Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 10/7/2013

Friday, October 4

All-Ohio Championship    MEN'S RESULTS   WOMEN'S RESULTS

Akron (M/W)
Bowling Green (M/W)
Kent State (M/W)
Miami (M)
Ohio (M/W)



CEDARVILLE, Ohio – With four runners finishing in the top 20, The University of Akron men's cross country team claimed the overall title at the All-Ohio Championships Friday afternoon.
For just the second time in school history – and first since 1963 – the Zips secured the overall team championship at the annual meet that featured nearly 300 competitors from 41 Ohio schools.
Leaving little to doubt, UA crushed the competition with a team total of 83 points, or 20 points better than second-place Malone (103). Miami (Ohio) (119), Ashland (152) and host Cedarville (158) rounded out the top five team finishers. Winners of the past two All-Ohio team titles, Cincinnati came in sixth with 210 points.
Freshman Clayton Murphy was the first to come in for the Zips, finishing fourth overall with an 8-kilometer time of 25:19.13. The performance continued what has been a strong start to a collegiate career for Murphy, who has been UA's top finisher in each of his first three meets.
Sophomore Trevor Norris was the next Akron runner to cross the line, doing so in 25:34.33 for 12th place, and less than three seconds separated junior Kyle Cochrun (25:53.77), who was making his 2013 debut, and freshman Dan Zupan (25:56.30), who came in 19th and 20th, respectively.
Rounding out Akron's top five runners was another veteran competing in his first race of the fall, two-time All-Mid-American Conference First Team honoree and senior Brad Hough, who finished 28th with a time of 26:06.75.
Cedarville's Matt Brooker took the individual title, running a time of 24:53.25. Also competing for Akron in the invitational were Zach Alexander (27:24.40) and Martin Zegarelli (28:35.50).
Other Ohio MAC schools running at the meet included Kent State, which placed eighth overall with 266 points, and Bowling Green, which finished 18th with 498 points.
Led by a strong run by sophomore Jillian Roth, the Zips women's team placed ninth with 259 points among a field of 42 schools. Dayton claimed the women's team title with 93 points, followed by Bowling Green (97), Malone (134), Miami (Ohio) (137) and Oberlin (154).
Roth finished the women's six-kilometer in 29th place overall with a time of 23:18.07. She was followed by freshmen Michaela Foisy, who came in 47th (23:45.89), and Marisa Papp, who came in 58th (24:01.69).
Sophomores Irene Frangos (24:03.62) and Natalie Zidd (24:04.97) were next in 62nd and 63rd place, respectively. Senior Alex Bowers was the Zips' fifth runner, coming in 95th at a time of 24:47.30.
Ashland's Delainey Phelps won the individual championship with a time of 22:04.72.
Akron will have a week off from competition before heading to Terre Haute, Ind., for its next meet at the Pre-National on Oct. 19.


Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Ohio – BGSU cross country runners Jason Salyer and Andrea Alt ran near the front of a packed field Friday and the BGSU women's cross country team came up just four points shy of winning the All-Ohio Championships against 41 other schools, held at Cedarville University.

The BGSU women scored 97 team points, just four points more than champion Dayton scored. In the 42-team field, the Falcons ended ahead of three Mid-American Conference schools and earned the runner-up trophy ahead of Malone, Miami (Ohio) and Oberlin. Kent State placed eighth and Akron was ninth. The Falcons finished second among the seven NCAA Division I schools at the meet.
Among a field of 283 runners, Bowling Green had two runners place among the top 10, paced by redshirt sophomore Andrea Alt, who finished second overall with a time of 22:07.46 on the 6,000 meter course. Sophomore Amanda Garlak finished sixth overall with a personal best time of 22:32.83 and redshirt freshman Mackenzie McMillin was 17th in 23:00.19. It was McMillin's first collegiate competition on a 6,000 meter course.
Sophomore Becca Rae placed 28th in 23:17.67 and redshirt sophomore Maria Meredith ended 44th in 23:42.71, setting a new personal best by 27 seconds. Redshirt freshman Lindsay Kaatz finished the course in 25:38.94.
"Andrea and Amanda took a nice step today," Head Coach Lou Snelling said. "They put together a good second race of the season. We came up short of achieving our team goal of winning, but we walked away understanding the potential we have when we do put it together later in the season."
On the men's side, Salyer was a bright spot, running the 8,000 meter course in 25:10.64, setting a new personal best. As a team, the Falcons placed 18th out of 41 teams at the event with 498 team points.
"Jason ran a solid race while taking steps towards proving that he is capable of performances that will help us reach our goals," Assistant coach Eric Thatcher said.
Redshirt junior Greg Black was 39th with a personal best time of 26:17.22 and sophomore Tim Jurick finished in 27:05.09. Freshman Logan Pitcher was the next Falcon to cross the finish line in 28:36.43 and sophomore Jeremy Richard ended in 29:25.59. Senior Joe van Bolderen pushed across in 30:22.91.


