Posts Tagged ‘NCAA Championships’

Coach Knows Best

Posted: 17 December by Pat Melton in Athletes, Columbia
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Columbia senior Jeff Moriarty has won both individual and relay Heps championships in his time in Morningside Heights. But as a senior he has dreams that are bigger as he longs for a shot at an NCAA title. Casey Snedecor of his school’s athletics communications office recently profiled the Massachusetts native.

Along with talking about his hopes for the season, Moriarty discussed his experience at Columbia:

Even though I plan on continuing my running career after graduation, I’ll never have the camaraderie that I do now.  This team has been like a family to me the past four years … So have the coaches.

It’s tough to put in words how much I love and respect our coaches. Trusting in them fully has been one of the biggest keys to my success on the track.

Take note, youngsters. Listen to your coach!

And a followup. We recently wrote that it looked like the NCAA Cross Country Championships would return to Terre Haute, Ind., in 2011 for the eighth straight year. That is now confirmed.

“We’re really excited about this moniker of Cross Country Town, USA, and we’re really going to hype that up this year because that’s something that anybody that knows anything about the sport knows we have the best facility in the United States as well as knowing we run the best championship that can be run in the sport of cross country,” said a hyped Indiana State University Athletics Director Ron Prettyman.

Congrats to the Sycamores.

There is news on two national championships for the future.

First, the Tribune-Star of Terre Haute, Ind., is reporting that the 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championships could very well return to Indiana as opposed to heading to Oregon for the first time ever. The NCAA has yet to announce a site, but it had appeared that the University of Oregon had the inside track to host the event. Now teams are already booking rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn in Terre Haute instead. A final decision will be handed down by the end of the month.

Craig Pearson of the Tribune-Star wrote:

According to a report in the Eugene Register-Guard last month, the University of Oregon planned to hold the races at Portland Meadows. That site, according to a source in the report, was unacceptable to the NCAA due to the gambling motif at the horse-racing facility.

“We thought we had an answer, obviously we had to re-assess … Oregon was unable to secure a site,” [NCAA Track Committee Chairman Todd] Patulski said.

Elsewhere, the shoe company New Balance has announced a multi-year partnership with the National Scholastic Sports Foundation (NSSF) and the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory in New York City to bring a unified premier indoor high school event — the New Balance Indoor Nationals — to the host site of the 2011 Heps Championships. In fact, the Championship will take place two weeks after Heps (March 11-13).

“We are delighted that New Balance and the National Scholastic Sports Foundation have joined to bring a true unified National High School Championship here to the Armory,” said Armory President Norb Sander. “It will be a great meet with a wonderful setting for our student-athletes from across the country.”

“We are excited to partner with both New Balance and the New Balance Track & Field Center at the Armory for this meet,” said meet director Jim Spier. “We recognize the passion and commitment both entities bring to high school running and are eager to work together. Now having one indoor high school championship means that the most talented student-athletes in the country will be competing head-to-head in one unified meet, which will bring this event to new unprecedented levels.”

Get your tickets soon!

Three Tiger All-Americans At NCAAs

Posted: 22 November by Brett Hoover in Announcement

In British Open conditions — temperatures in the mid-50s, but the winds howling — at the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., the Princeton men’s team finished 12th at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, the highest finish by a Heps team in 17 years and by an Ivy League team since 1989.

Junior Brian Leung led the Tigers with a 21st-place finish in 30:18 followed by classmate Donn Cabral (34th, 30:26.4) and senior Mark Amirault (52nd, 30:37.9). Leung, who along with Cabral earned All-America notice, matched the second-highest placing in Princeton history as only Paul Morrison, who was eighth in 1999, has been higher.

The last Heps team to finish higher was Army in 1993, when the Cadets were sixth. Dartmouth, in 1989, was ninth, the last Ivy team to finish in the nation’s top 12. It was also the best-ever finish for the Princeton men, who had previous best of 15th in 1975.

Harvard senior Dan Chenoweth, who finished 42nd at Nationals as a sophomore and a junior, was running with Leung and Cabral after 8,000 meters, but suffered an unknown setback in his run at All-America. He finished 238th overall. Yale senior Jeff Perrella was 120th overall (31:21.4) while Princeton junior Max Kaulbach was 145th (31:32.7) and Columbia senior Tom Poland finished 162nd (31:42.2). The Tigers fifth and final scorer was senior Kyle Soloff in 180th position (31:58.9).

In the women’s race, yet another Princeton junior — Alex Banfich — earned All-America status by taking 20th overall in 20:36 as the Tigers claimed 15th place on the women’s side.

Columbia sophomore Caroline McDonough had a fabulous run, finishing 43rd in 20:54.2. She was the second Heps finisher and missed All-America status by less than a half-second. Princeton’s senior stalwarts Sarah Cummings and Ashley Higginson placed 57th and 74th respectively. Cornell freshman Devin McMahon had a fantastic debut, taking 98th in 21:20.0. Princeton’s last two scorers were sophomores Abby Levene (179th) and Alexis Mikaelian (195th).

The day was mostly about defending titles. Liberty’s Sam Chelanga repeated his national title by outkicking Arizona’s Stephen Sambu while Oklahoma State took the men’s team title yet again. Villanova also repeated as the women’s team champion led by individual champion Sheila Reid, who was able to hold off Emily Infeld of Georgetown and Jordan Hasay of Oregon down the stretch. Reid’s wind-affected time was 20:06.9.

NCAA Championship
Nov. 22, 2010: LaVern Gibson Course, Terre Haute, Ind.

