Cross Country Sweeps Adidas Invitational
Sept. 14, 2012
CARY, N.C. – In their first meet of the 2012 season, the NC State men’s and women’s cross country teams were both victorious at the annual Adidas Cross Country Invitational on Friday at the WakeMed Soccer Complex. For the second straight year, the men’s team recorded a perfect score of 15, while the women’s team posted 24 points to notch their first victory of the year.
In the men’s race, the Wolfpack paced the field with the top six and seven of the top eight finishers. A trio of NC State runners were first to cross the finish line together, led by redshirt seniors Patrick Campbell (14:58.3) and Brian Himelright (14:58. 4), as well as senior Matt Sonnenfeldt (14:58. 5), who raced unattached, with times of respectively. Redshirt sophomores Michael Mansy (15:00.9) and Bryan Spreitzer (15:02.9) finished fourth and fifth, while redshirt junior Robert Andrews (15:05.9) completed the 5k course in sixth place. Redshirt freshman Bobby Mintz (15:08.3) finished in eighth place to seal the victory for NC State.
“We had a lot of guys run good times today,” Campbell said. “We grouped up well up front. It was kind of just a gage to see where we are, but I’m excited for the races to come.”
Also a top finisher, Himelright admitted to a slow start, but recovered to finish in the top three.
“Overall I felt pretty good getting back into race strides,” Himelright said following his second place finish. “It took a little while. The first mile I was in the back a little bit, but overall I’m happy.”
Four others also put up strong performance for the Pack, including redshirt freshman Vibushan Sivakumaran (15.28.2) and redshirt sophomore Trey Geiger (15:29.0) who finished 13th and 14th, as redshirt sophomore Matt Schick (15:31.0) and redshirt sophomore John Harwell (15:36.4) crossed the finish line in 16th and 17th place.
“I thought the guys up front did exactly what they were supposed to, and the run was a controlled effort,” men’s head coach Rollie Geiger said. “I thought overall they did well.”
Following NC State, ACC rival North Carolina finished second (48), East Carolina was third (78), West Virginia Wesleyan was fourth (115) and NC State Cross Country Club finished fifth (147).
On the women’s side, running unattached, redshirt senior Andie Cozzarelli raced to a second place finish (17:16.7), while sophomore Joanna Thompson came in fourth (17:18.1). Five additional Wolfpack runners crossed the finish line to close out the top-10, including freshman Samantha George (17:21.4) in sixth, redshirt junior Samantha Norman (17:26.8) in seventh, senior Erin Mercer (17.28.7) in eighth, freshman Kaitlyn Kramer, running unattached, (17:30.4) in ninth, and freshman Megan Moye (17:38.9) in 10th.
Also posting strong showings were Tiayonna Blackmon (18:34.4), Ryanna Henderson (18:35.8), Erin Foshee (18:39.8), Sheridan Jordan (18:47.3), Olivia Enright (19:03.1), Mattie Webb (19:08.8), Esther Fisher, running unattached, (19:11.1), and Lauren Doherty (19:13.0).
“I really liked the grouping they did,” women’s head coach Laurie Henes said. “It was hard for some of those girls to hold back the first two miles, but I thought it was really important for that group to get used to running together.”
One of the most impressive performances of the day was by Norman, who broke through and posted one of her career-best times.
“Individually it was a huge jump from last year for me,” Norman said. “I like the way things are going after this first meet, and I think we’ll be in contention for the ACC title.”
Finishing behind the Wolfpack was North Carolina (35) in second, East Carolina (63) in third, West Virginia Wesleyan (122) in fourth and Winston-Salem State (174) in fifth.
The teams will next compete at the Great America Cross Country Festival in Cary, N.C., while additional runners will travel to South Bend, Ind., for a meet at Notre Dame on Sept. 28.