No. 3 Providence wins opening meet
Roundup: No. 2 New Mexico places six runners in top 15
DURHAM, N.H. -- No. 3 Providence dominated its 2011 season opener, the New Hampshire Dual Meet. Junior Shelby Greany led the Friars to the team victory, taking home the individual title as well.
"Today's meet was a very good start to the season," Friar coach Ray Treacy said. "We had some solid individual performances today. There is still a long way to go in the season, with a lot of work to do."
The women's team scored 23 points and defeated host New Hampshire (41 points) and Maine (65 points). The Friars took six of the top eight spots in the race, led by Greany in a time of 17:17.3. Two New Hampshire runners crossed the line in second and third before the Friars round out the top eight. Senior Hannah Davidson finished fourth in 17:56. Junior Sam Roecker was fifth (18:27), followed by freshman Julie Solimine (18:28), sophomore Grace Thek (18:29) and senior Mary Kate Champagne (18:43).
No. 2 New Mexico at Lobo Invitational
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- No. 2 New Mexico had six finishers in the top 15 without returning All-American Natalie Gray. UTEP’s Risper Kimaiyo won the women’s side by 12.4 seconds with a time of 17:16.2 in the 5K race. No team scores were kept.
The Lobos sat out top runner Natalie Gray, but it didn’t matter as the second-ranked Lobos looked the part. Despite Kimaiyo winning the meet, Ruth Senior finished second at 17:29.3, and Kirsty Milner finished third at 17:43.3, each improving one slot from last year’s Lobo Invitational.
Kirsten Follett was seventh, finishing behind New Mexico State sisters Courtney and Samille Schultz, who finished fourth and fifth, and UTEP’s Karina Garcia, who finished sixth. Follett clocked an 18:51.4, and Kaitlyn Barry came in ninth with an even 19 minutes. Janna Mitsos and Sophia Torres rounded out the Lobo contingent in the top 15, finishing 14th and 15th.
No. 7 Stanford at USF Invitational
The Cardinal women placed second with 41 points as California won the meet with 21. Stanford raced just seven with only Stephanie Marcy that has been one of the top runners in seasons past. Marcy led Stanford, finishing third overall, covering the 5,000-meter course in 17:20.
Marcy was joined in the top five by Victoria Pennings who placed fifth with a time of 17:44. Pennings is a fourth-year junior who is hoping to make an impact this season.
Rounding out the scoring for the Cardinal were Madeline Duhon, Tate Murray and Kristin Reese. Duhon finished 10th with a time of 18:31 and was immediately followed by her two teammates. Murray was 11th in 18:37, while Reese with 12th with a time of 18:38.
No. 8 Arizona at George Kyte Classic
Freshman Haley Stenquist was the top collegian in the women's 5,000 meters with a runner-up finish and a clocking of 17:25.3. First among scoring competitors, she led a 2-3-7-12-13 finish for the Wildcats. Junior Melanie McGrath earned a bronze finish with a time of 17:35.0.
Sophomore Erin Menefee was Arizona's third top-10 finisher in seventh place. She ran a 5K time of 17:52.6. Freshman Nicci Corbin was 12th with a time of 18:18.7 and freshman Hanna Peterson rounded out the UA scoring five in 13th place (18:29.9).