Country Runners Excel at NYU Invitational
by Bradley White
mens and womens cross country teams competed in the
New York University Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Van Cortlandt
Park in Bronx, New York. Thirty-two schools competed on the womens
side and 37 schools on the mens side, featuring 285 women
runners and 371 men runners.
The men finished 13th overall, while the women finished an outstanding
seventh overall the women ran five kilometers while the men
hauled out an eight-kilometer course. On the mens side, Bowdoin
(Maine) dominated the meet scoring only 34 points and placing runners
in the third, fourth, sixth, eighth and 13th places overall. Ithaca
(N.Y.) also fared well by finishing in a tie for second place. Mike
Styczynski of Ithaca finished first with a time of 26:12, while
the best finisher for the Yeomen was sophomore Adam Greeney, who
placed 49th overall with a time of 28:01, marking the first time
this year that Greeney placed first on the team.
The women placed seventh overall with a score of 218, 155 points
behind winner Moravain (Pa.). Both senior Laura Feeney and junior
Lori Tuchfeld placed in the top 20, finishing back-to-back to pace
the Yeowomen. Feeney placed 18th with a time of 19:35.14 and Tuchfeld
placed 19th with a time of 19:34.83. The two both ran outstanding
races, while Heidi Wolfsberger of Moravain placed first with a blazing
time of 18:19.
The mens team felt that they ran well in this national meet.
We had a pretty good meet, but we need to keep working because
we can do better, first-year Mike Penino said. Coach Gavin
ONeals philosophy of cautious optimism is
beginning to grow more optimistic as the team continues to compete
and the young runners continue to develop.
Fifth-year senior captain John Rogers finished second for the Yeomen
and 69th overall with a time of 28:21. First-year Ryan McGinnis
finished third for the Yeomen and in 70th place overall right behind
Rogers. Sophomore Alex Scally finished fourth for Oberlin and 94th
overall with a time of 28:50. Although Scally is a sophomore he
did not run last year due to injury, so he is still getting used
to running in meets and seems to be steadily improving. Filling
the highly contested fifth spot was senior Hans Peterson, who ran
his best race of the year. Petersen had a time of 29:30, which earned
him a 132nd place finish.
As the season progresses, the team should improve as both Rogers
and Scally continue to steadily get into match shape. ONeal
is also hoping that the young McGinnis can improve as he becomes
accustomed to running in college.
While the mens team reflects on individual and team accomplishments
in the New York Invitational, the women were very pleased with their
seventh place finish and are hoping to continue to grow steadily
as a squad. The team appears to one of the best in recent memory,
and if Feeney and Tuchfeld continue to run as well as they did in
this race the team could finish among the top few in the conference
Sophomore Julia Goeke was third for the Yeowomen and 46th overall
with a time of 20:23, while junior Kyle McKenzie was next finishing
68th with a time of 20:44. Rounding out the top five for the Yeowomen
was first-year Shannon Morris, who had a time of 21:21 and finished
in 95th place overall. Those five appear to have a firm grasp on
the top five spots on the team. Goeke, McKenzie, and Morris are
all running about the same right now and will probably continue
to rotate among the third through fifth spots.
Both the men and womens teams will take a break from meets
until Friday, Oct. 5, when the Yeomen and Yeowomen runners travel
to Delaware, Ohio to take part in the All-Ohio Championships held
at Ohio Wesleyan University.