Cross Country Weekend Recap

Updated 10/21/2013

Friday, October 18

Bradley Classic   FINAL RESULTS
Northern Illinois
Western Michigan


Northern Illinois 

PEORIA, Ill. – The Northern Illinois University women’s cross country team capped off their regular season Friday afternoon with an 11th-place finish at the Bradley Pink Classic.
As a team, NIU improved three spots from their finish at the same meet last year, but were edged out of the top 10 by Southeast Missouri State by 19 points. The Huskies put three runners in the top 100 of the 6K race, including two in the top 60.
“We made some progress from our last race effort,” said NIU Head Coach Greg Hipp. “I’m impressed by Meghan (Heuer) and it was nice to see Leah (Raffety) and Ali (Olson) make progress. We’re still leaving a lot of points out there and getting all of our key people on board each weekend will be the difference for us over the last month of the season.”
NIU was led on the course by Meghan Heuer, who crossed the finish line in 22nd place with a 21:40.00 clip. Trailing the St. Charles, Ill., native was sophomore Ali Olson in 60th place at a time of 22:17.00.
Not far behind Olson was Leah Raffety, whose 22:20.00 mark was good or 65th place in the field. Senior Claire Mcauley ran 22:47.00 to take 116th, while Carly Pederson rounded out the Huskie scorers with a time of 22:58.00 and a 129th place performance.
Hannah Savage crossed the finish line in 141st place with a time of 23:07.00. Juliane Totzke returned to competition following an injury to place 152nd at 23:14, while Rachel Shoemaker earned a 169th place finish with a 23:29.00 clip. Alexis Capps rounded out the NIU contingent with a 24:28.00 time to place 208th.
The Huskies return to competition Nov. 2 when they head to Bowling Green, Ohio, for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship. The women’s 6K race starts at 11 a.m. CT.
Western Michigan
PEORIA, Ill. -- The Western Michigan cross country team wrapped up competition at the Bradley Classic on Friday afternoon, taking 15th place in the Women's Championship race.
The Broncos were led by Aisha Hodge, Becca Peacock, Daya Wagh, Alex Forsythe and Teresa Marin on the day. Hodge was the top runner for the Broncos finishing 40th overall with a 6k time of 22:00. The senior for Bangor, Mich., has paced the way for Western Michigan at every meet this season.
Peacock finished behind her with a time of 2:38, while Wagh competed the race on Peacock's heels with a time of 22:40. Forsythe and Marin both finished with an official time of 22:45 and junior Ann Marie Arseneau finished with a time of 22:46.
Missouri finished in first place wtih 65 points and hosts Bradley took second with 81. The Broncos finished ahead of the likes of Milwuakee, Illinois, Creighton and DePaul, with 26 total teams competing in the women's race. 
WMU has a week off and then heads to Bowling Green for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships.


Jenna Strong Fall Classic  FINAL RESULTS
Ball State

 WILMINGTON, Ohio - - The Ball State cross country team turned in one of its strongest efforts of the season, scoring a fifth-place effort out of 34 teams at Friday's #JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College.
The Cardinals' five scored runners posted an average time of 19:16.25 to earn 170 points in the meet. Mid-American Conference rival Toledo won the event with a combined score of 82 (18:57.88). Rounding out the top five were Roberts Wesleyan (94/18:59.12), Indianapolis (100/19:03.69), Findlay (169/19:14.71) and Ball State.
Junior Courtney Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) led Ball State's runners to the finish line, placing fourth overall with a time of 18:40.28. The finish gave Edon her first top five effort of the season.
Next up for the Cardinals was sophomore Danielle Dahl (Chelsea, Mich./Chelsea) who placed 30th among scored runners with a time of 19:15.92.
Rounding out Ball State's scored runners were junior Caitlynn Edon (New Palestine, Ind./New Palestine) in 35th at 19:20.42, freshman Ericka Rinehart (Angola, Ind./Angola) in 45th at 19:27.03 and freshman Jordan Timmons (Bargersville, Ind./Center Grove) in 56th at 19:37.58.
Also running for the Cardinals were junior Madelyn Webster (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) in 91st at 20:14.17, redshirt freshman Becca Kropf (Goshen, Ind./Fairfield) in 134th at 21:12.92 and redshirt freshman Jordan Jenkins (Fort Wayne, Ind./Concordia Lutheran) in 310th at 22:58.61.
The Ball State cross country team returns to action Saturday, Nov. 2, when it travels to Bowling Green, Ohio, for the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championships. The women's race is set to start at 11 a.m.


