Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 9/16/2013

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mel Brodt Opener
Bowling Green (M/W)
Eastern Michigan (M/W)
Miami (W)
Toledo (M/W)
Ball State (W)

MEN'S RESULTS    WOMEN'S RESULTS

Bowling Green (M/W)
Bowling Green, Ohio (Bowling Green) – Sophomore Tim Jurick led the men's cross country team and redshirt sophomore Andrea Alt paced the Falcon women's team in impressive fashion as the teams hosted the Mel Brodt Invitational Friday night.
 
Bowling Green hosted the annual meet and ran on the same course that will serve as host for the Mid-American Conference Championships Nov. 2. The men ran the same 8,000 meters that will be contested in the MAC Championships, while the women ran the final 5,000 meters of the 6,000-meter MAC Championship race.
 
Alt finished 18th overall with a time of 17:59.31, setting a new personal best by more than 15 seconds. In fact, all 11 Falcon women's runners either set a new personal best or were competing as freshmen in a collegiate meet for the first time. Following Alt, Rebecca Rae beat her personal best by more than 70 seconds with a time of 18:01.77 and Amanda Garlak improved her PR by more than 80 seconds with a time of 18:03.32.
 
In the men's race, Jurick placed 15th overall with a time of 26:21.39. Joe van Bolderen followed in 26:58.58 before a quartet of freshmen finished next just 14 seconds apart in Nathan Kuck, Ben Shaffer, Riley Kuess and Logan Pitcher.
 
BGSU will next compete in the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University Oct. 4.
 
 
EMU Women
Bowling Green, Ohio — Eastern Michigan University's women's cross country team ran in the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener Friday, Sept. 13 at Bowling Green State University.  The field of competitors had a staggering 86 runners for the evening meet, and junior Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia / School #42) was able to secure a second place finish, making her the lone Eagle in the top-10 finishers.
 
Voronko came in with a time of 17:08.78 behind Youngstown State's Samantha Hamilton.  The remaining top-10 competitors was dominated by Mid-American Conference favorites Miami University and the University of Toledo, with Toledo's runners grabbing five of the remaining eight spots and Miami cleaning up the rest with three finishers.
 
The 5000 meter race showed vast improvement from the Eagles' previous race at the EMU Triangular.  Seven of the nine runners cut at least 40 seconds off of their 5k time from two weeks ago with five making gains of over one minute.
 
The Green and White were able to place two more runners in the top-20 with senior Kayla Pfund (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Lutheran North) and freshman Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind. / Fremont).  Pfund finished with a time of 17:57.29 for a 15th place finish and Aldrich came in at a 17:59.03 mark, good for 17th place.
 
The meet was not scored.
 
Regarding the team's performance, Head Coach Sue Parks said, "It was great to challenge ourselves by competing against the top-two ranked teams in the MAC.  I thought that our top three ran well but unfortunately, we had too big of a gap between our third and fourth runners and that hurt us.  But we know that we are not at full strength just yet and as long as we continue to improve, I believe that we can close the gap to the top teams as the season goes on."
 
Parks will take the squad to Three Rivers, Mich. next week for the George Dales Invitational, Friday, Sept. 20. 
 
EMU (M)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio  — The Eastern Michigan men's cross country team had a strong showing Friday evening, Sept. 13, at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener, placing three runners in the top-10, the most out of any Mid-American Conference school. 
 
The squad was led by redshirt junior Ian Hancke (Haslett, Mich. / Haslett), who finished the 8000 meter race with a time of 25:28.33 that snagged him a third-place finish.  Sophomore Austin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y. / Greenwich Central) was the next Eagle to cross the finish line with a mark of 25:48.16, followed closely behind by junior Cameron Trinh (Oakland, Calif. / Skyline) with a 25:51.93 finish. 
 
The Eagles did not falter from the chilly climate and brisk winds at Bowling Green State University; at the close of the first loop Hancke, Lane, and Trinh ran in a tight pack in the top four.  As the runners began to spread out, Hancke maintained a pace behind the lead runner and fell to his eventual third place position during the third and final loop around the course. 
 
