Cross Country: Weekend Recap

first_imgMcNeese State at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalNew Orleans at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalNorthwestern State at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalNicholls at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalStephen F. Austin at Crimson Classic Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Crimson ClassicSam Houston State at Crimson ClassicSoutheastern Louisiana at Crimson ClassicLamar at Adidas InvitationalLamar at Pre-National InvitationalCentral Arkansas at Pre-National Invitational The Lumberjacks edged SLC foe Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (190 pts.), which finished seventh as a team, and also outran Sam Houston State (358 pts.) and Southeastern Louisiana (623 pts.) to lead the conference action. – Return to top – Host Alabama won the women’s race. Chelsea Blaase of Tennessee was the individual women’s champion with a time of 16:37.66. Shelby Polasek (19:34.43) took 129th, followed by Liz Romo (19:41.41) at 142nd. Jasmine McCoy rounded out the field for the women, finishing 188th with a time of 20:27.48. Other Demons running were Lucas Moncla (23:10.23, 26th) and Tyler Corwin (25:11.33, 31st). After Moreaux, William Hamilton finished 13th with a time of 20:49.6; Enrique Soto was 14th with a time of 21:03.6; and Bradley Traviss in 22nd place with a time of 21:53.6. – Return to top – Other top Lion finishers were: Joseph Edwards (171, 28:57.25) and Stephen Cassingham (176, 29:12.14) Titon started the day by following up her strong last outing at the LSU Invitational. After finishing ninth in Baton Rouge, Titon navigated the 5K course in a time of 19:20.40, which was good enough for eighth place. That time was also 15 seconds faster than her time at the same distance in Baton Rouge back on Sept. 20. True freshman Brittany Innis tackled the 5k course at Harry Pritchett Running Park in 17:55 to lead the way on the women’s side. Her mark was good enough for a 17th place showing out of 225 women competing at the university level. Innis, who has consistently placed in the top three for the women this year, posted a team-best time on Friday for the first time in her young collegiate career. New Orleans at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalResultsLAFAYETTE, La. – The New Orleans Privateers women’s and men’s cross country teams both turned in third-place team finishes, and Letizia Titon had another individual top ten at the Ragin’ Cajun Classic on Friday at Acadiana Park. Freshmen Clarissa Smith (20:18.40) and Haley Gregoire (20:18.40) also finished among the top 200 runners, placing 168th and 178th respectively. Stephen F. Austin at Crimson Classic Men’s ResultsWomen’s ResultsTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Stephen F. Austin men’s and women’s cross country teams ran to similar results on Friday evening at the University of Alabama Crimson Classic. The women placed fifth out of 25 division one programs and the men placed sixth as a team out of 24 division one schools. Callie Willcox was the second-highest Privateers finisher on the day finishing 24th out of 45 runners with a time of 20:38.70. Willcox and Titon helped guide the Privateers to a third-place finish out of six teams while also coming out ahead of Southland foe Nicholls who wound up in fifth. “This was a great way to finish this big training cycle,” said Chapoton. “And now we are going get our minds in the right place for conference.” Karl Schreiber led the Bearkat men with a 48th place finish and a time of 26:12.51. Other SHSU marks were Evan Arambula 62nd 26:28.32, Colton Stoker 81st 26:28.32, Grant Buley 83rd 26:46.30, Logan Terry 84th 26:47.46, Ryan Saam 97th 26:52.94 and Patrick Pitts 100th 27:06.55. Northwestern State at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalLAFAYETTE, La. – Freshmen Erin Wrozek and Josh Wilkins were the fastest Northwestern State finishers Friday evening at the Ragin’ Cajuns Cross Country Invitational at Acadiana Park, as NSU competed for the last time until hosting the Southland Conference Championships on Nov. 3. Veteran Shelby Pesek came in right behind Innis with a time of 18:01. The junior secured 22 points for the Ladyjacks with the 22nd place finish. Redshirt freshman Courtney High was right on Pesek’s heels until the finish, completing the course in 18:07 – just 12 seconds off Innis’ pace – to place 26th. The trio of Innis, Pesek and High have led the team in each of the three meets in which they all competed this season. UL-Lafayette’s Anna Devitt won the race in 17:32.40. The host team won the meet with a score of 20. – Return to top – “I’m really impressed with our freshman,” Chapoton said. “They’ve been steadily improving each week and they have ran really well lately. Their work is paying off.” – Return to top – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Crimson ClassicTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Texas A&M-Corpus Christi men’s cross country team put together one of the finest performances in school history Friday at the Crimson Classic hosted by the University of Alabama. The men took seventh place overall out of 33 of the best teams in the nation and the women took 19th. Wilkins ran the four-mile men’s course in 20:46.59, 12th overall. Next for NSU was Grant Butts (21:55.85, scoring 18th), followed closely by Hunter Warmack (21:59.99, scoring 19th). Completing the Demons’ scorecard were Jeremy Elliott (22:33.43, scoring 24th) and Skylor Reese (22:56.63, scoring 25th). McNeese State at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalLAFAYETTE, La. – Nicholas Kiprono and Enock Bor finished 2-3 Friday evening at the Ragin Cajun Cross Country Invitational to help pace the McNeese Cowboys to its fourth team win of the season as the squad heads to the Southland Conference Championships on Nov. 3. McNeese State University finished first as a team in the men’s competition, while the University of Louisiana-Lafayette took first for the women. Nicholls at Ragin’ Cajuns InvitationalLAFAYETTE, La. – The Nicholls State University cross country team finished fifth at the Ragin’ Cajun Invitational cross country meet on Friday. The event was held at the Harry Pritchett Course in Tuscaloosa Alabama. The women’s race covered 4,975 meters while the men’s course was 8,085 meters. On the men’s side junior Harry Wiggins turned in the top Lion time. Out of 197 Division I runners, the Prairieville native placed 79th with a time of 26:43.68. In the men’s 8k event, the Lions placed 21st out of 24 teams. The Lady Cards did a strong job of bunching several of their runners together toward the front of the pack to compete with some of the nation’s top ranked teams. Lamar was led by freshman Minttu Hukka who clocked a time of 21:17.7 to finish 30th overall. Hukka crossed the finish line 24 seconds ahead of teammate Leigh Lattimore who ended the day 58th (21:41.6). – Return to top – Wrozek finished sixth overall, covering the 5,000 meters in 19:08.50. Fellow freshman Jacqueline Rushford was the next Lady Demon across the line, 11th in 19:36.80, while Erin Sitarz ran 19th for NSU in 20:19.90. The Lady Demons entered only three runners Friday and did not record a team score. Tennessee’s Chelsea Blaase won the individual title with a time of 16:37 – running ahead of the second place runner by 38 seconds. Host Alabama won the team title with 68 points while Georgia Tech (116 pts.), Auburn (130 pts.) and Mississippi State (162 pts.) rounded out the top four ahead of the Ladyjacks. SFA beat the only other two schools from the Southland Conference by large margins as Sam Houston State (362 pts.) finished 13th and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (494 pts.) took 19th. – Return to top – Central Arkansas at Pre-National Invitational TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The University of Central Arkansas men’s cross country team got a 29th-place finish from Brant Cook on Saturday in the open division of the Indiana State University Pre-Nationals Invitational at the LaVern Gibson Championship XC Course. McNeese’s Danielle Jones ran a 19:56.5 to finish 13th overall and was followed by Angelina Covington in 14th place at 20:08.3. Sarah Booth finished 16th with a time of 20:12.4, Lauren Cooper in 19th at 20:29.3, and Emily Mouton in 23rd place at 21:17.4. Ana Moreno was the top finisher for the SHSU women, placing 43rd with a time of 18:21.90. Other Sam Houston performances included Olivia Olguin 47th (18:22.91), Miranda Prado 78th (18:55.02), Nicole Aponte 85th (18:58.25), Nina Gonzales 109th (19:36.67) and Haley West 115th (19:41.39). On the women’s side, following ULL and McNeese in the team standings were UNO with 122 points, Southern at 125, Louisiana Tech and Nicholls with 135 each, and Louisiana College and Northwestern State, both of which didn’t enter enough runners to qualify for a team score. Sophomores Charles Mathenge and Colby Mehmen each nudged their way into the top ten after great races to pace the SFA men. Mathenge completed the 8k track – officially marked at 8,085 meters – in 25:18 to claim eighth among 197 other division one runners. The Oklahoma State transfer has led the Lumberjacks in each of his first two competitive races of the year. A total of 224 runners participated in the women’s event while 197 took part in the men’s race. The next three Lumberjacks to cross were sophomore Anthony Gallardo (25:47), sophomore Josh Torres (26:23) and redshirt freshman Jeffrey Weisheit (26:35), placing27th, 58th and 71st respectfully. The three runners finished within a 48-second span of each other to cap the scoring for SFA. The men’s team finished in a tie for third in points with Northwestern State as both teams finished with a total of 98 