CU men’s cross country places first, women second at Joe Piane Invitational

The University of Colorado cross country teams were finally able to get their varsity racers on the course  Friday at the Joe Piane Invitational at Burke Golf Course, as the men’s team captured the team title in the ‘Blue’ division race and the women recorded a runner-up finish.

Although the Buffaloes ran a month ago at the Wyoming Invitational, this was the first time CU put its varsity teams on the course as several athletes ran unattached in the prior meet.

“We had the results today that we needed on both the men’s and women’s sides to be in good position in November,” head coach Mark Wetmore said.

The men recorded an impressive 36-point victory over No. 14 Ole Miss (71-107) and finished over 100 points in front of the third-place finisher, No. 15 NC State (177). The women lost to Utah, 110-116, but bested No. 17 Florida State (129), No. 8 NC State (139) and No. 6 Washington (144).

Colorado placed four women in the top 25 of the 5-kilometer race and were led by senior Sage Hurta. The three-time All-American recorded a time of 16:29.82 and was followed closely by teammate Tabor Scholl, who was 12th overall (16:32.46).

Like the women, the men had a good showing, placing all five of their scorers in the top 30 as all moved up well during the race. Joe Klecker, a two-time All-American, was the third overall harrier, CU’s first, to finish the 5-mile race in 23:17.83. He was joined in the top 10 by fellow senior John Dressel, who was 10th overall in 23:32.44.

Junior Eduardo Herrera had a nice race and finished 14th (23:36.64). He was followed closely by true freshman Kashon Harrison, who placed 18th after clocking in at 23:43.14. The Buffs fifth scorer was senior Alec Hornecker. He was 26th in the meet, finishing in 23:57.65.

JOE PIANE INVITATIONAL BLUE DIVISION RESULTS
Women’s Team: 1. Utah 110; 2. Colorado 116; 3. Florida State 129; 4. North Carolina State 139; 5. Washington 144; 6. Wisconsin 159; 7. New Mexico 173; 8. Notre Dame 236; 9. Minnesota 265; 10. Ole Miss 288; 11. Butler 304; 12. Boston College 310; 13. Indiana 356; 14. Alabama 389; 15. Iowa State 429; 16. Weber State 431; 17. Auburn 457; 18. Arizona 453; 19. North Carolina 463; 20. Purdue 481; 21. Iowa 505; 22. Colorado St. 545; 23. Utah Valley 567; 24. Bradley 601.

Top 10 Individuals:
1. Weini Kelati, UNM, 16:01.61; 2. Alicia Monson, Wisconsin, 16:13.73; 3. Joyce Kimeli, Auburn, 16:20.69; 4. Melany Smart, Washington, 16:22.79; 5. Ednuh Kurgat, UNM, 16:23.81; 6. Anna Rohrer, Notre Dame, 16:24.71; 7. Bailey Hertenstein, Indiana, 16:26.68; 8. Cailie Logue, ISU, 16:27.67; 9. Elly Henes, NC State, 16:29.27; 10. Sage Hurta, CU, 16:29.82.

Women’s Individual (CU Only): 12. Tabor Scholl, 16:32.46; 20. Annie Hill, 16:42.61, 21. Rachel McArthur, 16:44.86; 53. Karina Mann, 17:08.12; 79. Bailey Nock, 17:24.75; 81. Rylee Robinson, 17:28.67.

Men’s Team: 1. Colorado 71; 2. Ole Miss 107; 3. North Carolina St. 177; 4. Purdue 178; 5. Notre Dame 187; 6. Indiana 195; 7. Michigan 213; 8. Wisconsin 243; 9. Eastern Kentucky 254; 10. Florida State 266; 11. Georgetown 269; 12. Iowa 282; 13. Wyoming 287; 14. Gonzaga 308; 15. Weber State 320; 16. Alabama 424; 17. New Mexico 447; 18. Colorado St. 463; 19. Bradley 464; 20. Belmont 489; 21. North Carolina 530; 22. Arizona 578.

Top 10 Individuals:
1. Vincent Kiprop, Alabama, 23:09.88; 2. Gilbert Kigen, Alabama, 23:13.70; 3. Joe Klecker, CU, 23:17.83; 4. Kyle Mau, IU, 23:23.34; 5. Oliver Hoare, Wisconsin, 23:24.91; 6. Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame, 23:28.10; 7. Ian Shanklin, NC State, 23:29.64; 8. James Mwaura, Gonzaga, 23:30.80; 9. Ezekiel Kibichii, Eastern Kentucky, 23:31.30; 10. John Dressel, CU, 23:32.44.

Men’s Individuals (CU Only): 14. Eduardo Herrera, 23:36.64; 18. Kashon Harrison, 23:43.14; 26. Alec Hornecker, 23:57.65; 46. Gabe Fendel, 24:12.73; 86. Paxton Smith, 24:36.54.