Men’s Cross Country Saturday Finale
Miami Takes Third Place at Spiked Shoe Invite
Sophomore Pat Sovacool (Lakewood, Ohio) placed sixth overall and three RedHawks finished in the meet’s top 20 as the Miami University men’s cross country team placed third in a 24-team field at Saturday’s Penn State Spiked Shoe Invitational. Miami tallied 108 team points, trailing only second-place Penn State (87) and race winner Syracuse (50).
Sovacool was the top Miami finisher for the first time in his career at the 8K Penn State Golf Course, clocking in with a sixth-place time of 26:20. It was the third consecutive top-six individual finish for Sovacool after finishing second at the Flyer 5K Challenge (Sept. 2) and third at the Miami Invitational (Sept. 9). With his top team finish, Sovacool also became the third different runner to finish as the top Miamian this season.
Also placing in the meet’s top-20 overall finishers were junior Michael Veatch (Middletown, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Kevin Silver (Beachwood, Ohio). Two weeks after being tabbed as the Mid-American Conference Runner of the Week, Veatch notched an 11th-place time of 26:28, while Silver placed 20th and in Miami’s scoring five for the third straight week with a time of 26:47.
Rounding out Miami’s scoring five were sophomore Brad Untrauer (McCordsville, Ind.) and freshman Paul Krebs (Kettering, Ohio), who placed 29th and 42nd, respectively. Untrauer was one of four Miamians to finish in the meet’s top 30 with a time of 27:00, and Krebs notched the first scoring finish of his career, placing just 18 seconds behind Untrauer in 27:18.
Other notable performances for Miami included junior Justin Campbell’s (East Liverpool, Ohio) 63rd-place time (27:50) and sophomore Ryan Tamm’s (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) 70th-place clocking (28:02).
Finishing in third in a talented field of runners, Miami placed ahead of conference rival Kent State (fourth), Pittsburgh (fifth) from the BIG EAST, Maryland (seventh) from the Atlantic Coast Conference and area rival Dayton (eighth).
With a pair of top finishes and a third-place showing under its belt this season, Miami’s next race is slated for Oct. 6 when it travels to the All-Ohio Championship in Delaware, Ohio.
Kent State places Fourth at Spiked Shoe Invitational
The Kent State University men’s cross country team put in another strong performance for the second week in a row as they finished fourth at the Spiked Shoe Invitational in State College, Pa. The women’s cross country team placed seventh at the meet.
Syracuse took first place and Penn State second on both the men’s and women’s sides. Miami (Ohio) finished third for the men and Maryland took third for the women.
The Golden Flashes were led once again by senior Seth Hutchinson who finished seventh overall with a time of 26:21.20. Finishing second for Kent State and 18th overall was senior Ben Wietmarschen (26:43.90). Wietmarschen made a vast improvement from last week where he finished seventh on the team. Sophomore Joe Parker (26:51.90) came in third for the Flashes and 25th overall. Senior Jesse Armbruster (27:01.65) and sophomore Dan Klatt (27.01.65) rounded out the Kent State scorers in the meet.
Bowling Green gives a strong performance at Roy Griak Invite
The men and women's cross country team traveled over 600 miles to compete at the 2006 Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn. The weather wasn't in their favor, as much of the day leading up to the competition was raining, creating a very muddy course come race day. The race featured many of the nations top cross country runners, including nine men's teams that were ranked by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as well as eight women's teams that were ranked. In the men's field of competition, of the top 50 runners at last year's men's NCAA Division I Championships, 30 of them returned for the 2006 season and ten of them were featured at the Griak Invite.
As for the Falcons, they were once again lead by junior Jamie Roflow and freshman Eddie Kipchoge. Roflow finished 49 of the 288 finishers in the women's 6,000-meter race while Kipchoge finished 34 out of 301 runners in the men's 8,000-meter race. Roflow's time of 22:31 currently ranks her 14 on the 6K All-Time list, and she also holds many other spots on the list as well. Her time also ranks her as the number two runner on the Griak course for the Falcons. Kipchoge finished as the number six runner in the region at the meet.
"Overall the meet went ok for us," said coach Cami Wells. "There were some positives and negatives. Both squads learned a lot about what it is like to race in such a big meet with some of the toughest competition in the nation."
"Eddie Kipchoge ran another strong race and got a taste of some great competition," said Wells.
