Weekend Review (1/21/19) (Women)


Vanderbilt Invitational

800

On Vanderbilt’s 300 meter track, we saw the best 800 race of the weekend between two of the top runners in the nation – Middle Tennessee State’s Abike Egbeniyi and UConn’s Susan Aneno. Both demolished the previous NCAA #1 mark as they battled to sub-2:04 results. Egbeniyi narrowly beat Aneno to the line, 2:03.77 to 2:03.94. Egbeniyi is the new NCAA #1 with Aneno at NCAA #2. Both marks would have qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2018.


Behind the new NCAA leaders was a very competitive race for 3rd through 6th. That race was won by Haley Walker of Vanderbilt who finished in 2:10.42. Emma Kuntz of Furman barely edged Patience Akanwogba of Middle Tennessee State for 4th as both finished in the same time of 2:11.06. 6th place was Rylee Penn of Cincinnati in 2:11.16.


Mile

Furman went 1-2 in this race with their athletes only .01 apart at the finish. Kristlin Gear pushed ahead of Savannah Carnahan to be declared the winner in 4:47.15. That result puts Gear and Carnahan in the Top 25 in the NCAA currently.


3000

Two unattached athletes took the victory, but a number of collegians followed close behind with quality results. Ole Miss’ Madeleine King led the attached athletes with a 9:40.36 with Alabama’s Esther Gitahi in 4th at 9:42.55. Amy Ruiz and Anna Elkin of Ole Miss and Georgia Tech respectively both clocked in at 9:43, with Hana Herndon (GT), Rebecca Buteau (Alabama), and Courtney Brenner (Lipscomb) running times of 9:44, 9:45, and 9:46 to close out the sub-9:50 results.


5000

Emily Drouin of UAB was the only athlete to break 17 minutes and did so to claim a 12 second victory. Her winning time was 16:51.66.


DMR

Vanderbilt raced away from the field to earn a home victory in the 4000 meter race. They ran 11:46.23, good for NCAA #6 although that should drop out of the rankings as more teams attempt the relay in the coming weeks.


Simmons-Harvey Big Ten Invitational

800

Michigan took three of the top four spot here led by Alice Hill and Lauren Briggs only .03 apart, 2:09.96 to 2:09.99. Meg Darmofal was the other Wolverine in 4th place with a 2:10.50. Michigan State broke up the Wolverine sweep with Katie Osika running 2:10.12 for 3rd. Victoria Tachinski (Penn State) and Aziza Ayoub (Ohio State) rounded out the top six in 2:10.54 and 2:11.24 respectively. Impressively, Hill and Briggs ran their results out of separate heats.


Mile

Michigan was not done impressing as Hannah Meier raced to a 4:40.35 to send herself flying up the NCAA ranks. Meier’s time ranks NCAA #7 at the mile, but that was not the only top 10 time of the race. Michigan State’s Annie Fuller finished a second and a half behind at 4:42.04 for NCAA #8. This should be a battle to watch as they will challenge Alicia Monson for the BIG 10 mile title later this year.


Anne Forsyth of Michigan and Michigan State’s Karrigan Smith battled for 3rd with Forsyth on top at 4:47.44. Karrigan was a half second behind.


3000

Ohio State’s Julia Rizk flew to a 9:29.70 mark to take a surprise victory for the Buckeyes. She is now listed at the #11 position in the NCAA. Michigan State's Erin McDonald was 2nd in 9:33.41 with Michigan’s Kathryn House at 9:34.73. The final two spots of the top five were a tight battle as Abby Nichols of Ohio State edged Jerlayn Poe of Michigan State by .02, 9:37.03 to 9:37.05. Four other athletes broke 9:50.


Clemson Invitational

800

Gabby Crank of Texas came away with the top collegiate result of 2:04.50 PR to move into the NCAA #3 spot this season. That mark would have been NCAA #17 in 2018 and would have qualified based on scratches, but Crank will be on the bubble for NCAA qualification without a little improvement.


In 6th overall was Anna Marian Block of Georgia in 2:08.81. Clemson also came away with some good results on their home track with 5th, 7th, and 8th place finishes. Andrea Foster led them with a 2:08.74, Logan Morris finished in 2:09.59, and Imani McGowan ran 2:10.79. Combine these with Kamryn McIntosh, and Clemson could pull together a solid DMR. McIntosh was a DNF in this race.


