XC15 Athletes of the Week #1


And with the return of the 2015 cross country season comes the Athletes of the Week awards.

Our first edition is a bit “Red” heavy, as Taylor Spillane and Ben Rainero posted dominating individual wins (resulting in Cornell team titles) at the Brother Jasper XC Invitational at the legendary Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday.  Spillane – one of the favorites for the HepsXC title this year – won the 5km women’s race by 21 seconds in 17:46.9.  The Cornell women had the first four finishers in their race, including freshman Eve Glasergreen who finished 4th overall in 18:08.9 to claim this week’s rookie award.  Glasergreen was the top scoring freshman across all of the Ivy women competition from this past weekend.  Rainero (shown above) also won the individual title in the men’s 6.1km race by a comfortable margin, winning his race by 10 seconds with a time of 19:01.6.   Rainero was the first of five Cornell finishers, leading to a perfect “15” score for the meet for the Big Red.

Our first male rookie was a bit harder to identify as he was misidentified in the race results.  It was only through some digging on the Penn athletic website and confirming entries/results through Track and Field Results Reporting System (TFRRS) and Penn coaches that we were able to find Kurt Convey in the results of the Big 5 Invitational.  Originally, his finishing time of 19:15.1 – which was the third scorer for the Quakers and 10th overall – was given to his senior teammate Keaton Naff in the official race results.  The Quakers finished second in the team scoring behind local rival St. Joseph’s, 37 to 62.

The Ivy women made an impact on the Division 1 national rankings from their strong weekend results.  Dartmouth improved from “receiving votes” last week to a #25 ranking this week due to their strong performance at their home Dartmouth Invitational.  Princeton remains ranked at #29, despite their 1 point loss to Harvard at their annual tri-meet with Yale.  Cornell’s dominance at the Brother Jasper meet has garnered them some votes, placing them at #40, while Columbia continues to receive some votes that places them at #43.  Unfortunately, the Ivy men did not receive any votes this past week as there were few changes in the national polls.

For this upcoming weekend, not as many Ivies will be in play.  Penn will continue to stick close to home as they participate in the Mainline Invitational in Haverford, Penn. on Friday afternoon.  Cornell will follow a similar gameplan as they head to the University of Rochester for the Yellowjacket Invitational on Saturday. Princeton and Yale will make their first appearance at Van Cortlandt Park this season at the Iona Meet of Champions on Saturday.

photo from Cornell Track and Field and Cross Country facebook

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