Men’s Cross Country Saturday Finale
RedHawks Place Five of Top Seven Runners and Cruise to 44-Point Win at Miami Invitational
Junior Michael Veatch (Middletown, Ohio) finished as the individual champion and the Miami University men’s cross country team placed five of the top seven finishers as it turned in a first-place finish Saturday morning at the 21st Miami Invitational. Miami tallied 17 points, just two shy of the lowest possible point total, and finished 44 points ahead of second-place Cedarville University.
On a calm and sunny day at Western Campus Course, Veatch won his first career individual title, clocking in with a first-place time of 25:27.32. Locked in a neck-and-neck battle with sophomore teammate and reigning Mid-American Conference Runner of the Week Brad Untrauer (McCordsville, Ind.), Veatch used a late surge in the final 200 meters of the 8K course to jump ahead of Untrauer and win the individual title by less than three seconds. Untrauer clocked in with a second-place time of 25:29.36.
Placing behind Veatch and Untrauer in the top five were sophomore Pat Sovacool (Lakewood, Ohio) and redshirt freshman Kevin Silver (Beachwood, Ohio) in third and fourth place, respectively. Sovacool finished less than 13 seconds off the winning place, clocking in with a third-place time of 25:39.87, while Silver turned in a fourth-place time of 25:55.18. It was Sovacool’s second consecutive top-three finish and Silver’s second straight top-five finish.
Rounding out Miami’s scoring five was sophomore Ryan Tamm (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), who turned in a seventh-place time of 26:18.70. Following a 12th-place finish as an unattached runner last weekend, Tamm placed in the scoring five for the first time in his career. Tamm began his Miami career as a freshman walk-on in 2005 and is competing in his first season with the cross country team.
While not among the scoring five, the RedHawks placed two additional runners in the top 10 as redshirt freshman Ryan Dezso (Copley, Ohio) and junior Justin Campbell (East Liverpool, Ohio) finished eighth and ninth, respectively. Dezso clocked in at 26:26.73, while Campbell finished less than four seconds behind him at 26:30.58.
Finishing behind first-place Miami was second-place Cedarville (61 points), third-place University of the Cumberlands (65) and fourth-place Wright State University (106).
Miami’s scoring five averaged a time of 25:46.09, ranging from Veatch’s top time (25:27.32) to Tamm’s seventh-place clocking (26:18.70). Cedarville’s scoring five averaged 26:59.44, while Cumberlands and Wright State averaged 27:19.96 and 29:13.64, respectively.
Miami now has 14 days between meets, as its next meet is slated for Sept. 23 at the Penn State Spiked Shoe Invitational.
MEET NOTES: JR Michael Veatch posted his first career individual win Saturday at the Miami Invitational. It was Veatch’s second consecutive top-10 finish at the Miami Invitational after placing seventh overall last season. It also was Veatch’s fourth career top-10 finish ... Miami’s youthful scoring five consisted of one freshman, three sophomores and one junior ... Miami’s top four finishers were identical to last weekend’s Flyer 5K Challenge, with SO Ryan Tamm as the only different runner to place in the scoring five.
Akron Takes First Place at Tommy Evans Invitational
The University of Akron men’s and women’s cross country teams got their respective seasons off on the right foot, each winning the Tommy Evans Invitational at Firestone Park.
The Akron men controlled four out of the first six spots in the four-mile race. Jason Headman (Ashtabula, Ohio/Edgewood HS) took top honors with a time of 21:06 and teammate Craig Rupe (Cortland, Ohio/Maplewood HS) was in a close second with a mark of 21:11.
Jeff Swartzel (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest HS) posted a fourth-place finish with a mark of 21:33, and Ricky Weisheimer (Lakewood, Ohio/Lakewood HS) finished in sixth place with a time of 21:47.
“We did a great job of working together in a group,” men’s cross country coach Joe Klim said. “The top four runners did a solid job, but we still need to work on runners five through seven. The biggest thing for me was that we ran as a team and I am very pleased with everyone’s effort today.”
The UA men finished the 4M with 31 points, followed by Buffalo (44), Youngstown State (61) and John Carroll (96).
