And here it is – our final recap post for this loaded weekend (if you missed parts 1 and 2, check them out here and here). This final one will include Friday’s Rothenberg Run, and Saturday’s Pre-Nationals Invitational and Canisius Invitational. A number of the Ivy A-teams were out in Louisville for the Pre-Nationals races, but the Rothenberg and Canisius Invitationals can help determine who can make the travel roster for HepsXC, which is less than two weeks away.
And speaking of HepsXC, we have had 145 people confirm that they will be trekking to Van Cortlandt Park on 10/30 (some of them are the athletes themselves, but a lot of them are HepsNation fans and family members). Are you going to be in the NYC area for Halloween weekend, or can make the trip? Let us know and feel free to communicate with others on the board on what alumni or team gatherings are going to take place.
Rothenberg Run (Warwick, RI) – Nell Smith
Brown hosted the 33rd annual Rothenberg Run on Friday afternoon at Goddard State Park in Warwick, RI. The Brown Bears raced their B-squads against Harvard and Dartmouth (who also ran their B-teams), Rhode Island, Stony Brook, Connecticut, Vermont and Hofstra. The Brown women earned another title on their home course with 43 points for first place, while Dartmouth finished sixth with 131 points. The Harvard women did not enter enough women for team scoring. In the men’s race, Dartmouth was the top Ivy team with their third place finish (100 points), followed by Harvard in fifth place (109 points), while the Brown placed sixth (146 points).
The first finisher for Brown was sophomore Clare Peabody who took second in the 5-kilometer run with a time of 17:39.9, just two seconds behind winner Stony Brook junior Elizabeth Caldwell. Teammate Quinn Bornstein did not trail the top three finishers by much, her 17:44.1 was good for a fourth place finish in a field of over 60 runners. Senior Charlotte Walmsley, the next finisher for Brown, ran a 17:51.6 to place eighth. The next Ivy finisher, Harvard junior Madeleine Ankhelyi ran 17:53.3 for 11th. Brown freshman Lucy Srour and sophomore Alexis Van Pernis finished the race within four seconds of each other for 15th (18:08.9) and 16th (18:15.5) respectively. Dartmouth freshman Grace Thompson ran 18:17.9 to rank among the top 20 athletes to cross the finish line.
In the men’s race, Dartmouth freshman Alexander Kushen ran the 8-kilometer course with the fastest Ivy time of the day (25:14.3) to finish sixth overall. Junior and sophomore teammates from Brown, Luke Muzikowski and Andrew Foerder, had a close finish claiming 12th (25:35.0) and 13th (25:35.5) respectively. Harvard freshman Samuel Oh was the 16th finisher in 25:38.4. Dartmouth’s sophomore duo Miles Irish and Will Shafer took 21st and 22nd, Irish posted 25:46.1 and Shafer ran 25:47.2.
D1 Pre-Nationals (Louisville, KY) – Rachel Sorna
This past weekend several squads made the trip to the D1 Pre-National Meet held at the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Competing against some of the top ranked teams and individuals in the country, the Ivy League teams put forth solid efforts and, more importantly, gained valuable experience on the course that will decide fates come mid-November.
In the men’s Red 8km race, Cornell senior Ben Rainero continued his phenomenal season with an outstanding 11th place finish. After running with the chase pack for the majority of the race, Rainero once again demonstrated great strength and poise as he closed well to cross the line in 23:32.8. The next Heps athlete to cross the line was Yale junior James Randon, whose time of 23:50.9 earned him a solid 38th place finish. He was followed by teammate Kevin Dooney, who finished 54th with a time of 24:01.1. Rounding out the top 100 athletes was a pair of Cornellians – sophomore Dominic DeLuca (90th, 24:16.1) and senior Brian Eimstad (95th, 24:17.3). In the team battle, the Cornell men finished 14th with 455 points while Yale took 19th with 509 points in the Red race. Brown also sent their men down to compete in Louisville, but they were entered in the smaller Black 8km race where the team finished 3rd in the team competition with 198 points behind Liberty (159 points) and UC Davis (172 points). Brown’s top runner was freshman Eli Moskowitz who finished 14th overall in 24:22.1. Teammates Will Sheeran, Stephen Bourguet, and frosh Franco Martins joined Moskowitz in the top 50, as they finished 36th (24:49.3), 45th (24:56.7), and 47th (24:58.2) respectively.
On the women’s side, Brown sophomore Natalie Schudrowitz led the League in equally dominating fashion as Rainero. Hanging with the lead pack throughout the race, Schudrowitz showed she is a forced to be reckoned with as she nabbed 7th with an impressive time of 20:09.7 on the Red 6km course. Two seconds behind her in 8th place was former Columbia runner Waverly Neer, who is now Oregon University’s top runner. Next in was Cornell junior Taylor Spillane with her time of 20:40.4, good for 40th place. Not too far back came Yale’s 1-2 punch – junior Frances Scmiede (57th, 20:52.4) and sophomore Dana Klein (61st, 20:54.0). Also finishing in the top third of the field were Brown junior Taylor Worthy (84th, 21:02.8) and Cornell senior Caroline Kellner (100th, 21:09.0). In the team race, Yale came out on top with 474 points and a 14th place showing. They were followed by Brown in 18th with 531 and Cornell in 22nd with 600.
Canisius Alumni Classic (Buffalo, NY) – Rachel Sorna
Back in New York, the remainder of the Cornell teams headed to Canisius College to take part in the Alumni Classic. In the men’s 8km race, Cornell used a tight 10 second scoring spread to take the team title in a convincing 25 points over host team Canisuis. Juniors Mark Tedder (3rd, 25:07.1) and Zach Israel (4th, 25:09.9) led the way for the Big Red. They were followed closely by seniors Ty Kawalec (5th, 25:12.7) and Sam Baxter (6th, 25:14.1). Closing out the scorers was freshman Tyler Fischer (7th, 25:17.9).
In the women’s 5km race, Cornell put on an equally impressive performance by placing 6 in the top 10 and 11 in the top 20. The Big Red was led by overall race winner sophomore Jackie Katzman, who crossed the finish line in a time of 18:05.2. Not far behind were senior Kristin Niedrach, whose time of 18:10.6 earned her 3rd place, and freshman Blair Brumley, who nabbed 4th with a time of 18:18.3. Rounding out the Big Red scorers were freshman Annie Taylor (6th, 18:26.7) and sophomore Leah Triller (7th, 18:27.2). The Big Red combined for a total of 21 points to take the team title. The photo above is of the Cornell women at the starting line for this race.
photo by Genna Hartung