Pre-Nationals' entrants cover coast to coast

Hanover College will host the NCAA Division III Pre-Nationals meet Saturday, Oct. 5, at the L.S. Ayres Athletic Complex. More than 20 teams from across the U.S. are committed to participate. The women will race at noon and the men will follow at 1 p.m.

Claremont-Mudd Scripps-College (Calif.), ranked No. 5 nationally, and ninth-ranked Trinity University (Texas), are two teams that will be participating on the women’s side.

Five ranked men’s teams will compete, including No. 6 Bowdoin College (Me.), No. 9 Trinity, No. 12 Wabash College, No. 22 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and 26th-ranked Manchester University.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps will be traveling from southern California to participate. The Athenas, with 22 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, are led by senior Allison Barnwell, junior Sara Mostatabi and senior Lisa Beem.

The Claremont-Mudd-Scripps men’s squad holds 12 SCIAC championships. The Stags feature top runners sophomore Zorg Loustalet, freshman Nico Banks and senior Colin Briskman.

Trinity, coming from the southern U.S., is coming off both men’s and women’s victories at the USTA Ricardo Romo Classic.

Senior Maddie Murphy, senior Vanessa Moreno and senior Rosemary Steup led the women to the victory as the first three Tigers to cross the finish line. Scoring on the men’s side were sophomore Taylor Piske, who finished second overall, and sophomore Phillip Flagg in sixth place.

Bowdoin’s men’s team is led by senior Coby Horowitz, who was recently named United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s athlete of the week and the New England Small College Athletic Conference’s performer of the week. The Polar Bears were first at the Bowdoin Invitational last week, keyed by senior Nicholas Saba, senior James Boeding and junior Kevin Hoose.

Two Indiana schools to watch include Wabash and Manchester.

Junior Billy McManus, senior Dalton Boyer, junior Nick Boyce and freshman Lewis Cordell currently hold top times for Wabash.

Manchester recently earned national recognition after a third-place finish at Indiana Intercollegiates. Senior Jon Cafarelli led the Spartans, while senior Michael Stocker and freshman Blake Harris followed closely to spark the team.

Senior Chelsea Johnson from St. Scholastica College (Minn.) will be making an appearance at the pre-nationals meet. Johnson was recently named NCAA Division III athlete of the week after winning the Griak Invitational, beating out St. Olaf College (Minn.) standout Noelle Olson.

The NCAA championships will be hosted by Hanover College, Saturday, Nov. 23. The women’s race will begin at noon and the men’s finale will follow at 1 p.m.

By Careen Turner '14