Saturday, November 22, 2014

NCAA DII Regions: Sam Rivard Wins Individual Race at NCAA DII Central Region Meet to lead UMD to the Team Title

Race is on in the NCAA DII Region Meet
UMD's Sam Rivard won the individual title at the NCAA DII Central Region Meet to lead the Bulldogs to the team title.

Women's team champions UMD

Men's results are HERE. Women's are HERE.
Men's team champs, Augustana

NCAA DI: Bates Third, Gopher Women 31st; Ferlic Top MN finisher in the Men's Race in 13th

Emma Bates at the finish
Kate Avery of Iona won the NCAA DI women's title in 19:31.6 for 6K.  Emma Bates was third in 19:44.5. "Hands down the toughest race I have ever run. Thank you to everyone who supported me! So proud of my effort today and my amazing team!" Bates tweeted.  FloTrack interview with Emma Bates HERE. DI women's results are HERE.

In the women's DI race both Michigan State, who won the team title, and Avery were in control from the start.  Avery was at or near the front the entire race and broke the race open about midway and was never challenged. Full replay of women's race HERE. FloTrack interview with Griak women's champ Shelby Houlihan, who finished ninth at Nationals HERE. Gopher women's summary HERE.

Gopher women's results are:
                                   Place/Time/Team place

In the men's race Edward Cheserek sat in the huge front pack until 8K when he turned on the jets and broke open the race for first.  He finished in 30:19.4.  His teammate Eric Jenkins was second in 30:23.2.  Mason Ferlic was in the hunt at 12th in the front pack at 8K.  The Gopher's Aaron Bartnik was in 97th and Michael VanVoorhis  was 112th. Colorado, like Cheserek, successfully defended their team title

Ferlic finished in 13th in 30:37.1.  VanVoorhis was 109th in 31:38.3, and Bartnik 139th in 31:50.9. DI Men's results are HERE.  Full video of men's race HERE. FloTrack interview with Mason Ferlic HERE. Gopher coach Steve Plasencia comments on Aaron Bartnik's experience at Nationals HERE

DIII: Wintheiser Wins Individual Title, St. Olaf Second in Men's Team Race: Steinke 4th and Meyer 7th in Woman's Race

St. Olaf's Grant Wintheiser won the men's 8K in 23:44.9. UW Eau Claire's Josh Thorson finished third in 23:57.1. North Central took the team title over St. Olaf 130-143.  Full DIII men's race results are HERE.

Wintheiser stayed with the pack until the late stages of the race where he broke away for the win.  St. Olaf had the advantage in the first half of the team race, but North Central came on over the last half to reclaim the team title that St. Olaf took last year.
St. Olaf men's team

Race favorites Amy Regan of the Stevens Institute of Technology and Lucy Cheadle of Washington University battled over the last two kilometers with Regan breaking away down the homestretch to win by seven seconds 20:50.9 to 20:58.7  Post race interview with Amy Regan HERE.

Ruth Steinke of Carleton was fourth in 21:37.9 and Macalester's Kimber Meyer seventh in 21:41.4. Erin Statz of St. Thomas was 13th in 21:00.6. Johns Hopkins won their third straight team title. Carleton was 14th, St. Thomas 21st, and St. Olaf 27th in the team race.

Eau Claire coach Dan Schwamberger's summary of the UW Eau Claire team results(men/7th; women 17th) on YouTube HERE.  St. Olaf SID men's summary is HERE. Carleton men's summary is HERE. Macalester SID info on Kimber Meyer HERE. St. Thomas SID story is HERE(women) and HERE(men).

USATF men's race recap is HERE with interviews with both coach Phil Lundin and Grant Wintheiser. North Central team talks about the battle for the men's team title HERE.

Full DIII results are HERE.

Friday, November 21, 2014

News: NCAA DIII Previews

FloTrack DIII previews are HERE.  Interview with St. Olaf's Grant Wintheiser and Jake Brown is HERE.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

News: Gophers/NCAA; Michael Van Voorhis; NCAA DII regions/UMD; HS, Kenya; Indoor Running Options; Snowboarding Grandma

Minnesota Daily NCAA Championship preview HERE

St. Paul Pioneer Press story on St. Paul Central grad Michael Van Voorhis, who will be running for Wisconsin at NCAA's is HERE

NCAA DIII men's preview is HERE, women's HERE.

