Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 9/9/2013

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tommy Evans Invitational
Akron (M/W)
Kent State (M/W)
Men's Team Results Men's Results Women's team Results Women's Results

Akron (M) Results:
3. Clayton Murphy 20:28.0, 6. Daniel Zupan 20:33.0, 7. Kyle Cochrun 20:33.0, 8. Trevor Norris 20:40.0, 21. Aaron Howkins 21:12.0

Akron (W) Results: 2. Maria Moore 18:35.0, 12. Michaela Foisy 19:02.0, 18. Irene Frangos 19:21.0, 20. Jillian Roth 19:26.0, 21. Morgan Willis 19:28.0

AKRON, Ohio (Akron) – The University of Akron cross country team opened the 2013 season in the 45th annual Tommy Evans Invitational on Thursday evening, which included four top-10 finishes by the men and a second place time for the women.

Overall, the Akron women bested two out of the four opponents participating in the Invitational for the 5K race, as UA defeated Marshall, 18-43, and Youngstown State, 28-29. Maria Moore led the way for the Zips, placing second at a time of 18:35.
Michaela Foisy was second on the squad with a 12th place finish at a time of 19:02. Other Zips women to finish in the top-25 were Irene Frangos (18th; 19:21), Jillian Roth (20th; 19:26), Morgan Willis (21st; 19:28), Marisa Papp (22nd; 19:31), and Sarah Kupniewski (25th; 19:42).
Malone's Tina Oprean won the women's race with a time of 18:32.
On the men's side in the four mile race, Akron defeated three of the four competing teams: Kent State (24-32), Marshall (16-42) and YSU (21-35). The top-10 finishers for the men were Clayton Murphy (3rd; 20:28), Daniel Zupan (6th; 20:33), Kyle Cochrun (7th; 20:33), and Trevor Norris (8th; 20:40).
Other Zips men competing in the Invitational were Aaron Howkins (21st: 21:12), Martin Zegarelli (27th; 21:35), Zach Alexander (32nd; 22:16), and Marcus Mazzaferri (35th; 23:08).
Youngstown State's Eric Rupe finished with the best time in the men's race at a time of 20:23.
The UA cross country team will be back in action on Sept. 14 at the Blue Grass Invitational hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. 
Kent State (M) Results: 5. Steve Fischer 20:32.0, 9. Julian Meyer 20:41.0, 11. Andrew Goodwin 20:43.0, 13. Jared Fleming 20:49.0, 18. Matt Kahl 20:58.0
Kent State (W) Results: 4. Paige Foster 18:42.0, 5. Rachel Slingluff 18:44.0, 13. Hannah Fleck 19:02.0, 14. Mindy Sawnor 19:03.0, 17. Taylor Wickey 19:18.0
AKRON, Ohio (Kent State) - The Kent State University cross country team opened its 2013 campaign at the Tommy Evans Invitational at Firestone Metro Park on Thursday evening.  Four Flashes placed in the Top-10, including a fourth place finish by junior Paige Foster.
Foster earned fourth place with a time of 18:42 and sophomore teammate Rachel Slingluff came in right behind with an 18:44 for fifth place.
Sophomore Hannah Fleck finished 13th with a 19:02, senior Melinda Sawnor posted a 19:03 to 14th and freshman Taylor Wickey recorded a 19:18 for 17th to round out the Top-25.  Also competing were sophomore Brigid Callaghan (31st – 20:18), Seleina Baker (34th – 20:27), Jesse Slingluff (36th - 20:51), Kristen Bergmeyer (38th - 20:58) and Hannah Spicer (39th – 21:24).
Malone's Tina Oprean won the 5k race with an 18:32, followed by a second place finish by Akron's Maria Moore (18:35).
The Kent State men were led by senior Steve Fischer's fifth place time of 20:32 in the four-mile race, and senior Julian Meyer crossed the line with a 20:41 for ninth place. 
Senior Andrew Goodwin posted a 20:43 to come in 11th and rookie Jared Fleming placed 13th with a 20:49.  Other competitors for the Golden Flashes were Matt Kahl (18th – 20:58), Logan Kettlewell (20th – 21:12), Sam Allen (25th – 21:30) and Adam Kendrick (28th – 21:37).
Youngstown State's Eric Rupe won the race in 20:23, while Malone's Jarod Williams finished second with a 20:28.
The Kent State cross country team will now prepare for the Iona Meet of Champions on Sept. 21.
Friday, September 6, 2013
NIU Open
Northern Illinois