Freshman Nicolas Trefz (Fairmont, W.Va / Fairmont) made his debut for the Green and White and nabbed a 20th place finish with his time of 26:29.93.  Rounding out the Eastern harriers were sophomores William Trice (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Northern) and Brandon Wynsma (Augusta, Mich. / Richland Gull Lake).  The race  between the 45 competitors was won by unattached runner Jarrod Eick.  The meet was not scored.
 
Regarding the race, Head Coach John Goodridge stayed ever positive in reflection of the event, saying, "I like what I saw today and see lots of positive things we can build on."
 
The Eagles will have time to build on their race with Goodridge until Friday, Oct. 4, when they will make the jaunt to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational. 

 

Miami (W)
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio
 – Junior Jess Hoover led the way for the Miami University women’s cross country team for a second straight week, finishing first for the RedHawks and third overall at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Invitational hosted by Bowling Green State University. The race began at 7:10 p.m. Friday evening and there was no team scoring.
 
The RedHawks ran well against Mid-American Conference (MAC) competitors Bowling Green, Toledo, Ball State and Eastern Michigan on Forrest Creason Golf Course, which will serve as host for the 2013 MAC Championship Nov. 2.
 
Similar to her performance at last weekend’s Miami Invitational, Hoover had a fast start to the 5K, pacing the front-runners from Eastern Michigan, Toledo and Youngstown State en route to finishing third in 17:11.91.
 
While Hoover had a strong kick to the start of the race, the rest of the RedHawks didn’t manage to go out quite as fast.
 
“The front of the pack went out really fast and Jess went out with them, which was great,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “Anna (Lamb) and Melissa (Girgis) didn’t get out with that front pack, which I think they paid for because they couldn’t run them down in the end. It was a good learning experience.”
 
Junior Anna Lamb finished behind three Toledo runners after she was unable to catch up to the front of the field, taking seventh overall in 17:37.78. Junior Melissa Girgis followed, finishing third for Miami and ninth overall in 17:40.98.
 
Sophomore Laura Bess was Miami’s fourth runner to cross the finish line, taking 13th overall in 17:54.99. Fellow sophomore Mattie Moncayo rounded out what would have been Miami’s scoring five, taking 16th overall in 17:58.33.
 
Phillips says tonight’s race was a good test for what is to come in November, and is overall satisfied with her team’s performance at their second meet of the 2013 season.
 
“It was a good, solid day,” Phillips said. “One more step closer to MACs.”
 
The RedHawks return to action next Friday, Sept. 20 for the Wake Forest Invitational in Winston Salem, N.C. The race will begin at 4 p.m. ET.
 
Toledo (M/W)
BOWLING GREEN, OH - The University of Toledo cross country teams saw seven runners finish in the top 10 on Friday at the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener in Bowling Green, OH. The men's race was identical to what will be run at the MAC Championships on Nov. 2, while the women's race was 1,000 meters shorter than the MAC Championship race.
 
Junior Brooke Tullis led the way for the women, finishing fourth with a time of 17:34.69 in the 5K race. Junior Megan Gaysunas finished with the same time, giving her fifth place, while junior Priscilla Timmons crossed the finish line in sixth place with a time of 17:35.07.
 
Juniors Liz Weiler and Megan Wright finished in eighth and tenth, respectively, to round out the top 10 marks on the women's side.
 
"This was a good test for us to see where our fitness is at this early point in the season," head coach Linh Nguyen said. "We have three weeks of training after this and then we'll face six or seven nationally ranked teams at Paul Short. Overall, I was happy with the way the women ran. Most of them ran at or under their personal bests and many had their fastest season debuts. It's nice for them to get some quantitative confirmation of their fitness levels. The top seven obviously all ran well and had a small spread, which will be key for us going forward."
 
For the men, junior Jake Kasperski finished fourth with a time of 25:29.82 in the 8K race, while teammate Hillary Serem finished seventh with a time of 25:45.68.
 
