British and Irish NCAA D1 XC Championships 2015 results.

New Mexico deliver, Marc Scott 10th


The 2015 NCAA Cross Country season concluded today in Kentucky, with New Mexico living up to their billing and the wait for a British male winner continues.

Such was the level of favouritism thrown on the New Mexico ladies, the questions asked pre-race were not so much whether they would win, but more how low could the team total be? The answer to that was an incredible 49 points -the third lowest women’s winning score ever and the lowest for 33 years. Amazingly, four of the scoring five athlete were British and all finished comfortably inside the All-American cut off of 40th. It is also fitting that the coach at the heart of this success is a man who has for many years been a major recruiter of British athletes, both at New Mexico and previously at Butler – Joe Franklin has certainly done a superb job.

In terms of the athlete personnel involved, it was always going to be difficult to predict a finishing order but Alice Wright was today the first Brit, coming home in an excellent 5th place. She was backed up by Rhona Auckland (13th) and Calli Thackery (15th), and not to be forgotten was Molly Renfer in 24th. Such has been her improvement since transferring from Harvard at the start of the year, that this was in her senior year her first appearance at an NCAA cross.

The highest placing non New Mexico was Sarah Collins (20th – Providence). The seasoned campaigner now becomes a three time cross country All-American, with previous finishes of 10th and 39th in 2012 and 2013 respectively.

On the men’s side, we talked in our preview that there could possibly have been a British winner in the form of Marc Scott. The Tulsa man went with the leaders with what was a brutally fast early pace of 5.39 through 2k which is sub 28.20 10,000m pace, though this quickly strung the field out and in the end the class of now three time champion Edward Cheserek was just too much for the rest to handle. Scott showed great resolve and strength to remain in contention, finishing 10th and managing to hold off some of the fast finishers who didn’t follow the early pace. The only other British All-American was also a Tulsa athlete – Luke Traynor. Always in the top 40 throughout the race, Traynor ended an excellent first semester in the US with a 34th place and All-American accolade to match.

Full known British and Irish results are below, with All-Americans highlighted in bold font. As ever, we welcome notifications of any omissions. We will be publishing our end of season awards this week as well as keeping an eye out for any who decide to cross the Atlantic for a crack at the British European Cross trials. Perhaps the selectors should just send New Mexico?

5 19:53.1 Alice Wright New Mexico
13 20:07.1 Rhona Auckland New Mexico
15 20:07.3 Calli Thackery New Mexico
20 20:11.2 Sarah Collins Providence
24 20:17.5 Molly Renfer New Mexico
50 20:32.3 Rhianwedd Price Mississippi State
58 20:35.6 Elizabeth Bird Princeton
92 20:47.4 Iona Lake Virginia
113 20:56.7 Siofra Cleirigh Buttner Villanova
118 20:58.9 Charlotte Taylor San Francisco
123 21:00.4 Sarah Astin Virginia
128 21:02.5 Verity Ockenden Lamar
144 21:10.8 Stacie Taylor Tulsa
10 30:02.6 Marc Scott Tulsa
34 30:22.3 Luke Traynor Tulsa
58 30:39.7 Kieran Clements Iona
61 30:41.0 Kevin Dooney Yale
68 30:42.6 Sean Tobin Mississippi
93 30:54.2 Michael Vennard Boise State
110 31:02.4 Liam Dee Iona
120 31:08.5 Rhys Park Boise State
141 31:19.2 Zak Seddon Florida State
157 31:30.6 Neil Gourley Virginia Tech
162 31:32.0 Jack Goodwin Florida State
173 31:38.5 Jamaine Coleman Eastern Ventucky
176 31:40.7 Alex George Arkansas

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