Northern Illinois Results: 1. Leah Raffety 19:29.85, 2. Ali Olson 19:31.63, 4. Jamie Burr 19:56.44, 5. Carly Pederson 19:57.84, 6. Meghan Heuer 20:17.89, 7. Rachel Shoemaker 20:21.63, 13. Claire Mcauley 20:56.81, 18. Chrissy Monson 21:44.26
DEKALB, Ill. - The Northern Illinois cross country team got their season started right Friday at the NIU North 40, as they defeated Division III power North Central in a dual-scored meet.
NIU placed six runners in the top seven, including first place finisher Leah Raffety and runner up Ali Olson.
"I really liked seeing the girls being aggressive early, but the heat kind of beat us up a little bit," said NIU Head Coach Greg Hipp. "I think, as we adapt to that and get into cooler temperatures in the regular part of the season, we'll look like a much stronger team. The girls really expected to do well today and win. We did, but they were still kind of disappointed with the performance because they have some pretty high standards for themselves right now. That's exciting to see that we can get a win and still not be content."
Raffety, a redshirt freshman from Machesney Park, Ill., took the individual title with a time of 19:29.85. Less than two seconds behind her was Olson, who crossed the line at 19:31.63.
After North Central got the third place individual, NIU claimed the next four places. Junior and team captain Jamie Burr placed fourth with a time of 19:56.44, while freshman Carly Pederson clocked in at 19:57.84 to round out the top five.
In sixth place was another new Huskie in Meghan Heuer. The St. Charles, Ill., native timed in at 20:17.89 in her first race sporting the Cardinal and Black. Rounding out the lead Huskies was Rachel Shoemaker, who finished seventh with a time of 20:21.63.
Three other Huskies finished the season-opening meet. Claire Mcauley finished 13th with a time of 20:56.81, Chrissy Monson was 18th at 21:44.26 and Hannah Savage took 22nd at 22:10.77.
The Huskies run again next Friday when they head down I-39 to Bloomington/Normal for Illinois State's Redbird Invitational.
Crusader Invitational
Western Michigan
Western Michigan Results: (Team: Third) 9. Aisha Hodge 19:10.1, 11. Daya Wagh 19:21.6, 13. Amy Littlefield 19:39.7, 14. Becca Peacock 19.40.5, 18. Teresa Marin 20:12.2, 19. Ann Marie Areneau 20:12.4, 20. Raychel Figurski 20:35.5
VALPARAISO, Ind. -- Aisha Hodge paced the Western Michigan cross country team as it opened the 2013 season at the Crusader Open at Valparaiso University on Friday evening.
Hodge finished ninth overall for the Broncos, who finished in third behind the host Crusaders and first-place Notre Dame. WMU's reliable senior ran a time of 19:10.1, while two freshmen in Daya Wagh and Amy Littlefield finished behind her in the Broncos' top three. Wagh finished in the 11th scoring position and 20th overall with a time of 19:21.6 in her collegiate debut. Littlefield finished 33rd overall and in the 13th scoring position with a time of 19:39.7.
"I felt like we raced okay for where we are," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "I'm not happy with third place but it seems like half our team are freshmen so it was their first collegiate race. I thought Daya and Amy really stuck their noses into the thick of things today and competed well."
Junior Becca Peacock was WMU's fourth finisher with a time of 19:40.5, while Ann Marie Arseneau finished out the Bronco's top-five with a time of 20:12.2. Senior Teresa Marin finished just .2 seconds behind Arseneau and sophomore Raychel Figurski was WMU's seventh runner on the day with a time of 20:35.5.
"I'm really looking forward to the next few weeks and watch these freshmen build some confidence," added Lycan. "It will really give our veterans a nice push to stay ahead of these hungry youngsters."
Next up for the squad is the Spartan Invitational next Friday in East Lansing.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Miami Invitational
Miami (M/W)
Ohio (M/W)

Miami Men's Results: 1. David Wing 14:55.3, 2. Matt Marol 14:57.6, 10. Stephen Biebelhausen 15:16.0, 11. Matthew Stewart 15:20.1, 12. Zackery McBride 15:21.4, 14. Dabiel Garleb 15:22.6

