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    Kentucky Sits in 15th at Pre-Nationals

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Cally Macumber produced another quality performance against the strongest field she has seen all season, placing third in 20:12.15 to finish just three seconds behind the winning time at the Pre-National Invitational hosted by Indiana State on Saturday.
    Macumber's top-5 finish, followed by two more individual top-100 finishes helped the UK women's team place 15th overall in the prestigious meet. The men's team placed 35th overall.
    Boisie State’s Emma Bates beat Stanford’s Aisling Cuffe at the finish line after the two broke away from a six-deep lead pack featuring Macumber late in the 6,000-meter race. Macumber surged past the remaining runners in the first chase group to claim third place overall. 
    Allison Peare and Anna Bostrom both had top-100 finishes as the two 2012 All-Southeast Region honorees placed 66th and 94th with respective times of 21:12.88 and and 21:24.20.
    Freshman Cassidy Hale placed 172nd with a time of 21:55.98 and Taylor Wendler was UK’s No. 5 finisher, placing 212th overall in 22:08.53.
    The UK men’s team placed 35th with Matt Hillenbrand as the Wildcat’s top finisher as he ran his 8K cross country best time of 24:24.48. 
    Adam Kahleifeh was the next Wildcat to finish, placing 104th with a time of 24:38.12. Zack Beavin placed 182nd in 25:05.65, Mackay Wilson finished 234th with a time of 25:00.92 and Jared Phillips rounded out the UK top-5, placing 250th with a time of 25:29.04.
    Three of the nation’s top four men’s teams and the most recent two women’s national champions were all in the Pre-Nationals field. Many of the nation’s top teams competed at Pre-Nationals to preview the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, which will be the site of the 2013 NCAA Championships in late-November.
    The women’s field included nine 2012 All-Americans plus six runners who missed the honor by less than a minute at last year’s NCAA Championships.
    Saturday’s races marked the final regular season competitions of the season for UK. The postseason begins in two weeks with the SEC Championships hosted by Florida on Friday, Nov. 1.

    Georgia Battles at Wisconsin Invitational

    MADISON, Wis. - Senior Luke Baker posted one of the top performances of his career to lead Georgia’s cross country teams at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., on Saturday afternoon.

    Baker, a native of McDonough, Ga., finished 25th overall to lead the Bulldogs to a 24th-place team finish (546) at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course with temperatures in the mid 40s.  Unranked Georgia topped three teams ranked in the top 25 and only seven points separated the Bulldogs and the next three teams ahead of them.

    The Georgia women completed the meet in 32nd place after scoring 842 points.

    Northern Arizona (121) claimed the victory on the men’s side while Arizona (117) captured the women’s win.

    The meet featured a total of 73 teams and 863 entries.  On the men’s side, there were 20 teams ranked in the latest U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) top-30 poll, including nine in the top 15.  Seventeen ranked women’s teams competed, including seven of the top 10.

    “It was a rough day overall for us and hopefully we can figure out some things to work on after this meet,” said Bulldog distance coach Patrick Cunniff.  “We now have to enter the postseason with a true sense of urgency.

    “The men were very close to having a strong performance.  We just need everyone to show up and be strong on the same day.  For the women, Carly (Hamilton) not finishing the race got the whole team out of sync.  Nicole (DiMercurio) and Bret (McDaniel) both had finishes that show they are moving in the right direction.  We need both teams to refocus in the postseason and I believe improvement is coming.”

    Baker trimmed nearly 50 spots off his 2012 finish after he took 74th last year.  Baker completed the 8k course in 23:48.  Behind Baker was senior Brandon Lord.  Lord crossed the line in 24:15 for 83rd place after taking 111th last year.

    A third senior, Charlie Sparks, was the next Bulldog to finish.  Sparks finished 116th after registering a time of 24:26.  This was more than a 100-spot improvement for Sparks.