 Northland News Center Preview of UMD's men and women's teams at the NCAA DII Regionals HERE.

Perham Focus on Perham's Billy Beseman signing letter of intent to attend the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota HERE

More studies on Kenyan runners searching for clues to why they have been so successful HERE and HERE.

MDRA listing of indoor running options for the winter HERE.

I know this isn't running, but it's inspiring, snowboarding Grandma HERE

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

News: NXN; HS Team Rankings; NCAA DI Preview, DIII Region Awards; The Real World

Strib summary of the Minnesota HS runners going to NXN Nationals HERE.

Running Times evaluation of the teams going into the NXN Nationals HERE.

Running Times HS team rankings for boy's HERE, girl's HERE.

Women's race preview for DI NCAA National Championships HERE, men HERE. For a long look down memory lane, Track & Field News has an archive of past NCAA DI championship history, as well as a look at NCAA DIII history HERE.

NCAA DIII Region award winners are HERE. St. Olaf's Grant Wintheiser(athlete) and coach Phil Lundin(coach) earn men's awards. Carleton's Ruth Steinke and Donna Ricks earned the women's honors for 2014.  As with the NCAA DI awards, more athletes and coaches with local ties have been bestowed these honors in years past(Ben Sathre, Dan Greeno, Pete Wareham, Chelsea Johnson, Linda Keller, Marie Borner, Christy Cazzola, Dan Schwamberger)

US hurdler Jason Richardson talks about life on the track circuit, the "real world," and fashion HERE.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

News: NCAAs; HS Signings; Winter Running Advice; Drones, FOY

Gopher women's preview of the NCAA DI women's race HERE.

NCAA announcement of top athletes and coaches in each Region.  No winners in DI this year from Minnesota, but a lot(Hassan Mead, Eric Finan. Stephanie Price, Emma Bates, Beth Alford Sullivan, Gary Wilson) are on the accompanying list of past winners HERE
Video interview with Hamline's Ryan Peterson on the season and the trip to Nationals HERE.

Gopher men's team announce eight letter of intent signings HERE.

Winter running advice from Team USA MN coach Dennis Barker:
Rules and regulations are being formed in an attempt to prevent misuse of drones HERE.

The "Fountain of Youth" business HERE

Monday, November 17, 2014

News: NCAA; Gophers; HS

NCAA DI rankings are HERE(women) and HERE(men). DIII rankings HERE

Minnesota Daily story on the Gopher's results from the NCAA Region meet HERE.

Stillwater Gazette story on the boys' team's sixth place finish at NXN Heartland HERE.

Northfield News on Northfield HS's Lexi Kiefer signing letter of intent to attend the University of Minnesota HERE.

Waseca County News awards for: Boy's XC runner of the year HERE, Girl's XC runner of the year HERE.Waseca HS Fall AOY HERE.

High jumper Michaele Hesse (Sebeka, MN), sprinter McKayla Stowell (LeSueur, MN), and hurdler Danielle Kohlney (Onalaska, WI.) sign letters of intent to attend UMD HERE.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

NCAA DIII Women's Qualifiers for Nationals

Women’s Automatic Qualifying Teams    
Christopher Newport
Johns Hopkins
St. Lawrence
St. Olaf
SUNY Geneseo
Washington U. in St. Louis
Wisconsin-La Crosse

Women’s At-large Teams
Mount Union
North Central (Illinois)
St. Thomas (Minnesota)
SUNY Cortland
SUNY Oneonta
Wheaton (Illinois)
Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Women’s Individual Automatic Qualifiers

Atlantic Region
Amy Regan, Stevens Institute of Technology
Rachel Malone, College at Brockport
Catherine Knox, Rochester (New York)
Sarah Czuprynski, New York University
Lainie Smith, Hamilton
Emma Jones, Rochester Institute of Technology
Cassidy Carpenter, Vassar

Central Region
Tricia Serres, Luther
Kimber Meyer, Macalester
Abrah Masterson, Cornell College
Gabi Jenkins, Nebraska Wesleyan
Annika Halverson, Bethel (Minnesota)
Sanjuanita Martinez, Cornell College
Caitlin Fermoyle, Gustavus Adolphus

