D3 Regionals Preview (Women)


Graphic by Logan French

Atlantic, Central, Great Lakes, and Mideast written by Brett Haffner

Midwest, New England, South, and West written by Hannah Thorn


Atlantic

The women of SUNY Geneseo have been looking solid all year and they highlight this region. They are headed by superstar Genny Corcoran (TSR #1) who hasn’t lost a race all season. There shouldn’t be much of a challenge for her up front.


Looking at the rest of their scorers, the only issue for this team is their very large split. It was 109 seconds at Paul Short, 155 seconds at Rowan, and 89 seconds at their conference meet. While this is mainly due in part to Corcoran’s evident talent, if they can continue to shrink down that spread, then the Knights could do some unexpected damage over the next two weeks.


Another team that could fare well in this region is Rochester (N.Y). They took a solid 3rd at the UAA Championships with a 38 second spread. They defeated regional opponents Ithaca, RIT, and St. Lawrence earlier this year, albeit having a 64 second spread. If they can utilize their pack as they did at conference, they should contend to finish in the top two.


The next five teams all hail from the Liberty League: RPI (1st), Ithaca (2nd), Vassar (3rd), RIT (4th), and St. Lawrence (5th). There was only 51 points separating these five teams at their conference meet. In particular, RPI’s conference title was a good extension of the season they are having so far: they took 4th at Purple Valley, and 5th at the Connecticut College Invite; both very competitive meets.


Individually, this will be Genny Corcoran’s race. Nobody has come too close to her this season; she has been the dominant force of the East Coast. However, Parley Hannan (TSR #4) has been running very well this season. The only person she has lost to thus far is Corcoran, and she has been running some quick times these last few races. Be sure to look out for her these next two weeks.


Predictions

Teams

1. SUNY Geneseo

2. Ithaca

3. Rochester (N.Y.)

4. RPI

5. RIT


Individuals

1. Genny Corcoran (SUNY Geneseo)

2. Parley Hannan (Ithaca)

3. Siena Moran (NYU)

4. Keara Ginell (Vassar)

5. Mariellen Penzer (SUNY Geneseo)

6. Hannah Weppner (RIT)

7. Ashley Walker (St. Lawrence)

8. Katie Cobos (RIT)

9. Maggie Bond (RPI)

10. Autumn Grim (RPI)


Central

The Carleton women destroyed their conference meet, winning with a mere 25 points. Amanda Mosborg and Clara Mayfield have been a strong 1-2 duo all year, and they will provide the Knights with some low points over the next two weeks. They took 4th earlier this season at the Connecticut College Invite, right behind some formidable Eastern competitors. Rolling off of their momentum from conference, they should be ready to defend their regional title.


They won’t have it easy though, as the Wartburg women should provide some formidable competition. They took 4th at KollegeTown, and had a good win over Luther and Loras in the American Rivers Conference meet. Carina Collet is a strong low-stick, and should be competing for the win. With a strong 2-3-4-5, they have a shot against Carleton with a great day. Even if not, they’ll likely end up in the top two.


St. Thomas and St. Olaf had a close battle for runner-up at MIAC, with St. Thomas taking the edge, 68 to 79. These two teams function very differently. The Oles have a low-stick in Bryony Hawgood, while the Tommies have a very strong pack. The Tommies had a staggering 12 second sprea at MIAC, with their #6 runner only 10 seconds back. If they can keep their pack that tight this weekend, who knows how close they could get to Carleton and Wartburg.


There’s a lot of names that could vie for the individual crown. Collet and Kassie Rosenbum of Loras have seen each other a few times this season. Mosborg and Mayfield of Carleton, as well as Hawgood of Olaf should be right there. This is one of the harder regions to predict a winner as it could be a tossup.


Predictions

Teams

1. Carleton

2. Wartburg

3. St. Olaf

4. St. Thomas (Minn.)

5. Luther


Individuals

1. Carina Collet (Wartburg)

2. Kassie Rosenbum (Loras)

3. Amanda Mosborg (Carleton)

4. Bryony Hawgood (St. Olaf)

5. Clara Mayfield (Carleton)

6. Tierney Winter (Gustavus Adolphus)

7. Helen Dolan (Hamline)

8. Audrey Miller (Loras)

9. Sophia Maag (Carleton)

10. Aubrie Fisher (Wartburg)


Great Lakes

After winning their home Inter-Regional Rumble, the Oberlin women showed that they’re the real deal in the Great Lakes region. They took nice wins over regional foes John Carroll and Baldwin Wallace by good margins. They also took a good win at the NCAC meet, continuing some positive momentum. If they can roll off of those last two performances, they’ll be the team to beat.


