XC 2013 – Athletes of the Week #2


Performances from the last two weekends were considered for this week’s awards due to a fewer number of squads competing in that time frame.


Cornell’s Rachel Sorna (Hopewell Junction, N.Y) began her season on a high note – feeling strong, she showed at Franklin Park last Friday that she can keep up with some of the fastest women in the nation.  Within the first mile of Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown 5-km race, Sorna split off with the lead pack (Providence’s Emily Sisson, Laura Nagel, and Sarah Collins, and Boston College’s Liv Westphal).  It was in the latter half of the race where the Providence runners extended their lead and won the team competition due to a 1-2-4 finish.  Sorna finished in a strong 5th place in 17:17, helping the #9 Big Red finish 3rd as a team (101) behind #1 Providence (50) and #3 Oregon (85), and just ahead of #24 Boston College (110).  Check out the Flotrack highlights video and look for Sorna’s little fist pump as the crowds cheer her on early in the race.

Female Rookie:

Penn’s Cleo Whiting (Delta, Colo.) was the top freshman and Quaker at last Thursday’s Main Line Invitational, finishing 5th overall (4th collegian) on the 3-mile course in 17:01.20.  Whiting (#419 in above photo) and the other Quaker women almost did not get a chance to run last Thursday due to a series of unforeseen events that are up on a team’s nightmares: the women’s race was moved up 30 minutes on the day of the event, the bus showed up late, AND Philadelphia traffic (which I can attest to being nightmarish without any other time restrictions, regardless of the time of day).  Fortunately, Whiting and her teammates arrived at the event and managed to get a 10 minute warm-up before the race started.  While this was a non-scoring event, Penn bested La Salle due to Penn’s first 6 runners finishing before La alle’s 5th runner while Villanova dominated the race with 5 of the first 7 finishers of the day.


Senior Gabriel Heck (Madison, Wis.) finished as the first Cornell Big Red runner in the men’s Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown 8-km race on Friday.  His time was 25:09, good for 30th overall.  Heck led the Big Red to a 6th place finish in the team standings (165 points) behind #12 Oregon (22), #9 Syracuse (69), #25 Providence (81), #8 Wisconsin (88), and Northeastern (157).  In fact, the first seven Big Red runners finished across a 17-second spread, with the top five finishing across an 11-second spread.  According to the Cornell athletic’s website, this race was Heck’s first race since the 2012 Wisconsin adidas Invitational.

Male Rookie:

James Randon (New Canaan, Conn.) is cementing his status as Yale’s #2 runner by being Yale’s 2nd finisher at both the Harvard-Yale and Iona Meet of Champions.  Randon finished 15th overall (3rd freshman) at the Meet of Champions in a time of 25:57.1 over the 8-km course.  Yale finished 2nd place in the men’s race behind host Iona.   The Bulldog scoring runners finished across a 23-second spread, a factoid that Randon stated to the Yale Daily News, adding on that “We work more as a team, and run as a pack”.

In other races, Harvard women finished 4th in the team standings at the Panorama Farms XC Invitational, hosted by the University of Virginia.  Full results from the last two weeks are available below:

Week #2 Race Results:

Brown & Yale: Iona Meet of Champions


Penn: Main Line Invitational

Men Results | Women Results

Cornell & Yale (women): Coast to Coast Battle in Beantown


Harvard (women): Panorama Farms XC Invitational


Cornell (women): Harry Anderson Invitational


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