    “Baker and Sparks probably had the best meets of their career and I am really happy about their development,” Cunniff said.  “The way Luke ran today, I think he showed he is a serious contender to be an All-American at the end of the season.”

    Georgia’s final two scorers were juniors Zack Sims and Steven Spevacek, who both stayed at home last year during this meet.  Sims finished 144th with a time of 24:35 while Spevacek was 193rd (24:53).

    Senior Nicole DiMercurio was the top finisher for the Lady Bulldogs in the 6k race after finishing 116th (21:13).  Similar to Sparks, this also improved DiMercurio’s 2012 finish by more than 100 spots.

    Next for the Lady Bulldogs was junior Bret McDaniel.  McDaniel finished 40 places behind DiMercurio and take 156th after recording a time of 21:31.  Junior Erika Ramsey was the next finisher after taking 191st (21:46).

    Senior Savannah Kirk was four spots behind Ramsey as she took 195th with a time of 21:48.  Georgia’s fifth and final scorer was Stella Christoforou, who finished 222nd with a 21:58.

    Junior Carly Hamilton, who had led the Lady Bulldogs in eight straight meets that she had run in, dropped out of the race early and details of why were not available.

    Nine Georgia runners also competed at the Berry Invitational in Mt. Berry, Ga., on Saturday and the Lady Bulldogs (34) cruised to a victory over Georgia Tech (51).  

    Junior Sarah Perry returned from an injury to collect her first collegiate cross country victory on the 6k course.  Perry finished in 22:28.19, which was four seconds faster than second-place finisher and Lady Bulldog freshman Jenn Cora (22:32.04).

    Senior Shelby Robison was the third Georgia woman to score after taking ninth.  Robison’s time of 23:06.78 gave the Lady Bulldogs a trio of finishers in the top 10 in a field of 178 individuals.

    The UGA women’s final two scorers finished back-to-back in 12th and 13th place.  Junior Anna Bowles (23:23.13) and junior Marrion Kalafut (23:34.08) helped the Georgia women clinch the team victory at the meet.

    On the men’s side, freshman Brad Hort finished fourth overall and was the second collegiate finisher with an 8k time of 25:42.19.  Junior Michael Giuliano was 10th after speeding across the finish line in 26:04.48.

    Georgia returns to action at the SEC Championship in Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 1.

    Razorbacks Finish Second in Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wis. – Highlighted by a pair of top 10 finishes, the No. 8 Razorbacks placed second at the 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational. The Razorbacks upset No. 1 Providence, No. 4 Washington and No. 7 New Mexico.
    Juniors Grace Heymsfield and Shannon Klenke each finished in the lead pack, crossing the line in sixth and eighth place, respectively, to lead the Razorbacks. Heymsfield crossed with a time of 19:56 followed closely by Klenke when she crossed at 19:59.
    “We are elated,” head coach Lance Harter said. “Our kids took the lead by the 2k mark and then it was a battle between us and Arizona. We had some really nice breakthroughs today. Our top three ran superb and I think we established ourselves as a national contender. I feel very positive and I think it’s going to be a very special year.” 
    Overall, the Razorbacks scored 136 points to finish ahead of 35 teams in the field, including 18 teams that were ranked in the latest USTFCCCA national rankings. No. 3 Arizona claimed the team title with 117 points to edge out the Razorbacks. 
    At the front of the chase pack, sophomore Dominique Scott recorded a time of 20:05 to finish in 13th place for the meet. Junior Paige Johnston was the next Razorback across the line in 52nd place at a time of 20:40 and senior Stephanie Brown finished the scoring lineup in 57th place at a time of 20:42.
    Additionally, junior Jessica Kamilos finished with a time of 20:43 and freshman Sandie Raines was held out of the scoring lineup for the first time this season, crossing at 20:56.
    The Razorbacks now prepare for the 2013 SEC Championship which will be held in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 1. The women’s 8K is slated for a 9 a.m. start. 
    For more information on Arkansas women’s cross country, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