Miami Women' Results: 1. Jess Hoover 17:13.6, 2. Anna Lamb 17:23.2, 3. Melissa Girgis 17:29.5, 8. Laura Bess 17:40.9, 11. Erica Howes 17:50.5, 12. Elisa Frazier 17:52.0

OXFORD, Ohio (M) – Miami University seniors Dave Wing and Matt Marol dominated the 2013 Miami Invitational Saturday morning, finishing 1-2 in the 5K race, which was run on the RedHawks’ brand new cross country course.
With sunnier conditions and a faster course than what the RedHawks experienced at the season-opening Flyer 5K Challenge last weekend, Wing managed to outpace Marol by two seconds, winning the race in 14:55.3, 44 seconds faster than his second-place time at the Flyer 5K. Marol then finished in 14:57.6, also faster than his 15:39.0 time from last weekend. The win was Wing’s first collegiate victory.
“Those were very good times, and they had a very strong race,” said head coach Warren Mandrell of his top runners. “They moved well late in the game and looked very strong.”
Following closely behind Wing and Marol were runners from the Miami alumni team, Ohio and Shawnee State, but three RedHawks took places 10-12 overall. Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen was Miami’s third finisher, crossing the finish line in 15:16.0. Sophomore Matt Stewart followed four seconds later as Miami’s fourth finisher in 15:20.1, while sophomore Zack McBride rounded out Miami’s scoring five a second later in 15:21.4.
With a total of 36 points, Miami just missed winning its lone home meet of the season, falling to Ohio University, who won the Invitational with 33 points. Shawnee State was third with 79 points, followed by Miami Alumni (116), Cedarville (134), Capital (181) and the Miami Striders Running Club (188).
While the RedHawks earned the top two spots individually, Ohio had all five of its scorers in the top 10, finishing within 14 seconds of each other and racking up fewer points than the RedHawks. Jarrod Genther led Ohio in third overall in 14:59.2.
Despite the runner-up finish, Mandrell was pleased with the faster times and improvement he saw from last week.
“We were actually a little tighter this week than we were last weekend, so that was a significant improvement for us,” he said.
Similar to the women’s race, six Miami men’s cross country alumni returned to race in the Invitational to celebrate the grand opening of the new Miami Cross Country Course.
Jarrod Eick, who is now a volunteer assistant coach for Miami’s women’s team, took fourth overall in the 5K race with a time of 15:02.6. Eick won the 2010 and 2011 Miami Invitationals when he was a sophomore and junior for the RedHawks. Other alumni who participated in the race included Fred Kieser, David Eichenberger, Kevin Rigg, Steve Kiplagat and John Strawser, who is the current vice president of the Miami University Red and White Club Board of Directors.
Prior to the meet, Miami officially unveiled its new cross country course with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Women’s alumna Rachel Patterson ‘11 and alumnus Don Kelly ’55 cut the ribbon while men’s alumni Bob Schul ’66 and Bob Hall ’71 held the ribbon.
Although the RedHawks have been practicing on their new course, the Invitational was the first chance for them to compete on the course, and was the first opportunity for family, friends and alumni to see it.
“I’m just so glad that Miami allowed us to do this here,” Mandrell said of the course, located on Bonham Road beyond Yager Stadium. “This is a venue that is as good as any in the country, and as it fills in the grass and everything, this is a venue that is a national-level venue. We’re sure glad to have it.”
The RedHawks return to action next Saturday, Sept. 14 when they travel to Lexington, Ky. for the Kentucky Invitational.
OXFORD, Ohio (W) – Miami University junior Jess Hoover led the RedHawks women’s cross country team to an impressive start to the 2013 season, winning the 2013 Miami Invitational Saturday morning at the its own brand new Miami Cross Country Course.  
Once runners from Miami, Capital, Ohio and Shawnee State took off from the starting line at Miami’s lone home meet of the year, Hoover immediately took the lead, pacing the 5K race the entire way. Winning the race in a personal-best 17:13.6, Hoover had a strong start and looked good throughout her entire run en route to her first collegiate victory.
“When I passed mile two I realized I was still feeling strong at that point and I thought I could pick it up or keep that pace, and keep it strong through the finish,” Hoover said. “Before I knew it we were coming down the opening and coming in and I was like, okay, I think I got this.”
Never letting another runner pass her, Hoover cruised to victory a whole 10 seconds faster than junior teammate Anna Lamb, who crossed the finish line in 17:23.2 to place second overall, which is Lamb’s career-best finish.
“She owned it,” said head coach Kelly Phillips of Hoover’s season-opening performance. “She was awesome…OU is a very good team so the fact that she went out with that kind of confidence against someone like Juli Accurso, who’s been to the NCAA Championship; she didn’t worry about it, she just went after it.”
Following Hoover and Lamb, redshirt junior Melissa Girgis completed a top-three sweep for the RedHawks in 17:29.5. Sophomore Laura Bess was the fourth RedHawk to cross the finish line in 17:40.9, taking eighth overall. Senior Erica Howes was then fifth for Miami in 17:50.5, finishing 11th overall, followed closely by junior Elisa Frazier, who was one spot behind in 12th in 17:52.0.
Three RedHawks went 15-16-17 at the Invitational, beginning with sophomore Mattie Moncayo, who finished in 17:57.4. Junior Alex Chitwood followed 10 ticks later in 18:07.0 with sophomore Brenna Poulsen right behind in 18:10.8. Sophomore Julia Valencia rounded out Miami’s top 10 finishers, taking 19th overall in 18:34.9.
Impressed with her team’s performance, Phillips says with the season-opener done, it’s time for her team to look forward and continue running fast.
“The best part of this is we ran like that and we’ve only been doing workouts for two weeks. We’ve just been doing summer-based training. We didn’t do any workouts over the summer,” Phillips said. “Presumably, it’s only going to get better from here.”
The RedHawks managed to have some fun at the 2013 Miami Invitational, as well, during the challenging competition, getting to race alongside six Miami cross country alumni who returned to celebrate the inauguration of the new cross country course.
Rachel Patterson was the top alumna, finishing ninth overall in 17:48.1, followed by Kelley Miller, who crossed a second later. Katie Lenahan also finished in the top 15, taking 14th overall in 17:57.2. The final three alumnae who ran included Monica Fischer, Lindsey Carlin and Doreen Barrow. No team scoring was kept at the meet.
Phillips was very pleased with the weekend as a whole, especially having the alumni back to race in the Invitational.
“It was awesome,” the head coach said. “It was so fun, it exceeded my expectations.”
Prior to the meet, Miami officially unveiled its new cross country course with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Patterson ‘11 and men’s alumnus Don Kelly ’55 cut the ribbon while men’s alumni Bob Schul ’66 and Bob Hall ’71 held the ribbon.
The RedHawks return to action Friday, Sept. 13 when they travel to Bowling Green, Ohio for the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener.


