2016 NIRCA XC Rankings - Week 5 Plus Regionals Recaps

November 3rd, 2016

Read recaps from the first four NIRCA XC Regionals (Mid Atlantic, Great Lakes, Great Plains, and Southeast) and how those results have shaken up this week's men's and women's rankings!

MEN’S WEEK 5 RANKINGS and REGIONALS RECAPS

 

MID ATLANTIC REGIONAL RECAP (Bethlehem, PA)

A region that featured four ranked teams and three more on our teams to watch list coming into the weekend did not disappoint and as expected impacted our rankings for this week. While the team races were not as close as past years, the depth among the top squads was just as solid.

 

Penn State continued to prove they are the top team from the Mid Atlantic, despite an early season loss to Princeton, by taking the regional title with 53 points which was 29 points better than the Tigers (82) and 30 better than a surprising third place Virginia Tech (83). The Nittany Lions nearly put all five scorers in the top 20 of the 370-person race, and averaged 26:06 on a fair course in not so fair rainy and cold conditions. PSU was led by freshman Andrew Sell (3rd, 25:37), senior Max Petrosky (5th, 25:53), and sophomore Dan Wilcko (10th, 26:09) and compiled a 1-5 spread of 0:58.

 

Princeton’s runner-up finish was fueled by Leif Fredericks eighth place finish in 25:58 to help the Tigers to a 26:23 average. Virginia Tech meanwhile used three top 11 finishes to nearly upset Princeton en route to a third place finish. Luke Mazzu was the individual race runner-up, crossing the line in 25:28. The Hookies had the second best team average in 26:18.

 

Ian Whittall from the University of Pennsylvania took the individual title in 25:25 but the Quakers were a distant 6th in the team standings with 154 points, despite a sub-26 minute average. Maryland placed fourth (120 points) and Virginia fifth (124 points).

 

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RECAP (Shelbyville, IN)

The Great Lakes Regional in Shelbyville, Indiana gave more clarity to where the perennial power Indiana Hoosiers stand. They are as much of a threat to a national title as usual. With all scoring seven in the top 20, IU ran away with what was anticipated to be a tight team race, scoring 58 points. Cincinnati stunned Michigan to take the runner-up trophy with 74 points while the Wolverines were third with 77. Purdue was fifth with 81 points.

 

The Hoosier title charge was paced by 5-6 finish of Stephen Gomez and Ethan Worthington who crossed the line together in 26:07. Andrew Jankowski and David Eichenberger were 14th and 16th respectively as the guys from Bloomington averaged 26:28 with just a 0:40 spread.

 

Cincy had two top ten medal winners in third-place Jack Randall (25:39) and tenth-place Kyle Klinger (26:24). The Bearcats posted a 26:31 average.

 

Michigan had both the race’s individual champ and runner up with Lucas Peterson out-duling teammate Ross Pendergast to the finish. Peterson ran 25:27 for the win while Pendergast was just behind in 25:29. The U of M averaged a meet-best 26:24 but had a 1:36 spread. Purdue had a very respectable 26:36 average in fourth place.

 

 

GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL RECAP (Ames, IA)

In the closest regional team race thus far, Iowa State protected their home course by taking down regional rival Illinois 39-41 in Ames. The Cyclones had three of the top four finishers as well as the ninth to front load the scoring while Illinois also had four in the top ten going 5-6-7-8.

 

Individual champ Jason Thomas led ISU, breaking the tape in 26:00, Defending national champion Rob Scanlon was third overall while Will Graham placed fourth (26:44). Iowa State averaged 26:47 and recorded a 1:48 spread.

 

Illinois had three runners under the 27-minute barrier with Auburn Jimenez (5th, 26:48), William Wolf (6th, 26:53) and Jared Ripoli (7th, 26:57). The Illini averaged 27:02.

