Weekend Recap: Collegiate Cross Country Continues To Impress

EDITOR’S NOTE: We’ll continue to update this throughout the weekend.

Raise your hand if you’re enjoying the cross country season so far.

That’s what we thought.

Teams hit the grass circuit this weekend in search of continued progress.

Here are some of the meets that stood out the most to us.

Lewis Crossover


Break the brooms out.

Colorado Christian swept the team titles at the Lewis Crossover.

Here’s how it went down in Romeoville, Illinois!

Men’s 8k Race

No. 9 Colorado Christian romped to the team title in the Men’s 8k Race with 47 points. The Cougars, behind a 2-3 punch by Trent Cochran and Josh Pierantoni, placed all five scoring runners in the top-20. No. 25 Illinois Springfield captured runner-up honors and held off No. 26 Western Washington, 80-82. Even with the Vikings having all of their scoring athletes finish in the top-21 (7-16-18-20-21), the Prairie Stars had three athletes cross the line in the top-15 to give them the lift they needed. No. 14 Michigan Tech finished fourth (102) and Saginaw Valley State was in fifth (102).

Dayton Brown of Saginaw Valley State won the individual title 23:43.8, followed by the aforementioned Cochran (23:49.0) and Pierantoni (23:51.9).

Women’s 6k Race

No. 14 Colorado Christian earned an impressive victory Saturday morning as the Cougars won the team title with 68 points, 24 points fewer than runner-up No. 13 Minnesota Duluth. CCU went 5-10-13-16-24 with Paige Tack (fifth, 21:21.3) and Shannon King (10th, 22:01.1) posting top-10 finishes. No. 16 Winona State came in third (116) behind Lindsay Cunningham’s individual crown in 20:50.12, followed by No. 15 Lewis (119) and #26 Saginaw Valley State (146).

In the individual race, Cunningham won by 19.18 seconds over runner-up Kylie Anicic of Edinboro (21:09.30). McKenna Taylor of Winona State rounded out the top-3 in third (21:13.33). This was Cunningham’s third victory of the season.

Pomona-Pitzer Invitational


A tie breaker to decide the team champion?

That happened at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational

Men’s 8k Recap

Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont-Mudd-Scripps matched each other point for point in the Men’s 8k at the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational on Saturday.

When they tallied the scores and the two teams tied with 50 points, the Stags emerged victorious thanks to the 3-2 edge over the Broncos: NCAA DIII No. 14 CMS went 4-6-10-12-18; NCAA DII No. 20 CPP finished 2-9-11-13-15. Nicholas Taubenheim proved to be the decisive athlete for the Stags, as he crossed the finish line 12th in 25:34.0, one spot ahead of Gideon Pichardo of CPP at 25:37.4.

Benjamin White of Biola (Calif.) captured top individual honors in 24:43.1.

Women’s 6k Recap

Biola (Calif.) made it look easy on Saturday.

The 21st-ranked team in NCAA DII rolled to a 26-41 win over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, the fifth-ranked team in NCAA DIII. Biola (Calif.) put all five scoring athletes in the top-10 with a 34-second spread between them. That was more than enough to top the Athenas, who got an individual title from Natalie Bitetti in 21:28.0. Bitetti won the race by 13.3 seconds.

UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational


Top-ranked teams handled business on Saturday in Wisconsin.

Men’s 8k Recap

No. 14 UC-Colorado Springs captured the team title in the Men’s 8k race at the UW-Parkside Lucian Rosa Invitational with 44 points. The Mountain Lions, behind Afewerki Zeru’s individual crown in 24:39.8, went 1-5-7-14-17. UW-Parkside placed second in the team standings with 76 points, finishing ahead of No. 16 Wayne State (Mich.) (81) and RV Cedarville (84). Minnesota State rounded out the top-5 with 128 points.

Women’s 6k Recap

No. 6 Cedarville scored 32 points en route to its team title in the Women’s 6k race. The Yellow Jackets had runners finish 2-4-6-9-11 with Bethany Sholl (second, 21:32.7) and Savannah Ackley (fourth, 21:48.2) leading the way. Minnesota State, thanks to an individual crown in 21:20.3, placed second with 60 points and finished ahead of four ranked teams in the latest NCAA DII Women’s Cross Country National Coaches’ Poll: No. 20 Wayne State (Mich.) was in third (94); No. 25 Rogers State came in fourth (149); No. 21 Southwest Baptist placed fifth (150); No. 18 Hillsdale finished in sixth (156).

FSU Invitational


Apalachee Regional Park was a destination for a pair of high-ranking NAIA programs in Indiana Wesleyan and The Master’s (Calif.), as the same course will play host to the NAIA Championships next month.

Men’s Garnet 8k

What promised to be a thrilling matchup between two top-5 programs in the most recent NAIA National Coaches’ Poll didn’t materialize as No. 4 The Master’s (Calif.) notched an upset win over host Florida State. The Mustangs, who traveled more than 2,000 miles for the meet, clearly came to race and scored 74 points, 13 fewer than the Seminoles. NCAA DII’s Embry-Riddle (Fla.), which received votes in the most recent poll, earned third place on a tiebreaker over NAIA No. 2 Indiana Wesleyan.

Osman Humeida of Florida Gulf Coast was the individual winner, clocking 24:23.8 to hold off Brint Laubach of The Master’s (24:25.6).

Women’s 5k Race

LSU placed three in the top-5, scoring 37 points to win the team title over Miami (59), which was led by individual winner Daphnee Lavassas. Lavassas crossed the finish line in 17:10.9, five seconds ahead of the LSU duo of Michaela Rose and Lorena Rangel Batres, both timed in 17:16.6. Rose was a 2:02.49 800 runner last spring who also earned a bronze in August at the World U20 Championships 400 hurdles with a PR 56.86.

NAIA contenders The Master’s and Indiana Wesleyan – ranked No. 5 and No. 11, respectively – finished seventh and 11th with squads split at other meets.