Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 9/23/2013

Friday, September 20, 2013

George Dale Invitational FINAL RESULTS
Eastern Michigan(W)
Western Michigan

Eastern Michigan Results: 1. Victoria Voronko 21:16.55, 2. Anna Aldrich 22:34.49, 3. Kayla Pfund 22:39.76, 5. Anna Quilez Ribera 23:21.24, 7. Amy Frauhammer 23:23.78, 8. Marina Manjon Rivadulla 23:29.15, Taylor Knoll 24:36.32, Samantha Szuminski 25:40.26

THREE RIVERS, Mich. ( Michigan University's women's cross country team won the George Dales Invitational over Mid-American Conference opponent Western Michigan University, Friday, Sept. 20.  The Eagles had a commanding lead over the Broncos, finishing with 18 points compared to WMU's 42 points.
The Green and White placed seven runners in the top-10 finishers, including a one-two-three finish by junior Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia / School #42),  freshman Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind. / Fremont), and senior Kayla Pfund (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Lutheran North). 
Voronko paced the Eagles for the third time in as many races this season, coming in at 21:16.55, over one minute before the next competitor and nearly two minutes before the first Bronco finisher.  Head Coach Sue Parks said of the junior runner, "Victoria is in great shape and I am excited to see what she can do against top competition in this next stretch of meets."  Aldrich notched a 22:34.49 mark, while teammate Pfund followed closely behind with a 22:39.76 finish. 
"I'm happy with the win and the way that the team competed," said Parks.  "it was very humid and the race went out extremely slow so the times were not fast.  But I felt that we ran well as a team and showed improvement over our last meet."
This marks the fourth consecutive George Dales Invitational meet that the Eagles have won over the Broncos. 
The Eagles will take a short recess before their next meet on Friday, Oct. 4, when they will compete at the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend, Ind. 
Western Michigan Results: 4. Aisha Hodge 28:12.33, 6. Daya Wagh 23:22.66, 9. Becca Peacock 23:29.96, 11. Raychel Figurski 23:45.38, 12. Alex Forsythe 24:14.21, 13. Amy Littlefield 24:16.20, 14. Claire Gilbert 24:22.23, 16. Ann Marie Arseneau 24:40.86
THREE RIVERS, Mich. -- For the third straight week Aisha Hodge finished as the Western Michigan cross country team's top finisher, taking fourth place at the George Dales Invitational at Pine View Golf Club on Friday evening. 
Hodge finished with a 6k time of 23:12.33, while the Broncos fell to Eastern Michigan 18-42. EMU's Victoria Voronko was the individual winner for the third straight season with a time of 21:16.55. The Eagles also claimed the second and third spots by Anna Aldrich and Kayla Pfund.
"I don't think we ran well at all today," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Becca Peacock and Rachel Figurski ran well. Today was the first time Rachel finished in the top five, which was a great finish for her. We just have to get better."
Daya Wagh took sixth overall and was WMU's second finisher with a time of 23:22.66. Peacock was the third finisher and took ninth overall, while Figurski was the fourth finisher with a time of 23:45.38.
"We have a bunch of young people and this is going to be a learning experience for them the way through this year," added Lycan. "We just need to do better, that is the bottom line."
Western Michigan heads to South Bend, Ind., next Friday for the Notre Dame Invitational.

Wake Forest Invitational FINAL RESULTS(W)    FINAL RESULTS (M)
Miami (W)
Ohio (M/W)

Miami Results: 6. Jess Hoover 21:19.60, 11. Anna Lamb 21:41.61, 12. Melissa Girgis 21:45.59, 30. Laura Bess 22:43.73, 31. Mattie Moncayo 22:44.30, 32. Brenna Poulsen 22:46.01, 33. Elisa Frazier 22:49.67

