Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 9/3/2013
Friday, August 30, 2013
EMU Triangular
Bowling Green (M/W) 
Eastern Michigan (M/W) 
Toledo (M/W)
Men: Eastern Michigan 21, Bowling Green 47, Toledo 52 - RESULTS
Eastern Michigan Results - 1. Ian Hancke 15:56.20, 2. Cameron Trinh 15:56.50, 3. Austin Lane 15:57.20, 7. William Trice 16:23.70, 8. Clay Strycker 16:26.00, 18. Jared LaBarge 17:12.80, 19. Brandon Wynsma 17:17.30, 22. Scott Bradley 18:09.60
Bowling Green results – 5. Greg Black 16:17.6, 6. Jason Salyer 16:20.1, 10. Tim Jurick 16:29.2, 11. Joe van Bolderen 16:48.1, 15. Nathan Kuck 17:04.3, 16. Riley Kuess 17:08.8, 17. Logan Pitcher 17:10.7, 20. Jeremy Richard 17:40.5, 21. Ben Shaffer 17:48.1
Toledo Results - 4. Nick Costello - 16:09.40, 9. Adam Bess - 16:28.80, 12. Trevin Flickinger - 16:54.90, 13. Nick Brenner - 17:02.60, 14. Chris Housel - 17:03.60
 
BRIGHTON, Mich. (EMU) — The Eastern Michigan University men's cross country team started off the 2013 season with the EMU Triangular Friday, Aug. 30.  The Eagles runners claimed first, second, and third place finishes in the field consisting of athletes from EMU, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo.
 
Redshirt junior Ian Hancke (Haslett, Mich. / Haslett) added a first place finish to his career, coming in at a time of 15:56.20.  Following closely behind was teammate Cameron Trinh (Oakland, Calif. / Skyline) with a 15:56.50 mark.  Rounding out the lead trio was Austin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y. / Greenwich Central), who notched a 15:57.20.  
 
"It was a very controlled effort with the one-two-three and likewise with our four and five placers,"  said Head Coach John Goodridge.  "Today's meet gave some members of the team an opportunity to be in scoring positions that they haven't ever had in the past.  They responded just the way we hoped and raced very competitively and were in control the whole way; it was a nice way to get the year started."
 
The Eagles added two more runners in the top-10, with sophomore William Trice (Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Northern) and junior Clay Strycker (New Lothrop, Mich. / Westfield) finishing with times of 16:23.70 and 16:26.00, placing them at eighth and ninth place, respectively.  Three more Eagle runners completed the 5000 meter race:  Freshman Jared LaBarge (Alpena, Mich. / Alpena) recorded his first race as an Eagle with a 17:12.80 finish, and sophomores Brandon Wynsma (Augusta, Mich. / Richland Gull Lake) and Scott Bradley (Battle Creek, Mich. / Lakeview) came in at 17:17.30 and 18:09.60.  
 
Overall, EMU finished in first place with a score of 21, followed by a 47-point effort from Bowling Green and 52 points by Toledo.
 
"We've got a lot of work to do.  We've only been on campus for two days and haven't had an opportunity yet to really evaluate the work that the men did over the summer," says Coach Goodridge regarding the rest of the season in search of the coveted MAC Championship four-peat.  "We're looking forward to that; it's great to have the boys back on campus."
 
The Eastern Michigan men have two weeks to prepare for their next meet, the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener.  The Opener will be hosted by Bowling Green State University on Friday, Sept. 13.
 
Ypsilanti, Mich. (BGSU) – The Bowling Green men's and women's cross country teams each placed second at the Eastern Michigan Triangular Friday evening in the season opener for both squads. Both of the teams defeated rival Toledo, but fell short of the host school.
 
