Cross Country Opens Up at Dolan Duals
LOCK HAVEN, Pa.: August 31, 2012 – Redshirt freshman Robby Creese (Mount Airy, Md.) and junior Rebekka Simko (Mentor, Ohio) led the way with individual titles, pacing the Nittany Lion cross country squads to a pair of team victories at the annual Dolan Duals at Lock Haven University. Simko headed up a perfect effort from the women’s squad, which saw the Nittany Lions better the Bald Eagles, 15-50.
Simko gapped the field down the homestretch of the 4,000-meter course, finishing in 14:16. Teammate Tori Perri (Philadelphia, Pa.) was next in line, finishing in 14:20 for second overall. Sophomore Leigha Anderson (Carlisle, Pa.) was the Lions’ third finisher, crossing in 14:34 – just ahead of classmate Abbie Benson (Elma, N.Y.), who finished in 14:41. Junior Marta Klebe (Chesterbrook, Pa.) was the fifth and final scorer for the Nittany Lions, completing the course in 14:50.
The Nittany Lions would sweep the first eight finishing positions, while also claiming nine spots in the top ten, with sophomore Kerrin Jennings (Glen Mills, Pa.), and junior Kalyn Fisher (Lewisburg, Pa.) rounding out the Penn State top seventh in sixth and seventh, respectively.
The men’s squad was just as successful, bettering their competitors, 25-30, with Creese picking up the individual victory in 18:12 over 6,000-meters, in his first cross country appearance in a Nittany Lion uniform. The Nittany Lions covered three of the top five finishing spots, with junior Nick Scarpello (Jamison, Pa.), and Tom Luff (Emmaus, Pa.) taking third and fourth, respectively, in 18:36 and 18:37.
Sophomore Chris Campbell (Newtown, Pa.) was the Lions’ number four, also dipping under 19:00 at 18:55, which was good for seventh overall. Senior Casimir Loxsom (New Haven, Conn.) finished off the Lions’ scoring effort in 11th overall, via a finishing time of 19:24.
The Lions will return home next weekend, hosting the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Races are slated to begin at 10:00 a.m., on Saturday, September 8.