Cross Country ACCtion: Weekend of September 28-29
Oct. 1, 2007
Boston College: (M)- 17th; (W)- 5th
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - In the first major race of the season, Florida State dominated competition at the Notre Dame Invitational as the No. 12-ranked women finished the 5k race in third with 141 points and the No. 24-ranked men took fifth in the 8k with 147 points. Sophomore All-America Susan Kuijken crossed the line first in the women's run.
In the women's race, Florida State out-ran two higher ranked opponents--No. 2 Michigan and No. 11 Providence, marking the Seminoles' first victory over the Wolverines in program history. FSU topped the ACC competition in the 21-team field as they finished ahead of No. 16 NC State and No. 21 Boston College.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - The Clemson women's cross country team claimed its second team title of the season Saturday morning after winning the ECU Pirate Invitational at the Lake Kristi course. The Lady Tigers won the 5K competition with a total of 19 points. East Carolina was second with 35, while Gardner-Webb was third place at 82 total points.
"The kids are really starting to step up and have fun as a team," said Gordon Thomson, distance coach at Clemson.
Jenna Baker once again led the Lady Tiger attack, as she posted a career-best time of 18:10. She was one of five Clemson harriers to record a time of less than 19:00 for the 5000m distance. Baker has now led the team individually in three consecutive races. She was fourth Saturday.
ORONO, Maine - The Duke women's cross country team won their second straight meet on Saturday in Orono, Maine, at the Mary Keatinge Invitational. The men's cross country squad placed 12th out of 15 teams at the prestigious and highly competitive Bill Dellinger Invite in Eugene, Ore. The Mary Keatinge meet was hosted by the University of Maine and the Bill Dellinger Invitational was hosted by the University of Oregon.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Virginia All-American Emily Harrison won the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational by 18 seconds over the second place finisher, helping the injury-plagued Cavaliers finish sixth as a team with 190 points. On the men's side, Ryan Foster finished ninth and Andy Biladeau was 11th, two seconds behind Foster, to help the men take fifth, including beating No. 23 Michigan State.
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The 25th-ranked Virginia Tech women's cross country team won its third consecutive meet with 23 points at the Colonial Inter-Regional Challenge on Saturday at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
All five women's scorers finished in the top 10 and were led in the individual standings by Tasmin Fanning, who turned in a first-place finish out of a 103-competitor field, with a 20:21 effort. Fanning has finished first overall in the individual standings in each of her three competitions this season.
On the men's side, the Hokies accumulated 78 points for a third-place finish in the 8k race among a 10-team field, behind only runner-up William & Mary (37) and team champion Georgetown (26). Tech was led in the individual standings by Devin Cornwall's 10th-place finish in the individual standings at a time of 24:52.
FAIRFAX, Va. - Kristin Reed of Maryland earned a top-10 individual finish and led the Terrapins to a second-place finish in the women's team standings Saturday at the George Mason Invitational cross country meet.
Reed covered the 6-kilometer course in 23:05.1 to lead Terrapin finishers. Maryland placed six runners in the top 25 to score 68 points, finishing second only to Charlotte, which won the women's event with 36 points. UNC Wilmington was third with 103 points.
On the men's side, sophomore Ben Diestel placed sixth overall, finishing the 8 kilometers in 25:50.2. Malik Zafar was 22nd in 29.30.3, Drew Abernathy placed 25th in 29:35.6, Josh Davis was in 37th at 29:36.2 and Ryan Shon was 73rd in 30:37.1.
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior captain Chris Spooner was the top finisher for the Blue Devils, taking 56th place with a time of 24:31. Matt Withrow of Wisconsin was the meet winner at 23:20. The meet featured 138 runners from 15 teams on the 8k course.
Junior Kevin McDermott was just behind Spooner in 62nd place with a 24:36 clocking. In 79th place was freshman Bo Waggoner with a time of 24:54. Finishing up Duke's top seven were sophomore James Osborne in 84th place, freshman Cory Nanni in 88th place, freshman Joshua Lund in 95th place and freshman Ryan McDermott in 106th. Also running were sophomore Will Smith (120th), freshman Isaac Dunkelberger (128th) and freshman Andrew Palumbo (134th).
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Junior Nicole Schappert and senior Caitlin Chrisman each placed in the top 20 to lead Wake Forest to an eighth-place finish at the Bill Dellinger Invitational Saturday afternoon at the Springfield Country Club.
Schappert and Chrisman each posted their third top-20 performance of the season to lead the Demon Deacons to an eighth-place finish out of 14 teams. Schappert finished the 6k race in 20:49 to place 14th out of 141 runners. Chrisman was four spots behind in 18th with a time of 20:55.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jenny Sims placed 15th to lead the Georgia Tech women's cross country team to a third-place finish on Saturday at the Greater Louisville Classic. The men's team finished 11th behind a strong performance from David Herren at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.
Sims, who finished the 5K Gold race in a time of 17:51.17, was followed in by Elena Linn. The senior crossed the line in 16th place with a time of 17:51.58. Nisha Kurian was the third Jacket to finish the race, placing 28th with a time of 18:07.67.
On the men's side, Herren placed 22nd overall in a time of 24:37.16 in the men's 8K Gold race. Senior Cristan Duvall finished second for the Jackets and in 49th-place overall with a time of 25:08.87. In 57th place was E.C. Gibbs, who crossed the line in 25:13.97.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Paced by junior Jeremy Fisico's 14th-place performance, Wake Forest finished sixth out of 36 teams at the Greater Louisville Classic on Saturday afternoon at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park.
Fisico ran a 24:25.52 to finish in the top 20 in a field of 310 runners. It was his third straight race with a top-20 performance. Fisico paced eight Demon Deacon competitors on the day, leading Wake as one of the top teams at the meet.