A year ago, the men's cross country team ran just one 5000 meter race but had only one runner finish in under 17 minutes. This year, the men's cross country team had four student-athletes break the 17-minute mark, paced by junior Greg Black, who ended fifth with a time of 16:17.6, nine seconds better than his previous collegiate best. Senior Jason Salyer was right behind in 16:20.1 and sophomore Tim Jurick placed 10th with a time of 16:29.2, also setting a personal best for the distance. Senior Joe van Bolderen was the third of the top four Falcons to set a personal best time, ending 11th in 16:48.1. The final Falcon to score was freshman Nathan Kuck, who was 15th at 17:04.3. Riley Kuess and Logan Pitcher were 16th and 17th respectively, while Jeremy Richard and Ben Shaffer ended 20th and 21st.
 
The BGSU women ran a partial team in the 5000 meter race, but the Falcons still placed four runners among the top nine finishers. Sophomore Emma Mirwaldt led the way with a fourth place finish in a personal-best time of 19:02.8. Redshirt freshman McKenzie McMillin was sixth in 19:09.9 and sophomores Maria Meredith and Rebecca Rae finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth. Meredith's time of 19:19.9 was a career best. Redshirt freshman Heather Baruxes was the team's fifth scorer, placing 13th overall.
 
"This was a solid start to the season for us," Head Coach Lou Snelling said. "You could see the potential for this group of athletes to put together some exciting performances later in the fall. In two weeks, we will see a more complete team with several other athletes opening up their season at the Mel Brodt."
 
Between the two teams, five of the seven runners who had competed in a collegiate 5000 meter race before the 2013 season set a new personal best time in the distance.
 
BGSU will host the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener Sept. 13 at 6:30 pm.
 
BRIGHTON, MI (Toledo) - The University of Toledo cross country teams both placed third last night in the Eastern Michigan University Triangular. The meet was a chance to race the younger runners and get them running in an NCAA meet.
 
For the women, sophomore Theresa Warsecke led the way, finishing second with a time of 18:40.20. Fellow teammates junior Julia Pusateri and sophomore Deirdre Dwyer finished in seventh and tenth, respectively, with times of 19:17.60 and 19:26.30.
 
"I think we have some good talent in the group that raced but our strategy hurt us a little today," first-year head coach Linh Nguyen said. "It was really hot and our women went out with the leader for the first mile. She's an NCAA steeplechase qualifier and that early pace was too fast for our group. With the heat yesterday, that just led to a slow fade over the remainder of the race. I thought Theresa ran well to regroup and get second after being gapped at one point. They learned a lot and it will help them as we move forward in our training."
 
On the men's side, Nick Costello placed fourth with a time of 16:09.40 and sophomore Adam Bess placed ninth with a time of 16:28.80. Senior Trevin Flickinger finished 12th with a time of 16:54.90. 
 
"I thought Nick Costello ran a very good race," Nguyen said. "He was with the three leaders for the majority of the race. As he gains more strength, he'll be able to finish that race and should be a big piece for us. The rest of the guys had a great effort as well and I think they are adjusting well to the training and are making a commitment to elevating the program. Overall, I was pleased with the men's race and where it puts us to start the season."
 
The cross country teams are back in action on Friday, Sept. 13 as they travel to the Mel Brodt Collegiate Meet in Bowling Green.
 
Women: Eastern Michigan 34, Bowling Green 40, Toledo 46 - RESULTS
Eastern Michigan results - 1. Victoria Voronko 17:48.0, 3. Kayla Pfund 18:43.0, 5. Anna Aldrich 19:06.6, 11. Megan Hubbard 19:28.7, 14. Taylor Knoll 19:51.1, 17. Amy Frauhammer 19:58.8 
Bowling Green results – 4. Emma Mirwaldt 19:02.8, 6. Mackenzie McMillin 19:09.9, 8. Maria Meredith 19:19.9, 9. Rebecca Rae 19:22.2, 13. Heather Baruxes 19:45.0, 20. Lindsay Kaatz 21:16.5
Toledo Results - 2. Theresa Warsecke - 18:40.20, 7. Julia Pusateri - 19:17.60, 10. Deirdre Dwyer - 19:26.30, 12. Janelle Noe - 19:35.30, 15. Megan Csehi - 19:56.00, 16. Marissa Rossetti - 19:56.60, 18. Stephanie Ingraham - 20:11.00, 21. Natalie Camardo - 21:56.20
 
