As we mentioned yesterday, this is the last loaded weekend for HepsNation before HepsXC, which is now less than 2 weeks away. This is our second part of the weekend recap (for the Wisconsin adidas Invitational recap, click here), which features the Princeton XC Invitational and Leopard Invitational. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post that features the PreNationals Invitational, Rothenberg Invitational, and Canisius Invitational recaps.
Princeton XC Invitational (Princeton, NJ)
Penn opted to have their A-teams compete a bit closer to home, providing the opportunity to get a preview of the Mid-Atlantic Regional course at the Princeton XC Invitational at the West Windsor Fields in Princeton, NJ. The Quakers were rather successful as both teams won their respective races. The men won against Philly rival #12 Villanova, who went 1-2-3 in the men’s 8km race. Fortunately for the Quakers, they got 23.2 second scoring spread that helped them beat the Wildcats, 42 to 51. Leading the Quaker charge was Nick Tuck, finishing in fifth place with 24:01.6. Thomas Awad and Brendan Shearn came in together, finishing seventh and eighth respectively in 24:12.3 and 24:12.8. Patrick Hally and Clark Shurtleff rounded out the men’s scoring as Hally was 10th (24:19.6) and Shurtleff was 12th (24:24.8). The host Princeton Tigers also had some of the men who did not make the trek to Wisconsin compete. As a team, they finished 13th overall with 315 points. Zach Albright was the #1 runner, finishing 32nd overall in 24:52.4, followed closely by teammate Charles Stahl in 34th place in 24:53.5. Jack Leahey was the third Tiger finisher as he crossed the line in 57th place in 25:10.9. Robert Stone was 86th overall in 25:30.8 while Stephen Rossettie rounded out the Tiger scoring in 131st place in 26:17.9.
The Quaker women were equally as successful in their first 6km race of the season, as they won the team title over Canada’s University of Guelph, 71 to 82 points. Princeton also had some of their women compete on their home course, finishing in 12th place with 276 points. Penn got three women in the top 10 overall – Ashley Montgomery in 4th place (21:02.6), Cleo Whiting in 8th place (21:23.5), and Clarissa Whiting in 9th place (21:26.1). Isabel Griffith was the fourth runner for the team, crossing the line in 21st place with a time of 21:47.8. The next two Ivy finishers were from the Lady Tigers, as Kathryn Little and frosh Allie Klimkiewicz finished 26th and 27th respectively. Their finishing times were 22:05.5 and 22:07.6. Abigail Hong finished as the final team scorer in 30th place in 22:10.2. Princeton’s remaining athletes finished in 73rd (frosh Alie Fordyce in 22:53.8), 83rd (frosh Taylor Bacon, 23:03.9), and 97th (Mallory Edens, 23:17.1).
Leopard Invitational (Easton, PA)
Columbia and Penn sent their B-squads to Easton, PA to participate in the Leopard Invitational on Saturday morning. Columbia swept the team titles in both the men’s and women’s competition. In the men’s 8km race, Columbia got all of their scorers in the top 10 in a spread of less than 20 seconds. Rob Napolitano led the charge, finishing second overall in 25:38.1. Ben Ritz was the next finisher, running 25:40.4 to be the third finisher across that line. Dustin Wilson and Marc Violone finished within 2 seconds of each other, with Wilson finishing 5th overall in 25:44.5 and Violone in 7th overall in 25:46.3. Dylan Tarpey was the final Lion scorer in ninth place with a time of 25:55.2. Like the men, the Lady Lions got all of their team scorers in the top 10 of the women’s 6km race. In fact, they got three runners in the top 5 – Libby Kokes (2nd in 22:14.1), Emily Krasinski (4th in 22:17.7), and Henna Rustami (5th in 22:28.4). Nell Croby was only 1 second back of Rustami, finishing 6th in 22:29.4. Samantha Siler was the final scorer in 8th place in 22:39.7.
The Penn Quakers finished third in the men’s team competition with 79 points, led by frosh Kevin Monogue with his eighth place finish in 25:53.1. Chris Luciano was Penn’s #2 for the race, crossing the line in 13th place in 26:17.6. Frosh Sam Webb finished 20th overall in 26:28.3. Keaton Naff and Kirk Webb were the final Penn scorers. Naff finished 27th overall in 26:41.9 while Webb was one position back in 26:44.7. The Lady Quakers had entries in the women’s race, but not enough needed for team scoring. Shannon McCarthy was the first Penn athlete to cross the finish line, completing the course in 23:03.3. Emily Fisher and Karli Visconto finished 15th and 16th, respectively. Fisher’s time was 23:30 while Visconto’s time was 23:37.3. Brianna Bradley was the final Penn athlete on the course, finishing 27th overall in 24:55.2.
photo by Bill Shearn