Saturday, October 19

Akron M/W
Bowling Green M/W
Buffalo M/W
Kent State M/W
Eastern Michigan M/W
Central Michigan M/W
Miami M/W
Ohio M/W
Toledo M/W


Akron M/W

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The University of Akron men's and women's cross country teams were back in action Saturday, running at the Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State University.
The Zips men, who competed in the elite eight-kilometer Blue Race, placed 45th among a challenging 52-team field that also featured 12 teams ranked among the nation's top 30. Headlining that group was defending NCAA Champion Oklahoma State and No. 2 Colorado and No. 4 Oregon.
UA's top five runners tallied a collective total of 1,074 points and averaged a time of 25:18.28. Colorado took the team title with 90 points and an average of 23:49.48.
Pacing the pack for the Zips was two-time All-Mid-American Conference First Team honoree Brad Hough, who placed 164th individually with a time of 25:01.56.
Trevor Norris was next, coming in 179th with a time of 25:04.81, followed by Kyle Cochrun (191st, 25:08.71), Clayton Murphy (240th, 25:22.98) and Dan Zupan (299th, 25:54.83). Also competing for the men's team was Zach Alexander, who ran a time of 27:00.27.
Competing in the six-kilometer White Race, the Akron women's team placed 18th out of 35 squads with 472 points and an average time of 22:39.92. California raced to the team title with a collective point total of 105 and average time of 21:28.57.
Leading the way individually for the Zips was Kayla Whitlow, who came in 38th with a time of 21:56.41.
Jillian Roth was the next to come in for Akron and did so in 74th place with a time of 22:24.63. She was followed by teammates Michaela Foisy (88th, 22:37.38), Natalie Zidd (131st, 23:03.95) and Marisa Papp (146th, 23:17.20). Also running for the Zips was Irene Frangos, who came in 152nd with a time of 23:20.57.
The Zips will have a couple of weeks to prepare for their next meet, the 2013 MAC Championships, which will be hosted by Bowling Green on Nov. 2.
Bowling Green M/W
Terre Haute, Ind. – Jason Salyer ran his first sub 25-minute 8,000-meter cross country race and placed seventh out of 135 runners at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational Saturday at Indiana State. The BGSU women's cross country team placed 16th out of 35 teams on the same course that the NCAA National Championships will be raced, finishing ahead of Mid-American Conference rivals Akron and Kent State.
In the men's race, Salyer was the top MAC individual finisher, ahead of all competitors from Ohio, Kent State and Toledo. His time of 24:56.94 was more than 13 seconds faster than his previous collegiate best of 25:10.64 at the All-Ohio Championships two weeks ago. Salyer was less than one second behind Clemson's top finisher for sixth place and was less than 10 seconds out of the top four.
"Jason continues to prove that he belongs in the top tier of the Mid-American Conference," Assistant Coach Eric Thatcher said.
Following Salyer, Greg Black placed 75th with a time of 26:19.19 and Tim Jurick was 122nd in 27:20.43.
On the women's side, Andrea Alt led a balanced performance from the Falcons as the team finished in the top half at 16th out of 35 competing teams. Alt set a new personal best in the 6,000-meter distance by 11 seconds with a time of 21:46.02. Rebecca Rae followed in 97th place with a time of 22:42.36 and the next four BGSU finishers all set personal bests.
Rachel Durbin (22:44.27) was eight seconds faster than her previous record and Brittney Darah pushed her PR up eight seconds in 22:46.78. Mackenzie McMillin's 22:56.70 was four seconds faster than she had previously run and Maria Meredith shattered her PR by 35 seconds with a time of 23:07.68.
"Andrea took a nice step today and has put herself in a good place heading into the MAC Championships," BGSU Head Coach Lou Snelling said. "The team had their first experience with this type of meet at the collegiate level. We did not put it together 1-through-5 the way we will need to on Nov. 2 for the MAC Championships."
As a team, the Falcons scored 440 points, just four points behind Charlotte and only 17 behind MAC opponent Eastern Michigan. Akron was 18th with 472 points and Kent State was 32nd.
BGSU is now off until hosting the MAC Championships Nov. 2 at 11 am. The meet takes place at Forrest Creason Golf Course on campus.


