This Friday in Toledo, Ohio, the women’s cross country team competed at the first Toledo Inter-Regional Bubble Buster and placed 3rd in the 4K run which spanned a golf course called Ottawa Park. This invitational provided USF with an opportunity to run with seven other Division 1 teams such as Arkansas, West Virginia, Columbia, Toledo, Baylor, Ohio State, and Eastern Michigan. Currently, USF is ranked 6th in the West Region Division 1 rankings while Arkansas is ranked 2nd in the South Central Region, West Virginia is ranked 5th in the Mid-Atlantic, and Columbia 3rd in the Northeast. West Virginia entered the meet as the 19th ranked team in the country while host Toledo is the number 29 team in the most recent national poll. This meet was no easy run in the park and gave the women’s team some tough competition to run with just before the NCAA Regionals.
USF is about seven places outside of the national rankings, according the last released USTFCCA Division 1 rankings on September 20, 2011. Arkansas and Columbia were two of the teams they saw this past Friday that stood between USF and 30th place on the list. Therefore, this meet was not only an opportunity to allow the cross-country women’s team to compete hard but also an opportunity to prove that they are one of the nation’s best. The next release of Division 1 national rankings will occur on Tuesday September 27, 2011.
The women’s cross country team made a good showing in Toledo beating the host, Toledo, and also out pacing Columbia. Toledo is a ranked team as was mentioned earlier and Columbia recently received more votes than USF in last week’s national rankings. At this meet we saw juniors: Laura Suur, Sophie Curl, Alice Baker, Chloe Treleven, Hayley Niles, sophomore Maor Tiyouri, and freshmen: Katie Jamboretz and Brooke McCandless compete. The women ran strong and solid something that they lacked at the USF invitational. They showed vast improvement after their home meet in Golden Gate Park two weeks ago and will run harder in preparation for the West Coast Conference Championships next month.
Suur did well coming in 4th overall at 13:28.3. This was her first time running for the Dons and she had a great showing. Suur is a native of Estonia and has had quite an accomplished career in Europe. This year she Placed 14th in the European Under-23 Cross Country Championships for the 5k run. She also holds several national championships in both track and cross-country. Suur will definitely serve as a valuable asset to the team this season and she showed that this weekend in Toledo. Just behind Suur, Treleven finished 13th overall at 13:47.8 and Curl finished 18th at 13:55.8. These ladies had solid races and gave the USF Women’s Cross Country Team a chance at National Rankings in next month’s rankings.
The Dons cross-country team will return to action on October 7th for the San Francisco Invitational. The race will begin at 2:30 PM.