Kent State

CEDARVILLE, Ohio - The Kent State University men's and women's cross country teams each had solid finishes at the All-Ohio Championships in Cedarville, Ohio on Friday afternoon.  The men's team finished eighth among 41 teams, while the Golden Flashes women earned eighth among 42 teams represented.
At the Elvin King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, the Kent State men's squad tallied 266 points for their eighth place finish.  Akron captured the title with 83 points, followed by Malone (103) and Miami (119). 
The Kent State women's team tallied 258 points for their eighth place finish.  Dayton won the title with 93 points, followed by Bowling Green (97) and Malone (134).
For the Golden Flashes men, Andrew Goodwin topped the squad with a 13th place finish overall, among 289 runners in the race, with a time of 25:36.81 on the 8k course.  Logan Kettlewell came in next with a 26:29.30 for 46th overall, followed by Grant Onken's 26:35.58 (54th), Jared Fleming's 26:54.50 (73rd) and Matt Kahl's 26:59.32 (80th).   Samuel Allen and Connor Whelan also competed for the Golden Flashes in the team race and finished with time of 27:13.59 (103rd) and 27:23.78 (111th), respectively.
In the women's race, Paige Foster paced the Kent State team with an impressive 12th place finish, among 283 competitors, in a time of 22:53.99 over the 6k course.  Rachel Slingluff was next for the Golden Flashes with a 23:07.39 for 21st, and Melinda Sawnor ran a 23:22.40 to cross the finish line in 32nd place.   Kristen Bergmeyer and Taylor Wickey also competed for Kent State, and finished with times of 24:36.68 (89th) and 24:55.29 (106th), respectively.
Kent State will now prepare for the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 19. 



CEDARVILLE, Ohio – For a fourth consecutive meet, senior Dave Wing finished as the top scorer for the Miami University men’s cross country team at the All-Ohio Championship this afternoon. Hosted by Cedarville University at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course, the RedHawks finished third overall with 119 points.
The RedHawks faced a field of 40 Ohio teams, including Mid-American Conference (MAC) rivals Akron, Kent State and Bowling Green. Miami’s 119 points earned it a third-place finish, falling to Akron and Malone. Akron won the 8K with 83 points, while Malone went runner-up with a total of 103 points.
Continuing as Miami’s top finisher this season, Wing took second overall in the meet behind Cedarville’s Matt Brooker in 25:03.56. While second overall, he was the top finisher from the Division 1 schools present at the meet. Senior Matt Marol finished five spots behind Wing in seventh, finishing as Miami’s second scorer in 25:25.27.
Despite a crowded 289-runner field, Wing and Marol had no trouble getting out in front and sticking with the top group of runners throughout the race.
“They got out very well, and they were never out of the lead pack,” head coach Warren Mandrell said. “When they finally got to the 400-meter mark and it narrowed down, they were both in the top ten and that’s where they stayed.”
Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen also had a strong race, taking third for the RedHawks and 17th overall in 25:45.83. Sophomore Matt Stewart then came in as Miami’s fourth scorer in 26:10.30, earning a 32nd overall finish in the meet.
Junior Daniel Garleb was Miami’s fifth and final scorer, taking 61st overall in 26:45.78. While still managing to score for the RedHawks, Garleb struggled throughout the race and finished 38 spots behind his 23rd-place finish from last season's All-Ohio Championship.
"He was our fourth man last week, and like I said, last year he got 23rd and this year he was 61st and that’s a lot of difference," Mandrell said. "The difference between winning and not winning, anyway.”
Although not scoring for the RedHawks, freshman Kent Ford was Miami’s sixth finisher in 26:55.62, taking 75th overall, while sophomore Ryan Moncrieff was the team’s final finisher, taking 187th overall in 29:05.21.
In the All-Ohio Championship’s open division race, Miami alumnus Jarrod Eick took second overall in 25:39.60. Sophomore Matthew Pelletier was fifth in 26:19.10, while freshman Patrick Santino finished seventh in 26:32.50.
Sophomore Joe Stewart then took 11th in 26:49.30, followed by sophomore Ed Wington who finished 23rd in 27:09.40. Freshman Vince Moeglin finished two seconds behind Wington, taking 24th in 27:11.10.
The remaining RedHawks who ran in the open division include freshmen Matthew Dietrich, Andrew Dusing, Brian Brennan, sophomore Zack McBride and junior James Kraus.
The RedHawks will have another week off from competition to prepare for Pre-Nationals Saturday, Oct. 19 in Terre-Haute, Ind. The race will begin at 11 a.m.