Women’s Team Scores (click here for full list)
1. Villanova, 120; 2. Florida State, 154; 3. Texas Tech, 165; 4. Georgetown, 167; 5. New Mexico, 227; 6. Colorado, 314; 7. Stony Brook, 334; 8. Iowa State, 341; 9. Providence, 343; 10. Syracuse, 347; 11. Arizona, 372; 12. Oregon, 378; 13. Stanford, 402; 14. North Carolina, 405; 15. Princeton, 411.

Women’s Individual leaders plus Heps finishers (click here for full list)
5-kilometer course
1. Sheila Reid, Villanova, 20:06.9
2. Emily Infeld, Georgetown, 20:09.2
3. Jordan Hasay, Oregon, 20:13.0
4. Risper Kimaiyo, UTEP, 20:16.1
5. Rose Tanui, Texas Tech, 20:17.6
20. Alex Banfich, Princeton, 20:36.0
43. Caroline McDonough, Columbia, 20:54.2
57. Sarah Cummings, Princeton, 21:03.0
74. Ashley Higginson, Princeton, 21:09.4
98. Devin McMahon, Cornell, 21:20.0
179. Abby Levene, Princeton, 22:04.3
195. Alexis Mikaelian, Princeton, 22:13.3
212. Theresa Devine, Princeton, 22:27.1
249. Mel Newberry, Princeton, 23:51.7

Men’s Team Scores (click here for full list)
1. Oklahoma State, 73; 2. Florida State, 193; 3. Wisconsin, 223; 4. Stanford, 237; 5. Oklahoma, 281; 6. Oregon, 289; 7. Indiana, 298; 8. Iona, 303; 9. Northern Arizona, 317; 10. Arkansas, 329; 11. Alabama, 338; 12. Princeton, 351; 13. Portland, 362; 14. Syracuse, 365; 15. Colorado, 366.

Men’s Individual leaders plus Heps finishers (click here for full list)
10-kilometer course
1. Samuel Chelanga, Liberty, 29:22.2
2. Stephen Sambu, Arizona, 29:26.5
3. Luke Puskedra, Oregon, 29:38.0
4. Leonard Korir, Iona, 29:42.0
5. Chris Derrick, Stanford, 29:44.7
21. Brian Leung, Princeton, 30:18.3
34. Donn Cabral, Princeton, 30:26.4
52. Mark Amirault, Princeton, 30:37.9
120. Jeff Perrella, Yale, 31:21.4
145. Max Kaulbach, Princeton, 31:32.7
162. Tom Poland, Columbia, 31:42.2
180. Kyle Soloff, Princeton, 31:58.9
202. Joe Sitlin, Princeton, 32:11.5
205. Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Princeton, 32:17.3
238. Dan Chenoweth, Harvard, 33:20.3
Note: Former Harvard runner Chas Gillespie, now a graduate student representing William & Mary, was 58th overall (30:40.7)

NCAA Championships Guide

Posted: 21 November by Brett Hoover in Announcement

The NCAA Cross Country Championships will take place Monday at the LaVern Gibson Course in Terre Haute, Ind., and two Heps teams and five other individuals will be hoping for the run of their lives. The women’s six-kilometer race — featuring the Princeton team as well as Cornell’s Devin McMahon and Columbia’s Caroline McDonough — will begin at 12:08 pm followed 40 minutes later by the men’s title chase. Again, the Princeton team will run in the men’s race along with Harvard’s Dan Chenoweth, Columbia’s Tom Poland and Yale’s Jeff Perrella.

Here is everything you need to know in advance:

Click here to watch the races live
Click here for a FloTrack video preview of the LaVern Gibson Course
Click here for the ‘In-Their-Own-Words” Heps men’s preview
Click here for the ‘In-Their-Own-Words” Heps women’s preview
Click here for the Heps history at the NCAA Championships

And, of course, as soon as the data is available online, it will be available here at

Earlier in the week, we let the Heps men have their say about the approaching NCAA Cross Country Championships. Now it’s the women’s turn:

Devin McMahon, Cornell

I am very excited about the opportunity to run at Nationals. This season has far exceeded my expectations, both of myself and of my team. I’m just looking to go to Terre Haute and run as hard as I can and work with the great competition to finish my first college season as well as I can.

Caroline McDonough, Columbia

For me, a successful run at the NCAA Cross Country Nationals would be to make All-American. I know making All-American will be difficult to achieve, but making it would be such an accomplishment and honor. After Nationals I want to be able to say I am an All-American.

Alex Banfich, Princeton

As far as our team goals go, we are currently ranked 19th and just barely got an at-large bid to Nationals (we were the 29th team in out of 31) but we feel that there is a lot more potential on our team that hasn’t been fully realized yet this season. We really have not yet had a race where, as a team, everyone has ‘clicked’ together on the same day. We are definitely looking at Nationals to be that day and that race where we put together seven simultaneous, great performances. I think all of us are ready after so many weeks of training for a successful race as a team, so hopefully we can finally make that happen and finish much higher than we are currently ranked. We’re excited and ready to go!

One final thing. The answer to the Heps Trivia question will be posted under the comments of that post at 10 pm.

Heps Trivia

Posted: 19 November by Brett Hoover in Announcement
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Here is our first-ever Heps trivia question in advance of the NCAA Cross Country Championships. Only two Ivy Leaguers — one male, one female — have ever finished in the top 25 at Nationals three times. What else do the two have in common?

And, yes, that image is a clue. Your answers are welcome in the comments.

UPDATE: The answer to this question will be has been placed under comments tonight at 10 pm, thanks to B. Macreery. Nice work, B!