points. McNeese State took top honors in the team standings with Louisiana-Lafayette coming in second. Mehmen, who has also been a familiar name among the leaders at events this year, posted a time of 25:28 to place 10th. Tulsa was first in the open division, followed by Purdue, Eastern Michigan, Ohio University, UCA, Memphis and Xavier. Junior Katie Neil set a lifetime personal record in the 5k, turning in a time of 21:50.99. The Marrero, Louisiana native placed 237th.center_img In the women’s 5k event, a total of 292 runners competed. The top Lady Lion finisher was freshman Celia Zaeringer, who turned in a time of 18:28.73. The New Orleans native placed 58th. “As a team, we have some adjustments to make but we’re moving in the right direction,” Clark said. “We’ll have two hard weeks of training now and work out a game plan to get ready to make a push for that conference championship.” On the women’s side, UCA was 32nd overall. Sophomore Brigette Caruthers finished 85th in the 6K race in a time of 23:17.0, while freshman Diana Moreno was 104th (23:29.9). Junior Sophie Clauss was 193rd (25:19.2), Helene Sensee was 206th (26:21.5) and graduate student Emily Carroll was 209th (26:34.1). The Lamar cross country teams return to action Monday, Nov. 3, when they travel to Natchitoches, La., to compete in the Southland Conference Championships. Both LU squads enter the championships as the defending Southland champions. – Return to top – Ashley Johnson led the way for the women, finishing 17th with a time of 20:12.1 in the 5k. Hannah Naquin finished a minute and eight seconds later, with a time of 21:20.4, while Callie Scull ran a 22:07.8. Alison Smegal led the Cowgirls with an overall fifth place finish with a time of 19:00.8 in the 5-kilometer race. Kaitlyn Jeter finished sixth at 19:16.4 and Corissa Storms placed eighth with a time of 19:25.3. The Cowgirls had seven of their eight runners finish in the top 20 while all runners placed in the top 25. Sebie O’Neill placed 26th to lead the men’s team with a time of 22:25.6 in the four mile. Jake Leee finished next for the Colonel men with a time of 23:49.3. The Islanders cross country teams will be back in action November 3, when they travel to Natchitoches, La., for the Southland Conference Championships. Senior Jannika John was only three seconds back of Lattimore crossing the line 63rd, while classmate Verity Ockenden ended the meet 84th with a 21:55.7. Freshman Evelyn Chavez closed out the Lady Cardinals scoring with a time of 22:10.1 on the six kilometer course. New Orleans will now prepare for the Southland Championships in Natchitoches, La. on Nov. 3. Ty McCormack of Auburn won the men’s title with a time of 24:27 and Clemson brought home the team title with 123 total points. Auburn (130 pts.), Georgia Tech (133 pts.), Rice (150 pts.) and North Florida (165 pts.) rounded out the top five just in front of SFA. The final two point-earners for SFA crossed the finish line within a two-second clip. Sophomore Bridgette Kozar (18:25) and senior Laurie Byrd (18:27) placed 50th and 55th respectfully to round out the top five and give the Ladyjacks their fourth top five showing of the year. “The women had a good meet today,” said head coach Cody Clark. “I felt that if we could finish fifth or better out of the competitive field we’d be taking the next step as a team. Brittany really stepped up for us and had a smart race today.” UL-Lafayette’s Matt Rice was the men’s individual champ in 19:48.19. – Return to top – – Return to top – Cook, a freshman from Grand Prairie, Texas, covered the 8K course in 26:36.4. Freshman Alonzo Pollum was 44th in a time of 26:57.2, followed by senior Connor Ryan in 57th (27:14.7). Senior Benjamin Stansell was 95th (28:51.0), while senior Jacob Luckett was 96th (29:17.9). On the men’s side, Clayton O’Callaghan came back fresh off his personal best in the 8K at the Watson Ford Invitational to finish 17th of 47 runners in the four-mile run. O’Callaghan turned in a time of 21:29.42 and was the top Privateers men’s finisher. Michael Batson followed closely behind with a 21:53.40, which was good for 21st place. Clemson won the men’s race. Ty McCormack of Auburn was the men’s individual champion with a clocking of 24:27.86. “The girls ran really well for never having seen a course like this,” said volunteer assistant coach Brandon Chapoton. “There were a lot of hills, and we don’t really see that on a regular basis.” Southeastern Louisiana at Crimson ClassicTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Southeastern Louisiana cross country teams competed in the annual Crimson Classic on Friday, hosted by the University of Alabama. Four members of the women’s team and five members of the men’s team made the trip to Tuscaloosa. “As a team I thought we did a good job,” said Gauson. “We had some adversity with Ryan Creech and Jan falling in the first mile. They got up and