Notre Dame Invitational     FINAL RESULTS
Central Michigan (M/W)
Eastern Michigan (M/W)
Western MIchigan
Ohio (M/W)


Central Michigan

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The men’s and women’s cross country teams will head to South Bend, Ind. for the 58th Notre Dame Invitational on Friday.
Both teams will compete in the gold division, which is comprised of 26 teams on the women’s side and 24 on the men’s.
The Chippewas enter Friday’s race ranked in the top-15 within the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region, with the men ranked 14th and the women ranked 15th.
Nine members of the men and women’s squad will race at the varsity level, with a handful of student-athletes competing at the JV level.
The format will be a 5k for the women, and a 5-mile run for the men with the top-five runners being scored. This will be the Chippewas second scored meet of the season.
Junior and 2012 First Team All-MAC selection Kyle Stacks will appear in his first race of the season.
“On the men’s side, with the addition of Stacks it will be a work in progress for the next two meets, Kaczor said. “You can see the guys are feeling better knowing their team is coming into full-force. I think after what they did at Griak they are ready to prove something at the Notre Dame meet.”
Senior Krista Parks is looking to lead the women as a top-finisher for the fourth consecutive race this season.
“On the women’s side we are looking to try and improve upon what we did this weekend at Griak,” associate head coach Matt Kaczor said. “The girls are looking pretty good, we are rested so they are ready.”
The women are scheduled for a 2 p.m. start time with the men to follow at 2:45 p.m.

Ohio (W)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Senior Juli Accurso paced the Ohio University women's cross country team Friday afternoon at the 2013 Notre Dame Invitational as she placed 28th. As a team, the Bobcats placed 16th out of 24 teams in the Blue Race.
The Blue Race featured some of the nation's top teams. In total, the Bobcats competed against six schools that are currently ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Poll (Florida State, New Mexico, San Francisco, BYU, Princeton and Duke).
Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) finished the 5-kilometer race, clocking a time of 17:41.3. This is the third time in four events that Accurso has led the squad.
Sophomore Kayla Scott (Canal Winchester, Ohio) and junior Morgan Reichert (Pataskala, Ohio) were the next Bobcat finishers as they placed 81st (18:20.5) and 82nd (18:20.3) overall.
Duke's Juliet Bottorff won the event in a time of 16:43.8, while No. 2 ranked Florida State took home the team title.
Ohio returns to action on Oct. 19 when it travels to Terre Haute, Ind. to compete in Pre-Nationals. The race is set to begin at 11:45 a.m.
Ohio (M)
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Ohio University men's cross country team took seventh out of 23 teams in the Gold Race Friday afternoon at the 2013 Notre Dame Invitational. The Bobcats finished with 231 points in the team standings.
Senior Chase Robinson (Navarre, Ohio) was the first Bobcat to cross the finish line as he finished in a time of 26:05.9. Robinson's time was good enough for 20th place.
Sophomore Kurt Steinmuller (Stonybrook, N.Y.) was the next runner for the Green and White to come across the line as he finished the race in a time of 26:41.6. Steinmuller's time was good enough for 46th place.
Fellow sophomore Jacob Stephens (Bellbrook, Ohio) came in just three spots behind Steinmuller as he placed 52nd in a time of 26:43.6.
John Crain from North Central (Ill.) won the Gold Race in a time of 25:15.2, while Grand Valley State took home the team title, finishing with 40 points.
Ohio returns to action on Oct. 19 as it travels to Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The meet is set to begin at 11 a.m.


