NCAA Women’s XC — NC State Runs The Table

Victorious NC State’s 1–2 was backed up by Gionna Quarzo (245), Sydney Seymour (248), Samantha Bush (239) & Nevada Mareno (244). (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA, November 19 — As the season was winding down, NC State coach Laurie Henes and her athletes were quietly building confidence and managing stress. They arrived at the Nationals with the unannounced goal of successfully defending their team title while creating an opportunity for their star, Katelyn Tuohy, to win the individual crown.

When race day dawned, the weather conditions at Greiner Family OSU Cross Country Course featured bright sky, a gentle breeze, and sub-freezing temperatures on the rise. In the opening kilometer, followed by NC State and Stanford, Alabama grabbed the early lead. Shortly thereafter, Florida soph Parker Valby, not surprisingly, stormed into the lead and quickly started to pull away from the rest of the field.

At 2K (6:45) Valby, winner of both the SEC XC Championship and South Regional this year, had stretched her lead to 15m ahead of a chase pack which featured NC State, headed by Tuohy, with Alabama and UNC close behind.

Valby, now clearly committed to her plan to steal the race, hit 4K in 12:57 and extended her lead to a whopping 60m over Tuohy and the 20-some athletes around her. Also at 4 kilos, Alabama unseated NC State and took over the team race lead.

Would this prove to be the end of NC State’s grand plan? Nope. Passing the 4K mark, Tuohy (see feature) broke away from the pack in her quest to hunt down the frontrunning Valby. At 4.9K, the favorite was closing fast and had cut the Gator’s lead to 6 seconds. As the duo was climbing the final slope, Tuohy roared past Valby, who had no response, with a quick right turn onto the final 200m downhill.

Tuohy sprinted on for the victory, crossing in 19:27.7. The new national champion was followed by the non-scoring Valby (19:30.9). Finishing 3rd was Tuohy’s teammate Kelsey Chmiel (19:37.1).

Aided by the 1-2 finish in the team race, NC State (1-2-13-24-74 = 114) successfully defended its team title. New Mexico grabbed 2nd (20-23-31-32-34 = 140) while Alabama (5-8-12-14-127 = 166) finished 3rd. The performances were stunning. How deep was this field? The course record of 20:01 was destroyed as 19 women posted times under 20:00.

In the interview zone, the new champion shared her thoughts. “It feels pretty good,” declared Tuohy about her individual win. “Honestly, I am more excited for the team and for going back-to-back. I turned around and saw Kelsey so that was really exciting. I’m super happy right now.”

Tuohy, whose win here completed her undefeated season, said of her strategy, “I thought I had executed the plan pretty well: if Parker went out hard, don’t go with her, but work with the group to catch her. The gap got a little bigger than I thought it would. So around 3K I decided to pick it up and use that diagonal, flat segment to make my surge. I caught her off the turn on the last hill and just tried to bring it home from there.”

When did she think she could catch Valby? “Around 5K, I was like ‘Alright, it’s another 3:00 of running. You can do it.’ I knew I could finish that last 200 pretty hard.”

Given the undefeated season for Tuohy, the undefeated season for her team, and the successful defense of the team title, could this season have been any better? “I don’t think so,” she admitted. “I’m undefeated. A couple of us had setbacks. But we were able to come up on top when we needed to.”

Later, coach Henes offered her perspective: “Obviously when you walk away with the individual title and the team title, that’s a very good day. Just like any season, there’ve been some ups and downs. I don’t think we really nailed it teamwise in any races. And even here, I think what we are preaching is that things don’t have to be perfect to come away with the result you want. If things are good, you keep working with that. You don’t have to have perfection to pull it off. And we didn’t necessarily have that today.”

And with a smile, Henes offered, “When you score 1 and 2 in the team race, that leaves you with a lot of room to have some things happen behind them.”


