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PreNats and Kennedy Kithuka – NCAA XC Round-up

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This week saw arguably the best weekend of NCAA XC this year to date. As we have already covered in our review of Friday’s Wisconsin Invitational, Matt Gillespie took it to the rest of the NCAA (minus Arizona’s Lalang and Sambu) with a 23:25 clocking, good enough to take 3rd. As a result, he is our athlete of the week.

Watch more video of 2012 Wisconsin XC Invitational on flotrack.org

Pre-Nationals (PreNats) also took place this week. Taking part on Louisville’s XC course like its parent event, there were some great performances, led home by Butler’s Katie Clark (pictured) and McNeese’s David Rooney on the women’s and men’s side respectively. On the men’s side Colorado Buffaloes rekindled the flame of Whetmore’s 2006 Buffaloes with a low score of 72, a mere 50 points clear of outside team title contenders BYU. Colorado head coach, Mark Whetmore, remains the only NCAA coach to have claimed both teams titles, and both individuals titles over the country.

Tulsa’s Chris O’Hare was rested after his win at Notre Dame. Andy Heyes took up O’Hares mantel with a 14th place finish. Tulsa true freshman Marc Scott clocked 24:22 and is certainly one of the quickest true freshman that Britain has produced in recent years. The girls were led home by Clark, now in her Junior year, and must be well positioned going into Butler’s new conference, the Atlantic 10.

Away from Lousiville, Tom Farrell completed a solid comeback from his Olympic ending injury in the Arkansas’ Chile Pepper Invitational.  Perhaps the most incredible run of the weekend was the winner of that race, Kenyan’s Kennedy Kithuka running an incredible 28:53 to win by over a minute from the OSU pack. He is now surely a massive shout for the individual title in November. He has transferred from Wayland Baptist to Texas Tech. We don’t usually place a focus on non-BritIrish athletes, but the sheer class of this has projected him to cult status at trackbound Towers.

PreNats
Mens 8KM
7 23:20 David Rooney McNeese
15 23:42 Andy Heyes Tulsa
17 23:45 Breandan O’Neill FSU
45 24:00 Harry Ellis Butler
74 24:15 Sam Stabler Lamar
89 24:22 Marc Scott Tulsa
93 24:25 Tom Anderson Butler
102 24:30 Joe Wade Lamar
103 24:30 Ross Clarke Butler
108 24:33 Alex Bruce-Littlewood McNeese
125 24:39 Dan Cliffe McNeese
132 24:43 Chris Jones Lamar
178 25:05 Stu Huntington Lamar
201 25:16 Tomas Cotter Wichita State
219 25:30 Zak Seddon FSU
220 25:31 Stephen Kerr McNeese
Women’s 6KM A
11 20:14 Katie Clark Butler
63 21:10 Georgia Peel FSU
70 21:16 Kirsty Legg Butler
Women’s 6KM B
42 22:13 Claire Miles Lamar
44 22:15 Rebecca Gough Lamar
66 22:30 Louisa Lingley Memphis
Blue Ridge Open, Boone, NC
76 26:17 Kurtis Gibson Belmont
Bradley Classic, Preoria, Il
MEN
11 24:46 Liam Markham Illinois (UNATT)
14 24:53 Luke Carroll Illinois
WOMEN
1 20:40 Sarah Hudak UAB
4 20:58 Elinor Kirk UAB
14 21:38 Kate Brown UAB
117 23:05 Kristie Leybourne UAB
182 24:25 Michelle Allen DePaul
Willmington Classic, Willimgton, OH
22 25:52 John Paul Williamson Lindsey Wilson College
Chile Pepper Festival, Fayetville, Ar
MEN
12 30:41 Thomas Farrell Oklahoma State
WOMEN
30 22:03 Jo Adams North Texas
53 22:27 Fionnuala Ross McNeese State Uni
143 23:41 Amy Talbot McNeese State Uni
Choctaw Open, Clinton, MI
2 26:08 Ronny Wilson South Alabama
Crimson Classic, Tuscaloosa, Al
5 25:37 Robbie Farnham-Rose Alabama
47 27:03 Andrew Monaghan Mississippi State
65 27:33 Patrick Monaghan Mississippi State
Inland Empire Championships, Lewiston ID
19 25:35 Sam Atkin Lewis-Clarke State
Princeton Invitational
MEN
4 24:20 Kieran Clements Iona
WOMEN
19 22:08 Lorraine McCarty Stony Brook
47 22:42 Molly Renfer Harvard

 

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