Top 10 Roundup
No. 7 Wisconsin wins, No. 4 BYU wins at Autumn Classic
No. 1 Oklahoma State at Bluegrass Invitational
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- David Osborn earned sixth place in the race to lead the Oklahoma State at the Bluegrass Invitational in Lexington, Ky., on Saturday.
On the men's side, the Cowboys picked up four individual top-10 finishes and took second as a team, right behind Eastern Kentucky. Osborn (24:04.71) took sixth, Chad Noelle (24:11.16) finished right behind him in seventh, Brian Gohlke (24:13.92) took ninth and Neal Smith (24:14.44) finished 10th. All seven Cowboy runners finished in the top 28.
No. 4 BYU at Autumn Classic
PROVO, Utah -- Tylor Thatcher and No. 4 BYU won the Autumn Classic Saturday morning, beating conference rival and eighth-ranked Portland.
The Cougars ended up with 25 points to Portland’s 33. Thatcher finished in 19:54.1 and held the lead for most of the race. He was followed closely by teammate Jason Witt, who took second overall with a time of 20:00.2.
Portland runners William Kincaid and Scott Fauble took the third and fourth spots, respectively, but BYU sophomore Jonathan Nelson used a late surge finish in fifth place, ahead of two Portland runners.
Portland’s Charlie McDonald took sixth and David Perry took seventh, followed by a group of four Cougars including Spencer Gardner, Taylor Farnsworth, Curtis Carr and Aaron Fletcher.
Weber State and Idaho State finished with 91 and 99 points respectively.
No. 7 Wisconsin at Sycamore Invitational
MADISON, Wis. -- For the second-consecutive meet, No. 7-ranked Wisconsin earned the team title, as UW totaled 25 points to claim the victory at the 8-kilometer Sycamore Invitational Saturday in Terre Haute, Ind.
The Badgers, competing on the same course in which they won the 2011 national championship and coincidentally where the 2013 NCAA meet will be held, ran together from start to finish, capturing places three through nine in almost identical times.
Junior Michael Van Voorhis and seniors Alex Brill and Jacob Naylor each finished in 25:15 seconds, while senior Neal Berman, redshirt freshman Malachy Schrobilgen and juniors Jake Erschen and Alex Hatz finished just fractions of a second later.
Erschen placed sixth in 25:15.10, Berman and Schrobilgen finished seventh and eighth in 25:15.20, and Hatz crossed the line ninth with a time of 25:15.30. In addition, junior Matt McKenna completed the race in 26:49.40.
Indiana State finished runner-up, scoring 36 points behind first and second-place finishes from John Mascari and Taylor Head. Mascari captured the individual title by crossing the finish line in 24:31.30, while Head finished shortly thereafter in 25:10.90.
No. 9 Syracuse at Dartmouth Invitational
HANOVER, N.H. -- The Orange men won their second meet of the season, taking first place at the Dartmouth Invitational on Saturday morning by a 10-point margin.
Redshirt freshman MJ Erb took second place among point-eligible runners, missing the win by less than two seconds with a time of 23:59.56 in the eight-kilometer race. Griff Graves was right behind him in fourth place, to add five points to the Syracuse total. Each of the Orange points scorers finished in the top ten to give SU a team total of 24 points.
The men's team faced two top-30 teams, No. 24 Georgetown and No. 29 Dartmouth, at the annual race hosted by Dartmouth College.
No. 10 Princeton at Delaware Blue Hen Invitational
NEWARK, Del. -- No. 10 Princeton started in a pack and finished that way as it took places one through seven to earn a perfect score at the Delaware Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
The 8k race was held at White Clay Creek State Park, marking the first meet of the 2013 season for the Tigers.
Junior Sam Pons was the individual winner, running a 25 flat. A trio of seniors followed: Chris Bendtsen 2nd at 25:28.48, Tyler Udland 3rd at 25:28.88 and George Galasso 4th at 25:52.33. The final scorer was sophomore Sam Berger at 25:52.73. Freshman William Bertrand was sixth and sophomore Michael Sublette was seventh.