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    SEC Cross Country Weekly Notebook (Oct. 22, 2013)


    Alabama's women’s team rose to fourth in the South Region in this week's USTFCCCA Regional Rankings ... the men's team fell to 12th after ranking 11th in last week's survey ... the Tide women captured their third team title of the season and third consecutive Crimson Classic championship while the men finished seventh at the 2013 Crimson Classic on Friday, October 18, at the Harry Pritchett Running Park ... in the 5-kilometer women’s race, sophomore Katelyn Greenleaf finished second overall with a time of 17:22.22 while classmate Meropi Panagiotou ran a 17:28.32 en route to a third place finish ... freshman Hannah Waggoner, who ran a 17:45.39, finished 13th, Rebecca Stover (17:48.74) finished 18th and Kimberley Ficenec (17:53.44) placed 21st ... the Alabama men finished seventh with 175 points over an 8-kilometer course, paced by junior Matt Airola, who ran a season-best 8-kilometer time of 25:23.43 and finished 19th ... other scorers for the men were sophomore Parker Deuel (24th in 25:30.53), sophomore Gil Walton (39th in 25:48.65), sophomore Eric Sivill (48th in 25:58.47) and freshman Conner Thompson (50th in 25:58.88) ... the Crimson Tide returns to action Nov. 1, at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla.


    Men - 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 over the weekend. The No. 6 Razorbacks finished in seventh place out of 35 teams after accumulating 266 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. 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. 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. Women - 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. 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. 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.


    The Auburn men, behind a first-place finish from Ty McCormack, won the Crimson Classic on Oct. 18 in Tuscaloosa, while the women finished fourth. The men won convincingly having the top three finishers in the team scoring. Joining McCormack on the medal stand was Niklas Buhner and Kane Grimster, who were second and third, respectively. McCormack, who transferred to Auburn this season after running at Clemson previously, has won two races this season, also winning the Georgia State Invite on Sept. 20. He has been the Auburn men’s top finisher in all four meets he’s competed this fall.  The women’s team has been led all year by freshmen Veronica Eder and Rachel Givens as the duo have been the team’s top two finishers in all five meets this season. Eder has been Auburn’s top finisher at the Trojan Invite (Aug. 30), Mountain Dew Invite (Sept. 14) and the Crimson Classic (Oct. 18), while Givens was the Tigers’ leader at the Georgia State Invite (Sept. 20) and the Panorama Farms Invite (Sept. 28). The Tigers head to the Southeastern Conference Championships Nov. 1 in Gainesville and will compete in the NCAA South Regional on Nov. 15 in Tuscaloosa.


    Florida senior runner Mark Parrish highlighted the last weekend 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 (577) 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. Senior Agata Strausa (26th) paced Florida’s women with a record performance as the Riga, Latvia native cracked the top 10 in the Gator record almanac with the fifth-fastest 6K in school history (20:18)…Parrish used a 23:34 race to eclipse former Gator XC All-American Jeremy Criscione’s 8K school record (23:35.05) set at the 2008 SEC Championship…All five of Florida’s men’s scorers turned in personal-best 8K races: Parrish (23:34), Jimmy Clark (23:52), Eddie Garcia (24:12), Carlos Miranda (24:59) and Mac Reynolds (25:41)…On the women’s side, three Gators punched in lifetime bests: Strausa (20:18), Taylor Tubbs (21:15) and Julie Macedo (21:16)… Cory McGee ran her first cross country race for UF since 2011 Nationals after redshirting the 2012 season and competing at the World Championships for Team USA in August…McGee was just 14 seconds shy of a PR…Clark notched a top-10 performance as well Saturday with the 10th-fastest 8K in men’s history.