BRIGHTON, Mich. (EMU)  — Eastern Michigan University's women's cross country team opened up the 2013 campaign Friday, Aug. 30, with the EMU Triangular.  Junior Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia / School #42) took a commanding lead in the event with a 17:48.0 finish, almost one minute ahead of the next finisher.  
 
"It was great to see Victoria start out at a much higher level than last year," said Head Coach Sue Parks.  "After her success on the track, she is very motivated to see what she can do this cross country season."
 
Senior Kayla Pfund (Shelby Twp., Mich. / Lutheran North) claimed a third-place finish with her time of 18:43.0, and freshman Anna Aldrich (Fremont, Ind. / Fremont) finished not too far behind with 19:06.6, a time that earned her a fifth place spot in the meet.
 
Juniors Taylor Knoll (Warren, Mich. / Mott) and Marina Manjon Rivadulla (Barcelona, Spain / Escola University) brought home marks of 19:51.1 and 21:05.9, respectively.  Sophomores Amy Frauhammer (Saline, Mich. / Saline) and Rebecca Quaintance (Commerce, Mich. / Walled Lake Northern) notched times of 19:58.8 and 22:27.3.  Action was also seen by more of the team's newer members.  Redshirt freshman Samantha Szuminski (Saline, Mich. / Saline) came in at 22:31.3 while freshman Megan Hubbard (Hanover, Mich. / Horton) tallied a 22:31.3 mark in her first EMU appearance.
 
EMU's effort earned the team a first place finish with 34 points.  Bowling Green came in at 40 points and Toledo rounded out the triangular with 46 points.
 
Coach Parks had an overall good impression of the event:  "I thought that it was a solid opener for us.  The team has only been together for one week and we know how much work to do but we definitely came away with some positives from today's ace.  I was pleased with the effor of some of our new runners."
 
The women's cross country team faces their next challenge in Bowling Green, Ohio, when they will compete in the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener on Friday, Sept. 13.
 
Ypsilanti, Mich. (BGSU) – The Bowling Green men's and women's cross country teams each placed second at the Eastern Michigan Triangular Friday evening in the season opener for both squads. Both of the teams defeated rival Toledo, but fell short of the host school.
 
A year ago, the men's cross country team ran just one 5000 meter race but had only one runner finish in under 17 minutes. This year, the men's cross country team had four student-athletes break the 17-minute mark, paced by junior Greg Black, who ended fifth with a time of 16:17.6, nine seconds better than his previous collegiate best. Senior Jason Salyer was right behind in 16:20.1 and sophomore Tim Jurick placed 10th with a time of 16:29.2, also setting a personal best for the distance. Senior Joe van Bolderen was the third of the top four Falcons to set a personal best time, ending 11th in 16:48.1. The final Falcon to score was freshman Nathan Kuck, who was 15th at 17:04.3. Riley Kuess and Logan Pitcher were 16th and 17th respectively, while Jeremy Richard and Ben Shaffer ended 20th and 21st.
 
The BGSU women ran a partial team in the 5000 meter race, but the Falcons still placed four runners among the top nine finishers. Sophomore Emma Mirwaldt led the way with a fourth place finish in a personal-best time of 19:02.8. Redshirt freshman McKenzie McMillin was sixth in 19:09.9 and sophomores Maria Meredith and Rebecca Rae finished back-to-back in eighth and ninth. Meredith's time of 19:19.9 was a career best. Redshirt freshman Heather Baruxes was the team's fifth scorer, placing 13th overall.
 