At OAC’s, John Carroll and Baldwin Wallace had a very tight battle, with the former taking the edge, 41 to 49. In the larger Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble, these two teams were only separated by 35 points, and Baldwin Wallace seems to be bridging that gap with their conference performance. These two teams should put up a good fight against each other.


Hope College took a nice win over regional foes Trine and Calvin in the MIAAC (Michigan), 32 to 49 to 54. Their freshman low-stick Anastasia Tucker has been a solid option this year, competing well against some of D3’s best. The team’s split behind Tucker was 58 seconds at MIAAC's and if Tucker is up at the front - and they keep a similar or better split - then they could be fighting for a potential top two finish.


Evie Bultemyer of Trine has been on a roll the past few meets. She’s defeated studs Tucker and Kassie Rosenbum in two of her last races. She should be right up there in competing for the title. Tucker isn’t one to be counted out though as she’s competed well against solid competition this year, even as only a freshman. Those two should have another good battle this weekend.


Predictions

Teams

1. Oberlin

2. John Carroll

3. Baldwin Wallace

4. Hope

5. Kenyon


Individuals

1. Evie Bultemeyer (Trine)

2. Anastasia Tucker (Hope)

3. Michelle Koetje (Calvin)

4. Kelly Brennan (Baldwin Wallace)

5. Oona Jung-Beeman (Oberlin)

6. Sydney Jenko (John Carroll)

7. Michelle Koetje (Calvin)

8. Marija Crook (Oberlin)

9. Cameron Bujuaucius (John Carroll)

10. Madison Kile (Baldwin Wallace)


Mideast

As anyone who knows D3 cross country should know, the Johns Hopkins women are good...really, really good. They’ve been the national favorite all year, and this regional meet is just another day to strut their stuff.


Rebecca Grusby, Sam Levy, Therese Olshanski, Ariel Keklak, and Kristin Meek make up a devastating top five. They have the potential to have their entire top five be All-Americans next week. This regional race is just another stepping stone for them on the road to Louisville. It would be shocking if they didn’t win the regional.


There is one more team in this region that has put together a really impressive season: Dickinson. They’ve taken 2nd behind the Blue Jays in their last two meets at Rowan and the Centennial Conference Championship. Their top trio of Isabel Cardi, Sarah House, and Tessa Cassidy has been very impressive, with Cardi beating all of the Blue Jays, while House and Cassidy can mix it up with their pack. They’ve faced this tough foe in Johns Hopkins many times, but they have held their own very well, and should continue to do so.


Individually, this could be a near repeat of the Centennial Conference Championships: it should boil down to the trio of Dickinson versus the mega-pack of Johns Hopkins. Cardi has been looking very strong in her efforts thus far, and a win would bode very well for her.


Predictions

Teams

1. Johns Hopkins

2. Dickinson

3. Carnegie Mellon

4. Swarthmore

5. Messiah


Individuals

1. Isabel Cardi (Dickinson)

2. Rebecca Grusby (Johns Hopkins)

3. Sam Levy (Johns Hopkins)

4. Therese Olshanski (Johns Hopkins)

5. Sarah House (Dickinson)

6. Abigail Levine (Carnegie Mellon)

7. Ariel Keklak (Johns Hopkins)

8. Tessa Cassidy (Dickinson)

9. Leanne Weaver (Messiah)

10. Arielle Summit (Johns Hopkins)


Midwest

Oshkosh, Wisconsin will see the best of the UAA and the WIAC face off this Saturday.

Representing the UAA, Wash U. should take the team title. They have Paige Lawler (TSR #2) who, after a late start, has been impressive so far this season. At her conference meet, she led a trio of Bears to the top three spots and the team title. Their spread at their conference meet between their bottom four scorers was 19 seconds. Their #6 runner was only six seconds behind which gives them good insurance in case a runner has an off day.