NCAA XC WOMEN’S RESULTS

Stillwater, Oklahoma, November 19 —

Teams
(adjusted places)

1. NC State 1-2-13-24-74 (80-98) 114
2. New Mexico 20-23-31-32-34 (89-118) 140
3. Alabama 5-8-12-14-127 (185-211) 166
4. Oklahoma State 6-11-47-62-75 (123-183) 201
5. North Carolina 15-35-50-54-88 (106-125) 242

6. Northern Arizona 257; 7. Notre Dame 261; 8. BYU 263; 9. Virginia 268; 10. Georgetown 271; 11. Colorado 286; 12. Utah 307; 13. Stanford 371;
14. Oregon 390; 15. Ohio State 467; 16. Providence 468; 17. Washington 470; 18. Florida State 471; 19. Wisconsin 494; 20. Michigan State 497;
21. Arkansas 507; 22. Michigan 534; 23. Syracuse 544; 24. Oregon State 544; 25. Colorado State 548; 26. Utah Valley 548; 27. West Virginia 562; 28. Toledo 654; 29. Cal Baptist 659; 30. Northwestern 714; 31. Texas 983.

Individuals
†=not in team scoring
6000m (254 started, 253 finished)

1. **Katelyn Tuohy (NC State) 19:27.7
2. †**Parker Valby (Florida) 19:30.9
3. *Kelsey Chmiel (NC State) 19:37.1
4. **Elise Stearns (Northern Arizona) 19:43.9
5. *Bailey Hertenstein (Colorado) 19:45.1
6. ***Hilda Olemomoi’ (Alabama-Ken) 19:45.6
7. ***Natalie Cook (Oklahoma State) 19:46.3
8. *Olivia Markezich (Notre Dame) 19:46.4
9. *Amaris Tyynismaa (Alabama) 19:48.2
10. **Addie Engel (Ohio State) 19:50.4
11. †**Maia Ramsden’ (Harvard-NZ) 19:52.3
12. Emily Venters (Utah) 19:54.1
13. *Taylor Roe (Oklahoma State) 19:56.4
14. *Flomena Asekol’ (Alabama-Ken) 19:56.5
15. *Samantha Bush (NC State) 19:57.6
16. Mercy Chelangat’ (Alabama-Ken) 19:58.4
17. **Kelsey Harrington (North Carolina) 19:58.8
18. *Kaylee Mitchell (Oregon State) 19:59.2
19. Everlyn Kemboi’ (Utah Valley-Ken) 19:59.7
20. **Zofia Dudek’ (Stanford-Pol) 20:01.8
21. *Maggie Donahue (Georgetown) 20:02.5
22. **Amelia Mazza-Downie’ (New Mexico-Aus) 20:02.8
23. **Savannah Roark (Syracuse) 20:02.9
24. *Ceili McCabe’ (West Virginia-Can) 20:03.2
25. †**Laura Pellicoro’ (Portland-Ita) 20:03.2
26. *Gracelyn Larkin’ (New Mexico-Can) 20:03.8
27. †**Bethany Graham (Furman) 20:04.0
28. †**Amina Maatoug (Duke) 20:04.6
29. Nevada Mareno (NC State) 20:07.5
30. *Ella Baran (Colorado) 20:09.2
31. *Grace Fetherstonhaugh’ (Oregon State-Can) 20:09.8
32. Aubrey Frentheway (BYU) 20:09.9
33. *Katie Osika (Michigan State) 20:11.0
34. *Lexy Halladay-Lowry (BYU) 20:12.2
35. †**Yasmin Marghini (Boise) 20:12.9
36. *Izzy Thornton-Bott’ (Oregon-Aus) 20:13.3
37. **Samree Dishon (New Mexico) 20:13.5
38. **Emma Heckel’ (New Mexico-Ger) 20:13.6
39. Grace Jensen (Georgetown) 20:13.7
40. **Elise Thorner’ (New Mexico-GB) 20:13.9
41. †**Victoria Patterson (Columbia) 20:14.0
42. **Brynn Brown (North Carolina) 20:14.8
43. *Sarah Carter (Colorado State) 20:15.0
44. **Mia Barnett (Virginia) 20:15.3
45. **Simone Plourde’ (Utah-Can) 20:15.7
46. **Sophie Atkinson (Virginia) 20:15.9
47. *Annika Reiss (Northern Arizona) 20:16.0
48. *Isabel Van Camp (Arkansas) 20:16.1