"This was a solid start to the season for us," Head Coach Lou Snelling said. "You could see the potential for this group of athletes to put together some exciting performances later in the fall. In two weeks, we will see a more complete team with several other athletes opening up their season at the Mel Brodt."
 
Between the two teams, five of the seven runners who had competed in a collegiate 5000 meter race before the 2013 season set a new personal best time in the distance.
 
BGSU will host the Mel Brodt Collegiate Opener Sept. 13 at 6:30 pm.
 
BRIGHTON, MI (Toledo) - The University of Toledo cross country teams both placed third last night in the Eastern Michigan University Triangular. The meet was a chance to race the younger runners and get them running in an NCAA meet.
 
For the women, sophomore Theresa Warsecke led the way, finishing second with a time of 18:40.20. Fellow teammates junior Julia Pusateri and sophomore Deirdre Dwyer finished in seventh and tenth, respectively, with times of 19:17.60 and 19:26.30.
 
"I think we have some good talent in the group that raced but our strategy hurt us a little today," first-year head coach Linh Nguyen said. "It was really hot and our women went out with the leader for the first mile. She's an NCAA steeplechase qualifier and that early pace was too fast for our group. With the heat yesterday, that just led to a slow fade over the remainder of the race. I thought Theresa ran well to regroup and get second after being gapped at one point. They learned a lot and it will help them as we move forward in our training."
 
On the men's side, Nick Costello placed fourth with a time of 16:09.40 and sophomore Adam Bess placed ninth with a time of 16:28.80. Senior Trevin Flickinger finished 12th with a time of 16:54.90. 
 
"I thought Nick Costello ran a very good race," Nguyen said. "He was with the three leaders for the majority of the race. As he gains more strength, he'll be able to finish that race and should be a big piece for us. The rest of the guys had a great effort as well and I think they are adjusting well to the training and are making a commitment to elevating the program. Overall, I was pleased with the men's race and where it puts us to start the season."
 
The cross country teams are back in action on Friday, Sept. 13 as they travel to the Mel Brodt Collegiate Meet in Bowling Green.
 
Jeff Drenth Memorial Race
Central Michigan (M/W) - M RESULTS ; W RESULTS
Men's Results - 1. Nate Ghena 15:48.1, 2. Spencer Nousain 15:57.8, 8. Tanner Pesonen 16:22.3, 16. Alec Hewett 16:36.6, 18. Casey Voisin 16:51.5, 23. Michael McCarty 17:04.3, 24. Monte Scott 17:18.0, 25. CJ Lee 17:45.2
Women's Results - 2. Krista Parks 18:12.2, 5. Kelly Schubert 18:41.4, 6. Alyssa Dyer 18:44.4, 8. Abbey Kelto 19:05.5, 12. Michaela Bundy 20:24.8, 13. Ester Bell 20:35.6, 14. Katelyn Maylee 20:37.6, 15. Jamie Madrigal 20:38.4
 
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan men’s and women’s cross country team kicked-off the season on Friday, Aug. 30, at the 28th Annual Jeff Drenth Memorial Race.
 
Senior Krista Parks finished runner-up with a time of 18:12 to lead the women’s team, behind winner Rachele Schulist of Michigan State.
 
Sophomores Kelly Schubert and Alyssa Dyer finished fifth and sixth overall in 18:41, and 18:44 respectively.
 
Transfer Abbey Kelto ran her first race for the Chippewas in 19:05 en route to an eighth place finish.
 
Associate head coach Matt Kaczor was pleased with the team’s performance on the day.
 
“I felt like we had some good things going on today,” Kaczor said. “The future looks pretty good.”
 
Sophomore Nate Ghena ran a 5k career-best 15:48, crushing his previous personal best of 16:35. Ghena’s performance coasted him to a first place finish in front of teammate Spencer Nousain, who placed second with a 15:57. Nousain’s second place finish marks the first collegiate race for the redshirt freshman.
 
Junior Tanner Pesonen finished in 16:22, taking eighth on the day.
 