 

Minnesota took home the third place trophy in the Great Plains, scoring 61 points and a 27:22 team average. The Gophers had one top ten finisher in Jace Galley (10th, 27:09) but also took spots 11-13. Wisconsin placed fourth with 91 points behind the runner-up performance of Matthew Kuik in 26:05.

 

 

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL RECAP (Kernersville, NC)

North Carolina State came in as the strong favorite to repeat and lived up to that billing. The Wolfpack took the individual crown, placed four scorers in the top ten, and averaged 27:01 on the day. Their 33 points were almost 30 better than runner-up North Carolina (61 points).

 

NC State started with the low stick of Josh Rees-Jones who bested the field with a 26:29 on the four loop course in Kernersville, NC. Teammate Lance Bullerwell was fourth (26:48), Ben Talbert sixth (26:54) and Chatam Ellwanger eigth (27:10). NC State had a 1:13 spread for their top five.

 

UNC’s runner-up team finish was paced by the individual runner-up finish of Seth Proctor (26:35). The Tarheels did not have another top ten medal winner but all scoring five finished in the top 20 to easily secure the 2nd place trophy, well ahead of third place Clemson (102 points). UNC averaged 27:32 while Clemson averaged 28:21.

 

2016 Week 5 Men’s Rankings

Rank

Team

Region

Previous

1

UC Davis

Pacific

1

2

Penn State

Mid Atlantic

2

3

Indiana

Great Lakes

T10

4

Princeton

Mid Atlantic

3

5

Michigan

Great Lakes

4

6

Iowa State

Great Plains

9

7

Virginia Tech

Mid Atlantic

NR

8

Illinois

Great Plains

5

9

Cincinnati

Great Lakes

NR

10

North Carolina State

Southeast

T10

Dropped Out: #6 Oregon, #7 Penn

Teams to Watch: Binghamton, Purdue, Penn, Minnesota, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia, Miami (OH)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WOMEN’S WEEK 5 RANKINGS and REGIONALS RECPAS

 

MID ATLANTIC REGIONAL RECAP (Bethlehem, PA)

For the second consecutive year, Penn State dominated the Mid Atlantic Region. The defending national champs may have lost a lot from last years squad, but they certainly reloaded quickly and showed that last weekend at Lehigh University. The Nittany Lions placed four on the medal stand and their fifth was just a spot away to secure the victory with 34 points, well ahead of runner-up Princeton’s 96.

 

All-American’s Noemie Noulette and Ariane Abadi went 4-5 in 22:49 and 22:55 to lead the PSU charge. Suzanne Stein wasn’t far back in 23:08, good for 7th place and Katrina Helcoski placed 9th in 23:11. Sarah Almarzooqui was 11th as Penn State averaged 23:04 with a 0:26 spread.

 

Princeton’s first-ever podium finish at a NIRCA championship was led by Lindy Zeng (23:17) and Barrett Gray (23:26) who went 12th and 14th respectively. The Tigers averaged 23:42 as a squad. Not far back in third place was Pittsburgh, also grabbing a team trophy for the first time ever. The Panthers scored 116 points behind a 23:49 average. Karleigh White placed 13th overall for Pitt.

 

Virginia Tech finished seventh in the team race but accounted for two of the first three across the finish line. Elizabeth Buckley ran away with the title in 22:24 while teammate Amy Edgemond was third in 22:48. In between the Hookies was Delaware’s Roxanne Ramierz in second place, running 22:46.

 

Defending national-runner up Virginia was fourth with 132 points followed by Georgetown (135) and Delaware (146).

 

 

GREAT LAKES REGIONAL RECAP (Shelbyville, IN)

Michigan State got the better of Michigan twice already this season. They couldn’t do it for a third time at the Great Lakes Regional though. The Maize and Blue turned the tables and defended their regional crown in a close 36-48 battle. Even closer were the two clubs team averages of 26:23 and 26:26.