Mile

Texas took the collegiate wins again in this race with a pair of athletes at 4:44. Alex Cruz beat teammate Destiny Collins to the line, 4:44.12 to 4:44.34. These are good for NCAA #12 and #13 for the season.


3000

Alex Cruz completed the mile/3k double with two top collegiate times as she ran away from the rest of the attached athletes. Her time of 9:38.74 completes a very impressive weekend of performances.


Larry Wieczorek Invitational

Mile

It was (mostly) the Iowa State show as Erinn Stenman-Fahey ran 4:46.60 to take the top collegiate mark. Her teammates Anne Frisbie, Karly Ackley and Cailie Logue all broke 4:50 as well in 4:48, 4:49, and 4:49. Minnesota’s Megan Hasz stepped between these groups to take the 2nd place honors in 4:47.83.


3000

Bethany Hasz opted for the longer race than her sister and it resulted in a victory as well as an NCAA #8 clocking of 9:28.85. Iowa State’s Amanda Vestri battled all the way to the line in 9:29.66 for 2nd and an NCAA #10 time. Jennie Baragar-Petrash of Arizona placed 3rd in 9:34.50 with Megan Schott of Iowa in 9:39.02. Iowa State’s Kelly Naumann placed 5th in 9:40.07. Four other athletes broke 9:50.


Samford Invite

800

Karisa Nelson has now sandwiched her main event, the mile, in the last two weekends and moves into another top five collegiate mark on the year. Nelson blew away the field to run 2:05.47 for NCAA #4. Combined with her 3k, Nelson continues to show she is a force to be reckoned with at the mile and could challenge elsewhere.


Brenda Ayuk of Kennesaw State ran 2:11.79 for 2nd.


Penn 8-Team Select

800

Ocean Breeze hosted one of the best 800 races of the weekend outside of Vanderbilt as the NCAA #5 and #6 marks were both set. Nia Akins of Penn earned the victory with her 2:05.86 while Allie Wilson of Monmouth was 2nd in 2:06.29. Both marks will need improvement to earn NCAA qualification, but forecast good results for the future.


Providence’s Millie Paladino dropped down in distance to earn 3rd in 2:08.94. Paladino, like Karisa Nelson, has yet to run a mile race this season but is positioning herself for a good there in an attempt to qualify for a 2nd year in a row. Paladino’s 800 puts her at NCAA #14 currently.


Also breaking 2:10 were Penn’s Katherine Devore and Briana Stratz of Monmouth. Devore ran 2:09.36 with Stratz at 2:09.95. Temple’s Helene Holm Gottlieb and Millie Howard finished 6th and 7th in 2:10 and 2:11.


Mile

Providence’s Brianna Ilarda pushed the pace all race to win in 4:46.81 while Grace Moore of Temple pushed from the pack to challenge. Moore came up short in catching Ilarda with a 4:48.90.


3000

Regan Rome took a solo effort victory of 9:40.65 for Providence.


Hokie Invitational

1000

Rachel Pocratsky of Virginia Tech blew away the field over five laps to win in 2:43.65. Teammates Sara Freix and Sarah Edwards were 2nd and 3rd in 2:50 and 2:52.


Mile

North Carolina State returned with a strong result as Dominique Clairmonte and Elly Henes battled to the line. Both finished in 4:38, with Clairmonte two tenths faster than Henes. Their times are NCAA #4 and NCAA #5. NCAA #6 was also present in the race from a 4:40.13 by Mackenzie Andrews of Akron.


Nevada Moreno of North Carolina State led the rest of the race, finishing with a time of 4:47.45. Kim Hallowes of Duke and Miranda Salvo of Pittsburgh ran 4:48.23 and 4:49.71, respectively.


3000

Michaela Reinhart of Duke took home a strong 13 second victory with a time of 9:38.79.


Bison Team Cup

800

Northern Iowa’s Lyndsie Schinkel ran 2:13.17 which converts to 2:11.66.


Mile

North Dakota State’s Annike Rotvold earned a 15 second victory to run 4:49.75. That converts to 4:46.91 and is now a Top 25 mark in the NCAA.


3000

Kelby Anderson of North Dakota State demolished the field en route to victory in a time of 9:28.44. Based on the flat track conversion, Anderson is now the NCAA #5 over 3000 meters with a time of 9:23.61.


