Cross Country ACCtion: Fri. 9/14 - Sat. 9/15
Sept. 17, 2007
NC State: Men - 1st; Women - 1st
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The rain came down sideways at times, but NC State's men's and women's cross country teams ran full speed ahead Friday afternoon at the SAS Complex in Cary, rolling to easy wins in both the men's and women's collegiate races at the 2007 Raleigh Invitational.
The NC State men, ranked 10th nationally in the latest TFCCCA poll, took the first five places in their race to score a perfect 15. John Martinez, Wes Smith and Chris Kollar ran 1-2-3. Martinez ran the 5k race in a time of 15:08 and officially finished one second ahead of Smith and Kollar. Bobby Mack and Robert Bedsole were fourth and fifth, respectively, with identical times of 15:31.
The NC State women, with several starters running unattached, still managed to dominate the womens' collegiate race, although not to the extent that the men did. The Wolfpack ran 2-3-4-7-14 for a score of 30, besting East Carolina by 15 points. Hampton was third with 77 points, followed by St. Augustine's at 104 and Winston-Salem State at 115.
Clemson: Men - 1st
CULLOWHEE, N.C. The men's cross country team won its second meet of the season Saturday morning after cruising to the team and individual title at the Catamount Classic. The meet was a 5K competition held at the Western Carolina University campus. The Tigers totaled 25 points in first place and were followed by Elon (49), Furman (63), and Western Carolina (80).
"It was a good day," said Bob Pollock, head coach of the Tiger program. "I thought we ran a lot tougher through three miles today than we did two weeks ago at this course."
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - The Duke women's cross country team had a dominating performance on Saturday morning at the Catamount Classic on the campus of Western Carolina University. The Blue Devils took first place out of six teams at the meet, with 16 points. Furman was the runner-up and finished far behind with 73 points.
Duke's top five runners took five of the top six spots. The individual meet winner was freshman Katelyn Bastert, who completed the 4k course in 14:37.30.
North Carolina: Men - 2nd; Women - 1st
BOONE, N.C. - The North Carolina cross country teams competed at the Mountaineer Open Friday afternoon as the women took home the title and men finished a point out of first place. Senior Megan Kaltenbach claimed first place with a time of 17:59.55 on the women's side. Both teams will travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday, Sept. 28.
In a damp and rainy day in Boone, N.C. the Carolina cross country teams finished within a point of a sweep at the Mountaineer Open. The women opened the action on the 5K course as Megan Kaltenbach blew away the field with a time of 17:59.55 more than 30 seconds faster than the next closest runner. Finishing second for the Tar Heels and in the race was Addie Bracy who clocked in at a time of 18:30.12.
On the men's side, Alex Ray paced the Tar Heels once again as he clocked in at a time of of 20:21 for third place overall. Zach Dawson and Tristram Thomas were right on Ray's heels taking home fourth and fifth with times of 20:25 and 20:26.
Georgia Tech: Men - 2nd; Women - 2nd
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - David Herren and Elena Linn led the way on a beautiful Saturday morning as the Georgia Tech men's and women's teams each finished in second place at the Vanderbilt Classic on the Vaughn's Creek Course in Nashville, Tenn.
Herren, a senior from Rome, Ga., crossed the line second overall with a time of 25:23.69 to lead the men's team on the 8K course. Sophomore Iain Turnbull placed 11th overall and was the second Jacket to finish with a time of 26:09.59. Senior Cristan Duvall finished the race 13th in a time of 26:10.45.
Leading the way for the women was Linn, a senior from Marietta, Ga., who placed second overall with a time of 18:13.11. She was followed by senior Jenny Sims, who crossed third in a time of 18:19.71. Another senior, Nisha Kurian, finished the 5K race in sixth place with a time of 18:28.34.
Boston College: Men - 3rd; Women - 2nd
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The men and women's cross country teams hosted ten different universities from around the northeast and mid-west at the Boston College Invitational at Franklin Park on Friday Sept. 14.
The women placed second in the 5K race, finishing with 64 points. The Eagles had four runners in the top-20 and were led by junior Mallory Champa, who took seventh place in a time of 17:38. Sophomore Brielle Chabot had her career-best performance, coming in ninth in 17:43. Freshman Caroline King, participating in her first collegiate race, ran in a time of 17:45, finishing 11th. Captain Nichole Lister placed 14th for the Eagles (17:53).
The BC men were led by senior Patrick Mellea, who won the 8K race in the last minute, beating out Providence's Tom Webb in a time of 24:23. Captain Tim Ritchie placed ninth for the Eagles, running a 24:51. Junior David Emerson came in 19th place (25:26), giving the Eagles three top-20 finishes and a third place finish with 71 points.
Maryland: Men - 6th; Women - 6th
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Senior Meghan Braffet ran well in her first cross country action of the season, finishing third individually in the women's race Saturday to lead the University of Maryland at the Navy Invitational cross country meet.
The Maryland women finished sixth with 150 points. The Terrapins put three runners in a pack, as Kristen Reed (31st, 23:56), Angeli Sivaraman (36th, 24:11) and Kylynn McKinley (38th, 24:15) placed among the top 40. Maryland's final scorer was Amanda Robotti, who was 63rd in 25:38. Sarah Dawes was just behind her, placing 66th in 25:53.
On the men's side, Maryland also got sixth place, scoring 125 points, placing just 17 points behind fourth-place American and only 10 points behind Richmond for fifth.
The Terrapins' top finisher was freshman Alex Lundy, who covered the 8 kilometers in 22:55.4 to place 10th overall. Maryland put all five of its scorers in the top 40, with Greg Kelsey in 23rd (25:22.1), Ben Diestel just behind in 24th (25:26.2), Joe Simpson in 33rd (25:40.1), Kevin Gahr in 38th (25:46.6) and Richie Booth in 40th (25:47.9).