Sep 7, 2013
By Hailey Misheff
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo.- The 2013 cross country season began on familiar territory Friday at Hughes Stadium for the Colorado State Open. Overall, the women’s team took second place, while the men’s team placed fourth. The dual-scored meet allowed all athletes to shake off the cobwebs before their next meet at the end of the month.
Rams’ runners Andrew Goodman and Ben Larson started out on the right foot as they finished third and fifth, respectively, in the men’s 5K race. Goodman claimed third with a time of 14 minutes, 58.60 seconds, tailing the first place men’s runner by just 3.5 seconds. Larson finished fifth, with a time of 15:02.7, Head cross country coach, Art Siemers commented on the teams’ performance, and saw opportunities for improvement.
“This is the first meet of the season,” said Siemers. “We are just trying to get out there to compete and run through heartache and the pain. It was a tough first meet. We saw some good things. We’re going to keep moving up and getting faster as the season goes on, but we are really early in training right now. Once we have all of our athletes well, we will be stronger.”
Top runners for the women’s team included Kaitlin Hanenburg (18:37.90) and Sanne Holland (18:45.50).
“We saw some positive things from two of our young runners in the women’s race, Sanne Holland and Karlee Schwartzkopf,” added Siemers. “Once we plug in two of our top runners, Whitney Henderson and Chloe Phillips, we will start to show our potential.”
Hanenburg placed ninth overall, while Holland placed 12th (18:45.50) and Schwartzkopf finished 14th (18.49.20).
The CSU Rams hosted teams from Air Force, Northern Colorado, Colorado School of Mines, Western State, Metropolitan State and Wyoming. Air Force took top honors for the women, led by Hannah Everson, who finished first with a time of 18:02.00. The same was true for the men, who were led by the Falcons’ Jake Hawkins (14:55.10).
Prior to the beginning of the collegiate races, citizens had the opportunity to compete in a race of their own. Runner Ben Zwwicki won the citizens race prior to the collegiate races with a time of 16:04.7.
The teams will travel to St. Paul, Minn. to compete in the Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 28.