The women’s team was not to be outdone by the men, as they controlled four out of the first seven and six out of the first 10 spots in the 5k run. Transfer Collen Moran (Poland, Ohio/Poland Seminary) was the top finisher with a time of 19:14 and fellow teammate Sediah Erskine (Cleveland, Ohio/Rhodes HS) was right behind her with a mark of 19:14.
Heidi Gross (Mansfield, Ohio/Lexington) earned a sixth-place finish, clocking in at 20-minutes flat, and Junior Gina DiAntonio (Stow, Ohio/Stow-Munroe Falls HS) ended in seventh with a time of 20:09.
Holly Sumser (Bellevue, Ohio/Bellevue HS) (20:23) and Jenny Richardson (Newark, Ohio/Newark HS) (20:31) ended the race ninth and tenth respectively.
“I was very pleased with the outcome of today’s race,” women’s cross country coach Scott Jones said. “We had several goals entering the event, one of which was to win the meet, and another was to be a better team at 1 p.m. than we were at noon. It was the first collegiate meet for over half of our team and I am pleased with the way they performed.”
The UA women concluded the event with 25 points, followed by Buffalo (41), John Carroll (72), Cleveland State (114), and Youngstown State (129).
Both the men’s and women’s cross county teams will return to the terrain on Friday, Sep. 15, at the Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio.
Buffalo places Second at Tommy Evans Invitational
The University at Buffalo’s men’s and women’s cross country teams opened the 2006 campaign on Saturday with the Tommy Evans Invitational hosted by the University of Akron. Both squads finished second to the host Zips as the men scored 44 points to place behind Akron’s 31 while the women compiled 41 to the host Zips’ 25 points.
In the men’s four-mile race, Akron runners took four of the top six spots including individual titlist Jason Headman, completing the course in 21:06. UB’s top finisher was senior David Welby (Somers, NY/Somers) as he finished fifth in 21:43.
Joining Welby among the Bulls’ finishers in the top 10 were freshman Jason Ayr (Westfield, MA/Westfield) in seventh in 21:52, senior Paul Riley (Buffalo, NY/Canisius) in 22:05.40 for ninth and sophomore Dan Healy (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) in 22:06 to finish 10th.
UB runners finished third, fourth and fifth in the women’s race, contested at 5K. Junior Aleksandra Bykowska (Poznan, Poland/Third High School of Poznan) placed third in 19:38. Senior Kate Kohout (Clarence, NY/Clarence) took fourth in 19:47. Sophomore Jessica Schultz (Rochester, NY/Eastridge) finished fifth in 19:50. Akron’s Colleen Moran won the women’s title in 19:14, five seconds ahead of teammate Sediah Erskine.
The Bulls return to Ohio next weekend for the University of Toledo Invitational.
Ohio Takes First Place at Green and White Invite
In the first meet of the season, Ohio University freshman Ridge Robinson (Navarre, Ohio) rushed out of the gates for the individual title, running faster than 36 other runners Saturday and leading the Ohio men's cross country team to a first-place finish at the Ohio University Green and White Invitational. The Bobcat women were led by junior Kendra Churchill (Dublin, Ohio), who placed 2nd, as Ohio also finished first in the women's division.
Churchill come in second in the women's field with an 19:50 mark on the 5K track, while Shawnee Emmert from Shawnee State placed first with a time of 19:37.6.
The Bobcats had three runners finish in the top five, with Churchill finishing second, Kelley Friedmann (Cincinnati, Ohio) finishing fourth and Sarah LeDonne (Wexford, Penn.) finishing fifth. Ohio won the women's division by a tie-breaker over Shawnee State, followed by Robert Morris and Rio Grande.
On the men's side, Robinson was one of four Bobcats to finish in the top-5. Eaton ran a 16:10 in the race, and was followed close behind by fellow Bobcats Will Rover (Maine, Ohio), Brock Schwartz (Alliance, Ohio) and Carey Tighe (Cincinnati, Ohio), who finshed 3-4-5.
Ohio won the men's division with ease, followed by Shawnee State and Robert Morris. Rio Grande and Ohio Valley University also participated in the event.
Next on the slate for Ohio is a trip to Bowling Green, where the men's and women's teams will compete in the Mel Brodt Invitational on Sept 16.
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information