Red Raider Open

800

Ersula Farrow jumped into the NCAA #1 momentarily after she crushed the field to run 2:06.90. That time was overtaken for the top spot in the nation later in the weekend and now leaves her at NCAA #7 after a slight altitude conversion pushes her to 2:06.53.


Texas A&M Triangular

800

UTEP led the way with Lilian Koech and Carolyne Chepkosgei both finishing in 2:08. Koech earned the victory in 2:08.02 with Chepkosgei right behind at 2:08.30. That’s NCAA #9 and NCAA #10 for the Miners.


Gamecock Inaugural

800

Freshman Sonja Andematten of North Florida stormed to victory on South Carolina’s beautiful new indoor track. Her time of 2:08.66 is good for NCAA #11 and beat the field by five seconds.


DMR

South Carolina claimed a relay victory in the first meet on their home track with a 11:48.77. That’s NCAA #7.


Boston University Multi-Team Meet

800

UMass Lowell freshman Isabella Giesing rocketed to a fast time of 2:09.85 to beat Boston College’s Gianna Bender who finished in 2:11.81.

2019 KU KSU WSU Triangular

800

Kansas’s Marleena Eubanks earned the flat track victory in 2:11.71 to convert down to 2:10.21


Gladstein Invitational

800

Butler’s Camille Hines took the victory in 2:11.40.


Mile

Katherine Receveur of Indiana took the victory in the mile at 4:50.55.


3000

Margaret Allen of Indiana flew to an NCAA #6 result of 9:24.08 to win by 10 seconds over teammate Bailey Hertenstein who has had a solid indoor season up to this point.


Western Michigan’s Sarah Anderson ran 9:34.80, while Oakland’s Rachel Levy won a separate heat in 9:37.77. Butler’s Josephine Thestrip ran 9:46.92 in the same heat as Allen.


Keydet Invitational

800

Cassie Mundekis of Army West Point won in 2:11.60.


1000

Norfolk State’s Martha Bissah earned a four second victory running 2:45.52 in her attempt to return to NCAA's at 800 meters. Ashley Lewis of George Mason also broke 2:50, running a time of 2:49.48. Army West Point’s Cassie Mundekis and Abby Halbrook finished 3rd and 4th at 2:50.56 and 2:52.01.


5000

Emily Mulhern won the 25 lap affair by a full minute. The VCU athlete ran 16:57.60.


Cornell Upstate Challenge

800

Christina Welzer of Cornell ran 2:13.17 which converts to 2:11.66.


Mile

Paige Stoner returned to action for Syracuse with a 4:53.15 which converted to 4:50.28.


Bowling Green State vs Toledo Dual

800

Pteronela Simiuc of Toledo won in 2:13.21 to convert to just under 2:12.


3000

Athena Welsh led the Toledo team to a 1-5 sweep with a winning time of 9:37.72. That converts down to 9:32.81 for NCAA #14, while teammate Janelle Noe ran 9:47.75 which converts to 9:42.76.


MSU Dual Invite #1

Mile

Ciera Simmons benefited from flat track and altitude conversions. After crossing the line in a time of 4:52.97, she earned a conversion of 4:43.84 to secure the #11 mark in the NCAA.


Mastodon Invitational

Mile

Emma Rafuse of Purdue Fort Wayne ran 4:50 exactly which converts to 4:47.16.


3000

Emma Rafuse earned another victory with her 9:53.99, converting to sub-9:50.


Notre Dame Invitational

1000

Mikayla Schneider of Notre Dame led teammate Kelly Hart and Rachel Hickey of Illinois State to sub 2:50 clockings. Schneider won in 2:48.62 with Hart at 2:48.68. Hickey ran 2:49.01.


Mile

Dorcas Wasike of Louisville raced to victory in 4:48.63. Maddy Denner of Notre Dame ran 4:49.28 for 2nd.


3000

Notre Dame swept the top three spots as Jacqueline Gaughan earned the victory. She ran 9:32.70 with Maddy Denner doubling from the mile in 9:35.48 for 2nd. Rachel DaDamio ran 9:38.16 for 3rd. Grace Beattie of Illinois State ran 9:40.55.


Dartmouth-Yale-Columbia

3000

Kayley DeLay earned a victory for Yale in 9:40.73 while Dartmouth’s Lauren Sapone ran 9:42.03 for 2nd. Fellow Dartmouth athlete Lillian Anderson placed 3rd in 9:46.08. Columbia’s Julia Sienski and Serena Tripodi rounded out the top five, both in 9:48.