The men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Fayetville, Arkansas on Saturday to compete in the Chile Pepper Cross-Country Festival.
Junior Alex Townsend was the top finisher on the men’s side, securing 85th place with a time of 31:29.03. Teammate Travis Barczak was the only other Warrior to crack the top 100, clocking in at 31:31.41 to take 89th. As a team, the Warriors wound up in 15th place out of 50 teams.
Five runners on the women’s team finished in the top 150, led by senior Kristi Werner, who came in 93rd with a time of 18:18.74. Maggie Stalker grabbed 114th (18:28.75) with senior Lauren Kessler close behind at 122nd (18:34.20).
Rounding out the quintet were redshirt sophomore Chelsea Fuller (142nd, 18:43.17) and junior Jennifer Rock (146th, 18:44.74).
Wayne State took 20th in the meet out of 56 teams.
In other news, both teams have moved up a spot in the latest USTFCCA Regional polls, which have the men at No. 4, and the women at No. 5.
The cross-country team returns to action this Saturday to participate in the Cornell Invitational over in Ithaca, New York.
The men’s swimming and diving team opened the season at Ashland on Saturday, losing 151-149.
Wayne State won nine individual events, including three by Joaquin Abascal Gallegos. With his time in the 100 yard breaststroke (58.51), 200 yard breaststroke (2:07.07) and 200 yard individual medley (1:55.59), Gallegos qualified for the NCAA “B” cuts.
Also making the “B” cuts in multiple races was redshirt junior Andrey Seryy, who won the 50 yard freestyle (20.53) and 100 yard freestyle (43.19).
Junior Jimmy Lee won the 200 backstroke in 1:55.14 to make the “B” cut, as did freshman Kristian Larsen in the 200 yard freestyle (1:43.53).
Other notables that won their events were Oskar Nortsrand in the 1,000 yard freestyle (9:53.79) and Jeff Grant in the three-meter dive (252.90 points).
On the women’s side, they competed in a triangular meet with Ashland and Hillsdale.
Defending Division 2 Champion Cassie Chetosky qualified for nationals by taking first place in the three-meter dive with a score of 283.57. Teammate Emily Mitzelfield also made the cut, finishing with 266.10 to secure second.
Senior Sara Franklin made the NCAA “B” cut by swimming the second leg of the 400 yard medley relay in 58.82 seconds. The relay team of Kayla Scott, Franklin, Agata Zalewska and Alex Malfroid took the runner-up spot in that race.
Two freshmen strung together some impressive performances in their collegiate debuts as Paige Kortman was the top finisher in the one-meter dive (249.45) and Kelsey Dichler (11:03.81) won the 1,000 yard freestyle.
The diving team will compete in the Clarion Invitational on October 23-24, before rejoining the team on October 30th when they travel to Oakland University.
For results from Saturday’s meet, please visit: http://www.wsuathletics.com/custompages/2010-11%20Swim%20Results/wsu_ashland_dual_101610.htm
In the third annual GLIAC-GLVC Crossover last weekend, the Warriors lost all three of their matches to fall to 9-10 overall.
Wayne State opened on Friday against No. 11 ranked Lewis University, who downed them in three consecutive sets. Freshman outside hitter Kristen Bulkiewicz had 10 kills, followed by sophomore Katarzyna Sak’s nine. Cydney Biessel led with 26 assists, while Lyndsey Graciak totaled 18 digs.
The Warriors were dropped by Southern Indiana University the following night in four sets. Sak had 19 kills and a pair of blocks, while Graciak added 14 digs. Biessel accounted for 37 of the team’s 46 assists.
In their closest match of the tournament, Wayne State lost in five sets to Missouri S & T. Sophomore Madie Kent posted a double-double, with 13 kills and 13 blocks. Sak led in kills with 22, while also chipping in four blocks. Graciak posted a season-high with 28 digs.
Wayne State looks to get back on the winning side this weekend when they play host to Tiffin and Ohio Dominican.