Wash U. has national title hopes in the individual and team race. Regionals should help cement them as favorites coming into Louisville.


U. of Chicago was 2nd at the UAA Championships, losing 24 to 53 to Wash U. They have the firepower up-front to compete with most teams with Claire Brockway and Maggie Boudreau leading the way. However, Wash U. is not like most teams. In this case, Chicago’s backend of their lineup was just too far behind to compete with Wash U. While it was only a spread of 30 seconds, it was just not enough to beat Wash U. This weekend, that small spread should be more than enough to grab them an automatic qualifier to Nationals.


A team that hopes to play spoiler is WIAC champ UW-Eau Claire. They are led by WIAC champion Lexie Tremble. She has been having a great year, placing 5th at Kollegetown and her experience at this regional meet (and the Oshkosh course) should pay off. Eau Claire has a solid #2 option in Emma Drangstveit and a solid pack at 3-4-5. Where they could face trouble is if someone has an off day, their #6 runner was 30 seconds back at their conference meet.


WIAC foe UW-La Crosse is hoping to avenge their loss at their conference meet and beat Eau Claire. They are led by duo Maddie Hannan and Rachel Jeffers. They are set up pretty similarly to Eau Claire where they have two front-runners and a nice pack at 3-4-5. What benefits La Crosse is their depth. Unlike Eau Claire, if someone has an off day for the Eagles, they have two runners right there to stop the scores from running too high. This could be an advantage come Saturday.


For the 5th spot, it was a toss up between Wheaton, North Central, and Oshkosh. They will all be fighting for an at-large bid out of this tough regional meet.


Predictions

Teams

1. Wash U.

2. U. of Chicago

3. UW-Eau Claire

4. UW-La Crosse

5. Wheaton


Individuals

1. Paige Lawler (Wash U.)

2. Lexie Tremble (Eau Claire)

3. Sophie Watterson (Wash U.)

4. Claire Brockway (Chicago)

5. Maggie Boudreau (Chicago)

6. Megan Girmscheid (Wash U.)

7. Emma Drangstveit (Eau Claire)

8. Maddie Hannan (La Crosse)

9. Rachel Jeffers (La Crosse)

10. Katie Snodgrass (Wash U.)


New England

This should be an exciting region as the individual race features six of the top runners in the country.


One of the best runners in the country is TSR #6 Izzi Gengaro who has been having a breakout year. She led the women of MIT to a NEWMAC conference title, scoring only 19 points in the process. MIT has the low-scoring potency of Gengaro and a relatively small spread, which bodes well for them in their chase for a regional title.


Two more individuals that hope to compete with Gengaro are Eva Borton and Sarah Tully from Williams. They were at the competitive NESCAC conference meet and placed 4th and 7th, respectively. Williams has a better chance at the team title than the individual title in this region. They won the NESCAC conference 58 to 90 over Tufts. Take out Borton’s amazing finish and they have a 38 second gap between runners 2-3-4-5. This looks promising as Williams looks to nab that regional title.


One of the best duos will also be racing in this regional. TSR #15 Danielle Page and Sabrina Gornisiewicz for Tufts have been awesome this year, which is unusual as Page is a sophomore and it’s Gornisiewicz first year racing cross country. They have consistently placed next to each other and have been in the top 10 of every race this season. While that seems great for the team, the bad news is that runners 3-4-5 tend to finish well over a minute behind them. That is not ideal. Tufts would have to cut that spread significantly to have a chance at the regional title.


Another runner who has a chance at the individual title is Sophia Gorman from Colby. She was 11th at Nationals last year and has looked even better this year. She won the NESCAC conference title in 21:40 after shrugging Page off with about a kilometer to go. Colby’s team chances aren’t great, but it should be a great battle with Gorman and Gengaro for the individual title.


The last duo that could make an impact at this meet is TSR #3 Kaitlyn Mooney and TSR #14 Laurel Felt. The good news is that they are both very talented and have run so well all season. The bad news is that we have not seen Mooney race since the Bowdoin Invitational at the end of September and Felt since the Rowan Inter-Regional Border battle a month ago. We don’t know if it is injuries or if they are just resting, but we hope that they compete this weekend.


