Penn State Cross Country Teams Claim Titles at Lock Haven University Invitational
State College, Pa. ¨C September 17, 2005 ¨C The Penn State men¡¯s and women¡¯s cross country teams each claimed team titles at the Lock Haven University Invitational today, far out-distancing their nearest competitors in each competition.
The men¡¯s team out-ran host and runner-up Lock Haven on the 10K West Branch Cross Country Course in Lock Haven, Pa. Penn State totaled 29 points, thanks in large part to sophomore Chris Nirschel¡¯s second place finish with a time of 32:08.72. Nirschel was just 15 seconds behind Lock Haven¡¯s Ryan Blood, who won the individual title in 31:53.34.
Nittany Lion sophomore Dan Mazzocco was third in 32:13.11 while classmate Oskar Nordenbring was fifth with a time of 32:15.75. Sean Kennedy, a fourth sophomore, placed eighth in a time of 32:34.42 and classmate Joel Moceri was 11th in 32:46.12.
Four other Nittany Lion runners placed out of the team scoring but in the top 20: John Iannacone, 14th in 33:04.47; 15th in Ian McCann, 33:09.02; 17th in Matt Lincoln, 33:14.30 and Mike Syrnick, 18th in 33:15.45.
Lock Haven was second with 44 points, Shippensburg third with 82, Bloomsburg fourth with 105 and Alderson-Broaddus fifth with 144.
The women¡¯s team had three of the top five finishers to post a title claiming 31 points. Susan Davis of West Virginia won the 6K race, also run at West Branch, with a time of 21:48.21. Bloomsburg¡¯s Amber Hackenberg was second in 21:10.29.
Penn State owned the next three spots, however, led by sophomore Nikki Bohnsack, who was third with a time of 22:13.15. Freshman Janelle Young was fourth in 22:15.56 while sophomore Sonja Hinish was fifth in 22:30.12. Claire Percival, also a freshman, placed eighth in 22:43.91 while classmate Molly Ritter closed out the scoring with an 11th place finish in 22:53.90.
Two other Penn State runners placed in the top 20 but out of the scoring: Claire Berryman, 14th in 23:09.56 and Kate Curran, 17th in 23:15.49.
Bloomsburg was second with 71 points in the team race with West Virginia in third with 116. Host Lock Haven was fourth with 133 and Shippensburg followed in fifth with 136.
Both Penn State teams will host the annual Spike Shoe Invitational next Saturday. The women¡¯s race begins at 10 a.m. with the men¡¯s race following at 10:45 a.m.
See attached .pdf for complete results.