    Campbell Takes Individual Title at Wisconsin Invite

    MADISON, Wis. – University of Arkansas senior Kemoy Campbell navigated the 8K course at the 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational in a winning time of 23:12 to lead the field of 288 runners on Saturday. The No. 6 Razorbacks finished in seventh place out of 35 teams after accumulating 266 points.
    No. 3 Northern Arizona claimed the team title with 121 pints followed by No. 5 BYU with 174 points and No. 7 Portland with 216 points. 
    Campbell was the leader throughout the race while a couple of Razorbacks were able to finish in the chase pack. Junior Stanley Kebenei finished with a time of 23:41, good for 23rd place, and was followed shortly by sophomore Gabe Gonzales in 67th place with at time of 24:10. 
    “Kemoy was solid,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “He doesn’t think it was his best race, but anytime you lead a race from start to finish is an impressive feat. It was an impressive performance and he has plenty left in the tank.” 
    To finish out the scoring for the Razorbacks, senior Solomon Haile crossed the line with a time of 24:13 in 75th place and sophomore Patrick Rono crossed at 24:22 in 100th place to give the Razorbacks their 266 points.
    “Obviously we were hoping to have a little bit higher finish,” Bucknam said. "We still have a lot of season left, we are set up right now for SEC Championship and nationals and we know our best races are still ahead of us.”
    Out of the scoring lineup, sophomore Cale Wallace finished with a time 24:45 and senior David Flynn followed suit at 24:50 to finish the race for the Razorbacks. 
    In the “B” race, freshman Aidan Swain and Noah Findlay finished together at 39th and 40th place with times of 25:48 and 25:55, respectively. Also, sophomore Arch Robertson crossed the line in 26:46 for a 49th-place finish. 
    The Razorbacks now prepare for the 2013 SEC Championship which will be held in Gainesville, Fla. on Saturday, Nov. 1. The men’s 8K is slated for an 8 a.m. start.
    For more information on Arkansas men’s cross country, follow @RazorbackTF on Twitter.

    Gamecocks Eighth at Pre-Nationals

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Junior Meredith Mill posted her fourth top-10 finish of the season, helping South Carolina to an eighth-place showing in the White Race at the Indiana State Pre-National Invitational on Saturday afternoon at the LaVern Gibson Championship Course in Terre Haute, Ind.
    Mill came within nine seconds of breaking her personal best in the outing, finishing the 6,000-meter race in 21:20.52. Freshman Mary Reiser did top her previous best by 1.8 seconds, closing at 21:53.20 in a 33rd-place showing. Three sophomores rounded out the scoring, with Anna Todd (70th, 22:22.84) just two seconds off her previous 6K best. Stephanie Berger did break her personal record, going under 23 minutes for the first time with her 22:50.47 mark to finish 109th. Christine Kent crossed the line in 23:02.14 to finish 127th.
    Senior Penny Boswell ranked 142nd overall with 23:13.76, while freshman Martha McCoy came in 150th at 23:19.50. 
    The Gamecocks beat four teams that stand in the regional rankings in other regions, topping Georgia Tech, Nevada, Pittsburgh and Texas Tech. South Carolina also downed all but Virginia Tech from its own region, including beating Clemson, among others.
    In the Open Race, freshman Sarah Falta finished 64th at 23:38.84, with sophomores Alex Mullin (74th, 23:53.78), Brandy Wybersky (76th, 23:54.86) and Allie Whitley (88th, 24:15.91) coming in close behind. Freshman Brittany Day placed 100th with a 25:22.30 time.
    The Gamecocks take on the field in the Southeastern Conference Championships on Fri., Nov. 1, hosted by the University of Florida at Mark Bostic Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