"I was very happy with the men's race," Nguyen said. "Jake and Hillary ran together most of the race and did a great job of sticking in the lead pack. When the pack broke up, they kept fighting and finished strong. Adam was just at the back of that pack and raced well too. I'm pleased with the men in their first 8k. We had a couple of our top guys sitting out and when we add them back in I think we will have a very solid team. The guys are really starting to believe and that makes all the difference."
 
Team scores were not kept at Friday's meet.
 
The teams are off until Oct. 5 when they travel to Bethlehem, PA for the Paul Short Run.
 
"We'll be back training hard for the next three weeks with both teams to prepare for the two biggest regular season meets," Nguyen said. "I'm happy with where we are right now based on what we've done in training."
 
 

Ball State (W)

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - - The Ball State cross country team saw seven of its nine runners post career-best times in the non-scored 5K Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener hosted by Bowling Green Friday night at the Forrest Creason Golf Course.
 
The event, which was run of the last 5K of the 6K course which will host the 2014 Mid-American Conference Championships, also featured Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Youngstown State and Siena Heights.
 
Leading the way for Ball State for the second consecutive race was junior Courtney Edon who placed 35th among the 86-runner field with a time of 18:35.35.
 
BSU’s next four runners all clocked career-bests times, led by freshman Jordan Timmons (43rd/18:58.35). Timmons was followed by sophomore Danielle Dahl (44th/18:58.57), junior Caitlynn Edon (47th/19:02.05) and freshman Ericka Rinehart (51st/19:09.68).
 
Junior Madelyn Webster (71st/19:51.95) was BSU’s sixth-fastest runner, followed by redshirt freshman Becca Kropf (80th/21:37.19), redshirt freshman Jordan Jenkins (85th/23:16.39) and junior Ashley Schmidgall (86th/24:41.63).
 
The Ball State cross country team returns to action next Friday, when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana Intercollegiates which are slated to begin at 3:30 p.m.

 

Spartan Invitational
Central Michigan (M/W)
Western Michigan (W)

MEN'S RESULTS   WOMEN'S RESULTS


Central Michigan (M/W)
East Lansing, Mich.
– A pair of runners on both the men’s and women’s side posted top-10 finishes for the Central Michigan cross country program at the Spartan Invitational Friday afternoon.

Sophomore Nate Ghena ran a career-best 24:58 in the 8k men’s race to finish fifth, while junior Ethan Lievense came across the finish line nine seconds later at 25:07 for a seventh place finish.  
 
Senior Krista Parks also continued her strong start to the 2013 campaign with an eighth place finish in the women’s 6k race, crossing the finish line with a time of 21:32. Sophomore Kelly Schubert bested her personal record by a whole minute to finish 10th at 21:47.
 
The Chippewas added a pair of runners in the top 20 on the women’s side as junior Abbey Kelto finished 18th at 22:14 and sophomore Alyssa Dyer finished 19th at 22:39. Freshman Esther Bell finished 24th in her first career 6k race with a time of 22:56.
 
The cross country program will return to competition on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. 

 

Western Michigan (W)
EAST LANSING, Mich
. -- The Western Michigan women's cross country team wrapped up competition at the 2013 Auto Owner's Insurance Spartan Invitational on Friday afternoon. 
 
Several Broncos improved their times from last year's race, including Aisha Hodge. Hodge led the way for WMU with a 6k time of 22:41, taking 34 seconds off of her time from last season. Freshman Daya Wagh continued to impress, building upon her strong finish last week and turning in a time of 22:50.
 
Junior Rebecca Peacock sliced 27 seconds off of her time with a mark of 23:28 on the day as WMU's third finisher. Senior Teresa Marin cut 36 seconds from her time and turned in a finish of 23:33, while freshman Claire Gilbert wrapped up the Broncos' top-five finishers with a time of 23:37.
 
Senior Alex Forsythe was WMU's sixth finisher on the day but beat her time set at last year's Spartan Invitational by 1:15 at 23:46.
 
