On the blazing fast terrain of the Stanford Golf Course, David McNeill cruised the 8k course in 23:18, four seconds ahead of the Stanford triumvirate of Elliott Heath, Jake Reilly, and Chris Derrick. McNeill will be representing his native Australia in the Commonwealth Games in early October. Cal’s mutiple-time track All-American Michael Coe was 5th in 23:29, followed by the Arkansas Razorback duo of Solomon Haile and Dorian Ulrey.
The Cardinal led the way in the team scoring with 31 points. Arkansas was next with 43 points and Northern Arizona third with 125.
Stanford’s Kathy Kroeger outlasted cross-bay rival Deborah Maier from Cal by four seconds, winning the 6k race by four seconds in 20:06. Rounding out the top 5 were UCLA’s Shannon Murakami, defending champion Tara Erdmann from Loyola Marymount, and Stanford’s Georgia Griffin.
The Stanford women also won the team title with 41 points over Cal’s 86 points. The 49ers of Long Beach State were third with 127 points.
Junior Stephen Sambu from Arizona had a convincing individual win, winning the race by nearly 20 seconds in 23:40. New Mexico’s Nicholas Kipruto was second, followed by Miles Batty from BYU and NC State’s Ryan Hill.
The team competition was the story on the men’s side as Duke and their 83 points outlasted NC State (92)
and New Mexico (93). Led by their top runner Bo Waggoner, the Blue Devils also had strong showings from their #4 and #5 men James Kostelnik and Ryan McDermott. Their depth gave them the edge over the Wolfpack and Lobos who relied on their low-scoring frontrunners.
Freshman Laura Hoer from NC State was the surprise winner of the Jack Johnson women’s gold race, running 20:38.4, the third fastest time in Griak meet history. Given her good but not spectacular high school PR’s of 4:57 and 10:37, it appears that she has made tremendous strides under the training of coach Laurie Henes. Just behind Hoer was Minnesota’s Stephanie Price. Rounding out the top five were Toledo junior Ariana Fisher, sophomore Alphine Tuliamuk from Iowa State, and Providence sophomore Shelby Greany.
The Arizona Wildcats had a very strong showing to win the team title with 76 points. Led by sophomore Jennifer Bergman, all of their four top runners were between 11th and 15th place and only had a 19 second spread between their #1 and #5 runners. New Mexico was second with 102 points and Iowa State finished in third with 113.
Oklahoma State junior Girma Mecheso took the lead from the gun and ran to a 20 second victory over Kennedy Kithuka of Wayland Baptist University. Taking third and fourth were Silas Kisorio from Oklahoma Christian and Abilene Christian’s Amos Sang. The OSU trio of Colby Lowe, German Fernandez, and Tom Farrell were next as the three ran a hard tempo effort.
The Cowboys dominated the team scoring with 28 points. The Michigan Wolverines were second with 110 and Wayland Baptist was third with 143 points.
OSU’s Mihaela Susa ran with a team pack for the early portions of the race before taking off and catching leaders Sydney Messick of Kansas State and Agnes Kemboi of TCU to claim the win at her home meet. A pack of Oklahoma State runners Victoria Fratczak, Natalja Piluisina, and Felicity Milton came through the fourth through sixth spots.
The Cowgirls took the team competition with 25 points, defeating Big 12 conference rival Kansas State, who scored 47 points. Pittsburg State was third with 142 points. The OSU women’s squad has made tremendous improvements since Dave Smith took over the female program last year. Look for them to continue their progression in coming meets.