    Ole Miss Women Post Stellar Time at Pre-Nationals

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Rebel men’s and women’s cross country teams will come back from the Pre-National Invitational and return to Oxford in much the same form as previous meets, an improved squad.
    Competing against many of the top teams and runners in the country, the Ole Miss women finished 12th overall in the Blue Race on Saturday, led by freshman Michaela Quinn who finished in 17th place with an impressive 6K time of 20:33.95. Not too far behind was junior Haley Cutright who placed 34th with a finish of 20:52.05.
    Quinn and Cutright are the third and fourth Rebels in school history to run the 6K under 21 minutes, joining former Rebels Katie Breathitt and Logan Waites.
    Junior Max Holman led the men with a 15th-place individual finish in the 8K with a time of 25:19.48.  Not far behind was freshman Robert Dominic with a time of 25:19.91 time and 16th-place overall finish.
    The men finished in fourth place of the White Race.
    The Rebels now have two weeks to prepare for the SEC Championships, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 1 in Gainesville, Fla.
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    A&M Turns in Solid Effort in Wisconsin

    MADISON, Wisc. – A field of highly ranked national teams at the fifth annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational, plus 40-degree weather and a challenging course, offered Texas A&M a final test prior to the start of the championship season in cross county. The Aggie women placed 23rd while the A&M men were 33rd.
    “I thought the women ran a solid race,” said Texas A&M assistant coach Wendel McRaven. “We’re not quite hitting on all cylinders yet and we still ran a solid race. We were able to beat some teams from our region as well as our conference. We were right behind Florida and a few places behind Vanderbilt, which are two teams we will see in a couple of weeks at the SEC meet.”
    Hillary Montgomery led the Aggie women, placing 62nd over the 6,000-meter course in a time of 20:47 among a field of 288 runners. Montgomery opened with a 5:36 mile and covered 3,000 meters in 10:31.
    Texas A&M scored 591 points in placing 23rd, finishing just behind Florida’s 577 for 22nd place. The women’s field included 37 teams.
    “I’d like to go back and compare the times, but Hillary placed better than Natosha Rogers (83rd, 21:12) did two years ago on this course,” noted McRaven. “That puts Hillary right in the company where she should be somebody that is top 10 at the SEC Championships, top 5 to 10 at the South Central region meet and then thinking about being a top 40 to top 60 runner in the nation, which is a big step up for her.”
    Isaac Spencer was the top Aggie finisher among the men, placing 111th over the 8,000-meter course with a time of 24:25 among a field of 288 competitors. Spencer had a 4:56 opening mile and covered 3,000 meters in 9:13 and 5,000 meters in 15:25.
    A&M totaled 965 points in finishing 33rd ahead of Weber State (1,041) and UMass Amherst (1,133).
    “The men took a step forward, although it’s hard to tell in a meet like this because it’s such a good meet,” said McRaven. “This is the best meet in the country. We can do some things better, but we can see where even in the conference, there are teams that are within our reach. We need to be a get out a bit more aggressively and do a better job moving together.”
    Following Montgomery to compile the Aggie team score were Sophie Blake (111th, 21:10), Karis Jochen (119th, 21:14), Grace Fletcher (146th, 21:25), and Amanda Jenkins (153rd, 21:30). Gabby Salazar (168th, 21:38) was the sixth runner for A&M, Katie Willard (241st, 22:47) placed seventh and Johanna Galloway (282nd, 23:23) was eighth among the team.
    Teams the Aggie women bettered included a trio of top 30 nationally ranked teams in No. 26 BYU (604), No. 17 Duke (619), and No. 29 Texas (629), as well as UCLA (659), Columbia (664), North Carolina (698), Stony Brook (741), Weber State (818), Georgia (842), Air Force (856), Northwestern (890), Connecticut (916), Louisville (932) and Yale (964).