The Broncos host the annual George Dales Invitational next Friday afternoon at Pine View Golf Club in Three Rivers, Mich. It is the lone home meet for WMU this season.
 
 
Illinois State Invitational
Northern Illinois
 
NORMAL, Ill. - The Northern Illinois cross country team took fourth place Friday at the Illinois State Invitational at the Weibring Golf Course in Normal, Ill.
 
The Huskies placed four runners in the top 30, including a team-high 16th-place finish by sophomore Ali Olson. In the team standings, NIU placed ahead of Eastern Illinois and Northern Iowa.
 
"We had a number of positives today with personal bests and some improvements in our race execution," said NIU Head Coach Greg Hipp. "Today was another good step for us to get wins over EIU and UNI. However, we have some people missing and a few who haven't had races at their level, yet. We're on the right path and our focus is on November."
 
Olson led the way for NIU, crossing the finish line at 18:19.24. Trailing Olson was fellow Wisconsinite Jamie Burr in 23rd with a time of 18:37.33.
 
Leah Raffety, the winner of last Friday's NIU Open, claimed 26th place by running 18:39.72. Fourth for the Huskies was Claire Mcauley, who ran 18:45.44 to finish in 29th place.
 
Carly Pederson rounded out NIU's scorers with a run of 19:08.81, which was good enough for 46th place. Trailing Pederson were Meghan Heuer and Hannah Savage, who finished 58th and 59th with times of 19:24.35 and 19:27.32, respectively.
 
Chrissy Monson finished the 5K course with a time of 19:40.12 to take 64th and Rachel Shoemaker was 72nd at 20:03.74.
 
The Huskies return to competition in two weeks when they head north to Minnesota on Sept. 28 for the Roy Griak Invitational.
 
 
Saturday, September 14, 2013
 
Blue Grass Invitational
Akron (M/W)
Miami (M)
 
 
Akron (M/W)
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Akron men's and women's cross country teams were back in action Saturday at the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational at Masterson Station Park, hosted by the University of Kentucky.
 
Facing stiff competition that included the defending national champions and currently top-ranked Oklahoma State men's team, the Zips men fared well, placing sixth out of nine squads while the UA women came in fifth out of seven teams.
 
The UA men were once again paced by true freshman Clayton Murphy, who finished 16th as an individual with an 8K-time of 24:40.05. He was followed closely by teammate Kyle Cochrun, who came in 20th with a time of 24:42.19. Trevor Norris (25:10.43), Daniel Zupan (25:19.65) and Aaron Howkins (25:45.34) finished in 30th, 33rd and 47th, respectively, to round out Akron's top five scorers.
 
Also running for Akron were Martin Zegarelli (26:12.51) and Zach Alexander (26:27.04).
 
Eastern Kentucky's Soufiane Bouchikhi, who captured the individual title with a time of 23:35.60, was one of three Colonels in the top five as EMU took the team championship with a total of 34 points. UA's 139 points were just three shy of fifth-placed Miami (Ohio).
 
For the second-straight meet, junior Maria Moore was the top finisher on the Zips women's side. The native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, finished the 5K in 17:36.13, which was good for 15th place overall. Teammate Kayla Whitlow followed in 19th place, running 17:49.71 while just less than one second separated Jillian Roth (18:07.25) and Michaela Foisy (18:08.11), who took 29th and 30th place, respectively.
 
Marisa Papp was the 41st runner to cross the line and did so in 18:51.24 to round out the women's top five. Also competing for the Zips were Irene Frangos (18:59.05), Alex Bowers (19:03.60), Sarah Kupniewski (19:13.70) and Morgan Willis (19:17.87).
 
The Eastern Kentucky women completed the sweep with a first-place finish and a team total of 48 points. It was a tight race overall as the top-four teams were separated by less than 20 points in the standings. Ua tallied 125 points as a group to better Cincinnati (187) and Transylvania (219).
 
The Zips will have nearly three weeks to prepare for their next meet, the All-Ohio Cross Country Championships, which will be hosted by Cedarville University on Oct. 4.
 