Buffalo M/W

The University at Buffalo women's cross country team put in a great showing at the Princeton Invite on Saturday afternoon as they took home a fourth-place finish out of 25 teams. The UB women's team collected 160 points in their fourth-place effort, just behind third place total of 144 points by La Salle. Duquesne took home the team title with a total of 47 points. The UB
men's cross country team also put forth a great effort finishing in 13th place in a field of 30 high caliber division I programs. The men's team collected 387 points which was good for 13th place overall while Villanova took home the team title with a point total of 23.
Zach Ahart recorded the best finish for the Bulls as he came in 12th place overall in a time of 24:13. Following Ahart, Cameron Bruce had a strong finish for the Bulls as he recorded a 39th place finish in 24:44. A pair of freshman, Alec Peinkofer and Pier Berkmans came in 104th and 11th place respectively in 25:25 and 25:33. Freshman Barrett Kemp finished in 121st place in 25:39 while Austin Coneys and Bobby Swick.
Chrissy Clarkin and freshman Caroline Brown led the way for the Bulls finishing in 23rd and 24th place respectively in a time of 22:20. Finishing behind Clarkin and Brown for the UB women was Gabby Leo who came in 25th place in a time of 22:22 and Corinne Birchard came in 33rd place in a time of 22:31. Meagan Hopkins recorded a 55th place finish in 22:53 while Hilary Swartwood came in 73rd place in 23:07 and Meaghan Wessel finished in 123rd place in a time of 23:51.
The Bulls are next in action on Saturday, November 2 for the MAC Championships that are being hosted this year by Bowling Green. UB hosted the 2012 MAC Championships and Zach Ahart was the top men's finisher, ninth place, while Kara Patrick was the top women's finisher in 21st place. The men came in fifth place out of nine teams while the women garnered a seventh place finish of 12 participating teams.
Kent State M/W
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Kent State University men's and women's cross country team competed at the NCAA Pre-National Invitational on Saturday afternoon hosted at Indiana State.   The LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course is the site of the 2013 NCAA National Championships in November.
The men raced to a seventh place finish with 211 points out of the 20 competing teams.  The squad was led by junior Matt Kahl, who crossed the finish line in 11th place out of 135 participants with a time of 25:13.14.
Following behind Kahl were teammates Andrew Goodwin (23rd – 25:30.63), Jared Fleming (40th – 25:54.15) and Grant Onken (51st – 26:00.71).   Rounding out the competitors were Samuel Allen (97th – 26:38.78) and Logan Kettlewell (26:54.13).
Head Coach Mark Croghan's women's squad placed 32nd overall with 747 points on the 6k course.  Sophomore Rachel Slingluff led the team with a time of 22:40.95 to finish 94th out of the 227 participants.  Melinda Sawnor was next (106th – 22:49.27), followed by Paige Foster (23:21.15), Brigid Callaghan (24:01.51) and Taylor Wickey (24:14.57).  Rounding out the competitors was Kristen Bergmeyer, who finished the course in 24:15.38.
The teams will now prepare for the Mid-American Conference Championships hosted at Bowling Green on Saturday, Nov. 2. 


