Weekend Recap: Nuttycombe Invitational Highlights Massive Weekend

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It doesn’t get much bigger than this!

Well, at least for the regular season.

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We saw just about every 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.

Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational – Final Standings

Men’s Team
Women’s Team
No. 2 Stanford
No. 1 NC State
No. 1 BYU
No. 2 New Mexico
No. 3 Northern Arizona
No. 4 Northern Arizona
No. 12 Air Force
No. 5 BYU
No. 13 Notre Dame
No. 10 Notre Dame

Men’s 8k Championship

Steady, but certainly not slow, won the Men’s 8k Championship on Friday.

No. 2 Stanford, behind Ky Robinson’s individual title with one of the fastest times ever recorded at the Wisconsin Nuttycombe Invitational, rolled to a decisive victory over 18 other teams who were ranked in the top-30 of the most recent National Coaches’ Poll. The Cardinal put three in the top-10 – Robinson (first, 23:03.9), Charles Hicks (third, 23:12.7) and Cole Sprout (seventh, 23:18.6) – and another in the top-15 to anchor its final team score of 54 points.

Stanford sat second through the 2k, 4k and 6k splits before surging over the final 2k to capture the win. While Robinson and Hicks both moved up more than two spots down the homestretch, Devin Hart and Meika Beaudoin-Rosseau were the lynchpins as they improved their positions five and nine places, respectively (Hart from 18th to 13th; Beaudoin-Rosseau from 39th to 30th).

Through 6k, it looked as if top-ranked BYU was well on its way to victory with all five of its scoring athletes in the top-16, but it couldn’t close it out. Those same top-5 athletes who went 3-9-12-13-16 at 6k, fell back to 15-16-17-20-21 by the finish. BYU did have a 2.5-second spread, though.

Nico Young and Drew Bosley provided third-ranked Northern Arizona with a pair of top-5 finishes in second and fifth, respectively, as it took third in the team standings. Young surged in the final 200 meters to try to nab the individual title, but Robinson had just enough left to nip him at the finish line by 0.1 seconds (Young crossed the threshold at 23:10.0).

No. 12 Air Force surprised with a fourth-place finish, just four points behind the Lumberjacks. The Falcons soared from 23rd place at the 2k split to 10th at the 4k checkpoint, eventually to sixth at the 6k marker and fourth at the finish. Sam Gilman led the way in tenth place individually.

No. 13 Notre Dame rounded out the top-5 teams in fifth with 186 points.

Women’s 6k Championship

A highly anticipated matchup lived up to expectations.

No. 1 NC State went 1-2 at the Nuttycombe Wisconsin Invitational, but needed the tiebreaker to hold off No. 2 New Mexico in a memorable battle of NCAA powers.

Katelyn Tuohy won the individual title 19:44.3, five seconds ahead of teammate Kelsey Chmiel (19:49.4) running her first race of the season (Chmiel was runner-up at this race for the second year in a row). Tuohy broke away just after the 4k point with a move that no one could answer.

The team race was incredible, thanks to a fantastic finish by New Mexico. After 4k, the Wolfpack had an unofficial score of 79 compared to the second-place Lady Lobos’ 130.

New Mexico finished with a flourish in the final 2k, with every scorer improving position – three by double digits. The timing system showed a final tally of 80 for both squads, bringing the tiebreaker into play for the first time in meet history for a team title.

In the tiebreaker, each team’s five scorers are matched head-to-head, with the nod going to who wins more. NC State (1-2-18-23-36) won 3-2 over New Mexico (8-9-12-25-26), but it was still very close. The separation between the Wolfpack’s Sydney Seymour in 23rd and the Lady Lobos’ Elise Thorner in 25th was just 0.2 seconds in NC State’s favor.

New Mexico won last year’s Nuttycombe Invitational 93-102 over NC State, but the Wolfpack got the last laugh in November when they won the NCAA title. The Lady Lobos finished third in Tallahassee, Florida.

The super-charged field (24 of the top-30 ranked NCAA DI teams) even saw a close battle for third as No. 4 Northern Arizona (244) edged No. 5 BYU (252) and No. 10 Notre Dame (257). No. 11 North Carolina was sixth (280), just ahead of No. 8 Stanford (285).

Augustana Interregional Invitational

Men’s Team
Women’s Team
No. 1 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 3 UChicago
No. 4 North Central (Ill.)
No. 2 Wartburg
No. 3 Wartburg
No. 7 Washington (Mo.)
No. 12 Washington (Mo.)
No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer
No. 19 Otterbein
No. 26 UW-Eau Claire

Men’s 8k Varsity

Top-ranked Pomona-Pitzer lived up its billing on Saturday.

The two-time defending national champions rolled to the team title in the Men’s 8k Varsity with 48 points. The Sagehens showed out, putting all seven of their runners in the top-16. Only five count toward scoring, though. That meant Pomona-Pitzer went 5-7-9-13-14 for 48 points.