The Chippewas travel to East Lansing, Mich., for the Spartan Invitational Friday, Sep. 13.
 
Saturday, August 30, 2013
Dayton Flyer 5K Challenge
Miami (Men) results - 53, 3rd - RESULTS 
2. Dave WIng 15:39.0, 6. Matt Marol 15:53.3, 14. Stephen Biebelhausen 16:09.9, 15. Matt Stewart 16:10.6, 16. Ryan Moncrieff 15:12.5
 
KETTERING, Ohio – Racing in humid and muddy conditions after an early morning downpour at Indian Rifle Park in Kettering, Ohio, the Miami University men’s cross country team finished third in the Flyer 5K Challenge, hosted by the University of Dayton. Leading the RedHawks individually was senior Dave Wing, who earned overall runner-up in Miami’s first race of the 2013 cross country season.
 
Miami, which placed second in the Flyer 5K last year, totaled 53 points. Ohio State won the race for the second consecutive year with 30 points, while IUPUI took second with 42 points. While Miami’s finish was its lowest at the Flyer 5K in the past 11 seasons, the RedHawks displayed impressive individual performances.
 
In particular, Wing and redshirt senior Matt Marol set the pace for Miami, keeping it close until the very end when Ohio State’s Jordan Redd won the race in 15:37.9.
 
“They actually ran a very nice race,” head coach Warren Mandrell said. “Both of them led at one time or another.”
 
No one runner seemed certain to win the 5K as athletes from Ohio State, IUPUI and Miami paced each other at about the same speed. It wasn’t until late in the race when Wing, Marol and Redd broke off from the rest of the group, indicating that the first runner to cross the finish line would most likely be either a Buckeye or a RedHawk.
 
About a minute away from the finish line though, an unlucky jump across a small creek hindered Marol’s chances at finishing in the top five.
 
“When they jumped across, Matt landed and the bank gave way and Matt went down hard,” Mandrell said. “By the time he got himself out of the water and running, the second group had passed him and he ended up in sixth place.”
 
Beyond the creek, Wing stayed neck-and-neck with Redd, but didn’t have a fast enough kick to overtake the Ohio State sophomore, finishing second in 15:39.0. Once Marol picked himself up from his muddy fall, he crossed the finish line in sixth with a time of 15:53.3.
 
Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen , sophomore Matt Stewart and redshirt sophomore Ryan Moncrieff ran together through their first race of the season, crossing in spots 14-16 overall, respectively, and rounding out the scoring five for Miami. Biebelhausen finished his first collegiate race in 16:09.9, Stewart finished a second later in 16:10.6 and Moncrieff crossed the finish line in 16:12.5.
 
In addition to Redd, OSU took places three, four, nine and 13, while scorers from IUPUI grabbed fifth, seventh, eighth, 10th and 12th. Despite the third-place finish, Coach Mandrell was happy with how his team raced, saying that the top 16 finishers all came from the top three teams, with the exception of Dayton’s Tyler Roeth, who took 11th.
 
“I think once we can get a couple of the other guys back into the racing, we’ll have a very good team,” Mandrell said.
 
Due to illness and injury, freshman Kent Ford, sophomore Joe Stewart and redshirt junior Daniel Garleb did not compete in Saturday’s Flyer 5K Challenge. RedHawks who finished the race but did not score for Miami included sophomore Zack McBride, who finished 21st with a time of 16:18.9, redshirt freshman Patrick Santino, who crossed the finish line in 23rd in 16:20.9, and redshirt freshman Matthew Dietrich, who clocked 16:56.0 to come in 60th.
 
The RedHawks return to action next Saturday, Sept. 7 at 10:45 a.m. for its own Miami Invitational. Miami won the Invitational during the 2011 season, but the race had a one-year hiatus last year due to construction on the course. The RedHawks will seek to win the 5K race on their brand new cross country course, located on Bonham Road past Yager Stadium. Several alumni will also return to town for the course grand opening.