Eastern Michigan (W)

South Bend, Ind. ( Michigan University's women's cross country team nabbed a 15th place finish at the 58th annual Notre Dame Invitational, Friday, Oct. 4.  The Green and White finished the 5,000-meter race with a total of 339 points. 
Junior Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) continued her pattern in pacing the Eagles for the season, as she was the first Eagle and second competitor in the Women's Gold race to cross the finish line.  Her time of 17:21.9 was bested only by the University of Missouri-Kansas City's Courtney Frerichs, who nabbed a first place finish with a 17:18.2 mark. 
Two more Eagles landed in the top-100 of the 212-competitor field.  Senior Kayla Pfund (Shelby Twp., Mich.-Lutheran North) finished 36th with a time of 18:32.3, while junior Marina Manjon Rivadulla (Barcelona, Spain-Escola University) came in at 19:01.6.
Southern Illinois University claimed the overall team title, with a total of 52 points for the afternoon.
The Green and White will have the next week off before competing in the Pre-NCAA Invitational, Saturday, Oct. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind.
Eastern Michigan (M)
South Bend, Ind. ( Eastern Michigan University's men's cross country team finished up the 58th annual Notre Dame Invitational, Friday, Oct. 4.  The squad took 18th in the 27-team field with 461 points. 
Senior Harry Dixon (Nelson, New Zealand-Nayland College) paced the Eagles in the 8,000-meter race as the only top-50 finisher.  His time of 25:11.2 earned the New Zealand native 43rd place among the 209 runners that competed in the Men's Blue race.  Just missing the top-50 mark was senior Grzegorz Kalinowski (Torun, Poland-Nicholas Copernicus University), who nabbed 52nd place with his mark of 25:16.6.
Redshirt juniors Ian Hancke (Haslett, Mich.-Haslett) and Warren Witchell (Williamstar, Mich.-Dansville), junior Daryl Smith (Windsor, Ontario-Vincent Massey S.S.), sophomore Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio-Maumee), and freshman Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich.-Mason) also helped the Eagles to their top-20 finish. 
The race was won by the University of Texas at El Paso's Anthony Rotich, who came in with a time of 24:18.6.  The overall team winner was Columbia University, who finished with a total of 113 points for the evening. 
Three Eagles competed in the Open race, with junior Cameron Trinh (Oakland, Calif.-Skyline), sophomore Austin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.-Greenwich Central), and freshman John Knox (Gloversville, N.Y.-Gloversville) representing the Green and White. Knox was the fifth competitor to cross the finish line, coming in at 26:00.2.  Only a few seconds behind was Trinh, whose time of 26:09.6 earned him seventh place. 
The Eagles are on the road next week for the Michigan Intercollegiates meet, Friday, Oct. 11 in Hillsdale, Mich.
Western Michigan
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The Western Michigan cross country team wrapped up competition at the 58th annual Notre Dame Invitational at the University's Burke Golf Course on Friday.
The Broncos competed in the Gold Race, taking 21st overall at the outing. Senior Aisha Hodge was WMU's top finisher with a 5k time of 19:04. She was followed by junior Ann Marie Arseneau, who finished as WMU's No. 2 for the first time this season with a time of 19:35. Senior Alex Forsythe filled WMU's third spot and finished just behind Arseneau by .7 seconds at 19:35.7. Junior Becca Peacock wasn't too far behind after finishing with a time of 19:40.6 and freshman Amy Littlefield rounded out Western Michigan's top five with a time of 19:52.9.
"There is a big turn at the start of the course and we didn't get in good position for it," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "If you're not where you want to be in the first one to two kilometers then you're usually stuck there and that's what happened to us today. It was disappointing."
Western Michigan looks to rebound and heads to Hillsdale College to battle for state supremacy at the Michigan Intercollegiates on Friday.
Saturday, October 5
Paul Short Invite   FINAL RESULTS
Buffalo (M/W)
Toledo (M/W)
BETHLEHEM, PA – Both of the University at Buffalo's cross country teams finished in the middle of the pack against some of the toughest competition and hottest conditions they will see all season at the Lehigh University Paul Short Invitational races that were held Saturday afternoon.
"With the temperatures in the 90's it was a very hard race for our athletes today," stated Vicki Mitchell. "Zach Ahart had a great race, running his best time on this course."
With both teams racing in the gold division, the highest of the seeded competitions, the UB men finished 32nd among 47 teams with 861 points while the women took 34th place among 48 schools with 883 points. The Indiana men (89) and Georgetown women (112) won the team titles.
UB's top men's finisher was Zach Ahart who took 37th place among 397 racers in the 8K competition. Ahart finished in 24:41, just three seconds ahead of his pace at the UB Stampede Invitational on September 21 when he placed first. The next three Bulls finishers finished within 30 seconds of each other. Cameron Bruce finished in 152nd place in 25:45, Alec Peinkofer finished in 214th place in 25:50 and Lloyd Webb finished in 26:15. Austin Coneys closed out the top five for the Bulls in 27:13.
The women's team, fighting through extreme heat, received the best finish from freshman Caroline Brown. Brown came in 128th place in a time of 22:04. The next four Bulls all came within 39 seconds of one another, led by Chrissy Clarkin who finished in 22:16. Freshman Corinne Birchard came in 173rd place in 22:25 while Gabby Leo and Meagan Hopkins finished in 22:37 and 22:55 respectively.
"Both teams finished in the middle of the pack," said Mitchell. "Not as good as we expected but to be used as training experience as we prepare for our next meet."
Buffalo will return to action in two weekends as they will travel to the Princeton Invite on October 19.

