2015 NCAA Pre-Nationals XC Meet: Top 10 Results-Winners

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Sporting Alert – Colorado and Michigan captured the men’s and women’s team title at the NCAA Pre-Nationals Cross Country meet at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, on Saturday.

No. 1 Colorado landed the men’s team crown with a score of 89 points, after placing four runners in the top 20 of the 8k race, including Pierce Murphy (23:24.4, 5th) and Connor Winter (23:32.4, 9th) who finished in the top 10.

The Buffaloes came into the contest as the big favourites and they made a statement to the rest of country a month before the NCAA National Championships, even though head coach Mark Wetmore thinks the performance could have been better.

“I was happy with the front four, although it wasn’t perfect,” Wetmore said on www.cubuffs.com.

“Some of those guys had to undo some mistakes and get back into position. Now we will also have to decide to do with our fifth and sixth guys.”

Colorado finished ahead of No. 3 Oregon, which scored 151 points for second place, with No. 13 Arkansas taking third with 164 pts, UTEP, which shared the 13th ranked spot in the country with the Razorbacks getting fourth with 197 pts.

No. 10 Georgetown took fifth at this year’s NCAA Pre-Nationals with 214 pts.

The top 10 was completed by Virginia Tech (223pts), California (300), Air Force (318), Colorado State (351), and UC Santa Barbara (374).

On the female side, No. 5 Michigan beat No. 3 Colorado by 20 points and landed the team title.

The Wolverines tallied 131 points to better the Buffaloes’ 151, following the women’s 6k race.

Oregon (175), Stanford (244) and Mississippi State (247) road out the top five team finishers.

On the individual side, Thomas Curtin of Virginia Tech pulled off the upset to win the men’s 8k title after covering the course in 23:18.2.

He upset favourite Edward Cheserek of Oregon (23:22.8), while Anthony Rotich of UTEP (23:23.5) and team-mate Jonah Koech (23:24.3) rounded out the top five men’s finishers.

Colorado junior Erin Clark finished strong to secure the women’s 6k title with a time of 20:00.5, Hannah Everson of Air Force was second in 20:01.2, third went to Tennessee senior Chelsea Blaase, in 20:02.6, with Sharon Lokedi, a freshman from Kansas getting fourth in 20:08.3. Utah’s Hannah McInturff completing the top five in 20:09.0.

1. Michigan, 131; 2. Colorado, 151; 3. Oregon, 175; 4. Stanford, 244; 5. Mississippi State, 247; 6. Utah, 350; 7. Georgetown, 381; 8. Weber State, 387; 9. Purdue, 441; 10. Villanova, 457.

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Top 10 Men’s RED Team Scores: 1. Colorado, 89; 2. Oregon, 151; 3. Arkansas, 164; 4. UTEP, 197; 5. Georgetown, 214; 6. Virginia Tech, 223; 7. California, 300; 8. Air Force, 318; 9. Colorado State, 351; 10. UC Santa Barbara, 374.

Top 15 (of 288) Individuals: 1. Thomas Curtin, VA Tech, 23.18.2; Edward Cheserek, OU, 23:22.8;  3. Anthony Rotich, UTEP, 23:23.5; 4. Jonah Koech, UTEP, 23:24.3; 5. Pierce Murphy, CU, 23:24.4; 6. Jonathan Green, Georgetown, 23:28.7; 7. Shaun Thomas, Duke, 23:29.8; 8. Erik Peterson, Butler, 23:31.7; 9. Connor Winter, CU, 23:32.4; 10. Amon Terer, Campbell, 23:32.5.

Top 10 Women’s RED Team Scores : 1. Michigan, 131; 2. Colorado, 151; 3. Oregon, 175;  4. Stanford, 244; 5. Mississippi State, 247; 6. Utah, 350; 7. Georgetown, 381; 8. Weber State, 387; 9. Purdue, 441; 10. Villanova, 457.

Top 10 Individuals: 1. Erin Clark, CU, 20:00.5; 2. Hannah Everson, AFA, 20:01.2; 3. Chelsea Blaase, Tennessee, 20:02.6; 4. Sharon Lokedi, Kansas, 20:08.3. 5. Hannah McInturff, Utah, 20:09.0; 6. Erin Finn, Michigan, 20:09.1; 7. Natalie Schudrowitz, Brown, 20:09.4; 8. Waverly Neer, Oregon, 20:11.5; 9. Sarah Feeny, Utah, 20:12.1; 10. Christina Melian, Stony Brook, 20:13.6.

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