2014 XC Athletes of the Week #3


Female Athlete of the Week:

Cornell sophomore Taylor Spillane (shown above) surprised many cross country fans on Friday with her 5th place finish (17:09) at the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown 5km race.  Spillane was not among the top 6 for the first 2.5-miles of the race, but she managed enough speed and energy to speed by Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano (6th place – 17:11) in the last quarter mile. Giordano helped #16 Dartmouth  to a 5th place finish with 207 points.  Harvard (led by senior Whitney Thornburg, 39th in 17:56) held off Cornell by 4 points for 8th place (250 to 254), while Columbia (led by senior Olivia Sadler in 30th place, 17:46) finished in 13th place with 286 points.  Boston College’s Liv Westphal won the individual title in a dominating 16:30, while Michigan won the team title with 55 points by placing 3 in the top 10.

Female Rookie of the Week:

Penn frosh Abby Hong is our first repeat winner for the 2014 season, as she finished 3rd at the Main Line Invitational last Thursday in 17:07.10.  Hong was a part of the Penn 2-3-4-5-6 finish for the 3 mile non-scoring race.  The five runners, led by junior Elyssa Gensib in 17:02.40, had a time spread of 20 seconds.  The race was won by Villanova’s Stephanie Stephanie Schappert in 16:51.10.  The Penn men were led by Thomas Awad’s 3rd place finish (19:32.50) in the 4 mile race, where the men’s race was won by Lehigh’s Ryan Mahalsky in 19:25.20.  Photos from the races are available through Villanova’s athletic website (men | women).

Male Athlete of the Week:

Back in Boston, Harvard’s Tom Purnell was the top Ivy finisher at the Battle in Beantown.  Purnell was among the leaders (featuring Oregon and Providence runners) for the first half of the race, but he was not able to keep up with the leaders when the pace quickened.  Purnell held on for a 13th place finish, finishing the 8km course in 24:45.  Dartmouth, led by senior Curtis King (20th, 24:53) finished as the best male Ivy team (5th – 142), followed by Harvard (6th – 179), Columbia (7th – 182, led by Daniel Everett in 22nd place, 24:54), and Cornell (8th – 212, led by David Melly in 26th place, 24:58).  Oregon defended both the team and individual titles, as Edward Cheserek shared the title with his teammate Eric Jenkins in 24:20.

Male Rookie of the Week:

On Saturday, Sam Chauvin finished in 3rd place (25:46.0 for 8km) at the Harry Anderson Invitational in Rochester, N.Y., boosting Cornell to a 2nd place team finish.  Cornell was edged out for the team title by 2 points by SUNY Cortland (40 to 42) in the 25 team field.  The women’s squad also had a great day in Rochester, winning the team title behind junior Megan McCormick’s 3rd place individual finish.

Additional photos from the Coast-to-Coast Battle in Beantown are available through Michael Scott’s facebook page.


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