Ohio Men's Results: 3. Jarrod Genther 14:59.2, 6. Jacob Stephens 15:04.4, 7. Chase Robinson 15:11.9, 8. Brandon O'Malley 15:12.8, 9. Kurt Steinmuller 15:13.1, 15. Matt Watts 15:23.4, 18. Chris Alto 15:28.2

Ohio Women's Results: 4. Julie Accurso 17:30.2, 5. Kayla Scott 17:30.4, 6. Krista Roehlig 17:32.8, 7. Morgan Reichert 17:34.6, 13. Melissa Thompson 17:53.7, 18. Caroline Hildebrand 18:21.4

OXFORD, Ohio (M) - The Ohio University Men's Cross Country notched a top spot finish at the 2013 Miami Invitational Saturday morning. Ohio finished with a team score of 33 to claim the event.
The `Cats placed five runners in the top 10. Sophomore Jarrod Genther (Canal Winchester, Ohio) was the top Ohio finisher as he concluded the race in third place in a time of 14:59.2.
Sophomore Jacob Stephens (Bellbrook, Ohio), junior Chase Robinson (Navarre, Ohio), Brandon O'Malley (Kettering, Ohio) and sophomore Kurt Steinmuller (Stonybrook, N.Y.) were also top 10 runners as they placed sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, consecutively.
Miami's David Wing won the event in a time of 14:55.3.
Ohio returns to action on Sept. 14 as it hosts the Ohio Invitational. The meet is set for 10:45 a.m.
OXFORD, Ohio (W) - Senior Juli Accurso posted a fourth-place finish to pace the Ohio University women's cross country team as the squad opened its 2013 campaign Saturday morning at the Miami University Invitational.
Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) finished the 5-kilometer race in a time of 17:30.2. She finished just behind 17 seconds behind first-place finisher Jess Hoover from Miami. Hoover's official time was 17:13.6.
Sophomore Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio), sophomore Krista Roehlig (Green, Ohio) and junior Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) finished fifth (17:30.4), sixth (17:32.8) and seventh (17:34.6), respectively.
The Bobcats returns to action next week as it plays host to the Ohio University Invitational. The race is set to begin at 10 a.m.