    Men - The unranked Georgia Bulldogs topped three ranked squads to finish 24th (543) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational in Madison, Wis., over the weekend.  Baker registered a career-best 8k time of 23:48 to lead his team for only the second time in his career.  The McDonough native topped 272 competitors as he led Georgia for the first time since 2011 (Georgia State Invitational).  Fellow senior Brandon Lord was next across the line for the Bulldogs after taking 83rd with a 24:15.  A third senior, Charlie Sparks, was 115th after recording a time of 24:26.  Following the race, distance coach Patrick Cunniff called Baker and Sparks' races the best of their careers.  Juniors Zack Sims and Steven Spevacek were the last two scorers for Georgia.  Sims sprinted across the line at the Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course in 24:35 while Spevacek was 192nd (24:53).  Georgia also sent a pair of runners to Mt. Berry, Ga., to compete at the Berry Invitational.  Freshman Brad Hort was the second collegiate finisher (fourth overall) after completing the 8k course in 25:42.19.  Junior Michael Giuliano left the meet with a 10th-place finish (26:04.48).  Georgia returns to action at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 1. Women - The Georgia women finished 32nd (842) in a Wisconsin adidas Invitational that featured some of the nation's elite teams in Madison, Wis., over the weekend.  Despite having their top runner Carly Hamilton dropping out of the race, senior Nicole DiMercurio stepped up and finished 116th (21:13) to lead the Lady Bulldogs for the second time this season.  Junior Bret McDaniel was next across the finish line in 156th place with a time of 21:31.  Junior Erika Ramsey made her way through the 287 other competitors and finished 191st after clocking a 21:46.  Also breaking into the top 200 finishers was senior Savannah Kirk, who was 195th (21:48).  Georgia's final scorer on the day was senior Stella Christoforou, who was 222nd after finishing the 6k Thomas Zimmer Cross Country Course in 21:58.  The Lady Bulldogs also picked up team and individual victories at the Berry Invitational in Mt. Berry, Ga., over the weekend.  Junior Sarah Perry made her season debut and finished first in the 6k race with a 22:28.19 as Georgia downed Georgia Tech 34-51.  This marked the first collegiate win for Perry.  True freshman Jenn Cora earned runner-up honors after finishing in 22:32.04.  Georgia's third top-10 finisher was senior Shelby Robison, who took ninth with a 23:06.78.  The Lady Bulldogs' final two scorers were juniors Anna Bowles and Marrion Kalafut.  Bowles was 12th after clocking a 23:23.13 while Kalafut finished one spot behind her with a 23:34.08.  Georgia returns to action at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 1.


    Kentucky wrapped up the 2013 regular season on Saturday at the Pre-National Invitational, hosted by Indiana State. UK enters the SEC Championships led on the women’s side by defending conference champion Cally Macumber. The Senior, Rochester Hills, Mich., native placed third at Pre-Nationals, covering her first 6K course of the season in 20:12.15 to finish just three seconds behind the winning time. The UK women's team placed 15th overall in the competitive meet. Seniors Allison Peare and Anna Bostrom both had top-100 finishes as well. The two 2012 All-Southeast Region honorees placed 66th and 94th with respective times of 21:12.88 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 men's team placed 35th overall. Matt Hillenbrand was the Wildcat’s top finisher as he ran his 8K best time of 24:24.48. Adam Kahleifeh was the next Wildcat to finish, placing 104th with a time of 24:38.12. Hillenbrand’s Pre-Nationals time ranks 20th in the SEC, while Kahleifeh’s top 2013 time, which came on Sept. 14 at the Bluegrass Invitational, is the 10th fastest 8K performance in the SEC this year. Sophomore transfer Zack Beavin continued his strong debut season as a Wildcat as UK’s third finisher placing 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.


    At the Crimson Classic, Junior Philip Primeaux finished 53rd overall and led the Tigers to a 13th-place finish in the men’s 8k with 376 points, while junior Andria Aguilar finished 51st to cross the finish line first for the Lady Tigers for the fourth straight race, as she led her squad to a 17th-place finish in the women’s 5k with 438 points at the Harry Pritchett Running Course.  Men - Primeaux, the team’s leading point-scorer at 51 points, crossed the finish line at 26 minutes, 5.32 seconds. Other top finishers for the men included sophomore Travis Pope, who finished 73rd at 26:24.4 and junior William Wiesler, who placed 83rd with a time of 26:31.88. The Tigers had five runners achieve new personal records. Junior Philip Dempsey (26:45.37), sophomore Travis Pope (26:24.4), redshirt freshman Kevin Kirchner (29:26.64) and freshmen Buck Baker (28:54.41) and Joseph St. Cyr (26:59.72) all accomplished this feat. Women - Aguilar, the team’s leading point-scorer at 50 points, crossed the finish line in 18 minutes, 22.87 seconds, a new personal record for the Metairie native. Aguilar was followed by freshman Ashley Welborn, who placed 80th with a time of 18:50.82 and redshirt freshman Chaiss Matthews, who crossed the finish line 102nd overall, clocking 19:11.63. Including Aguilar, Matthews and Welborn, the Lady Tigers saw eight out of 10 runners best previous personal records in the race. The Lady Tigers that celebrated this feat were junior Michelle Mobley (20:32.46); redshirt freshmen Meghan Charbonnet (19:26.4) and Elizabeth Dunning (20:56.5); and freshmen Danielle Avery (20:31.2) and Jenna Walker (19:38.5). Following the Crimson Classic, the Tigers and Lady Tigers are set to compete in the SEC Championships on Nov. 1.