As for teams Bates, Middlebury, and Bowdoin will all be vying for at-large bids. They finished 3rd, 4th, and 5th and the NESCAC meet so they are very familiar with each other.


Predictions

Teams

1. MIT

2. Williams

3. Tufts

4. Bates

5. Middlebury


Individuals

1. Kaitlyn Mooney (Coast Guard)

2. Izzi Gengaro (Ithaca)

3. Sophia Gorman (Colby)

4. Laurel Felt (Coast Guard)

5. Danielle Page (Tufts)

6. Sabrina Gornisiewicz (Tufts)

7. Eva Borton (Williams)

8. Sarah Tully (Williams)

9. Meredith Cronin (Connecticut College)

10. Katie Bacher (MIT)


South/Southeast

Washington and Lee should lock this team title up. They scored 20 points to win the ODAC team title. They swept the first three spots with Sara Stephenson, Julia Moody, and Katie Harris. 38 seconds after Stephenson finished, their #5 runner came across the line. If anything, they could tighten that up, but it will most likely win them this region.


Emory is a team that could challenge. They are led by title hopeful Susie Martin. Martin placed 9th at the tough UAA Championships and led Emory to a 5th place finish. What hindered Emory is that the rest of their runners placed 27-30-33-41. They should get a boost by having Martin place high once again, but to secure that automatic bid they are going to want the rest of their runners to move up.


Centre, Lynchburg, and Christopher Newport could all challenge for that 3rd spot. In a region that normally does not receive that many at large bids, that 3rd spot could be crucial. Centre will be relying on Alison Anderson to provide a key low-stick after winning the SAACC conference. Lynchbury will be relying on Stephanie Burnett to do the same after finishing 4th at the ODAC conference meet. On the other side of the coin, Christopher Newport will be hoping that their pack-running can help get them that 3rd place spot.


Predictions

Teams

1. Washington and Lee

2. Emory

3. Centre

4. Lynchburg

5. Christopher Newport


Individuals

1. Susie Martin (Emory)

2. Alison Anderson (Centre)

3. Jill Westman (Southern Virginia)

4. Sara Stephenson (Washington and Lee)

5. Julia Moody (Washington and Lee)

6. Alyssa Fowler (Berry)

7. Jordan Juran (Trinity)

8. Katie Harris (Washington and Lee)

9. Stephanie Burnett (Lynchburg)

10. Katie Bearup (Washington and Lee)

West

In the West, much like on the mens side, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona Pitzer will be the top two.


CMS gets the nod here because they edged out Pomona Pitzer 37 to 64 at their conference meet. They are led by Riley Harmon who placed 3rd at the SCIAC conference meet behind two PP runners. CMS was able to pull out the win as the next eight runners from their team finished ahead of the next PP runner. This is their region to lose.


Pomona Pitzer have a star in LIla Cardillo and a good 2nd runner in Helen Guo. Their issue lies in the back half of their line up. Their #5 scorer was two minutes behind Guo. That gap will rack up the points in larger meets like Regionals and Nationals. Lucky for the Saghens, their team is made up of three freshmen, two sophomores, and one senior. This race will provide some valuable experience that could benefit in the coming years.


Occidental was 3rd in this race behind Sabrina Thurber’s 4th place finish. Not a bad finish for Occidental, but I just can’t see them beating CMS and PP. If Thurber has a good day, she could qualify as an individual for Nationals.


UC-Santa Cruz and Whitman are two more teams that could round out the top five, but since the West is a weaker region, their chance to receive an at-large bid is low. If they want to go to Nationals, they will want to place in the top two or three.


Predictions

Teams

1. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps

2. Pomona Pitzer

3. Occidental

4. UC-Santa Cruz

5. Whitman


Individuals

1. Lila Cardillo (Pomona Pitzer)

2. Whitney Rich (Whitman)

3. Helen Guo (Pomona Pitzer)

4. Riley Harmon (CMS)

5. Sabrina Thurber (Occidental)

6. Maria Ramirez (Redlands)

7. Dulcie Jones (CMS)

8. Abby Johnson (CMS)

9. Sophie Gitlin (CMS)

10. Becky George (Whitman)