worked through the field. That had a big impact on our team finish, but to finish 29th in a field of that magnitude was pleasing. Sam had a fine individual performance and is now competing regularly at an elite level.” Wrozek was the top NSU woman finisher for the second time this season. Wilkins has led the Demons in each competition this fall. Sam Houston State at Crimson ClassicTUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Sam Houston women placed 13th and the Bearkat men’s team was 14th in a talent-laden field of 24 universities at the University of Alabama Crimson Tide Classic cross country meet Friday. Freshmen Michael Perez (28:25.40) and Isaiah Gilbert (28:39.82) placed 160th and 167th respectively. The Islander women continue to improve with a 19th place finish at the Classic. Freshman Carissa Piñón paced the Islander women as she finished 92nd out of the 291 runners. She ran the 5k event in a time of 18:57.82, which was good enough for a new personal record. Following close behind was freshman Taylor Hawes (19:19.81) who finished 111th. Del Rio, Texas native Vanessa Galindo (19:27.17) took 120th in the event. Nathan Jones placed fifth with a 19:54.3 followed by a sixth place finish from Oliver James with a 19:56.7. Ryan Holroyd was eighth with a 20:19.9 and Brock Moreaux finished ninth at 20:23.5 as the Cowboys had six runners place in the top 10. After a two week break from competition, Southeastern cross country will compete in the Southland Conference Cross Country Championships in Natchitoches, La. on November 3rd.  This was very encouraging for us,” head coach Shawn Flanagan noted. “We’re getting close to Stephen F. Austin and we are looking good with two weeks left until conference.” Lamar at Adidas InvitationalLamar at Pre-National InvitationalTERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Lamar Lady Cardinals cross country team scored 345 points to finish eighth at the Pre-Nationals meet Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind. Not only did Lamar finish among the nation’s elite at the race, but the Lady Cardinals also got a feel for the course where the 2014 Cross Country National Championships will be competed should they qualify. Jason Garcia and Justin Adame were the only other runners for the Islanders to finish better than 50th. Garcia ran 26:02.88 to finish 42nd while Adame placed 47th with a time of 26:10.90. Kiprono finished the four-mile race with a time of 19:51 and was edged out by three seconds for the gold by ULL’s Matt Rice. Bor was a step behind Kiprono and clocked a 19:51.6 to finish third. The Ragin’ Cajun Invitational was the last meet for Nicholls before they head to the Southland Conference Championships on Monday, Nov. 3 in Natchitoches, La. Senior Sam Stabler clocked a time of 24:12 to lead the Cardinals with a 34th-place finish at Wisconsin Adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis. Friday. Stabler was a bright spot for an LU squad that suffered some adversity when Ryan Creech and Jan Lukas Becker fell during the race. Stabler finished the race 44 seconds ahead of teammate Michael Kershaw (24:56/139th). Despite the fall, Creech was able to battle his back into the middle of the pack recording the team’s third fastest time (25:04). Junior Alex Dunbar was only seven seconds back of Creech placing 170th overall. Becker recovered from his fall to close out the team scoring for the Cardinals with a time of 25:20 (187th). Sophomores Edgar Martinez and Cesar Gonzalez finished back-to-back at 56th and 57th, respectively. Martinez finished with a time of 26:14.85 while Gonzalez finished at 26:15.73. Steven Galli placed 108th with a time of 26:59.92 while Daniel Guerrero (27:01.67) placed 111th. The NSU men tied for third with 98 points. McNeese won with 24, followed by UL-Lafayette (33), UNO (98, tied with NSU), Nicholls (135) and Southern (178). The Cowboys finished the event with a team score of 24 points followed by ULL with 33, New Orleans with 119, Northwestern State in fourth with 120 points, Nicholls at 164, Southern 213, and Louisiana College who did not record a team score. “I thought we had a really great day as a team,” said LU distance coach Darren Gauson. “To finish eighth and placing just behind #22 ranked Baylor was extremely pleasing and shows our consistent improvement as a group across the season.” On the women’s side, the Cowgirls placed second as a team with 46 points as ULL won the team title with 20 points. The SFA cross country teams will get more than two weeks off to recover from Friday’s race before they return to action on Monday, Nov. 3 for the Southland Conference Championships in Natchitoches, La. Senior Philipp Baar ran the best race of his career against some of the strongest competition this season at the Crimson Classic, placing fourth out of 261 runners with a new personal best of 25:03.82 in the 8k. – Return to top –last_img