Michigan Women Dominate 2014 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown; BC’s Liv Westphal Gets Individual Title

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By Jonathan Gault
September 26, 2014

BOSTON — The No. 1 Michigan women and No. 3 Oregon men claimed big wins Friday at the 2014 Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown on a glorious early-fall afternoon at Franklin Park.

The top-ranked Wolverines used a 2-3 finish from Erin Finn and Shannon Osika to claim the win with 55 points ahead of No. 5 Georgetown (77). No. 14 Syracuse (134) and No. 17 Boston College (192). Individually, the race belonged to BC’s Liv Westphal, who made a big move in the second mile and pulled away to win on her home course by 21 seconds in 16:30.

We recap the women’s race below with results and post-race reaction. In the men’s race, defending NCAA XC champion Edward Cheserek and teammate Eric Jenkins crossed the finish line together in first and second to lead Oregon over No. 8 Syracuse, led by Martin Hehir (4th, 24:31),  No. 16 Providence (79) and unranked Georgetown (103). Men’s recap here.

Westphal was all alone at the end

Westphal was all alone at the end

Women’s race

Unlike the men’s race, the women’s was quick from the get-go, and by the mile (5:12), a pack of five women had a gap of several meters on the field, including Liv Westphal, Erin Finn, Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano, Georgetown’s Katrina Coogan and either Jessie Peterson or Margo Malone from Syracuse. Westphal made a big move in the second mile — featuring the ascent of Bear Cage Hill — and by two miles (10:28), she was up by about 10 seconds on Finn in second. Westphal extended her lead through the Wilderness section and would pull away to win in 16:30. Finn held on for second, in front of teammate Shannon Osika, who moved up well over the final mile to take third. Coogan was fourth and sophomore Taylor Spillane from Cornell surprised in fifth.

Quick Take #1: Liv Westphal is the real deal

Westphal was third last year here and 17th at NCAA XC but she enjoyed a major breakthrough here, dominating a field that contained Finn (15:26 5k, 6th at NCAA outdoor 10k) and Coogan (prs of 4:13/15:34), two contenders for top 10 at NCAAs this fall. Westphal, who is French, said that this was the first summer she dedicated solely to building up for cross country as she usually races a summer track season in Europe (11th in 3k at World Juniors in ’12; 5th in 5k at Euro U-23 Champs in ’13). She was hurt in the spring and redshirted, and instead of trying to get back in shape to run on the track, she focused on her XC buildup. That focus paid dividends as she was far and away the best woman on the course today.

Quick Take #2: Erin Finn said that Liv Westphal “was the best runner out there on the course today”

Finn said that it was clear Westphal — who trains on the course frequently — was familiar with the layout as she consistently gained time on the turns but she said it was a good experience for when the meets start to really count. Finn added that she and the Wolverines felt some pressure carrying the #1 ranking into the meet but stressed that they’re still building toward the championship portion of the season where the #1 ranking actually means something.

Quick Take #3: Michigan coach Mike McGuire

McGuire was happy with the performance of his top four but said there was some “leakage” at their fifth spot, which may have had to do with the quick early pace. Michigan had three in the top seven and #4 woman Megan Weschler was 16th, but fifth woman Taylor Pogue was back in 27th. Pogue was 11 places and 16 seconds back of Weschler, but in a bigger field like NCAAs (which is also 1k longer), that gap is going to be a lot larger. McGuire said that he thinks Michigan can close that gap if they have more runners working together as a pack.

Quick Take #4: It’s a new era at Dartmouth

Gone are head coach Mark Coogan, who guided the Big Green to a 16th-place finish at NCAAs last year, and Abbey D’Agostino, the individual NCAA champion in 2013. Courtney Jaworski was hired to replace Coogan, and while no runner can truly replace D’Agostino, who will go down as an all-time great in the NCAA, Dartmouth does have a formidable #1 runner in junior Dana Giodano, who was sixth overall.

Giordano said that the transition from Coogan to Jaworski wasn’t major in terms of training, but that Coogan would sometimes step in during a workout and change it, which hasn’t happened so far under Jaworski. The Big Green have been doing a lot of mileage recently and Giordano said that a lack of speed work so far may have hurt her on the shorter 5k course, though that should change as the season goes on.