 
Miami (M)
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The University of Akron men's and women's cross country teams were back in action Saturday at the Bluegrass Cross Country Invitational at Masterson Station Park, hosted by the University of Kentucky.
 
Facing stiff competition that included the defending national champions and currently top-ranked Oklahoma State men's team, the Zips men fared well, placing sixth out of nine squads while the UA women came in fifth out of seven teams.
 
The UA men were once again paced by true freshman Clayton Murphy, who finished 16th as an individual with an 8K-time of 24:40.05. He was followed closely by teammate Kyle Cochrun, who came in 20th with a time of 24:42.19. Trevor Norris (25:10.43), Daniel Zupan (25:19.65) and Aaron Howkins (25:45.34) finished in 30th, 33rd and 47th, respectively, to round out Akron's top five scorers.
 
Also running for Akron were Martin Zegarelli (26:12.51) and Zach Alexander (26:27.04).
 
Eastern Kentucky's Soufiane Bouchikhi, who captured the individual title with a time of 23:35.60, was one of three Colonels in the top five as EMU took the team championship with a total of 34 points. UA's 139 points were just three shy of fifth-placed Miami (Ohio).
 
For the second-straight meet, junior Maria Moore was the top finisher on the Zips women's side. The native of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, finished the 5K in 17:36.13, which was good for 15th place overall. Teammate Kayla Whitlow followed in 19th place, running 17:49.71 while just less than one second separated Jillian Roth (18:07.25) and Michaela Foisy (18:08.11), who took 29th and 30th place, respectively.
 
Marisa Papp was the 41st runner to cross the line and did so in 18:51.24 to round out the women's top five. Also competing for the Zips were Irene Frangos (18:59.05), Alex Bowers (19:03.60), Sarah Kupniewski (19:13.70) and Morgan Willis (19:17.87).
 
The Eastern Kentucky women completed the sweep with a first-place finish and a team total of 48 points. It was a tight race overall as the top-four teams were separated by less than 20 points in the standings. Ua tallied 125 points as a group to better Cincinnati (187) and Transylvania (219).
 
The Zips will have nearly three weeks to prepare for their next meet, the All-Ohio Cross Country Championships, which will be hosted by Cedarville University on Oct. 4.
 
 
Ohio Invitational
Ohio (M/W)
 

Ohio (M)

ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University men's cross country team raced to victory Saturday morning at the Ohio Invitational Saturday morning. The team placed nine runners in the top 10 and won the event with 15 points.
 
Sophomore Jake Gentile (Kettering, Ohio) was the top Ohio finisher in the 5-kilometer race, pacing the squad in a time of 15:43.69.
 
Behind the Green and White were Cedarville (58 points), Ohio Dominican (69 points), Urbana (115 points) and Capital (154 points).
 
The victory marks the fourth-consecutive year the `Cats have won the Ohio Invitational. The team has now won its first two events of the 2013 season.
 
The Bobcats will travel to Winston Salem, N.C. to compete against Wake Forest on Sept. 20. The race is set to begin at 5 p.m.

Ohio (W)
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University women's cross country claimed the Ohio Invitational Saturday morning as it claimed the top four positions and won the event with 16 points.

Sophomore Caroline Hildebrand (Hilliard, Ohio) was the top Ohio finisher in the 5-kilometer race, pacing the squad in a time of 18:27.95.
 
Sophomores Ashley Waddington (Sandusky, Ohio), Tessa Weigand (Akron, Ohio) and Maureen Dean (Sylvania, Ohio) placed second, third and fourth in times of 18:35.86, 19:10.46 and 19:12.54, respectively.
 
Behind the Green and White were Cleveland State (46 points) and Ohio Dominican (79 points).
 
The victory marks the fourth-consecutive year the `Cats have won the Ohio Invitational.
 
The next event for the Bobcats will be on Sept. 20 when they travel to Winston Salem, N.C. to face Wake Forest. The race is set to begin at 6 p.m.