MADISON, Wis.—Junior Shelby Houlihan and the Arizona State women’s cross country team had a standout day for the Sun Devil program, topping six ranked teams as it finished in a superb 14th place with 461 points at Wisconsin’s adidas Invitational at the Zimmer Championship Course.
The No. 30 Maroon and Gold men’s team saw each of its seven competitors run under 25 minutes en route to a 20th place finish with 522 points, and ahead of five ranked opponents. Each Sun Devil runner posted a season best in Saturday’s 8k race.
Houlihan finished fourth overall in the women’s 6k race with a time of 19:52, improving upon her previous 6k mark this season by nearly 38 seconds (20:35.45 at the Griak Invitational on Sept. 29).
Once again, sophomore Adriana Olivas ran the race of her life, crossing the finish line in 20:26 for 33rd place and shattering her season best in the 6k, which was originally 21:45.30, set at the Griak Invitational in Minneapolis, Minn.
Freshman Chiara Warner, who joined the program from Townsend, Mont., raced for the first time as a Sun Devil on Saturday, and finished with a respectable mark of 21:01 for 86th place in a field of 288 runners.
Freshman Kala Stone and junior Shaina Corbin also scored for the squad, crossing the finish line in 21:37 and 21:40, respectively, for women’s cross country head coach Ryan Cole’s Sun Devils.
Of the numerous teams either ranked or receiving votes in this week’s USTFCCCA poll, the Sun Devils finished ahead of twelve, including No. 15 Cornell, No. 17 Duke, No. 24 Boston College, No. 25 Vanderbilt, No. 26 BYU, and No. 29 Texas.
ASU also finished ahead of Pac-12 Conference foe UCLA, who received votes in the USTFCCCA poll and is ranked seventh in the West Region, where the Sun Devils are ranked at No. 12. UC Davis is also ranked ahead of ASU in the regional rankings at No. 9, but finished behind the Sun Devils at Wisconsin’s race in 21st place.
For the men’s team redshirt senior Garrett Seawell led the ASU finishers with a season best time of 24:07 for 59th overall. Seawell’s previous best this season was set at the Griak Invitational at 24:42.2.
Each of Seawell’s teammates also recorded sub-25 minute season bests and finished within a 46-second span. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Herson finished at 24:21, 35 seconds off his previous best mark, set in the Sun Devils’ season opener, the George Kyte Classic, on Sept. 7.
Redshirt junior Garrett Baker-Slama recorded a time of 24.26, redshirt senior Steven Schnieders finished at 24:27, and freshman Bernie Montoya crossed the finish line with a season best 24:34.
ASU finished ahead of No. 27 Dartmouth, No. 26 Florida, RV Michigan State, No. 24 Georgetown, and No. 22 Minnesota. Furthermore, the Sun Devils topped Pac-12 foe No. 21 UCLA and league rival Arizona.
Overall, it was a good day for cross country programs in the state of Arizona, as the No.3 Arizona women won the team title with four of its five point scorers finishing in the top-25 and 117 total points. For the men, Northern Arizona won the team crown with each of its five point scorers finishing in the top-50 for 121 total points.
Individually, Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino crossed the finish line first with a course record time of 19:31. Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell won the men’s individual title with a time of 23:12.
Up next, the Sun Devil squads will have two weeks to prepare for the 2013 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, set for Saturday, Nov. 2 in Louisville, Colo.