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2009 Pre Nationals NCAA Cross Country RecapBy LetsRun.com
October 17, 2009
The pre NCAA cross country meet is far from fan friendly. With 2 races for men and 2 races for women, it is not the easiest thing to follow. We try and give a brief take on the meet below.
Women's Blue Race: Colorado Women Surprise *CUBuffs.com Recap Here (link fixed)
In the individual race there was no big surprise. Jenny Barringer who holds the NCAA records at 1500m through the 5k crushed the field and 2007 World Championship runner Susan Kuijken of Florida State by 30 seconds (Kuijken won this race last year by 32 seconds). Barringer's decision to not turn pro was a true gift to Colorado and coach Mark Wetmore.
Wetmore was asked in the Flotrack interview on the left what Barringer's return meant to his team, "First of all it takes a couple of hundred points off our score immediately. Secondly, they've gone from the point of being awed by her to just respecting and emulating her. Their training in the last year has come up a notch. They don't aspire to beat her right now, but a year ago they didn't even aspire to be like her and now they do."
Wetmore perhaps wasn't giving his team enough credit with how far they have come in a year as the surprising thing is even without Barringer today they would have still beaten Oregon. As for Oregon, the big news was that their #1 runner was prep phenom, Jordan Hasay, who finished third overall after only finishing sixth in her collegiate debut. The Ducks suffered as a team because Alex Kosinski
their #1 in the first meet only finished 77th today. Put her up with Hasay and they are right
1 1 225 Jenny Barringer Colorado 9:46.6 19:50.9 2 2 373 Susan Kuijken Florida State 10:10.5 20:20.8 3 3 1071 Jordan Hasay Oregon 10:09.7 20:33.0 4 4 1344 Risper Kimaiyo UTEP 10:10.5 20:33.9 5 5 1450 Janet Jesang Western Kentucky 10:09.8 20:34.5 6 6 657 Beverly Ramos Kansas State 10:13.1 20:36.3 7 7 371 Pasca Cheruiyot Florida State 10:10.2 20:36.6 8 8 569 Lisa Koll Iowa State 10:09.6 20:40.5 9 9 392 Emily Infeld Georgetown 10:15.5 20:45.1 10 10 230 Allie McLaughlin Colorado 10:10.5 20:45.6
Men's Blue Race: Oregon Men and Puskedra are Back, Don't Overlook NAU
The post-Galen Rupp era did not start well for the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks were only third at their home meet, the Dellinger Invite two week ago, as Luke Puskedra, who was fifth at NCAAs as a freshman was only 11th overall. Saturday in Terre Haute, Puskedra got the individual win and led the Ducks to the team title over #2 NAU and #3 Alabama. Alabama had won the Dellinger Invite convincingly over Oregon just two weeks ago.
Like their #1 returner Puskedra, Oregon got a lot better in two weeks. Kenny Klotz had only been their sixth man two weeks ago but this week he was 11th overall in the team standings. Meanwhile Tyson David who won the Dellinger Invite for Alabama, was only their fourth man today. Star Emmanuel Bor did run for the first time for 'Bama but he was only their sixth man. For Bama to challenge for the team title in a month, they'll need but Bor and David upfront.
#2 ranked NAU was only third in their race but things don't look as bad when you dig deeper into the results. NCAA outdoor 5000m runner-up and Australian 2007 World Championship team member David McNeill was NAU's sixth man. McNeill reportedly cramped according to Flotrack and fell on the course according to this LetsRun.com thread. Put him up front and NAU finishes just ahead of Oregon.