Eastern Michigan W

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ( — Eastern Michigan University's women's cross country team completed the 2013 Pre-NCAA Invitational with a 14th-place finish, Oct. 19 at Indiana State University.  The team led the competing Mid-American Conference schools in the Women's White Race, scoring 423 points to outrun Bowling Green State University and the University of Akron. 
Junior Victoria Voronko (Stavropol, Russia-School #42) earned second-place honors with her time of 20:27.92, bested only by University of California-Berkley's Kelsey Santisteban.  Additionally, Voronko came in before the only two runners who had beat her in previous competitions, Samantha Hamilton and Courtney Frerichs. 
Senior Kayla Pfund (Shelby Twp.-Lutheran Northern) capped off the top-25 in the race with a 21:48.41 mark.  In the Women's Open Race, sophomore Amy Frauhammer (Saline, Mich.-Saline) turned out a top-50 performance with a final time of 23:14.54.
The Green and White will host the EMU Classic Friday, Oct. 25 in Dexter, Mich.
Eastern Michigan M
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. ( — The Eastern Michigan University men's cross country team wrapped up the 2013 NCAA Pre-National Invitational, Oct. 19, at Indiana State University.  The squad garnered a 40th-place finish in the Men's Blue Race with 913 points.  The meet contained nine top-30 teams, including three in the top-five.  Additionally, EMU placed ahead of Mid-American Conference opponents Miami University, University of Akron, and Central Michigan University.  The No. 2-ranked University of Colorado won the event with 90 points.  
Redshirt-junior Warren Witchell (Williamstar, Mich.-Dansville) paced the Green and White with a top-100 finish time of 24:29.99 and was the second MAC runner to cross the finish line, coming in merely .34 seconds after Miami's David Wing.  Two other runners placed in the top half of the 359-runner field.  Sophomore Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio-Maumee) and senior Harry Dixon (Nelson, New Zealand-Nayland College) finished with times of 24:56.77 and 25:03.33, respectively.  
In the Men's Open Race, freshman Nick Raymond (Erie, Mich.-Mason) grabbed a sixth-place finish with a 25:13.66 mark.
The Eagles will host their next meet, the EMU Classic, Friday, Oct. 25 in Dexter, Mich.