BETHLEHEM, PA - The Toledo women’s cross country team placed 12th at the Paul Short Run on Saturday, Oct. 5, in a premier race that featured five nationally ranked teams. UT had a strong performance despite losing two runners to heat exhaustion in a race that was run in grueling heat and humidity.

Junior Brooke Tullis set the pace for the Rockets, finishing 49th overall with a time of 21:25 in the 6K race. Juniors Megan Wright, Megan Gaysunas and Liza Weiler also finished in the top 100, with finishes of 76th, 80th and 86th, respectively.

“The women's race was really tough for us,” head coach Linh Nguyen said. “We had to make a last minute decision to sit MacKenzie (Chojnacky) because of sickness and then we lost both Priscilla (Timmons) and Sharon (Morgan) during the race to heat exhaustion. I'm proud of the women and the way they fought and executed the race plan. Brooke and Megan (Wright) stepped up and helped lead the team when we needed it.”

In the men’s 8K race, the Rockets finished 41st, with juniors Hillary Serem and Jake Kasperski leading the way. Serem ran a time of 25:28, which was good for 108th overall. Senior Trevin Flickinger also had a strong meet with a time of 26:28.

“I spoke with the men about not getting buried early because it's hard to move up in this race,” Nguyen said. “Unfortunately, that's what happened and we were playing catch up the entire race. The field is too big to make that kind of mistake and recover. We didn't run terrible, but could definitely be better. Trevin and Nick (Brenner) both ran well and helped the team.”

Junior Jackie Koza came away with a personal record, finishing 15th in the women’s open 6K race and senior Devyn Ramsay finished 27th.

Many teams experienced heat-related emergencies on the day, forcing the meet to get cancelled shortly following the Rockets’ race.

The cross country teams race again on Saturday, Oct. 19 at the NCAA Pre-National Meet.