49. ***Jane Buckley’ (Providence-Ire) 20:16.2
50. **Emmy van den Berg (Florida State) 20:16.6
51. †**Brianna Weidler (UC Davis) 20:17.2
52. **Joy Chirchir’ (Toledo-Ken) 20:17.2
53. †**Analee Weaver (Utah State) 20:17.5
54. **Erin Strzelecki (Notre Dame) 20:17.8
55. **Margot Appleton (Virginia) 20:18.2
56. †**Tori Herman (Kentucky) 20:19.0
57. *Gabby Hentemann (Oklahoma State) 20:19.3
58. †*Ruby Smee’ (USF-Aus) 20:21.5
59. **Chloe Scrimgeour (Georgetown) 20:21.6
60. †***Maeve Stiles (Penn) 20:22.1
61. **Daniella Santos (Ohio State) 20:22.4
62. **Sasha Neglia (North Carolina) 20:22.5
63. Anna Gibson (Washington) 20:22.8
64. ***Mia Cochran (Arkansas) 20:23.8
65. **Anna Workman (Virginia) 20:23.9
66. **Natalie Tyner (North Carolina) 20:24.1
67. *Jesselyn Bries (Northern Arizona) 20:24.1
68. Katie Thronson (Notre Dame) 20:24.3
69. **Shannon Flockhart’ (Providence-GB) 20:24.4
70. McKenna Lee (BYU) 20:24.8
71. *Sadie Sargent (BYU) 20:25.1
72. **Maddy Elmore (Oregon) 20:25.3
73. **Sophie O’Sullivan’ (Washington-Ire) 20:26.4
74. **Gabija Galvydytė’ (Oklahoma State-Lit) 20:27.1
75. *Andrea Kuhn (Ohio State) 20:27.3
76. Ericka VanderLende (Michigan) 20:28.0
77. **Yasna Petrova’ (Cal Baptist-Bul) 20:28.6
78. Gabrielle Orie (Colorado) 20:29.0
79. **Alyson Churchill (Florida State) 20:29.7
80. Keelah Barger (Utah) 20:30.3
81. **Siona Chisholm (Notre Dame) 20:30.4
82. †*Sarah Schmitt (Indiana) 20:30.4
83. **Lucy Jenks (Stanford) 20:30.5
84. **Agnes McTighe (Florida State) 20:30.9
85. †*Kenzie Doyle (UMass Lowell) 20:31.0
86. Sami Corman (Georgetown) 20:31.5
87. †Elizabeth Mancini (LaSalle) 20:31.6
88. †Ryann Helmers (Mississippi) 20:31.8
89. **Harper McClain (Oregon) 20:33.2
90. ***Brooke Rauber (NC State) 20:33.3
91. **Stephanie Moss’ (Oklahoma State-GB) 20:34.0
92. †*Dana Feyen (Iowa State) 20:34.5
93. **Audrey Dadamio (Stanford) 20:34.8
94. *Shea Ruhly (Wisconsin) 20:34.9
95. Bryn Morley (Northern Arizona) 20:36.6
96. †**Lydia Miller (Lipscomb) 20:36.8
97. *Samantha Stieve (Wisconsin) 20:36.9
98. Sydney Seymour (NC State) 20:36.9
99. **Alexis Kebbe (Northern Arizona) 20:37.2
100. *Samantha Tran (Michigan) 20:37.3
101. †Mia Beckham (Butler) 20:37.4
102. Ariel Keklak (Utah) 20:37.8
103. Annasophia Keller (Notre Dame) 20:38.0
104. Lucinda Crouch’ (Wisconsin-Aus) 20:38.3
105. **Emily Covert (Colorado) 20:39.0
106. Taryn O’Neill’ (Northern Arizona-Can) 20:39.9
107. †**Halle Hamilton (Air Force) 20:40.3
108. ***Eva Klingbeil (North Carolina) 20:40.5
109. Abbe Goldstein (New Mexico) 20:41.1
110. †*Irene Rono’ (Abilene Christian-Ken) 20:41.9
111. **Anastaysia Davis (BYU) 20:42.5
112. Meagan Van Pelt (Northern Arizona) 20:42.8
113. ***Sydney Thorvaldson (Arkansas) 20:42.9
114. *Esther Seeland (Virginia) 20:43.1
115. **Makenna Veen (Michigan State) 20:43.2
116. Rachel McCardell (Northwestern) 20:43.3
117. *Charlotte Wood (West Virginia) 20:43.8
118. †Perri Bockrath (Kentucky) 20:44.4