Another highlight for the meet was the Falcons Kim Settle. Finishing 63 she set a 6K personal-best of 22:44, closing the gap between Roflow to 14 seconds, the best the Falcons number two runner has done in two years. She is currently ranked 18 on the BGSU All-Time list as well as fourth on the Griak course because of her performance.
"Jamie and Kim ran very well up front now we just need to continue to close the gaps between them which I am confident we can do," said Wells.
The third Falcon across the line was Stephanie Hillman with a time of 23:44. Next was Carly Bates, crossing in a time of 24:30, a 6K PR. Kara Butler followed with a time of 25:01. The seventh runner to cross the line for the Orange and Brown was Bridget Dalic in 25:08. Kylie Korsnack was the number six runner with a time of 25:19. The final Falcon was Andrea Pereira de Almeida in a time of 25:42, a 6K PR.
As for the men, four crossed the finish line for the team. Behind Kipchoge was Brad Wells in a time of 27:05. Edgar Ramirez was next and he crossed the line at 28:26. Kevin Kaighin was the final Falcon, crossing with a time of 29:36.
"The men's team was hit pretty hard by sickness this week, especially our number three runner, Rogers [Kipchumba]," said Wells. "I was hoping Kip [Kipchumba] would be feeling well enough to race and he tried but was unable to finish the race."
For both teams, the goal will be to close up the gaps between the runners and they will concentrate on that as they don't compete for two weeks. The Orange and Brown return to action Oct. 6 at the All-Ohio Championships in Delaware, Ohio on the campus of Ohio Weslyn. They'll get a chance to get to race against the best competition in Ohio as wells as some of the best in the Mid-American Conference.
University at Buffalo takes first place finish at UB Stampede
The University at Buffalo cross country team pulled out a stunning two-point victory over Cornell on Saturday to take the men's team title at the UB Stampede Invitational at Beaver Island State Park. The Bulls (28 points) placed the first three runners across the finish line ahead of the Big Red (30 points) to provide the margin of victory. Ten men's squads comprised the field.
UB senior Dan McKenna (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) took the top spot in the men's 8K race. McKenna finished in 27:04.90. A pair of UB runners finished immediately behind McKenna. Senior Andy Leonard (Spencerport, NY/Churchville-Chili) finished in 27:10.00 for second place and junior Jesse Mang (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) was third in 27:14.20 to hold off Cornell's top runner, Peter Loy, who finished fourth in 27:15.80.
"The men ran aggressively," said head coach Vicki Mitchell. "They pulled out the win which was nice and a little bit of a surprise and the weather held up for us."
Other UB men's runners to score points included Chuck Laderer (Pendleton, NY/Starpoint) in ninth place in 27:42.60 and Dave Welby (Somers, NY/Somers) in 13th place in 27:45.40.
UB travels to the Lehigh University's Paul Short Invitational next Saturday. First race is slated to start at 2:00 pm.
Men's team scores: UB 28, Cornell 30, Niagara 107, Canisius 112, LeMoyne 153, Erie CC 156, St. Bonaventure 164, Keuka 240, Medaille 278, Hilbert 295.
Central Michigan Wins Team title at Nike Race of Champions in Hoover, Ala.
A one-two finish by Jeff Powers and Jacob Korir led Central Michigan University to the team championship in the Great American Cross Country Festival’s Nike Race of Champions on Saturday in Hoover, Ala.
“There were a lot of fans down here and it was a huge event with several races, including high schools,” coach Craig Fuller said. “We were running one through four at one point in the race and they were announcing it over the PA system and a lot of people were impressed. We got a nice trophy and many people saw us run.”
Powers finished the 8K loop in 26:20 to cut the tape at the finish. It was the second meet championship of his collegiate career after he won the 2005 Jeff Drenth Memorial.
Korir's second-place finish marked the second straight meet he was second overall. Riak Mabil was ninth, Dan Cramer 14th, Matt Loiselle 15th and Donnie Richmond 16th.
“It was unseasonably hot down here and it was a rugged course so the times are a little slow,” Fuller said. “In a meet like this I thought we would have five guys in the top 10 so we’ve got some work to do. This was the first time Loiselle ran all week so I didn’t want him pushing it too hard."
The Chippewas are now off until the Pre-NCAA meet at the NCAA Championships course on Oct. 14.
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information