No. 3 Wartburg and No. 4 North Central (Ill.) tried valiantly to keep up with the Sagehens. The Cardinals ended up in second place with 69 points thanks to three runners in the top-10, while the Knights took third with 84 points behind Christopher Collet’s individual title (Collet covered the 8k tract in 23:47.5, 1.7 seconds faster than runner-up Connor Riss of NCC).

No. 12 Washington (Mo.) finished fourth with 130 points, followed by No. 19 Otterbein with 149.

Women’s 6k Varsity

Kassie Parker winning the individual title was a given.

That much was apparent after the Loras standout and defending individual national champion led by six seconds at the 1 mile split and poured it on from there to win by 48.3 seconds in 20:00.1.

The team race that developed behind her caught the most attention.

Both No. 2 Wartburg and No. 3 UChicago sent their entire scoring lineups across the finish line in the top-20. The Knights led 11-12 after two runners with Aubrie Fisher as the best of the rest as individual runner-up, but the Maroons took the lead for good after the third runner. UChicago went up 22-24 at that point, pushed that to 36-40 after four and then staved off Wartburg to win by three points at 54-57.

No. 7 Washington (Mo.) was a distant third with 97 points, followed by No. 10 Pomona-Pitzer (159) and No. 26 UW-Eau Claire (167) to round out the top-5.

Other Meets Of Interest

Alabama Crimson Classic & Penn State National Open


Victor Kiprop of Alabama and Ceili McCabe of West Virginia continued their undefeated seasons on Friday with victories at the Alabama Crimson Classic and the Penn State National Open, respectively. Kiprop covered the 8k tract in 23:16.9, while McCabe traversed 6k in 20:00.8.

Coincidentally, Kiprop and McCabe both led their respective teams to victories. The Crimson Tide went 1-3-4-7-16 for 31 points at its home meet, while the Mountaineers took places 1-10-12-19-23 for 65 points to beat Penn State in State College, Pennsylvania.

Connecticut College Invitational


Twenty ranked teams converged on Harkness Memorial State Park on Saturday for the annual Connecticut College Invitational.

The highest-ranked squad in both races was No. 2 MIT in the Men’s 8k Blue and the Cambridge-based squad delivered. The Engineers saw all five of their scorers finish in the top-16, led by a 3-4 effort by Sam Acquaviva and Matthew Kearney. MIT finished with 45 points, 33 fewer than runner-up No. 9 Williams with 78. The Ephs got an ultimate low stick from Elias Lindgren, who traversed the 8k course in 23:43.3. No. 30 Middlebury took third with 154 points, followed by No. 16 St. Olaf with 160 and No. 13 Haverford with 168.

No. 6 MIT, the top-ranked team in the field, romped to the team title in the Women’s 6k Blue with 62 points, 48 fewer than runner-up No. 14 St. Olaf (110). The Engineers put four runners in the top-11, which was more than enough to dominate the team standings. MIT saw its next runner come across at 27th, giving them five finishers before any other team had four. No. 16 Williams took third behind the Oles with 115 points, followed by No. 8 Amherst in fourth with 116 and No. 19 Bates in fifth with 143.

New Mexico JC Invitational II


Great head-to-head matchups came to fruition at NMJC’s second invitational this year.

The men’s contest saw No. 3 New Mexico JC winning the team title with 29 points over No. 5 El Paso (Texas) CC, which scored 45. The T-Birds put four in the top-10, but the Tejanos had the ultimate low-stick holder as Adams Biwott won the individual title in 23:49.9 over the 8k course. In his wake was runner-up previously undefeated German Vega of NMJC, a two-time M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week honoree this year in 23:56.3.

In the women’s race, NCAA DII West Texas A&M – No. 26 in the current NCAA DII rankings – held off New Mexico JC, 30-43. The T-Birds are No. 3 in the NJCAA DI rankings and easily outdistanced No. 4 El Paso CC (82). Individually, Eleonora Curtabbi – the NCAA DII steeple champ this past spring – won the 5k in 17:53.9, beating El Paso’s Faith Nyathi (reigning NJCAA DI XC champ), who clocked 18:05.6. NMJC’s Damaris Chewon, a two-time M-F Athletic National Athlete of the Week , was third in 18:30.8.

Ollie Isom Invitational


NJCAA rankings will likely see a shake-up after what happened at the Ollie Isom Invitational.

In a battle of ranked powers from Kansas, No. 8 Cloud County CC eked out a 1-point victory over No. 2 Hutchinson CC, 37-38, in the women’s race. The T-Birds – runners-up at NJCAA DI last year – were led by a 1-2 finish from Lucy Ndungu (19:08.6) and Melody Ochana (19:25.6) over the 5k distance. Hutchinson followed with the next four finishers. The loaded field had No. 9 Dodge City third (60), with host No. 5 Butler (99) and NJCAA DII No. 4 Cowley (105) following in an impressive five-deep field.