Kernersville, N.C. – For a third consecutive week, junior Jess Hoover led the Miami University women’s cross country team at the Wake Forest Invitational this evening. Hoover and the rest of the RedHawks finished third overall at Ivey Redmon Complex at Beeson Park after competing against a field of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams and Mid-American Conference (MAC) rival Ohio.
As the team’s first 6K of the season began, Hoover immediately went out with the leading pack of runners from Florida State and Ohio, finishing first for the RedHawks and sixth overall in 21:19.60.
Hoover finished behind Ohio’s Juli Accurso and four runners from nationally ranked Florida State. The Seminoles cruised to victory at the Invitational with all five of their scorers finishing in the top seven.
“We knew that they (Florida State) would win it, handedly, and Jess actually went out with them which was fantastic,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “She ran really well, but we should have been second.”
Juniors Anna Lamb and Melissa Girgis took 11th and 12th overall, putting the RedHawks in a good position to take runner-up. Lamb was Miami’s second scorer in 21:41.61, while Girgis finished four seconds behind to make her the team’s third scorer in 21:45.59.
However, there was too large of a gap between Girgis and Miami’s fourth and fifth finishers, resulting in a third-place finish with 84 points. Sophomore Laura Bess was Miami’s fourth finisher and 30th overall in 22:43.73, while sophomore Mattie Moncayo rounded out Miami’s top five, finishing 31st overall in 22:44.30.
Conference rival Ohio had a much tighter race with all five of its scorers in the top 25, earning it second place with 59 points. The RedHawks had met the Bobcats earlier in the season at the 2013 Miami Invitational. With all five of its scorers in the top ten, Miami would have won its season opener if there had been team scoring.
“It (the race) confirmed how fit our top three are, but our later group is much more fit than they raced,” Phillips said. “If we raced how we raced at our first two meets, we would have been a lot better.”
While not an overall victory for the RedHawks, Phillips said her team will use this 6K as a learning experience for the races to come this season.
“It’s fuel for the fire for Pre-Nationals and the Louisville meet.”
The RedHawks will train for the next two weeks, and will return to action for the All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, Ohio Friday, Oct. 4 and the Greater Louisville Classic in Louisville, K.y. Saturday, Oct. 5. The RedHawks will split the weekend with half the team competing in Cedarville and the other half racing in Louisville.
Ohio (W) Results: 3. Juli Accurso 21:05.00, 9. Morgan Reichert 21:39.83, 15. Krista Roehlig 21:59.52, 17. Kayla Scott 22:02.79, 21. Melissa Thompson 22:11.38, 28. Caroline Hildebrand 22:41.72
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. - The Ohio University women's cross country team claimed runner-up honors Friday night at the Wake Forest Invitational.
Ohio finished the event with 59 points.
Senior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) was the top Ohio finisher for the second time in three events as she placed third in the 6-kilometer race in a time of 21:05.00. Junior Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) also finished in the top 10 as she ran a mark of 21:39.83 to place ninth.
"The women ran a strong team race beating Miami and finishing second overall behind Florida state, who is ranked 4th in the country in the national polls," said head coach Clay Calkins. "Juli Accurso led the way, but there were breakout performances by Morgan Reichert, Krista Roelig , Kayla Scott and Melissa Thompson."
Florida State won the event with a team total of 19 points, and team member Hannah Walker finished first overall in a mark of 20:42.71.
Next on the agenda for the Bobcats is a split-squad competition on Oct. 4. Half of the team will travel Cedarville, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championships, while the others will head to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational. Both races are scheduled to start at 2:00 p.m.
Ohio (M) Results: 11. Jarrod Genther 25:27.83,17. Chase Robinson 25:40.40, 20. Jacob Stephens 25:50.83, 25. Kurt Steinmuller 26:00.91, Jake Gentile 26:14.16, 31. Michael McKean 26:18.68.
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. - The Ohio University men's cross country team finished fourth Friday evening at the Wake Forest Invitational.
Ohio tallied 92 points to finish ahead of Shawnee State and Davidson, which posted 107 and 122 points, respectively.
Sophomore Jarrod Genther (Canal Winchester, Ohio) was the top Ohio finisher for the second time in three events. He finished the 8-kilometer race, placing 11th in a time of 25:27.83. He averaged 5:07.4 per mile.
Senior Chase Robinson (Navarre, Ohio) also turned in a strong performance as he placed 17th in a time of 25:40.40.
Florida State won the event with a team total of 31 points. FSU's Bryant Blahnik won the event in a mark of 25:07.17.
Next on the agenda for the Bobcats is a split-squad competition on Oct. 4. Half of the team will travel Cedarville, Ohio for the All-Ohio Championships, while the others will head to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational. Both races are scheduled to start at 2:45 p.m.

