D2 Weekend Review (12/10/18)

Women's D1 and D2 recaps are also on the way!

GVSU Holiday Open


Grand Valley State's Dennis Mbuta made a statement this past weekend, throwing down an excellent time of 1:50 to take home the win. Teammate Nick Salomon, who was running unattached, also posted a strong time of 1:51.

Freshman Jonathan Groendyk (GVSU) and junior Jordan Walters (Saginaw Valley) rounded out the top four with a pair of 1:52's.


Fresh off of winning their first ever national team title, the men from GVSU went back to work this past weekend. Zach Panning ran a huge time of 13:58 to take home the win while teammate Enael Woldemichael was runner-up in 14:04. Saginaw Valley's Tom Goforth also decided to take advantage of his cross country fitness and walked away with a strong 3rd place performance in a time of 14:10.

Cornerstone's Colin De Young ran 14:13 for 4th while freshman Tanner Chada ran 14:16 to round out the top five.

There were plenty of top names in this race, but too many to name them all. In total, 17 men went under the 14:30 mark.

Colorado Running Company UCCS Invite


In case you forgot, Thomas Staines is really good.

The D2 national champion and collegiate record holder proved that he is still one of the best with a winning time of 1:51. After conversions, Staines' time becomes 1:48.

If you're a conversion skeptic, don't worry. We will almost definitely see Staines in this event later this season.

ASU Early Grizzly Open


Western Colorado's Juman Randall took to the track this past weekend and secured the win with a time of 1:54. After flat track and altitude conversions, his time becomes a 1:51.


The Adams State men were out in full force for the mile as they faced off against West Texas A&M duo. In the end, Daeschler of WTA&M would emerge as the winner, barely edging out Adams State's James Freeman. After conversions, their times read 4:09.89 to 4:09.93.

Emmanuel Too, also of West Texas A&M, was a close 3rd in a converted time of 4:10. Adams State's Ro Paschal and Dillon Beckum ran 4:12 and 4:13 (after conversions) to round out the top five.


The superstars from Adams State were back at it this weekend. Sydney Gidabuday and Elias Gedyon posted times of 8:24 and 8:28, respectively. After conversions, those times are now 7:54 and 7:58. Say what you will, but running at 7500 feet on a flat track is incredibly difficult to do. I don't have much of a problem with those times.

Adams State freshman Miguel Villar ran 8:52 for 3rd, eventually earning a converted time of 8:21.


As if the 3000 wasn't impressive enough, Gidabuday's 14:47 victory also gave him an NCAA leading conversion of 13:52. Western Colorado's Taylor Stack and Charlie Sweeney also had strong races, securing conversions of 14:13 (NCAA #10) and 14:14 (NCAA #12).

Mines Alumni Classic


Kevin Thompson's (CSM) 1:55 victory earned a conversion of 1:52 which now puts him at 8th in the NCAA.


Colorado Mines' Miller Kettle was the top collegiate in a time of 4:21. He was followed by teammate Vincent Workman was ran 4:23. After altitude conversions, those times are now 4:09.77 (NCAA lead) and 4:11.64. Look for Kettle to put himself back in contention for an All-American spot this winter.


It was an impressive showing for the three Mines' athletes entered in this race. Hoskinson, Hagen, and Julian went 1-2-3 with times of 14:50, 14:53, and 14:56. After conversions? 14:08, 14:11, and 14:14. These men are likely hungry for redemption after failing to win the national title in cross country.

Hoosier Open


After a breakout cross country season, Titus Winders of Southern Indiana continues to have major success. He ran 14:06 to finish 5th in a field stacked with D1 talent. This experience will allow him to compete with the best in 2019.

Elm City Challenge


Hugo Arlabosse of Franklin Pierce ran a strong time of 1:53 to earn the win this past weekend. His converted time of 1:51 now puts him at 4th in the D2 standings.

Mel Tjeerdsma Classic


In one of the more underrated races of the weekend, we got to see Northwest Missouri's Karim Achengli take home the win in an NCAA #8 time of 14:13. He was able to barely hold off Missouri Southern superstar Gidieon Kimutai who also ran 14:13 (NCAA #9).

The Sioux Falls duo of Mason Phillips and Zach Lundberg ran 14:17 and 14:18 while Jacob Klemz rounded out the top five with a 14:25.