Central Michigan M/W

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Central Michigan men's and women's cross country team raced against top-competition Saturday at the Pre-Nationals meet at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. 
Both the men's and women's squad came into the race ranked 12th in the USTFCCCA Great Lakes Regional Poll.
Sophomore Nate Ghena was the top men's finisher, completing the 8k race in 25:05.93.
Junior Ethan Lievense finished right behind Ghena in 25:06.16. Freshman Spencer Nousain rounded out CMU's top-three men's performers crossing the finish line in 25:20.35.
"Our one through three wasn't as far up as we needed to be associate head coach, Matt Kaczor said on the men's team. "We just didn't have a fifth to help us out today."
On the women's side senior Krista Parks was the top-finisher completing the blue division 6k race in 21:42.04.
Kelly Schubert and Breanne Lesnar were among the top-three women's finishers on the day. The sophomore-duo finished in 21:48.73 and 21:49.40 respectively.
Kaczor was pleased with the effort on the women's side. "The women had a good race today," Kaczor said. "One through five gap was about thirty seconds so that was good."
The men's team ended the day placing 48th with the women placing 33rd.
University of Colorado men's squad finished first with 90 points, while Georgetown University finished on top of the women's side with 117 points.
The Chippewas are back in action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when they head to Bowling Green, Ohio to compete at the MAC Championships.  
Miami W
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Miami University women’s cross country team racked up career- and season-highs this morning at the 2013 Pre-National Invitational, placing 24th out of a competitive 49-team field. The Invitational was held on LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course, home to this year’s NCAA Championship in late November.
Despite 340 runners crowding around the starting line at 11:40 a.m., junior Jess Hoover managed to avoid the jam and race out in front as she has done in Miami’s four previous meets. She was the second Mid-American Conference (MAC) runner to cross the finish line, and took 48th overall in a personal-best 21:00.34.
Redshirt junior Melissa Girgis also ran the best race of her career today, finishing the 6K in a personal-best 21:27.68, taking 99th overall.
“Melissa ran really well,” head coach Kelly Phillips said. “She ran really confident, and she just went out smart and kept picking people off the whole race, so she ran really well.”
Sophomore Laura Bess was Miami’s third scorer, finishing 179th overall in a personal-best 21:56.54. Sophomore Julia Valencia clocked in with a season-high 22:03.31, earning her a 198th-place finish. Junior Elisa Frazier then rounded out Miami’s scoring five, finishing in 215th with a season-high 22:10.16.
While the RedHawks were unable to keep up with the Toledo Rockets, who finished 14th with 494 points, their 739 points placed them above the Central Michigan Chippewas, who took 33rd, and the Ohio University Bobcats who finished 41st.
Miami’s total time was also faster than the times of conference rivals Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Akron and Kent State, which all ran in the White Race at 12:15 p.m.
While not the fastest MAC school to race today, Phillips said she expects the conference meet in a couple weeks to be a great race, particularly against Ohio. Miami and Ohio have competed against each other twice already this season, first at the Miami Invitational, and then at the Wake Forest Invitational.
“If you look at the results today, you say, okay, we aren’t even in the same league as Toledo, but it’s just when you have this many people,” Phillips said. “At conference, it’s going to be much smaller numbers and there’s not going to be as much play between the spots, so if Anna (Lamb), Melissa (Girgis), and Jess (Hoover) run well like they are capable of doing, it’s going to be a great race between us and Ohio.”
Three RedHawks also raced in the Pre-National Open race, all placing in the top 60 of the 102-runner field. Junior Alex Chitwood was Miami’s top finisher, taking 19th in 22:29.68. Junior Mattie Moncayo took 30th in 22:45.26, and freshman Jackie Mullins finished 56th in 23:26.94.
No. 6 Georgetown, which is ranked first in the Mid-Atlantic Region, won the Pre-Nationals championship race with 117 points, followed by No. 2 Florida State, which took second with 162 points. No. 20 Butler, which is ranked third in the Great Lakes Region, took third with 176 points. No. 16 Virginia showed why it is ranked first in the Southeast Region, placing fourth with 191 points. No. 6 Oregon rounded out the meet’s top five, taking fifth with 214 points.
The RedHawks will not race next weekend, but will return to action Saturday, Nov. 2 for the 2013 MAC Championship in Bowling Green, Ohio. The race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Miami M
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – In its final meet before the 2013 Mid-American Conference (MAC) Championship, the Miami University men’s cross country team ran a challenging race at the Pre-Nationals Invitational hosted by Indiana State University on the LaVern Gibson Cross Country Course. The RedHawks will return to this course in late November for the 2013 NCAA Championship.
The Red and White raced against 51 regionally and nationally ranked teams this morning, taking 44th overall. Despite the rainy conditions and crowded field, head coach Warren Mandrell said he was happy with his team’s performance
“I was relatively pleased, particularly with Dave Wing,” Mandrell said. “He had a very nice race, a good time, and it was tough because it was raining right up until race time…but he got out and raced really well the whole way.”
For the fifth-straight time this season, senior Dave Wing paced the RedHawks, finishing 83rd overall in 24:29.65. Wing was the first MAC runner to finish the race, inching out Eastern Michigan’s Warren Mitchell who finished 85th overall in 24:29.99.
For the first time this season, junior Daniel Garleb was Miami’s second scorer, earning 197th-place in a personal-best 25:10.17 by running a smart race and avoiding the crowd.
“He got out pretty hard and ran smart,” Mandrell said. “He actually went to the outside on a couple of the curves when everyone was trying to run the shortest distance, but it was so clogged up so he drifted to the outside and was just blowing by people.”
Senior Matt Marol crossed the finish line as Miami’s third scorer in 25:22.96, taking 239th overall. Freshman Stephen Biebelhausen took 247th overall, finishing as the RedHawks’ fourth scorer in 25:26.22. Freshman Kent Ford was then the fifth and final scorer for the RedHawks, taking 302nd in 25:56.39.
Miami was the second MAC team to finish the championship race behind Central Michigan, defeating Eastern Michigan and Akron, which are both ranked higher than Miami in the Great Lakes Region. Miami was the second fastest MAC team at Pre-Nationals overall, also finishing with a better time than Ohio University, Kent State, Toledo and Bowling Green, which all ran in the White Race this afternoon.
No. 2 Colorado dominated Pre-Nationals with 90 points, and was the only school to have two runners finish in the top ten. No. 4 Oregon followed Colorado in second with 113 points, while No. 18 Iona finished third with 126 points. No. 29 Stanford was the fourth finisher in the championship race with 148 points, and No. 9 Tulsa rounded out the meet’s top five finishers with 159 points.
The RedHawks will have another week off from competition, but will return to the course Saturday, Nov. 3 for the MAC Championship. The race is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
Ohio W
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - Ohio University women's cross country team took 41st of 49 teams Saturday in the Blue Race at the 2013 Indiana State Pre-National Invitational. The team competed in the 6-kilometer Blue Race which featured 51 teams, 13 of which are currently ranked in the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division I Poll.
Senior Juli Accurso (Casstown, Ohio) was the top Ohio finisher, placing 20th of 340 runners, behind 15 competitors who are on currently ranked teams in the USTFCCCA Division I Poll. She finished the 6k in a time of 20:36.09. This is the fourth time in five events Accurso has led the team.
Sophomore Krista Roehlig (Green, Ohio) was the next Ohio finisher as she finished 184th, clocking a time of 21:58.70.
The `Cats will return to action Nov. 2 as they travel to Bowling Green, Ohio to compete in the Mid-American Conference Championships. The race is set to begin at 11 a.m.
Ohio M
TERRE HAUTE, Ind.- The Ohio University men's cross country team won the White Race Saturday afternoon at the 2013 Indiana State Pre-National Invitational. The top five Bobcat runners placed between 13th and 28th to finish with 99 points in the team standings.
Senior Chase Robinson (Navarre, Ohio) posted a time of 25:18.67 to record a 13th-place finish.
Sophomore Jarrod Genther (Canal Winchester, Ohio) placed 17th with a time of 25:20.17.
A trio of Bobcat sophomores finished close together to round out the Ohio pack. Jacob Stephens (Bellbrook, Ohio) finished 24th in 25:32.16, Kurt Steinmuller (Stonybrook, N.Y.) was 27th in 25:34.37, and Jake Gentile (Kettering, Ohio) was close behind in 28th with a time of 25:35.21. Stephens and Steinmuller were both one minute faster than their times from the Notre Dame Invitational.
Ohio returns to action on Nov. 2 at the 2013 Mid-American Conference Championship. The meet is scheduled to begin at noon ET in Bowling Green, Ohio.