Women’s 5K individual results

Place
Name
Year
Team
Avg. Mile
Time
Score
1
SR-4
5:18
16:30
1
2
SO-2
5:25
16:51
2
3
JR-3
5:28
17:03
3
4
SR-4
5:30
17:07
4
5
SO-2
5:30
17:09
5
6
JR-3
5:31
17:11
6
7
SR-4
5:32
17:14
8
8
SR-4
5:32
17:14
7
9
SR-4
5:32
17:15
9
10
SR-4
5:33
17:17
10
11
JR-3
5:33
17:18
11
12
SO-2
5:34
17:21
12
13
SO-2
5:35
17:23
13
14
JR-3
5:35
17:24
14
15
JR-3
5:36
17:25
16
16
FR-1
5:36
17:25
15
17
JR-3
5:36
17:28
18
18
FR-1
5:36
17:28
17
19
JR-3
5:37
17:29
19
20
JR-3
5:38
17:32
20
21
SR-4
5:38
17:34
21
22
SR-4
5:40
17:39
22
23
JR-3
5:40
17:39
24
24
FR-1
5:40
17:39
23
25
SR-4
5:40
17:40
26
26
JR-3
5:40
17:40
25
27
SR-4
5:41
17:41
27
28
JR-3
5:41
17:43
29
29
FR-1
5:41
17:43
28
30
JR-3
5:42
17:46
30
31
SO-2
5:43
17:47
31
32
SR-4
5:43
17:48
32
33
JR-3
5:44
17:50
33
34
SO-2
5:44
17:50
34
35
SO-2
5:44
17:51
36
36
SR-4
5:44
17:51
35
37
JR-3
5:44
17:52
37
38
JR-3
5:45
17:54
38
39
SR-4
5:45
17:56
40
40
SR-4
5:45
17:56
39
41
SR-4
5:46
17:58
41
42
JR-3
5:46
17:59
42
43
SO-2
5:47
18:00
43
44
SO-2
5:47
18:01
44
45
FR-1
5:47
18:02
45
46
SR-4
5:47
18:02
47
JR-3
5:47
18:02
46
48
SR-4
5:48
18:03
49
FR-1
5:48
18:04
47
50
FR-1
5:48
18:04
48
51
FR-1
5:48
18:05
50
52
SR-4
5:48
18:05
49
53
SR-4
5:49
18:06
51
54
SO-2
5:49
18:06
52
55
SR-4
5:49
18:07
54
56
SR-4
5:49
18:07
53
57
FR-1
5:49
18:08
55
58
JR-3
5:50
18:09
57
59
JR-3
5:50
18:09
56
60
SO-2
5:50
18:10
58
61
FR-1
5:50
18:10
62
JR-3
5:50
18:10
59
63
FR-1
5:50
18:10
64
SO-2
5:50
18:11
60
65
SO-2
5:51
18:14
62
66
JR-3
5:51
18:14
67
SO-2
5:51
18:14
63
68
SR-4
5:52
18:15
64
69
JR-3
5:52
18:15
65
70
FR-1
5:52
18:16
68
71
FR-1
5:52
18:16
67
72
JR-3
5:52
18:16
66
73
FR-1
5:53
18:18
74
SR-4
5:53
18:20
69
75
SO-2
5:53
18:20
70
76
SO-2
5:54
18:21
71
77
JR-3
5:54
18:22
73
78
JR-3
5:54
18:22
72
79
SO-2
5:54
18:22
74
80
FR-1
5:54
18:22
81
FR-1
5:54
18:24
75
82
SO-2
5:54
18:24
76
83
SO-2
5:54
18:24
77
84
JR-3
5:55
18:25
78
85
JR-3
5:55
18:25
79
86
SR-4
5:55
18:25
80
87
FR-1
5:55
18:26
88
FR-1
5:55
18:26
81
89
JR-3
5:55
18:27
82
90
SO-2
5:56
18:28
85
91
SO-2
5:56
18:28
83
92
SO-2
5:56
18:28
86
93
FR-1
5:56
18:28
94
FR-1
5:56
18:28
84
95
SO-2
5:56
18:30
87
96
SO-2
5:56
18:30
89
97
FR-1
5:56
18:30
88
98
SR-4
5:56
18:30
90
99
SR-4
5:57
18:31
91
100
FR-1
5:57
18:32
101
FR-1
5:57
18:32
93
102
JR-3
5:57
18:32
92
103
SO-2
5:57
18:32
104
JR-3
5:57
18:33
95
105
JR-3
5:57
18:33
94
106
JR-3
5:58
18:36
97
107
SR-4
5:58
18:36
96
108
FR-1
5:58
18:36
98
109
SR-4
5:58
18:36
110
JR-3
5:59
18:37
99
111
SR-4
5:59
18:37
112
SO-2
5:59
18:38
113
FR-1
5:59
18:39
100
114
SR-4
5:59
18:39
115
SR-4
6:00
18:40
116
JR-3
6:00
18:41
101
117
FR-1
6:00
18:41
118
SR-4
6:01
18:44
102
119
SO-2
6:02
18:46
120
SR-4
6:03
18:49
103
121
SR-4
6:03
18:50
104
122
FR-1
6:03
18:51
105
123
SO-2
6:03
18:52
106
124
FR-1
6:03
18:52
125
FR-1
6:04
18:53
126
SO-2
6:04
18:53
107
127
SO-2
6:04
18:54
128
FR-1
6:04
18:54
109
129
SR-4
6:04
18:54
108
130
SR-4
6:04
18:55
131
FR-1
6:04
18:55
110
132
FR-1
6:04
18:55
133
SO-2
6:04
18:55
134
SR-4
6:05
18:56
111
135
SO-2
6:05
18:57
136
FR-1
6:05
18:58
113
137
JR-3
6:05
18:58
112
138
JR-3
6:05
18:58
139
JR-3
6:06
18:59
140
SR-4
6:06
18:59
114
141
SO-2
6:06
19:01
115
142
SO-2
6:06
19:01
143
JR-3
6:07
19:02
116
144
SR-4
6:07
19:04
145
SO-2
6:08
19:05
146
FR-1
6:08
19:05
147
SR-4
6:08
19:05
148
SO-2
6:08
19:05
149
SR-4
6:08
19:07
118
150
SR-4
6:08
19:07
117
151
FR-1
6:09
19:08
152
FR-1
6:09
19:08
119
153
SR-4
6:09
19:09
154
JR-3
6:09
19:10
121
155
FR-1
6:09
19:10
120
156
FR-1
6:10
19:12
122
157
FR-1
6:10
19:13
158
JR-3
6:11
19:14
159
JR-3
6:11
19:14
160
JR-3
6:11
19:14
123
161
SR-4
6:11
19:15
162
SR-4
6:12
19:18
163
SO-2
6:12
19:18
124
164
FR-1
6:12
19:20
125
165
SO-2
6:14
19:24
166
JR-3
6:14
19:25
167
SR-4
6:14
19:26
127
168
FR-1
6:14
19:26
126
169
SR-4
6:15
19:27
170
FR-1
6:15
19:29
171
SO-2
6:15
19:29
172
SR-4
6:16
19:30
173
FR-1
6:16
19:30
174
FR-1
6:17
19:33
129
175
SO-2
6:17
19:33
130
176
JR-3
6:17
19:33
128
177
SR-4
6:17
19:34
131
178
SO-2
6:17
19:35
179
SO-2
6:18
19:37
180
SR-4
6:18
19:37
181
FR-1
6:18
19:38
133
182
SR-4
6:18
19:38
132
183
FR-1
6:19
19:40
184
FR-1
6:21
19:45
185
SO-2
6:23
19:52
134
186
SR-4
6:25
20:00
187
SO-2
6:26
20:03
135
188
FR-1
6:27
20:06
189
FR-1
6:28
20:07
137
190
FR-1
6:28
20:07
136
191
FR-1
6:29
20:12
138
192
JR-3
6:30
20:15
139
193
SO-2
6:30
20:16
194
SR-4
6:32
20:21
140
195
SR-4
6:33
20:24
141
196
SO-2
6:33
20:25
197
FR-1
6:35
20:29
198
SO-2
6:35
20:30
142
199
FR-1
6:36
20:32
200
JR-3
6:43
20:54
143
201
FR-1
6:45
21:02
202
JR-3
6:53
21:25
144
203
FR-1
6:55
21:31
145
204
FR-1
7:03
21:57
146
205
SO-2
7:19
22:47
147