    Ole Miss

    Men - The Ole Miss men turn their attention toward the Nov. 1 SEC Championships after they earned a fourth-place result in the white race at the 2013 Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., this past Saturday. The Rebels were led by solid performances in the 8K from junior Max Holman, who placed 15th with a time of 25:19.48, and freshman Robert Domanic, who placed right behind him in 16th with a time of 25:19.91. Ole Miss will send a squad to Gainesville, Fla., on Nov. 1 almost entirely different from its SEC meet squad last year. The Rebels came in 10th place a year ago in Nashville. Women - The Ole Miss women moved up from seventh to third in this week’s USTFCCCA South Region poll after turning in their best performance of the season at the Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind., their final tuneup before the Nov. 1 SEC Championships. Competing against some of the nation’s top teams and runners, the Rebels earned a 12th-place overall finish in the Blue Race, led by freshman Michaela Quinn, who finished 17th overall with a time of 20:33.95, and junior Haley Cutright, who placed 34th overall with a time of 20:52.05. Quinn and Cutright were the third and fourth Rebels to run the 6K under 21 minutes in program history. It was Quinn’s second race of her collegiate career, and the Australian finished second among SEC runners and third among all freshmen in the elite-level meet. Ole Miss now turns its focus to the SEC meet in Gainesville, Fla., where the team will try to improve on last year’s fourth-place result that was the best in school history.

    Mississippi State

    A short trip to Alabama resulted in big results for Mississippi State on Friday as the men's and women's cross country teams recorded fourth and second-place finishes, respectively, at the Crimson Classic. In their final event before the Southeastern Conference Championships in two weeks, the women tallied 80 points while the men posted 110 at Harry Pritchett Running Park. Senior standout Katie Huston (17:34.84) led the way for the Lady Bulldogs, finishing eighth in the 5K, followed by junior Emma Neigel (9th, 17:40.26). Cornelia Griesche (17:47.45) and freshmen Rhianwedd Price (17:53.90) and Lisa Ziegler (18:04.54) also had strong finishes for the women, rounding out the Top 30 at 16th, 22nd and 30th, respectively. Overall, the MSU women finished ahead of SEC foes Tennessee (3rd), Auburn (4th), Vanderbilt (6th) and LSU (17th). Seizing the top 8K finish for the Bulldog men was John Valentine, clocking a 24:47.93 to finish sixth. In his debut for the Maroon and White, freshman Damian Roszko followed Valentine to post a spot in seventh with a time of 24:53.64.  Nearly half of MSU’s men finished in the Top 30 in a competitive field of nearly 200 runners. The Bulldogs beat out conference rivals Alabama (7th), LSU (13th) and Vanderbilt (15th). After returning home from Alabama, the teams will turn their focus to the SEC Championships slated for Nov. 1 at the University of Florida.


    The Tigers parted ways this past weekend to close out the regular season.  The women and a group of men travelled to Peoria, IL, for the Bradley Pink Classic, while the varsity men were up in Madison, WI, for the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational.  Men – A small group of men also competed at Bradley, led by freshman Tom Rotondi.  The rest of the team, however, made the trek up to the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational where they placed 31st in the competitive field.  Taking the lead for the Tigers was sophomore Tyler Schneider, whose 24:16 was good for 86th overall.  Just behind him was senior Hayden Legg, followed by the tight pack of junior Sam Dickerson, freshman T.J. Carey, sophomore Kenny Cushing, and sophomore Evan Chiplock.  The top five maintained a 0:27 gap.  Next up for the Tigers is the SEC Championships in Gainesville, FL, on November 1st. Women – The Tiger women had a break-out performance at the Bradley Classic, placing first as a team and jumping into the Midwest Regional Rankings for the first time this season.  They currently hold the No. 4 spot in the region, the highest for the Tigers in the last four years.  Once again leading the charge for the black and gold was freshman Kaitlyn Fischer, whose 20:57 finish on the 6k course was good for third-place overall.  Not far behind was junior Liz Reida, followed by freshman Nicole Mello, junior Courtney Brown, and freshman Kaelyn Balch to put their top five all within the top 30 places of the field with a 0:46 gap.  The women in the open race at Bradley also gave a winning performance, led by junior Landon Wachter who placed second overall.  All six women in the open race placed within the top-10 of the field.  

    South Carolina

    The Gamecocks tallied an eighth-place finish in the White race at the 2013 Indiana State Pre-National Invitational on Saturday, helping put the team back in the Southeast Region rankings. Now 15th according to the latest USTFCCCA poll, South Carolina used strong performances from its top trio of runners, who all were within 10 seconds of a personal best. Junior Meredith Mill topped the team for the fifth time this fall with her fourth top-10 showing, finishing ninth with a 21:20.52 time. Just nine seconds from her all-time best, Mill now holds two of the top-12 times in South Carolina history in the 6K. Freshman Mary Reiser finished second on the team for the fourth-consecutive race, placing 33rd overall. Sophomore Anna Todd, a week after breaking 18 minutes in a cross country 5K for her first time, came within two seconds of a personal best with her 70th-place ranking. Sophomores Stephanie Berger (22:50.47, 109th) and Christine Kent (23:02.14, 127th) rounded out the scoring five, with both setting season bests in the process. Not only a season best, Berger set a new PR , beating her best time by almost 12 seconds.


