIII National Preview Meet

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Men’s Featured 8k

No. 2 MIT showed why its ranked where it is in the National Coaches’ Poll. The Engineers cruised to victory at the NCAA DIII National Preview Meet in East Lansing, Michigan, on Saturday, scoring 62 points (6-9-11-16-20). MIT topped a field that had three other top-10 programs in the mix: No. 5 North Central (Ill.) (second, 98), No. 3 UW-La Crosse (third, 108) and No. 8 UW-Whitewater (fourth, 147). The Eagles got the ultimate low stick from reigning M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week Ethan Gregg, who crossed the finish line in 24:12.3.

Women’s Featured 6k

Kassie Parker made it look easy, as did the top-ranked women’s team in the field. Parker cruised to victory by more than 20 seconds on Saturday, as she traversed the Forest Akers East Golf Course in 20:31.2. No. 3 UChicago rolled to the team title with 59 points, less than half that runner-up No. 7 MIT (106) amassed. The Maroons put three athletes in the top-5 – Lucy Groothuis (third, 22:02.6), Anna Kenig-Ziesler (fourth, 22:04.1) and Frances Schaeffler (fifth, 22:05.8) – as they had a spread of 3.2 seconds between them. No. 9 UW-La Crosse took third place in the team standings with 116 points.

Ted Castaneda Classic

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Women’s 6k Run

Adams State, who is the top-ranked team in NCAA DII, showcased its strength at the Ted Castaneda Classic and picked up a team win with 44 points in the Women’s 6k Run. The Grizzlies were paced by Franziska Althaus’s individual crown in 21:34.77 to finish 4.51 seconds ahead of the runner-up finisher. Host Colorado College placed second with 47 points, just three points shy of Adams State as Kendal Accetta placed third overall and was the second collegian across the line. No. 3 Colorado School of Mines finished third with 59 points, followed by MSU Denver in fourth (72) and Regis (Colo.) in fifth (134).

Men’s 8k Run

Co-No. 1s Adams State and Colorado School of Mines scored 33 points each at the completion of the race, but the win would eventually go to the Grizzlies in a tiebreaker. Adams State was paced with a third-place finish by Miguel Coca in 24:49.73. Paul Knight of Colorado School of Mines was the top collegian across the line, finishing second in 24:41.70 behind Marcelo Laguera (running unattached), who won the race in 24:33.69. Rounding out the top-3 was NJCAA DI No. 4 Northwest Kansas with 87 points, followed by Colorado College (101) and MSU Denver (145) in fourth and fifth, respectively.