    “We keep closing the gap with our first five on the women’s side,” McRaven stated. “That’s going to be the key for this team, especially when we compete at the SEC meet and the regional meet where there are fewer teams involved. This meet was large, similar to a national meet. It will be a little different flavor in two weeks when we go to Gainesville and then two weeks later for regionals in Waco.” 
    Four freshmen comprised the rest of the A&M’s team score with Cameron Villarreal (173rd, 24:49), Xavier Jimenez (220th, 25:28), Austin Wells (228th, 25:37), and Ryan Teel (233rd, 25:46). The rest of the crew included Ryan Miller (237th, 26:02), Colin Stoeber (240th, 26:21) and Austin Geerts (282nd, 26:27).
    Villarreal led the Aggies through the majority of the race, running 4:52 in the first mile and then clocking 9:06 at 3,000 meters along with a 15:23 at 5,000 meters. He was seven seconds ahead of Spencer at 3k, but the gap closed to just two seconds by the 5k mark.
    SEC teams in the men’s field included No. 6 Arkansas, who placed seventh with 265 points; No. 26 Florida, in 22nd place (541), Georgia in 24th (543), Missouri in 31st (639) and Tennessee 32nd (863).
    “The Missouri coach reminded me after the meet that last year the Tigers finished 31st in this meet and then they tied us for third at the SEC Championships after we crushed them by 100s of points,” said McRaven. “This meet isn’t always 100 percent indicative of how you’re going to finish in a conference or regional meet. It depends on how the athletes react to it.”
    In B races, Micah Dettmer ran 25:30 for 34th place while Jake Roberts turned in a 26:58 for 51st place. The women’s B race had Heather Sterling clocking 23:46 for 57th with Meredith Gleitz running 23:56 for 59th.
    No. 3 Arizona won the women’s team title with 117 points over No. 8 Arkansas, who finished second with 136, while No. 1 Providence claimed third place with 191 points. 
    The rest of the top 10 included No. 9 Michigan State (200), No. 28 Iowa State (235), No. 7 New Mexico (240), No. 13 Dartmouth (246), No. 22 Minnesota (303), No. 4 Washington (308), and No. 10 San Francisco (342). Another SEC school in the race included No. 25 Vanderbilt placing 19th with 559 points.
    Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won the race in 19:31 with Emily Sisson of Providence runner-up in 19:44 while Marielle Hall of Texas finished third in 19:46.
    The men’s team winner was No. 3 North Arizona with 121 points followed by No. 5 BYU with 174 while No. 7 Portland finished third with 216. The rest of the top 10 included No. 20 Wisconsin (217), No. 25 New Mexico (251), No. 8 Columbia (261), No. 6 Arkansas (265), No. 11 Syracuse (306), Michigan (323), and No. 16 Eastern Kentucky (332).
    Kemoy Campbell of Arkansas captured the individual title in 23:12 as he established an early lead with an opening mile of 4:38. Havard’s Maksim Korolev ran 23:14 as runner-up while North Carolina State’s Andrew Colley finished third in 23:16.


    Florida Men’s XC 8K School Record Falls at Wisconsin adidas Invitational Saturday

    MADISON, Wis. -- Mark Parrish highlighted the day for the Orange and Blue at the 2013 Wisconsin adidas Invitational Saturday as the Gator senior eclipsed the Florida men’s 8K record at Wisconsin’s Thomas Zimmer Championship Course. Parrish used a 23:34 for 11th overall in the field of 288 men’s athletes, topping former Florida cross country All-American Jeremy Criscione’s 23:35 8K school record set in 2008.

    Both Florida’s men’s (542) and women’s (522) cross country squads turned in 22nd-place showings at Saturday’s competition in Madison, the Gators’ last race before the championship portion of the 2013 season begins Nov 1 in Gainesville with SECs. In the women’s team race, UF – receiving votes in the USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll – finished ahead of No. 17 Duke, No. 26 BYU and No. 29 Texas at the adidas Invite. In men’s action, the No. 26 Gators checked in ahead of No. 21 UCLA, No. 22 Minnesota and No. 24 Georgetown.