Oct. 17, 2009
By Andrew Woerpel
Athletic Media Relations
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Rams come back from Pre-Nationals with mixed results, as the Colorado State women look to focus and become more consistent, while the men look for answers to help them cope with injuries.
Saturday's race, which took place on the same course the women’s NCAA championships will be held on in November, featured more than 70 teams and over 500 runners split into two heats on each side. Many of the country's premier cross country programs were present, and the competition was stiff.
In the women's race, the team finished 16th out of 37 teams in their heat. Sophomore Ellie Rastall paced the Rams once again, finishing 44th with a time of 21 minutes, 32.8 seconds. She was followed by freshman Sarah Heuer, who had an impressive showing, finishing 89th with a time of 22:00.5. Rounding out the top three for the Rams was senior Kristen Hemphill, who finished one second behind Heuer in 90th place.
No. 1 ranked Washington won the women’s race, followed by No. 9 Florida and No. 5 Princeton.
“I think we had a solid race, but we have yet to have all of our top five or six runners have a good day on the same day,” Head Coach Bryan Berryhill said about the women.
”Sarah has been the most pleasant surprise the whole year,” Berryhill said. “She has shown she can go out there and compete with the best of them. The thing that is really exceptional about what she is doing is she hasn’t just had one good race, she has pretty much had a good race in all of our races so far.”
With this race in the rear view, the women are searching for the consistency it will take to make them a strong team.
“On the women’s side we are starting to get some things figured out,” Berryhill said. “We are just going to work on being consistent.”
On the men's side, the Rams finished 31st out of 35 teams in their heat. Junior Daniel Wallis was the top finisher, coming in 82nd with a time of 24:56. Senior Jeremy Freed finished one second off Wallis’ pace, finishing 83rd, while junior Ryan Friese rounded out the Rams top three, finishing in 174th place.
No. 1 ranked Stanford won the men’s race, followed by No. 4 Colorado and No. 6 BYU.
“It was a rough race, to be honest,” Berryhill said. “Anytime you are losing the guys we are losing it starts to take its toll, not only physically, but I think emotionally these guys are having a hard time stepping up to fill their shoes. We just need to find a way to compete better, because I don’t think we competed very well out there today.”
The Rams will now turn their attention to the MWC championships, which will be held on Oct. 31, in Provo, Utah.
Women's times (overall finish): Ellie Rastall 21:32.8, Sarah Heuer 22:00.5, Kristen Hemphill 22:01.5,
Nicole Peters 22:03.4, Aliese Willard 22:19.4, Michelle Dettmann 22:45.5, Kendra Gerk 23:03.6
Men's times (overall finish): Daniel Wallis 24:56.0, Jeremy Freed 24:57, Ryan Friese 25:59.7, Andrew Roberts 26:29.8, John O'Neil 26:40.4