Greater Louisville Classic   FINAL RESULTS
Miami (W)
Ball State (W)
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Junior Jess Hoover continues to pace the Miami University women’s cross country team through the 2013 season after placing first for the RedHawks at the Greater Louisville Classic this morning. The 5K meet was hosted by the Louisville Sports Commission at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
The RedHawks competed against a strong 32-team field, going head to head with teams from Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Texas A&M, Tennessee and nationally ranked Vanderbilt.
The goal of the meet was to get ahead of some of these teams in order to earn points towards the NCAA Championship. Despite strong performances from all six of Miami’s runners, the RedHawks couldn’t beat all the teams they had hoped to.
“They ran well, they ran about where we were seeded, maybe a little better,” head coach Kelly Phillips sad. “They ran very solid, and I was hoping that we would knock off some of the other schools that were from different regions, but it is what it is.”
Hoover wasted no time at the beginning of the race, getting out in front of the 287 competitors that were crowded onto the starting line of the 5K course. While she wasn’t able to stay at the top of the front pack, she managed to keep within the top 15, and ultimately placed 12th in 17:31.05. 
“She was running with some really good competition, and a pack went by her after the first mile and she kept her composure, and she just competed really well,” Phillips said.
Junior Melissa Girgis also had a quick start to the race, keeping a strong pace through the end to earn her the 35th spot in 18:01.57. Teammate Anna Lamb fell behind at the start of the race, but managed to catch up and finish two spots behind Girgis in 37th with a time of 18:02.42.
“Anna (Lamb) passed 30 to 40 people on the last 1000 meters because she was so far behind, so she should have been up there and could have been in the top ten," Phillips said. “Melissa (Girgis) got out really well and just raced well all over, but yeah, Anna just got trapped and had to play catch up the entire race.”
A couple of sophomores rounded out Miami’s scoring five, finishing 61st and 85th overall in the race. Laura Bess came in as Miami’s fourth scorer with a time of 18:22.43, while Brenna Poulsen was the final scorer for the RedHawks in 18:37.52.
Junior Mattie Moncayo was the team’s sixth and final runner of the meet, taking 94th overall in 18:44.36.
The RedHawks finished fifth overall among Division 1 teams, scoring 163 points. Kentucky and Texas A&M tied for first with 92 points, while Eastern Kentucky took third with 126 points. Louisville then finished fourth above Miami with 142 points.
The Red and White will have next week off from competition, but will then travel to Terre-Haute, Ind. the following week to compete in Pre-Nationals Saturday, Oct. 19.
Ball State
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - - The Ball State cross country team battled wet conditions for an eighth-place showing at the 12th Annual Greater Louisville Classic Saturday morning at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park.
Team scores for the meet were tabulated per NCAA rules, meaning only NCAA Division I programs in each race were allotted team scores. The Cardinals placed eighth out of 17 teams in the Blue Race with a team score of 199 and an average time of 19:40.68. A total of 52 teams were entered in the Blue Race among all NCAA Divisions.
South Alabama won the race with 106 points, while Austin Peay (109), Samford (112), Evansville (121) and Campbell (127) rounded out the top five teams.  
Leading the pack for the Cardinals for the first time in her career was sophomore Danielle Dahl (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) who clocked at 19:29.04 to place 62nd among the 329 runners entered in the Women’s 5K Blue Race.
Ball State’s strong freshman duo of Ericka Rinehart (Angola, Ind./Angola) and Jordan Timmons (Bargersville, Ind./Center Grove) followed Dahl across the finish line, placing 73rd (19:32.67) and 81st (19:36.17), respectively.
Rounding out BSU’s top five runners were junior twin sisters Caitlynn Edon and Courtney Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine). Ca. Edon placed 109th overall with a time of 19:49.75, while Co. Edon finished 120th at 19:55.75.
Also running for Ball State in the meet was redshirt sophomore Madelyn Webster (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg), who crossed the finish line in 20:04.53 to place 135th overall.
Next up for the Cardinals will be the 2013 Ball State Invitational which will be run Friday, Oct. 18 at the Muncie Elks Country Club starting at 5 p.m.