119. †*Olivia Borowiak (De Paul) 20:44.6
120. †*Madelynn Hill (Iowa State) 20:44.7
121. ***Riley Stewart (Stanford) 20:45.1
122. **Gionna Quarzo (NC State) 20:45.7
123. ***Melissa Riggins (Georgetown) 20:45.8
124. Abigail Spiers (Syracuse) 20:46.1
125. **Kaitlyn Hynes (Michigan State) 20:46.4
126. Mikaela Lucki (West Virginia) 20:46.9
127. *Faith Linga (Toledo) 20:47.2
128. *Maddy Denner (Notre Dame) 20:47.5
129. Kaitlyn Barthell (Colorado) 20:47.6
130. **Fatima Alanis (North Carolina) 20:48.0
131. †**Mariah Wehrle (Indiana) 20:48.3
132. Malia Pivec (Oregon) 20:48.7
133. ***Erin Vringer (Utah) 20:49.2
134. *Andrea Markezich (Washington) 20:49.4
135. †*Chloe Hershenow (Tulsa) 20:49.6
136. **Grace Connolly (Stanford) 20:50.6
137. Lily Tomasula-Martin (Colorado State) 20:51.2
138. **Kimberley May’ (Providence-NZ) 20:51.3
139. *Sophia Jacobs-Townsley (Syracuse) 20:51.4
140. Mazzie Melaney (Utah Valley) 20:51.6
141. Samantha Saenz (Michigan) 20:52.0
142. †**Gracie Morris (TCU) 20:52.4
143. †Katelyn Mitchem (Wyoming) 20:52.5
144. *Claudia Burgess (Colorado State) 20:52.7
145. Christina Geisler (Oregon State) 20:53.0
146. **Aliandrea Upshaw (New Mexico) 20:53.7
147. Madison Heisterman’ (Washington-Can) 20:53.8
148. ***Klaudia Kazimierska (Oregon) 20:54.0
149. *Victoria Heiligenthal (Wisconsin) 20:56.1
150. ***Maelle Porcher’ (Cal Baptist-Fra) 20:56.3
151. ***Billah Jepkirui’ (Oklahoma State-Ken) 20:56.4
152. Danielle Page (Michigan) 20:56.6
153. **Taryn Parks (North Carolina) 20:56.9
154. **Caila Odekirk (Utah Valley) 20:57.3
155. **Elka Machan (Alabama) 20:57.7
156. *Lily Tuck’ (Providence-Can) 20:57.8
157. ***Niamh O’Mahony’ (Providence-Ire) 20:58.3
158. **Naomi Smith (Washington) 20:58.9
159. **Camryn Menninger (Virginia) 21:00.6
160. *Vivian Hacker (Wisconsin) 21:00.9
161. *Ari Marks (Northwestern) 21:01.4
162. **Emily Chaston (Colorado State) 21:01.5
163. *Alissa Fielding (BYU) 21:02.0
164. ***Katelyn Stewart-Barnett (Michigan State) 21:02.3
165. **Yasmine Abbes’ (Florida State-Neth) 21:03.1
166. **Lauren Freeland (Michigan State) 21:03.9
167. Hannah Branch (Utah Valley) 21:04.1
168. †*Jaybe Shufelberger (Arkansas State) 21:04.3
169. **Maja Dzialoszewska (Cal Baptist) 21:04.5
170. ***Sophia Nordenholz (Washington) 21:04.8
171. *Alexa Westley (Wisconsin) 21:05.0
172. *Melissa Berry (Oregon) 21:05.5
173. **Katherine Hessler (Northwestern) 21:05.9
174. ***Ella Borsheim (Washington) 21:06.2
175. *Grace Molloy (Michigan State) 21:07.1
176. **Morgan Jensen (Utah) 21:07.8
177. †***Elia Ton-That (Columbia) 21:08.9
178. **Taylor Ewert (Arkansas) 21:09.4
179. ***Samantha Hastie (Michigan) 21:09.5
180. **Akemi Von Scherr (Ohio State) 21:10.2
181. *Ashlyn Hillyard (Colorado State) 21:11.0
182. Maggie Zwahlen (Utah Valley) 21:11.9
183. †Sophie Daigle (Louisiana) 21:12.3
184. **Caitlin Wilkey (Florida State) 21:12.4
185. Eleanor Lawler (Syracuse) 21:12.6