Toledo M/W

TERRE HAUTE, IN - The Toledo women's cross country team finished 14th at the NCAA Pre-National meet, defeating two nationally ranked teams in No. 18 Villanova and No. 19 Oklahoma State on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Terre Haute, IN.
Junior Brooke Tullis led the way for the Rockets in Saturday's Blue Race, finishing 69th with a time of 21:13.18. Juniors Megan Wright and Megan Gaysunas finished 89th and 103rd, respectively.
"I'm very happy with the way the race went today," head coach Linh Nguyen said. "We went in with a similar game plan to Paul Short and the women executed very well. The goal today was to get some at large points for national qualification. Hopefully, those victories today will turn into points in four weeks. If we can continue to work hard and close the last 1,000 meters better at the regional championship, I think we'll be in very good shape. Brooke (Tullis) ran a good race to lead us and the other women worked hard to stay as close as possible."
In the men's unseeded race, junior Hillary Serem finished 33rd with a time of 25:46.71 for the team that finished 13th. Junior Jake Kasperski was the second finisher on the team, with a time of 25:56.46.
"I challenged the men to get out of their comfort zone today and start to really test themselves in races," Nguyen said. "They all did that today and I'm very pleased with the results. This has been a big learning year so far with the men's team and they continue to work hard to get better. The men are coming around well and adapting to the training. Adam (Smercina) stepped up today to run with Jake and Hillary for much of the race and (Adam) Bess, (Thomas) Gibbons and (Trevin) Flickinger all ran good races."
Both teams also ran in the open races and with top performances from sophomore Theresa Warsecke (8th), senior Devyn Ramsay (14th) and junior Jackie Koza (24th) in the women's race and sophomore Nick Costello (76th) and senior Nick Brenner (87th) on the men's side.