Indiana Intercollegiates

Ball State Results: 32. Courtney Edon 19:21.88, 48 Ericka Rinehart 19:46.94, 56. Danielle Dahl 19:56.34, 

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - - The Ball State cross country team placed eighth among the Women’s Big State programs at the annual Indiana Intercollegiate run Friday at Indiana’s Championship Cross Country Course.
Junior Courtney Edon paced the Cardinals for the third consecutive race, posting a 5K time of 19.21.88 to place 24 among the Big State runners.
Indiana placed first among the eight programs scored as Big State teams with 21 points, followed by Purdue (55), IUPUI (108), IPFW (135), Indiana State (136), Evansville (159), Butler (161) and Ball State (193).
All collegiate teams from the state of Indiana were invited to run in the Indiana Intercollegiate, with the eight NCAA Division I programs scored as Big State teams, while the remainder of the schools were score as Little State teams.
Freshman Ericka Rinehart was BSU’s second-best runner, placing 35th overall with a time of 19:46.94. Also scoring in the event for Ball State were sophomore Danielle Dahl (37th / 19:56.34), junior Madelyn Webster (47th / 20:17.74) and junior Caitlynn Edon (50th / 20:26.21).
Also running for Ball State was redshirt freshman Becca Kropf who placed 55th with a time of 22:13.75.
The Ball State cross country team returns to action Saturday, Oct. 5, when it competes in the Greater Louisville Classic which is slated to start at 11 a.m. (CT).
Saturday, September 21, 2013
Buffalo (M/W)
Kent State (M/W)
UB Stampede
GRAND ISLAND, NY – The University at Buffalo men's and women's cross country teams won the UB Stampede Invite held Saturday afternoon at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island in a rain-filled afternoon in Western New York. The men claimed their third-straight Stampede title while the girls collected their first win of the season.
In the men's team competition, the Bulls tallied 20 points to outdistance second-place Binghamton's 36 as the Bulls placed four runners among the top five finishers and five within the top 10 of the race. 
Leading the Bulls on Saturday was senior Zach Ahart who claimed the top overall finish in 25:44 for the 8K course. His time was 34 seconds ahead of his teammate Cameron Bruce, who took second-place honors in 26:18. Joining Ahart and Bruce across the finish line for the Bulls were sophomore Austin Coneys in third-place in 26:30, freshman Alec Peinkofer in fifth-place in 26:36 and junior Bobby Swick in ninth-place in a time of 26:42.
"The Men had a milestone today with all 20 men competing for the first time this year," stated head coach Vicki Mitchell. "The men dominated the course, with excellent front running by Zach Ahart. For many of the men, it was the first competition of the season and the expectation was to race hard, win as a team, and get the first 8k of the season under the belt." 
In the women's 5K race, UB's Chrissy Clarkin claimed the individual title in 18:24, finishing just ahead of fellow Bull Gabby Leo who claimed second-place in 18:48. Clarkin backed up her second-place finish at the opening race of the year with her most dominating performance at the UB Stampede Invite.
Freshman Caroline Brown had her best finish of the young season on Saturday as she took home the third-place finish in 19:00. Following a Binghamton and Niagara runner, the Bulls had four more runners in the top-10. Freshman Corinne Birchard finished in sixth-place in 19:14, freshman Melinda Wheeler came in seventh-place in 19:17, Meaghan Wessel took eighth-place in 19:21 while Meagan Hopkins closed out the top-10 in 19:37.
"The Women ran just as planned – controlled and moving harder on the last mile of the course," said Mitchell. "That was represented well as you could see our pack of women move up throughout the race.  In conditions like today, where rain plays a role in the pacing of the race, the goal is to come out with a strong performance and everyone healthy and we did just that."
UB's women took home the first place finish; collecting 19 points while Binghamton came in second-place (55) followed by Niagara (69) and Grove City (93). 
"Both teams are moving in the right direction as we aim for our best performances at the MAC Championships and the NCAA Northeast Championships," said Mitchell. 
The Bulls are next in action on Saturday, October 5 for the Paul Short Invite at Lehigh University.
Iona Meet of Champions
Kent State
BRONX, N.Y. -  The Kent State cross country teams competed at the 19th annual John "Paddy" Doyle/Iona Meet of Champions at Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday afternoon.  The women finished fifth overall, while the men came in 11th in the 20-team field.
The women compiled 161 points and were led by senior Melinda Sawnor's 14th place finish.  Sawnor finished the 6k course in 23:23.06, followed by a 22nd place finish by junior Paige Foster (23:37) and a 26th place time by sophomore Rachel Slingluff (23:41).
Rounding out the scorers for the Golden Flashes was sophomore Hannah Fleck (23:56) and freshman Taylor Wickey (24:39).
The Kent State men's squad totaled 310 points to finish 11th in the 8k race. Leading the way was senior Andrew Goodwin, who finished 37th with a time of 26:33.  Senior Julian Meyer followed with a 26:46 (48th), junior Matt Kahl recorded a 27:02 (65th) and rookie Jared Fleming posted a 27:04 (66th).   Freshman Grant Onken rounded out the scoring for Kent State with a 27:43 for 94th place.
The men's and women's cross country team will now prepare for the All-Ohio Championship hosted in Cedarville, Ohio, on Oct. 4.