    The Tennessee women competed in the Crimson Classic this past weekend. Sophomore Chelsea Blaase attained her first collegiate win with a career best time of 17:21.19 in the 5K. This is the second Lady Volunteer in the past three years to win this event. Alexis Panisse was another bright spot scoring her third consecutive top-ten finish of the season placing seventh. All five Tennessee scorers placed in the top 40 among the field of 210 to secured a third overall team finish, with a time spread slightly under 45 seconds. The Tennessee men finished 32nd as a team Saturday at the Wisconsin Adidas Invitational, one of the most prestigious cross country meets in the nation. Every team with the exception of UMass Amherst in the field of 35 teams was ranked regionally, 20 of whom ranked nationally. Daniel Tobin was UT’s top performer placing 127th with a time of 24:31. The men’s and women’s team returns to competition November 1 for the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Florida.

    Texas A&M

    In their final meet prior to the SEC Championships the Texas A&M women placed 23rd and the Aggie men finished 33rd at the fifth-annual Wisconsin adidas Invitational held in Madison on the pristine Thomas Zimmer Championship course. The effort by the Texas A&M women’s team among a field of nationally ranked teams moved the Aggies into the No. 2 position among the South Central rankings as they bettered No. 26 Texas (26th in the meet), the previous No. 2 squad in the region. In addition the Aggie women defeated another pair of nationally ranked teams in No. 26 BYU and No. 17 Duke. Men – Isaac Spencer was the top finisher for the Aggies, who scored 965 points, as he covered the 8,000-meter distance in a time of 24:25. Four freshmen comprised the next four scoring positions for A&M with Cameron Villarreal leading that group with a 24:49 for 173rd. The following three spots were occupied by Xavier Jimenez (220th, 25:28), Austin Wells (228th, 25:37) and Ryan Teel (233rd, 25:46). Women – Hillary Montgomery led the Aggie women (591) with an impressive time of 20:47 on the 6,000-meter course to place 62nd. It’s the fifth fastest time over that distance among SEC runners this season. In comparison A&M’s Natosha Rogers clocked 21:12 on the same course in 2011 to finish 83rd. Sophie Blake recorded a time of 21:10 to place 111th in the large field of runners while freshman Karis Jochen placed 119th in 21:14. Rounding out the scoring five for the Aggies were Grace Fletcher (146th, 21:25) and Amanda Jenkins (153rd, 21:30). Among a field of 37 teams A&M finished fourth among the five SEC schools competing in Wisconsin: 2. Arkansas (136), 19. Vanderbilt (559), 22. Florida (577), 23. Texas A&M (591), and 32. Georgia (842).


    Vanderbilt's No. 25 women's cross country team finished 19th at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational on Saturday in Madison, Wis. The Commodores were led by senior Liz Anderson, who finished the 6K course in 20:44 for 60th overall in the field of over 300 runners and 36 teams. Juniors Claire Benjamin (21:07) and Rebecca Chandler (21:08) were next across the line for VU. Freshman Carmen Carlos (21:26) and sophomore Vanessa Valentine (21:29) rounded out the scoring for the Commodores, who tallied 559 points. Junior Amira Joseph (21:38) and sophomore Hannah Jumper (21:41) completed the Vandy squad. The Dores were racing against a loaded field with 16 of the 36 teams running ranked in the top 30 in the nation. No. 3 Arizona won the team competition with 117 points in front of No. 8 Arkansas (136 points) and top-ranked Providence (191 points). On Friday in Tuscaloosa, Ala. the Commodores men's and women's team raced in the Crimson Classic with the men's team finishing 15th (439 points) and the women's team sixth (196 points). The women's squad was led by junior Grace Orders, who finished 11th overall with a time of 17:43.60 over the 4.94K course. Katherine Delaney ran a strong race to be the Dores' second finisher in a time of 18:07.42 with freshman Reagan Anderson not far behind in a tie of 18:13.31. Sophomore Sara Barron (18:20.95) and senior Megan Yohe (18:45.17) completed the VU scoring. Senior Kara Slavoski finished in 19:00.06. Junior John Ewing led the way for the men's team with a 26:25.73 for 75th overall in the 8.033K race. A tight pack of Commodores followed with Andrew Fix (26:51.07), Matthew Cleveland (26:51.29), Nick French (27:00.57) and Jake Van Geffen (27:09.09) rounding out the VU scoring team. Sam Reilly was next across the line in 27:21.89 and Andrew Bachman was not far behind with a time of 27:23.92. David McAdams turned in a time of 27:35.62, Sam Andrews ran 28:18.50 and Dan Henderson posted a 30:16.94. Both Vanderbilt teams return to racing at the SEC Championships in Gainesville, Fla. on November 1.