NCAA XC Underway for 2012

NCAA XC Gets Underway


To quote the legendary Colorado coach Mark Wetmore’s summary of this past weekend, ‘this is the beginning of the end of summer.’ Cross country teams across the nation are now a couple of weeks into fall training, classes have resumed, and the start of September signals the beginning of the racing season. Whilst the big regular season meets are still a month away, the next few weeks offer the chance to for athletes dust off the cobwebs or for new recruits, there is the opportunity to gently ease their way into collegiate competition. There were a handful of British and Irish athletes competing over the weekend.

UAB senior Sarah Hudak was the only British winner this weekend. She took top honours in the Alabama Opener, completing the 3k course in 10.47. Irishman Shane Quinn comfortably won his Providence v New Hampshire dual meet, finishing 30 seconds clear of Brit Jonathan Hopkins.

There was also a one off return to collegiate competition from one of your contributors. John Beattie ‘ran with the buffaloes’ for most of the way before pulling away in the final mile to win the CU Open in Boulder.

2012 Alabama XC Opener
1 Hudak, Sarah SR-4 UAB 10:47.0
15 Leybourne, Kristie SO-2 UAB 11:44.1
Memphis Twilight XC Classic
8 Ashbee-Simmonds, Abbie    FR Murray State Univ.    19:03.93
9 Lingley, Louisa           SR Univ.of Memphis  19.06.24
Troy Trojan Invitational
9 Wilson, Ronny                South Alabama         30:03.46
Whitman Invite
2 Atkin, Sam                   Lewis-Clark St.                26:57.50
Belmont- Vanderbilt  XC Opener
58 Gibson, Kurtis          Belmont                  16:55.20
Covered Bridge Open XC Meet
4    Breandan O’Neill FSU 25:23.9
18    David Forrester FSU 26:08.0
Drake Bulldog 4K Classic
7. Ejiro Okoro, IOWA STATE, 15:32
34  MICHELLE ALLEN              16:09.0  DEPAUL UNIVERSITY
2012 Lobo Cross Country Invitational
3  Moultrie, Josephine             U N M                         18:26.0
SSU Invitational
5 John-Paul Williamson Lindsey Wilson FR 27:23:00
1 Quinn Shane PC 18:26.0
2 Hopkins Jon PC 18:56.6
3 Connor Ben PC 19:06.8
Virginia Tech Alumni Open
13   Fouhy, Vicky                    Virginia                     14:34.34

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