186. †Eleanor Mancini (LaSalle) 21:12.7
187. *Katherine Dowie (West Virginia) 21:13.2
188. †**Carmen Riaño’ (Miami-Ohio-Spa) 21:13.5
189. *Ivy Gonzales (Syracuse) 21:14.5
190. **Chloe Gonzalez (Georgetown) 21:15.1
191. †**Phoebe Anderson (Columbia) 21:16.6
192. *Cassie Kearney (Michigan) 21:17.0
193. *Rebecca Clark Pottorff (Florida State) 21:17.4
194. Orla O’Connor’ (Providence-Ire) 21:18.1
195. **Ava Earl (Northwestern) 21:18.4
196. *Emily Vining (Toledo) 21:18.5
197. *Linnaea Kavulich (Virginia) 21:19.8
198. ***Ari Trimble (Utah Valley) 21:20.0
199. **Emilia Mikszuta (Cal Baptist) 21:20.6
200. **Emily Bardwell (Michigan State) 21:20.9
201. †Micaela Rivera (Utah State) 21:21.4
202. Anna Máté’ (Cal Baptist-Hun) 21:21.6
203. **Carmen Alder’ (BYU-Ecuador) 21:22.0
204. **Lauren Peterson (Utah) 21:24.6
205. Katie Rose Blachowicz (Notre Dame) 21:24.7
206. **Abi Archer (Stanford) 21:25.1
207. †Liz Galarza (Georgia Tech) 21:27.5
208. †*Olivia Howell (Illinois) 21:27.9
209. *Lou Trois (Toledo) 21:28.1
210. **Julia Dames (Toledo) 21:28.8
211. Gracie Hyde (Arkansas) 21:29.5
212. *Beth Ramos (Texas) 21:29.8
213. *Madison Flippence (Utah Valley) 21:30.6
214. **Greta Karinauskaite’ (Cal Baptist-Lit) 21:31.2
215. **Rebecca Bergnes (Florida State) 21:31.6
216. Katy-Ann McDonald (Georgetown) 21:32.1
217. **Emma Watcke (Wisconsin) 21:32.7
218. *Kalea Bartolotto (Northwestern) 21:33.1
219. ***Emily Van Valkenburg (Oregon State) 21:33.6
220. **Sivan Auerbach’ (Oklahoma State-Isr) 21:36.0
221. Shona McCulloch (Syracuse) 21:38.9
222. *Jami Reed (Alabama) 21:40.7
223. **Anna Hightower (Northwestern) 21:42.3
224. *Jeanne Reix Charat (West Virginia) 21:42.7
225. *Mikenna Vanderheyden’ (West Virginia-Can) 21:43.1
226. *Adoette Vaughan (Arkansas) 21:43.9
227. *Madeline Vining (Toledo) 21:44.1
228. **Alisa Meraz-Fishbein (Colorado) 21:44.8
229. **Annabel Stafford (Colorado State) 21:46.4
230. Valery Tobias (Texas) 21:47.4
231. *Kayla Windemuller (Michigan) 21:48.8
232. *Alex O’Neill’ (Providence-Ire) 21:49.9
233. ***Audrey DeSantis (Ohio State) 21:50.6
234. ***Whitney Valenti (Colorado) 21:52.0
235. **Audrey Suarez (Stanford) 21:54.7
236. **Nicole Louw (Oregon) 21:54.9
237. Gia Napolean (Ohio State) 21:56.1
238. **Marina Trave (Cal Baptist) 21:59.4
239. ***Mary Ellen Eudaly (Arkansas) 22:03.9
240. ***Kate Laurent (Oregon State) 22:04.2
241. **Eva Jess (Texas) 22:09.8
242. **Kelsie Vicknair (Texas) 22:13.1
243. Isabel Hebner (Texas) 22:13.4
244. Olivia Verbeke (Northwestern) 22:19.2
245. *Alyssa Duhart (Texas) 22:21.3
246. ***McKinley Fielding (Toledo) 22:25.4
247. **Quinn McConnell (Colorado State) 22:30.0
248. ***Sam McDonnell (Alabama) 22:37.2
249. Monica Hebner (Texas) 22:41.5
250. **Annie Allen (Ohio State) 22:42.3
251. ***Teaghan Knox (Oregon State) 22:46.1
252. **Olivia Joly (Syracuse) 22:46.8
253. *Zoe Simmons (Oregon State) 23:13.2

… dnf—**Abbey Yuhasz (West Virginia).