Harry Lang Invitational
Buffalo (M/W)

Buffalo Men's Results: 12. Austin Coneys 20:50.6, 13. Martin Leff 21:01.0, 14. Bob Swick 21:16.0, 21. Tyler Scheving 21:48.8, 22. Nathan Smith 21:51.0

Buffalo Women's Results: 2. Christina Clarkin 15:47.2, 4. Gabrielle Leo 15:55.0, 9. Melinda Wheeler 16:18.2, 13. Meagan Hopkins 16:36.7, 14. Corinne Birchard 16:45.0

HAMILTON, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's cross country teams opened the 2013 season at Colgate University's Harry Lang Invitational with second-place finishes among four teams.
In the men's race, contested at 6,400 meters, the Bulls scored 60 points. Syracuse was the lone team to finish ahead of the Bulls with 15 points. Buffalo beat out the likes of Colgate and Hartwick College.
Leading the men's team individually was sophomore Austin Coneys with a 12th-place finish among 43 entrants. Coneys turned in a course time of 20:50.60.
Besides Coneys, five other Bulls finished among the top 25. Sophomore Martin Leff finished 13th in 21:01. Bobby Swick was 14th in 21:16 with Tyler Scheving finishing 21st in 21:48, Nate Smith finishing 22nd in 21:51 and Graeme Gowland finishing in 25th in 22:05.70.
Syracuse's Juris Silenieks won the individual title in 20:33 with 10 of his fellow Syracuse runners following him, earning the top 11 spots for the race.
In the women's meet, run at 4,200 meters, the Bulls totaled 42 points to finish second behind Syracuse who recorded 22 points.
UB's top women's runner was junior Chrissy Clarkin, who took 2nd place in 15:47.20. Joining Clarkin as UB's next four finishers were junior Gabby Leo in 15:55 for 4th place, freshman Melinda Wheeler in 16:18.20 for 9th place, Meagan Hopkins in 16:36.70 for 13th place and freshman Corinne Birchard in 16:45 for 14th place.
Syracuse's Margo Malone won the race in 15:39.30 barely edging out Clarkin. Syracuse had six of the top eight times on the day with the other two top eight times belonging to the Bulls.
The Bulls host the UB Stampede Invitational at Grand Island's Beaver Island State Park on September 21 in their next competition.
IPFW Invitational
Ball State 
Ball State Results: (Team: Third) 6. Courtney Edon 23:12.28, 10. Jordan Timmons 23:46.39, 13. Ericka Rinehart 23:53.40, 17. Danielle Dahl 24:07.08, 20. Caitlynn Edon 24:15.83
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - - Ball State’s top five runners combined for an average time of 23:51.00 to help the cross country team open the 2013 season with a third-place showing at the 6K IPFW Invitational.
IUPUI took the top spot, with its scored runners combining for 23 points and an average time of 22:59.97. IPFW was second with a score of 39 (23:26.27), followed by BSU (65 / 23:51.00) and St. Francis (120 / 28:02.71).
Leading the pack for the Cardinals was junior Courtney Edon who placed sixth overall with a time of 23:12.28. It was the first time in her three-year career Edon has led the Cardinals to the finish line.
A pair of freshmen were the next to cross the line for the Cardinals, as Jordan Timmons placed 10th and Ericka Rinehart finished 13th with career-fast times of 23:46.39 and 23:53.40, respectively.
Sophomore Danielle Dahl also turned in a career-best effort at the meet, placing fourth on the squad and 17th overall with a time of 24:07.08.
Junior Caitlynn Edon rounded out Ball State’s scored runners by placing 19th with a time of 24:15.83.
Also running for the Cardinals were sophomore Katelyn DeVries (20th / 24:38.32), junior Madelyn Webster (21st / 25:12.64), sophomore Becca Kropf (27:25.48 – career-fast) and sophomore Jordan Jenkins (29:48.27 – career-fast).
The Ball State cross country team returns to action Friday, Sept. 13, when it travels to Bowling Green for the Mel Brodt Invitational. The meet is set to begin at 7:10 p.m.