Week That Was: Do We Have a New High School XC Legend? - Plus We Love the Fukuoka Marathon, A Trail Running Update and Yes, Ryan Hall Returns to Racing
Justyn Knight Outkicks Galen Rupp, Former NCAA Stars Greer, Fleet, Wheating, Soratos Come Up Short, Centro is Back and is Mary Cain as Well?
NCAA Women's Recap: Keturah Orji Breaks the AR in the TJ, Frosh Ariana Washington Wins the 100-200 & Dom Scott's Double Leads Arkansas to First Team Title
2016 NCAA W 3K/5K Preview: Allie Ostrander vs. Molly Seidel (x2) in a Rematch of NCAA XC
Week That Was: A U.S. Star Shares Their "Red Flags For Doping," Penn State's Latest Mid-D Star, Super-Fast NCAA Times (2 X 3:53), And Two Distance Schools Win Big Conference Crowns
Forget About the Winners: The Biggest Surprises and Underperformers at NCAA Cross
2015 NCAA XC Women's Individual Preview: Can Allie Ostrander Become The First Freshman In 30 Years To Win NCAA XC? Or Will Molly Seidel Or Aisling Cuffe End The "Foot Locker Curse"?
Pre-Nats Preview: No. 1 Colorado And King Ches Should Roll In The Men's Race; No. 2 Colorado, No. 4 Oregon And No. 5 Michigan Duke It Out In Women's Race
NCAA XC Weekend Recap: Wisconsin Jeopardized The At-Large Process And Should Be DQed From Louisville + No. 1 Colorado Debuts And The Six-Man XC Team That Beat Everyone At Notre Dame
2015 NCAA XC: Women’s Individual Top 10 Preview: Who takes over for Kate Avery?
Weekend XC Preview: Notre Dame Invitational, Washington Invitational Headline Action
Notre Dame has an extremely deep men's field (10 of the top 25, led by #10 BYU), but the best race of the weekend is Saturday in Seattle, where half of the men's top 10 (#2 NAU, #5 Portland, #6 Stanford, #7 Indiana, #9 Villanova) will square off. The women's races aren't as strong, but #3 Oregon vs. #4 Stanford at Washington should be compelling,
with a potential debut from Stanford's Aisling Cuffe. In other action, the #6 FSU women trek up to Paul Short to face #5 Georgetown while the #1 Colorado men race at the Rocky Mountain Shootout.
*Aisling Cuffe Out For Most (Or All) XC Season With A Stress Fracture According to this blog post by one of the Stanford men.
2014 NCAA XC: Women’s Individual Top 10 Preview
The top returner is Emma Bates but she will be challenged by Aisling Cuffe, Kate Avery and Shelby Houlihan up front. Can Cuffe break the Foot Locker curse? Can a freshman (Elise Cranny or Sarah Baxter) crack the top five for the first time since 2009? We sort through a wide-open women's field as just 6 of the top 16 from NCAAs last year are back in 2014.
2014 Women's XC Preview: #8 Stanford & #7 Oregon
Last year was an aberration as neither Stanford nor Oregon cracked the top 10 at NCAAs. That won't be the case this year as both teams are much better. The nation's #1 recruit, 4:10 1500 woman Elise Cranny, is headed to Stanford and the #2, 2-time NXN champ Sarah Baxter, to Oregon. Plus a look at the increasing importance of the transfer market to building an xc power.
What A Race: Molly Huddle Triumphs Over A Brave Effort From Shannon Rowbury In 2014 USATF 5,000
Women's 5,000: Molly Huddle, Then Who? There are Lots of Worthy Challengers
Huddle, the American Record holder, is running great in 2014, but the next few spots are up for grabs. Shannon Rowbury is the best bet for second, but there are plenty of women who will challenge her, such as Katie Mackey, Laura Thweatt, Chelsea Reilly and the collegiate big three of Marielle Hall, Aisling Cuffe and Abbey D'Agostino. Has US women's 5000 running ever been this deep?
Marielle Hall Arrives, Prevents Abbey D'Agostino From Ending Her Career With NCAA Title #8
It came down to Hall, D'Agostino and Stanford's Aisling Cuffe, but in the end it was Hall who broke away with a 30.4 last 200 to win her first NCAA title. The UT senior has dropped more than a minute off her 5,000 PR in the last year. Pretty damn impressive.
On The Boards: Marielle Hall pulls a shocker, takes down Abbey D in 5k – Wins in 15:35.11!!
Women's Long Distance: Freshman Phenom Erin Finn Vs. 25-Year-Old Elinor Kirk In 10k; Can Abbey D'Agostino Close Out NCAA Career With Title #8?
Senior Abbey D is the heavy favorite for NCAA title #8 in the 5,000, but who will win the wide-open 10k? Does super frosh Erin Finn have a chance? Or will veterans Emma Bates, Elinor Kirk or 2012 champ Juliet Bottorff come through?
Week in Review: Ben True, Hassan Mead, Adam Goucher and The Payton Jordan 5000m, Molly Huddle's 30:47, Aisling Cuffe, Elise Cranny, and Brannon Kidder
Our crack stats team gives you the lowdown on Stanford's fast times. How do Ben True and Hassan Mead compare to Adam Goucher and Galen Rupp? Will there be a slew of sub 13:00 Americans in 2014? Plus, some fast times from Aisling Cuffe and teen star Elise Cranny. The performance of the week was Molly Huddle's 30:47 10k. And some props for Brannon Kidder.
2014 Payton Jordan Women's 5,000: Sifan Hassan Goes Sub-15 To Win As Katie Mackey Runs 15:04 And Aisling Cuffe Is The 3rd Fastest Collegiate All-Time
The women's 5,000 at the 2014 Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational was won by the Netherlands' Sifan Hassan (formerly of Ethiopia) in a world-leading time of 14:59.23. Sweden's Meraf Bahta (formerly of Eritrea) was second in a national record of 14:59.49. Leading the Americans was Brooks Beasts' Katie Mackey in 15:04.74, just beating out Boulder Track Club's Laura Thweatt (15:04.98). GB 20-year-old Emelia Gorecka was 5th in 15:07.45 as Stanford's Aisling Cuffe set a new school record and put herself 3rd on the all-time NCAA list with a 15:11.13.