Great Lakes Region
Jessica Shaw, Albion
Kaitlyn Arnold, Alma
Sarah Fowler, Ohio Wesleyan
Kelsey Aamoth, Case Western
Dani Blum, Heidelberg
Becky Rohwer, John Carroll
Rachel House, Heidelberg
Mideast Region
Bianca Bolton, Misericordia
Elizabeth Snyder, Carnegie Mellon
Emma Doughman, Marywood
Emily Rabenold, Grove City
Marisa Brown, Allegheny
Kelsey Patrick, Lebanon Valley
Jessica Miller, York (Pennsylvania)

Midwest Region
Kathleen Thorn, Wisconsin-Stout
Emily Paull, Aurora
Lauren Dilley, Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Kyra Kimber, Monmouth (Illinois)
Ana Breit, Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Christina, Luptak Aurora
Jordan Kelch, Wisconsin-Stout
New England Region
Ashley Curran, Connecticut College
Samantha Goldsmith, Keene State
Alanna McDonough, Colby
Kathleen Ferrall, Smith
Kelsey Whitaker, Brandeis
Marina Capalbo, Babson
Krista Brown, Colby

South/Southeast Region
Natalie Young, Mary Washington
Kaylee Kubisiak, Bridgewater (Virginia)
Brittany Alexander, Rhodes
Serena Gale-Butto, Centre
Ashley El Rady, Centre
Lauren Braney, Mary Washington
Katherine Lehman, Eastern Mennonite

West Region

Maya Weigel, Pomona-Pitzer
Della Lyle, Redlands
Julissa Tobias, Whittier
Katie Alioto, UC Santa Cruz
Lauren Roberts, Redlands
Andrea Ramirez, La Verne
Rebecca Lavietes, Colorado College

NCAA press release is HERE

NCAA DIII Men's Qualifiers for Nationals

Men’s Automatic Qualifying Teams
Bridgewater (Virginia)
Carnegie Mellon
Claremont Mudd-Scripps
Mount Union
North Central (Illinois)
St. Lawrence
St. Olaf
SUNY Geneseo
Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Men’s At-large Teams
Central (Iowa)
Johns Hopkins
St. Thomas (Minnesota)
SUNY Cortland
Washington U. in St. Louis
Wisconsin-La Crosse
Men’s Individual Automatic Qualifiers
Atlantic Region
Matt Giannino, Rochester Institute of Technology
Sebastian Oja, New York University
Zakk Hess, Fredonia State
Jacob Andrews, Rensselaer
Benjamin Fazio, Rensselaer
Sawyer Hitchcock, Ithaca
Jonathan Sewnig, Rowan
Central Region
Thomas Feichtinger, St. John’s (Minnesota)
Chase Moser, Wartburg
Ryan Peterson, Hamline
Bennett Moser, Wartburg
Chris Lawson, St. Scholastica
Jovan Newsum, Saint Mary’s (Minnesota)
Thomas Knobbe, Gustavus Adolphus
Great Lakes Region
Geno Arthur, Oberlin
John Sotos, Ohio Wesleyan
Nathan Rosenbaum, Ohio Northern
Ben Zank, Hope
Tadhg Karski, John Carroll
Joshua Urso, Oberlin
Elliot Thorkelson, John Carroll
Mideast Region
Nate Noll, DeSales
Logan Steiner, Allegheny
Dillon Farrell, Moravian
Alex Price, Susquehanna
Jaryd Flank, Muhlenberg
Dan Gresh, Elizabethtown
Sid Kakkar, Swarthmore
Midwest Region
Jordan Carpenter, Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Ian LaMere, Wisconsin-Platteville
Joel Walden, Wisconsin-Platteville
Will Cross, Elmhurst
Nate Richards, Principia
Michael Frasco, Chicago
Dawson Miller, Wisconsin-Whitewater
New England, Region
Tyler Scheibenpflug, Lyndon State
John Stansel, Bates
Lee Cattanach, Eastern Connecticut State
Tim McGowan, Roger Williams
Avery Wentworth, Bowdoin
Andrew Sukeforth, Bridgewater State
Kevin Hoose, Bowdoin
South/Southeast Region
Ryan Gehman, Eastern Mennonite
Harrison Toney, Roanoke
Victor Pataky, Centre
Alex Noe, Rhodes
Levi Warring, Washington and Lee
Christopher Roberts, Birmingham-Southern
Jacob Landis, Eastern Mennonite
West Region
John Guzman, Occidental
Colin Smith, Occidental
David Santillan, Puget Sound
Yonny Castillo, Willamette
Aditya Bhagavathi, Caltech
Ruben Solorza, Whittier
Bryan Hayes, La Verne

NCAA press release is HERE.