The men’s race will also rattle the rankings, as Cowley – reigning NJCAA DII champs and No. 4 in that poll – won convincingly with 28 points over several ranked DI programs. Closest was host No. 7 Butler CC (46), with No. 17 Hutchinson CC third (86). Individually, Rodgers Rotich of Butler was the star, covered the 8k course in 23:57.4, more than a minute over runner-up Theo Leveque of Barton CC (25:48.6).

Trojan Invitational


Colby (Kan.) CC performed well on its home course as multiple divisions came together on Saturday.

In the men’s 8k, Sanele Masondo of Colby maintained his undefeated season, clocking 23:45.17 to win by 22 seconds over Aidan Boyle of Air Force (24:07.63). Teamwise, Air Force (No. 12 in NCAA DI) had their leading runners at Nuttycombe (finishing an impressive fourth), but managed a one-point victory here over Colby, 40-41. Colby is No. 3 in NJCAA DI. Third place went to Colo. School of Mines (63), ranked No. 1 in NCAA DII one week ahead of their pre-nationals race in Washington, while fourth place was claimed by Northwest Kansas Tech (128), No. 6 in the NJCAA DI poll.

Emily Diercks continued the winning ways for Colby runners, taking the women’s 5k in 17:48.31, a second ahead of Sepha Gregersen of Air Force (17:50.06). The Falcons won the team title with 22 points over Fort Hays State (47).

Highlander Invitational


Adams State took care of business at the Highlander Invitational.

Behind an individual crown by Awet Beraki, No. 2 Adams State rolled to the team title in the Men’s 8k with 24 points. Beraki was the ultimate low stick for the Grizzlies with his 23:23.6 winner for a 21.4 second victory over Ian Sanchez Lopez of Arizona (23:45.0). Adams State’s scorers all finished in the top-10 going 1-4-5-6-8. No. 18 Azusa Pacific captured runner up honors with 103 points and Cal State Fullerton finished this with 111 points.

The Women’s 6k also saw Adams State take home top honors. The Grizzlies, who are the top-ranked team in NCAA DII, scored 30 points to beat Cal State Fullerton by 40 points. Brianna Robles (third, 19:54.5) and Precious Robinson (fourth, 20:03.9) led Adams State’s scoring contingent across the line, with their other three runners going 6-8-9 to round out their scoring runners. The Titans finished second (70) and UCLA came in third (112).

Platte River Rumble


NCAA DII teams topped the podium at the Inaugural Platte River Rumble.

The men’s 8k race had No. 21 Neb.-Kearney beat No. 7 Augustana (S.D.), 42-47. The Lopers jumped to an early lead thanks to a 2-3 punch from Luke Stuckey (second, 23:45.8) and Ben Arens (third, 23:51.9), with the remaining runners going 7-14-16. The Vikings’ placed 4-8-9-11-15 and put all of their runners across before the Lopers’ could get their fifth across, but couldn’t overcome the deficit. Spencer Moon of NCAA DIII Simpson (Iowa) won the individual title in 23:34.2 for a 11.6 second victory.

In the women’s 6k race, No. 22 Neb.-Kearney captured the team title with 50 points, 10 fewer than RV Northwest Missouri. The Lopers went 5-6-8-14-17 thanks to top-10 finishes from Mara Hemmer (fifth), Hannah Pollan (sixth) and Grace Bonsall (eighth). Caroline Cunningham of Northwest Missouri won the individual race in dominating fashion, crossing the line 20:42.3 to win by more than 20 seconds over the runner-up finisher. Cunningham’s teammate, Amber Owens, finished third in 21:07.3.

Lewis & Clark Invitational


The heart of the Cascade Conference, a top circuit in NAIA cross country, found some of its leading powers competing with programs from different divisions on Saturday.

NCAA DI Portland – whose top runners helped the Pilots earn 11th at Nuttycombe on Friday – was a runaway winner  in the men’s 8k team competition, totaling 31 points while Eastern Oregon – No. 4 in NAIA rankings – was second with 84. Portland State of NCAA DI was third (113), with NAIA No. 16 Southern Oregon (138) earning fourth ahead of NJCAA DI No. 11 College of Southern Idaho (166) and NAIA No. 9 College of Idaho (168). The men’s individual winner was Estanis Ruiz, competing unattached, in 24:13.0, three seconds up on top collegian Daniel Racle of Portland (24:16.4).

In the women’s 6k race, Eastern Washington’s 65 points held off fellow NCAA DI Oregon State, who needed the tiebreaker to top College of Idaho (both scoring 89). College of Idaho is the Cascade Conference’s top NAIA women’s program this year at No. 6. In fourth with 138 points was College of Southern Idaho, reigning NJCAA DI champs currently ranked No. 1 in their latest poll. Shannon Hugard, competing unattached, was the individual winner in 21:33.4, three seconds ahead of top collegian Ellyse Tingelstad of College of Idaho (21:36.6). Tingelstad was eighth in last year’s NAIA national championships.