 

Michigan had four runners place in the top ten of the meet, led by the efforts of Colleen Conroy in fourth (22:59). Anna Piccione (23:18) and Allie Cell (23:28) placed sixth and seventh while Molly Mearns was tenth (23:32). Lauren Miller rounded out the Michigan scoring in 14th place (23:39) and the Wolverines had a spread of 0:40.

 

Michigan State’s runner-up finished was fueled by the 2-3 finish of Erin Zimmer and Tarah Thompson who crossed the line in 22:36 and 22:53. Nicole Mosteller also made the medal stand, placing ninth in 23:32.

 

Indiana had just one in the top ten on their way to a third place team finish but that one was the individual champion. Emily Wagoner ran comfortably to the Great Lakes crown with a winning time of 22:17. IU averaged 23:59 as a team and scored 84 points. Miami (OH) was the fourth place team with 99 and a 24:18 average.

 

 

GREAT PLAINS REGIONAL RECAP (Ames, IA)

Illinois’ stronghold on the Great Plains Region wasn’t in jeopardy, despite replacing some of their top runners and All-Americans from a year ago. Any questions to their regional supremacy were quickly squashed when the Illini placed all five scorers in the top 14, including three in the top ten to score 46 points, which was 18 better than runner-up Wisconsin.

 

The Illini were led by excellent grouping from Anneliese Schulz (24:21), Emily Condic (24:23) and Emma Burkhardt (24:26) who placed 6-7-8 overall. Allison Gibson was 11th and Sara Folliard 14th to round out the scoring. Illinois averaged a meet-best 24:50 with a 1:18 spread.

 

Wisconsin had a strong showing with three runners earning medals, including Rachel Anderson (23:45) in second and Lauren McKay (23:53) in third. Paola Lonchampt was tenth in 25:22. The Badgers averaged 25:09.

 

Minnesota joined their men’s club on the podium, also taking third at the Great Plains Regional in Ames, scoring 92 points and averaging 25:48. Evelyn Frenz was the top finisher for the Golden Gophers, placing fifth in 24:18. Iowa State finished fourth with 106 points and a 24:47 average as Zoe Pritchard and Jordan Larson finished within the top ten.

 

The individual title in the Great Plains went to Missouri’s Caitlin Hammons who covered the ISU course in 23:03.

 

 

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL RECAP (Kernersville, NC)

The women’s team race in the Southeast Region came down to a mere point in Kernersville. Clemson put both their number one across the line before North Carolina State’s number one and their number five in before the Wolfpack’s five. But stronger performances from NC State’s 2-3-4 lifted them to the 57-58 victory and regional crown.

 

Kayla Holder and Carmen Davis finished fourth and fifth in 24:00 and 24:01 and teammate Abby Verchick (24:19) joined them on the medal stand in eighth place to help NC State to a 24:58 team average. The 1-5 spread for the Wolfpack was 2:44.

 

Clemson had two individual medalists in Sydney Gilstrap (2nd, 23:49) and Rosa-Marie Compton (6th, 24:08) as the Tigers averaged 25:05.

 

Duke was third in the team standings with 80 points and boasted the individual race champion, Katelyn McCracken who won comfortably in 23:08.

 

Top-ranked North Carolina was a distant fifth with 119 points but did not race any of their top five that vaulted them to our top spot a few weeks ago.

 

2016 Week 5 Women’s Rankings

Rank

Team

Region

Previous

1

Penn State

Mid Atlantic

4

2

Michigan

Great Lakes

5

3

Michigan State

Great Lakes

3

4

North Carolina

Southeast

1

5

Princeton

Mid Atlantic

7

6

Indiana

Great Lakes

NR

7

Oregon

Pacific

6

8

Illinois

Great Plains

8

9

Virginia

Mid Atlantic

2

10

Pittsburgh

Mid Atlantic

NR

Dropped Out: #9 UC Davis, #10 Duke

Teams to Watch: UC Davis, Miami (OH), Wisconsin, Iowa State, Georgetown, Delaware, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Minnesota

 

 


Ben Thomas, NIRCA

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