No. 1 North Central (Ill.) (first), No. 3 Washington (Mo.) (second), No. 7 Wisconsin-Oshkosh (fourth)
WINNECONE, Wis. -- North Cenral (Ill.) made a loud and clear statement about its intentions at next month's NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday, storming away from a national-caliber field and winning by a dominant margin in the 37-team Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks Invitational at Lake Breeze Golf Course.
The Cardinals, who have been the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation since August, solidified that status and then some, placing seven runners among the top 19 in a field of 566 competitors and seven other nationally-ranked Division III programs and snagging the team trophy with 33 points.
Third-ranked Washington (Mo.) placed second with 64 points, while the 14th-ranked Wisconsin-Eau Claire was a distant third with 133. The top five was rounded out by seventh-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh (152) and NCAA Division II representative, Wisconsin-Parkside (223).
North Central's John Crain made it a clean sweep of the meet's major awards, emerging with a first-place finish in a season-best time of 24 minutes, 20.74 seconds on the 8,000-meter course. He was more than six seconds faster than his closest pursuer, Washington's Andrew Padgett.
The Cardinals' team victory was sealed roughly 42 seconds later when all five scoring runners hit the finish line among the top 15 competitors. Roger Klein placed sixth in 24:42.87 and Aron Sebhat followed in seventh in 24:47.06, while Troy Kelleher placed 11th (24:55.08) and Tim Hird completed the scoring in 15th (25:02.56). Also placing in the top 20 were David Weber in 17th (25:03.71) and Ben Dickshinski in 19th (25:06.31).
No. 5 St. Olaf (first), No. 2 Wisconsin-La Crosse (second), No. 10 Central (third) at Jim Drews Invitational
WEST SALEM, Wis. -- Fifth-ranked St. Olaf placed four in the top 10 and all five scorers in the top 11 among collegiate runners, on the way to a team victory at Wisconsin-La Crosse's Jim Drews Invitational on Saturday morning.
Grant Wintheiser finished third overall in 24:53, while Brian Saksa was close behind in fifth (24:59). Sophomore Calvin Lehn was seventh (25:20), junior Jake Brown was eighth (25:23) and sophomore Jake Campbell (25:28) was 11th as the Oles posted a team score of 41, 55 points ahead of runner up and second-ranked UW-La Crosse.
Central was third with 104 points as a total of 30 teams competed.
Jacob Peterson was UW-L's top finisher, placing 12th overall with a time of 25:25.3 on the 8,000-meter course. The Eagles' Alex Ciesielski finished 15th (25:29.7) while Andrew Rohlman was 20th (25:33.2).
Josh Dedering finished 22nd (25:35.1) while Nate Routhier was 27th (25:42.8). Other finishers in the top-50 for UW-L included David Stilin was 37th (25:56.9), Garrett Kerska was 38th (25:59.2), Eric Lauria-Banta was 46th (26:05.9), Tyler Heinz was 48th (26:11.5) and Eric Smits was 50th (26:15.3).
No. 4 Williams (first) at Little Three Championship
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Entering the meet with a 25-year winning streak against Amherst and Wesleyan, Williams travelled to Wesleyan on Saturday for the Little Three Championship. Though the result was closer than many had expected, Williams was able to hold off Amherst to make it 26 in a row.
The Lord Jeffs got off the line very well, as a pack of about seven Amherst runners moved directly to the front of the race and remained there throughout the early stages. Williams senior captain and defending Little Three champion Chris Lee was up with the leaders, as was sophomore Bijan Mazaheri, but Amherst's core pack had gapped the rest of the Ephs mid-way through the race.
Williams would respond though, as sophomore Todd Ford and freshman David Folsom moved up to pass all but two Amherst runners. Senior captains Max Laberge and Peter Drews also closed very strongly as Williams' fifth and sixth runners, sealing the victory for the Ephs.
Lee would defend his crown as individual champion, finishing with a time of 25:54.9. Amherst's top two runners would take the second and third spots, edging fourth-place Mazaheri, who finished in 26:00.4. Ford and Folsom moved all the way up to fifth and sixth overall, in 26:14.1 and 26:14.7, respectively. Laberge was nineth overall with a time of 26:30.7, and Drews was 12th in 26:37.9.
Williams finished with a team total of 25 points, ahead of Amherst's 37 and Wesleyan's 67.
No. 6 NYU (first) at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble
OBERLIN, Ohio -- New York University finished first in a 31-team field at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble at Oberlin on Saturday.
The Violets totaled 55 points for a edge against second-place (and 19th-ranked) Geneseo State (93 points). Allegheny finished third (105 points), while University Athletic Association (UAA) opponent, Rochester (N.Y.), took fourth (166 points).
Dylan Karten continued his outstanding final season for NYU with a second-place individual finish in the 277-person field. He ran the 8k course in a time of 25:23.8, placing behind only Bobby Over (25:01.3) of Allegheny.
No. 8 Dickinson (first) at the Gettysburg Invitational
GETTYSBURG, Pa. -- Ninth-ranked Dickinson returned to the site of its 2009 Centennial Conference championship for the 2013 Gettysburg Invitational. Dickinson took home the team title against Division II Lock Haven, outpacing the Bald Eagles by a score of 86 to 87.
Leading the charge for Dickinson was senior Omar Hyjek, who placed fourth overall and second among collegiate athletes with a time of 26:02, a season's best.
Following Hyjek was first year James Corti who placed 20th with a time of 26:41, also a season best. Less than seven seconds separated Corti from teammates Christian Brady and Alex Predhome.
Coincidentally, roommates Brady and Predhome placed 22nd and 23rd with times of 26:46 and 26:47, respectively. Rounding out the top five was junior Conor White, who placed 39th with a time of 27:13.
No. 9 Middlebury (first) at the Albany Invitational
ALBANY, N.Y. -- The ninth-ranked Middlebury took part in the 47th annual Albany Invitational with several Division I and II teams and captured the eight-team event by 56 points against Vermont.
The Panther men placed five in the top eight, led by Greg Krathwohl who finished second in 25:21, three seconds off the winning pace. Nate Sans and Wilder Schaaf finished third (25:35) and fourth (25:37) respectively, followed by Kevin Wood in fifth (25:44) and Sam Craft in eighth (25:54).