Peterson 12th, Moore 15th, Monson 19th at .US 12K Road Championships

Team USA Minnesota's Jonathan Peterson finished twelfth on Sunday at the .US 12K Championship in Alexandria, Virginia in 34:55.  "Very solid 34:55/12th for current stage of training!" wrote Team USA Minnesota coach Dennis Barker on Twitter. "Not the results I wanted today, but still strong effort in a respectable field." added Peterson. Former TCTC member Joe Moore finished fifteenth in 35:15. Hamline grad Devin Monson was 19th in 35:45.

Results are HERE.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

USATF Minnesota XC Championships Results

Pat Billig(left) and women's 6K winner Stephanie Price at the finish
Photo by Melissa Agnew
One might have opted for XC skis rather than spikes for the Minnesota USATF XC races this morning at Fort Snelling.  Results for all the races are HERE.
Run 'N Fun Women pose for a post-race photo.

Cara Donohue Wins NIRCA Women's Title

University of Minnesota grad student Cara Donohoe won the woman's A race 6K at the NIRCA Championships in East Lansing, Michigan on Saturday in  22:24.8.  Full results are HERE. The University of Minnesota women's team finished seventh.  Full team results are HERE.

The U of MN men's team was fifth in the A race(full team scores HERE).  Peter Hoganson was the top finisher for the men in seventh for the 8K course in 26:05.2(individual results are HERE.)  Results for all the races are HERE.  The event concludes on Sunday with an Open 5K.

CORRECTION: In an earlier version I said she was defending her title. Donohoe corrected that error: "It was an exciting race.  Last year I actually came in second place, so it was fun to win this year!"

USTFCCCA Speculation on Who Will Get Selected for At Large Spots in NCAA DIII

USTFCCCA watchers have looked at the results of the NCAA DIII Regionals and put together their thoughts on what teams might get picked to fill the 16 slots open for the Championship Meet HERE.

NCAA DI Women's At Large and Individual Qualifiers Selected

Women’s Automatic Qualifying Teams
Boise State
Florida State
Iowa State
Michigan State
New Mexico
West Virginia
William and Mary
Women’s At-large Teams
Boston College
North Carolina
NC State
Notre Dame
Ohio State
Virginia Tech
Women's Individual Qualifiers
Great Lakes Region
Victoria Voronko, Eastern Michigan
Sofie Gallein, Eastern Michigan
Maria McDaniel, Western Michigan
Abbey Kelto, Central Michigan
Mid-Atlantic Region
Megan Curham, Princeton
Morgan Szekely, La Salle
Elizabeth Weiler, Lehigh
Jillian Hunsberger, Penn State
Midwest Region
Courtney Frerichs, UMKC
Erin Teschuk, North Dakota State
Monika Juodeskaite, Oklahoma State
Karissa Schweizer, Missouri
Laura Galvan, Kansas State
Amber Eichkorn, South Dakota
Mountain Region
Andrea Harrison, BYU
Carrie Jube, BYU
Holly Page, Wyoming
Melanie Townsend, Northern Arizona
Northeast Region
Lauren Sara, UConn
Kira Garry, Yale
Emily Durgin, UConn
Rosa Moriello, Boston U.
South Region
Chelsea Blaase, Tennessee
Rhianwedd Price, Mississippi State
Anne-Marie Blaney, UCF
Hannah Maina, Middle Tennessee
South Central Region
Agnes Sjostrom, SMU
Cali Roper, Rice
Hillary Montgomery, Texas A&M
Grace Fletcher, Texas A&M
Southeast Region
Allie Buchalski, Furman
Kyla Van Graan, Coastal Carolina
Letitia Saayman, Coastal Carolina
Ann Eason, Eastern Kentucky

West Region
Shelby Houlihan, Arizona State
Bethan Knights, California
Tansey Lystad, Portland
Raquel Hefflin, UC Riverside

NCAA press release is HERE