Women’s 5K team scores

Rank
Team name
Total Time
Avg. Time
Score
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
1
1:26:14
17:14
55
2
3
8
15
27
29
41
2
1:27:06
17:25
77
4
11
18
21
23
26
43
3
1:28:19
17:39
134
10
16
31
38
39
66
76
4
1:28:29
17:41
192
1
20
37
64
70
87
105
5
1:29:30
17:54
207
6
35
45
48
73
90
99
6
1:29:25
17:53
211
13
17
46
67
68
111
123
7
1:30:01
18:00
244
12
32
49
72
79
95
101
8
1:30:23
18:04
250
40
44
47
54
65
77
81
9
1:29:53
17:58
254
5
24
59
75
91
94
97
10
1:30:18
18:03
259
22
36
56
60
85
108
112
11
1:30:16
18:03
267
7
25
28
103
104
121
122
12
1:30:46
18:09
285
33
50
58
62
82
84
114
13
1:30:48
18:09
286
30
42
69
71
74
83
106
14
1:30:34
18:06
306
9
19
78
93
107
113
116
15
1:30:45
18:09
308
14
57
63
86
88
100
115
16
1:32:28
18:29
389
51
89
92
96
102
117
17
1:33:09
18:37
435
34
52
110
119
120
142
147
18
1:35:04
19:00
527
55
98
109
131
134
143
144
19
1:36:17
19:15
569
53
126
128
130
132
133
139
20
1:36:49
19:21
596
80
124
127
129
136
138
140
21
1:39:01
19:48
656
118
125
135
137
141
145
146

 More: Men’s Race Recap: Oregon Men Dominate, Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins Go 1-2 at Battle in Beantown
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Editor’s note: Jonathan Gault graduated from Dartmouth in 2013.


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