1 1 1087 Luke Puskedra Oregon 15:00.1 23:40.2 2 2 120 Andy Baker Butler 14:59.5 23:45.4 3 3 988 Jordan Chipangama Northern Arizona 14:59.9 23:47.8 4 4 989 Diego Estrada Northern Arizona 14:59.5 23:49.0 5 5 1500 Jon Grey William & Mary 14:59.7 23:54.3 6 6 1085 Danny Mercado Oregon 15:00.8 23:59.6 7 7 1247 John Beattie Tulsa 15:00.0 24:00.4 8 8 451 Daniel Chenoweth Harvard 14:59.9 24:01.8 9 9 967 Ryan Hill NC State 15:06.4 24:02.8 10 10 92 Ben Cheruiyot Auburn 15:07.1 24:03.5
White Races: #1 Stanford and #1 Washington Win
NCAA 5k champ Angela Bizarri got the individual win which shouldn't be a surprise (she finished 3rd at USATFs as well) but the way she did it was impressive. If the official race splits are accurate, she was 17 seconds back of Washington's Kendra Schaaf at half way yet still managed to get the win. Two weeks ago Bizarri finished second to BYU's Cecily Lemmon-Lew at the adidas Wisconsin Invitational.
Washington coach Greg Metcalfe was pleasd after the race. He told GoHuskies.com, "Our women's team got better today. Kendra, Katie, and Christine continue to run fantastic, but Kailey ran the best race of her career today."
1 1 464 Angela Bizzarri Illinois 10:12.6 20:27.8 2 2 1397 Kendra Schaaf Washington 9:53.7 20:29.0 3 3 836 Megan Duwell Minnesota 10:12.4 20:31.5 4 4 1391 Katie Follett Washington 10:12.4 20:37.7 5 5 1387 Christine Babcock Washington 10:12.5 20:38.2 6 6 1111 Liz Costello Princeton 10:12.1 20:44.7 7 7 472 Kristin Sutherland Illinois 10:12.5 20:50.3 8 8 352 Stacey Johnson Florida 10:16.0 20:50.3 9 9 354 Rebecca Lowe Florida 10:13.2 20:51.1 10 10 940 Lauren Holesh North Carolina 10:13.4 20:51.6
Men: #1 Stanford and Derrick Impress
In case you didn't know already the #1 ranked Stanford Cardinal men are very good. They showed that on Saturday as they scored a meet low 47 points to convincingly win the men's white race. Mark Wetmore's Colorado Buffs lack a star runner-up front but they packed together in typical Colorado fashion to take 2nd place. To show how impressive Stanford is, they had four runners ahead of Colorado's #1.
The surprise in the White Race was the men's race winner. After the freshman season Stanford's Chris Derrick
at NCAAs in XC, scorer in the 3k and 5k indoors and 5k outdoors, breaking the American junior record at 5k), any race he wins at the NCAA level should not be much of surprise. However, he came from behind to beat Liberty's Samuel Chelanga who destroyed everyone at pre NCAAs last year (he was 38 seconds up at 5k last
year and won by 44 seconds). Chelanga likely is trying to time his peak better this year but his loss to Derrick shows winning the coveted NCAA XC title is never easy.
1 1 1178 Chris Derrick Stanford 14:55.9 23:27.1 2 2 700 Samuel Chelanga Liberty 14:43.3 23:34.6 3 3 1181 Elliott Heath Stanford 14:56.0 23:39.6 4 4 540 Ryan Sheridan Iona 14:56.4 23:46.7 5 5 853 Hassan Mead Minnesota 14:57.4 23:49.2 6 6 77 Brandon Bethke Arizona State 14:56.6 23:49.4 7 7 934 Jacob Kirwa New Mexico 14:56.4 23:51.7 8 8 1105 Alfred Kipchumba Portland 14:57.4 23:53.3 9 9 866 Barnabas Kirui Mississippi 14:50.1 23:55.5 10 10 1183 Justin Marpole-Bird Stanford 14:56.2 23:57.9
Combined Races Men's Scores
Pre Nats always leads to one question. How would the teams have done in one race? This question causes LetsRun.com geeks to go and rescore the 2 races from pre Nats as if they were held at once coming up with combined scores.
And the winner according to message board poster stingray33... Stanford by a long-shot just like you all expected.
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