BIG EAST Cross Country Notebook- Oct. 22

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Most BIG EAST teams competed in their final regular-season meets of the year last week, as teams prepare for the BIG EAST Championships Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y. Almost every team competed last weekend in preparation for the postseason, and the final Athlete of the Week awards were handed down by the conference. Just four teams will compete this weekend, with most squads resting up for the races at Jamesville Beach Park.
 
Where they will be this weekend...
Men:
John Reif Memorial: Syracuse
Florida Southern Invitational: USF
CCSU Meet: Providence
Idle: Cincinnati, Connecticut, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Villanova.
 
Women:
John Reif Memorial: Syracuse
Florida Southern Invitational: USF
CCSU Meet: Connecticut Providence
Idle: Cincinnati, DePaul, Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, West Virginia.
 
Cincinnati: Junior Eric Finan placed 13th with a time of 23:59.50 to lead the Cincinnati men to a 25th-place finish at Pre-Nationals on Oct. 16. The meet took place at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Family Sports Center. Junior Tommy Morgan cross the line second for UC, taking 80th with a time of 24:50.90.
 
On the women's side, junior Michele McKenney was the top finisher for the Bearcats in 107th-place. She navigated the 6k course in 21:53.30, while junior Lilian Jelimo finished 118th with a time of 21:58.40. The women finished 35th as a team.
 
Both teams next compete in the BIG EAST Championships in Jamesville, N.Y., on Oct. 30.
 
Connecticut: The Connecticut men claimed first at the Connecticut College Invitational for the first time this season. The Huskies finished with 59 points thanks to four runners finishing in the top 10. Sophomore Nick Aguila paced the Huskies for the third race this year, finishing third in a time of 25:43.
 
Senior Brittany Heninger led a small contingent at the Rothenberg Invitational on the women's side, placing 25th with a time of 18:45.70 in the 5k course. The Huskies sent five runners, all finishing 16 seconds apart. Junior Christine Vogel finished 26th with a time of 18:51.80.
 
The Connecticut men are next at the BIG EAST Championships in Jamesville, N.Y. on Oct. 30. The women compete in the CCSU meet on Oct. 23.
 
DePaul: Junior Matthew Graham claimed his third BIG EAST male cross country Athlete of the Week award after placing first in the 8k Bradley Classic on Oct. 15. The race was held at the New Golf Course which will host the NCAA Midwest Regional. Graham fought off Iowa's Jeff Thode to win the race in a career-best time of 23:37. DePaul placed 10th of 21 teams overall.
 
Junior Toni Salvatore finished the women's 6k race in eighth with a time of 21:37, helping the Blue Demons to a second-place finish of 20 teams, scoring 131 total points. Senior Mary Cate Quiett, junior Claira O'Brien, junior Kelly Pickering and senior Stephanie Hughes all finished in the top 50.
 
Both teams are next at the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
Georgetown:  The Georgetown women won Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16. The Hoyas finished with 100 points out of 40 other teams including two from the BIG EAST. Three runners finished in the top 20 and four in the top 30. Georgetown has won in all three events it has competed in so far this season. Sophomore Emily Jones paced the attack, taking fifth of 275 competitors. She registered a time of 20:20.0 in the 6k run. It was the fastest she has ever run on the Terre Haute course.
 
The men's side finished sixth at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. The team had 211 points of 36 teams including three from the BIG EAST. Three runners finished in the top 30. Georgetown has finished in the top six in all three events it has competed in so far this season. Ayalew Taye led the charge for the Hoyas, finishing 14th of 241 competitors. He recorded a time of 24:02.3 in the 8k race.
 
Both squads next compete in the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
Louisville:  Behind a 12th-place finish from junior Matt Hughes and a 31st-place result from senior Michael Eaton, the Louisville men's team took 10th in the team standings at Pre-Nationals at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16.
 
Hughes bettered his result from last year's race by 80 spots. He crossed the finish line of the 8K in 23:58.5, while Eaton clocked a time of 24:14.8. Freshman Tyler Byrne completed another impressive race, taking 70th out of a field of 231 runners.
 
In the 35-team field, the Cardinal men placed ahead of five teams - Michigan State (20th), UCLA (26th), Ohio State (RV), Montana State (RV) and UTEP (RV) - that were either ranked in the top 30 or receiving votes in the USTFCCCA national poll prior to the race.
 
On the women's side, senior Kim Grieshaber navigated the 6k course in 20:57.7 to take 27th-place, making her the squad's top finisher for the fourth-straight race. The Versailles, Ky., native bettered her time by nearly a full minute from last year's mark of 21:30.9.
 
The Cardinal men and women are idle this weekend, with their next race coming at the BIG EAST Championships, which are set to take place on Oct. 30, at Jamesville Beach Park in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
Marquette: The Marquette men placed 27th at the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16. Senior Brice Cleland set the pace for the Golden Eagles, crossing the line with a time of 25:00.3 to finished 110th individually.
 
The women took 37th overall. Senior Olivia Johnson was the top finisher for Marquette, finishing with a time of 21:51.3 to finish 119th. Senior Laure Dalrymple and junior Kate Horan finished 172nd and 174th respectively.
 
