Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Score - The Final Score 2009

Fo' Fives

The actual top fives followed by my picks and how they fared:

Women's Individuals

1 1 230 Angela Bizzarri SR Illinois 6:23 13:02 19:46.8
2 2 768 Kendra Schaaf SO Washington 6:21 13:02 19:51.6
3 3 179 Susan Kuijken SR Florida State 6:18 12:49 19:57.7
4 4 739 Catherine White JR Virginia 6:23 13:11 19:59.5
5 5 114 Allie McLaughlin FR Colorado 6:25 13:11 20:01.1


1. Jenny Barringer - Colorado -- 163rd; an interesting, if poorly edited, accounting of her race: http://runningtimes.com/Print.aspx?articleID=18230

2.
Angela Bizzarri - Illinois -- Champion! Ran a smart race and took advantage of opportunities presented by the actions of others.

3. Susan Kuijken - Florida State -- 3rd after building a large lead by 3K to challenge Barringer.

4.
Kendra Schaaf - Washington -- Runner-up, also ran a smart race.

5.
Nicole Blood - Oregon -- 48th, apparently her West Region race was a struggle rather than a cruise.


Women's Teams

1. 86 Villanova ( 20:24 1:42:00)
2. 133 Florida State ( 20:35 1:42:52)
3. 188 Washington ( 20:41 1:43:21)
4. 191 Texas Tech ( 20:48 1:43:59)
5. 251 Princeton ( 20:58 1:44:50)



1. Washington -- 3rd, seemingly buckled under the pressure.

2. Oregon -- 9th, just tanked it.

3. Villanova -- Champions! Their Mid-Atlantic race was confirmation of their prowess and race readiness.

4. Florida -- 7th, tanked it like southern teams often do.

5. Colorado -- 20th, they thrived by Barringer's success and when her race went into the tank so did theirs.


Men's Individuals

1 300 Samuel Chelanga JR Liberty 8:24 14:10 22:47 28:41.3
2 1 432 David McNeill JR Northern Arizona 8:35 14:38 23:25 29:06.5
3 2 622 Chris Derrick SO Stanford 8:36 14:38 23:25 29:14.8
4 377 Barnabas Kirui JR Mississippi 8:40 14:38 23:25 29:24.1
5 3 425 Jordan Chipangama JR Northern Arizona 8:42 14:42 23:39 29:33.1



1. Chris Derrick - Stanford -- 3rd, still a fine race for him.

2. Sam Chelanga - Liberty -- Champion! Apparently he was ready to run away from this field as he led by over 10 seconds at 3K, by over 25 seconds at 5K, and by over 35 seconds at 8K to break Rupp's course record!

3. Ryan Vail - Oklahoma State -- 9th and as top finisher for the winning team he likely ran a bit more conservative than those ahead of him.

4. Brandon Bethke - Arizona State -- 7th, solid performance.

5. Barnabas Kirui - Mississippi -- 4th, great run.


Men's Teams

1. 127 Oklahoma State ( 30:05 2:30:21)
2. 143 Oregon ( 30:16 2:31:17)
3. 173 Alabama ( 30:20 2:31:36)
4. 190 Northern Arizona ( 30:10 2:30:47)
5. 226 William & Mary ( 30:27 2:32:15)



1. Stanford -- 10th, epic meltdown.

2. Oklahoma State -- Champs!

3. Portland -- 13th, seems to be a trend among teams from the west coast.

4. Colorado -- 6th, hats off to this team as they really stepped it up when unable to rely on their top two returning runners in the scoring and with another runner who is usually in their top five failing to score. Huge races from those who were in the top five.

5. Brigham Young -- 17th




Byran Green's recap, which is surely far more interesting than this one:
http://optimaltraining.typepad.com/blog/2009/11/ncaa-cross-country-championships-recap.html


Also, thanks to RunnerSpace for their handy compilation of results: http://runnerspace.com/eprofile.php?event_id=509&do=news&pg=1&news_id=7164&folder_id=recent&offset=0#news

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