The Golden Eagles are next at the BIG EAST Championships in Jamesville, N.Y., on Oct. 30.
 
Notre Dame: The Irish men claimed seventh place at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16. Senior Dan Jackson led the way, completing the 8k race in 24:11.3 to finish 19th individually. The team finished with 225 points, with help from junior John Carlson who crossed the finish line in 24:19.1 to claim 31st.
 
The women's side finished 23rd as a team, totaling 547 points. Senior Erica Watson navigated the 6k course in 21:23.1 for the women to finish 64th individually as the top finisher for the squad. Freshman Meg Ryan was next in 92nd place with a time of 21:38.5.
 
Both squads get ready for the BIG EAST Championships in Jamesville, N.Y., on Oct. 30.
 
Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Penn State National on Oct. 16. The men's side claimed 23rd of 35 teams at the meet. Senior Joshua Christopher was the top finisher, cracking the top 100 in 82nd-place with a time of 26:51 on the 8k course.
 
The women notched a 28th-place team finish with freshman Susannah Fenistein leading the way. She finished the race with a time of 23:09.
 
Both teams will next be at the BIG EAST Championships in Jamesville, N.Y., on Oct. 30.
 
Providence: The Providence women placed fourth in the Blue Race at Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., on Oct. 16. The team scored 231 points, with Florida State taking first with 115 points. Sophomore Shelby Greany was the first Friar to cross the finish line, placing sixth overall with a time of 20:29.3 on the 6k course. Junior Hannah Davidson was next in 16th at 20:40.4, while classmate Mary Kate Champagne earned 53rd, clocking a time of 21:20.5.
 
The men's side notched 15th in the White Race at Pre-Nationals. Providence scored 430 points. Junior Lee Carey crossed the line in sixth of 241 with a time of 23:47.2 in the 8k race. Junior Dominic Channon fought for 46th with a run of 24:33.0 while classmate Julian Matthews was 119th in 25:14.8.
 
Both squads will take part in the Central Connecticut State Mini-Meet in New Britain, Conn., on Oct. 22.

Rutgers: Rutgers was idle last weekend. The team next competes at the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
St. John's:St. John's defeated Fordham and Hofstra to take first place in the annual STJ Fall Festival. Junior Samantha Meyerhoff led the team with a career-best time of 14:25. She was followed by junior Nicole Cocozza, junior Aryon Trujillo, senior Sarah Sudbury and freshman Chelsea Trant who all finished in the top 10 overall.
 
St. John's will compete in the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
Seton Hall: The Seton Hall women's team placed eighth at the Leopard Invitational on Oct. 16. Sophomore Hughnique Rolle turned in the best performance for the Pirates, placing 18th with a time of 23:08.
 
The men's team only had four individuals compete and did not factor in the team standings. Freshman Carl Johnston led the way, taking 39th with a time of 27:11 on the 8k course.
 
Both teams next compete at the BIG EAST Championships on Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
USF: The USF men's and women's cross country teams both competed at the Penn State National on Oct. 16. The women finished 21st with 601 points while the men's team placed 25th with 758 points.
 
Junior Yasmin Smith was the top finisher for the women's team, placing 59th with a personal-best time of 22:11 in the 6k race. The men were led by senior Pedro Carela who clocked a time of 27:05 to finish 101st.
 
Both teams competed at the Florida Southern Invitational in Lakeland, Fla. on Oct. 22.
 
Syracuse: The Syracuse men are ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Region and 14th nationally after a first-place finished at the Penn State National on Oct. 16. Junior Tito Medrano led all Orange runners with a time of 25:32 to finish sixth. Senior Steve Weeks followed just one second later in seventh.
 
The women's team is ranked first in the Northeast Region and seventh nationally after taking second at the Penn State National of the 31 teams in attendance. Senior Katie Hursey finished sixth overall with a time of 20:53.
 
Syracuse will send teams to compete in the John Reif Memorial at Cornell on Oct. 22. The team will also prepare for the BIG EAST Championship on Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
Villanova: The Villanova women's team claimed first at the Penn State National on Oct. 16. BIG EAST female Athlete of the Week Sheila Reid led the charge, taking first individually with a time of 20:26. The squad is currently ranked first nationally.
 
The men's side jumped back into the USTFCCCA top 30 after a third-place finish at the Penn State National. Junior Matt Kane led the way with a time of 25:44 to finish 14th of 266 runners.
 
Villanova is back in action on Oct. 30 at the BIG EAST Championships in Jamesville, N.Y.
 
West Virginia: The Mountaineers had an impressive sixth-place finish at the Penn State National amongst some of the nation's top cross country programs. Sophomore Sarah-Anne Brault had her best finish of the year, finishing 11th of 304 runners. Sophomore Kaitlyn Gillespie arrived in 17th while junior Ahna Lewis made her 2010 debut by coming in 36th place.
 
WVU had its best 1-to-5 spread of the year at the Penn State National, as runners 1-5 finished within 1:18 of each other.
 
The team will not compete this weekend, but will prepare over the next two weeks for the BIG EAST Championships, which will take place Oct. 30 in Jamesville, N.Y.