Saturday, September 4, 2010

2010 Spider Alumni Open

The Spider Women Defeated William & Mary (16-42) to Open the 2010 Season...

The Men Came up 1 Point Short to William & Mary (28-29)....

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Video-Women's Coach Lori Taylor

Video-Men's Coach Steve Taylor

Video-Levi Grandt Post Race

Video-Erin Lunny Post Race

The 2010 Spider Alumni Open Cross Country Meet signifies the start of the season for the University of Richmond men's and women's teams...
The Spiders competed against William & Mary as they split the team into two groups the "Red" and the "Blue" teams for a competition within the competition. Running without 4 of their top runners who are healthy but waiting to open the season in 2 weeks at NC State, the Spiders easily won the meet sweeping the top 4 places over the William & Mary Tribe.

"We wanted to see our team compete", said women's Coach Lori Taylor. "We had a lot of freshmen out there today racing in their first collegiate race. The handled it well and responded during the race."

"They got in there and raced well and competed. It is a good win and should open some peoples eyes since we didn't run Amy Van Alstine (2010 NCAA National Outdoor Championship Semi-Finalist in the 5K), Nicol Traynor (2009 NCAA National Outdoor Championship Qualifier in the 5K-16:17.52), Julie Rechel (2010 NCAA National Outdoor Championships Semi-Finalist in the 10K) and Jenn Ennis."

Freshman, Jill Prentice made a statement breaking the course and meet record becoming the first athlete to break the 11:00 flat mark. Prentice is from Montgomery HS, NJ leading 3 Spider freshmen and 1 sophomore to sweep the top 4 places over William & Mary.

Sophomore, Dana Guglielmo (Ridge HS, NJ) who competed in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Championships in the 3K steeple last spring moved up throughout the race to place 2nd overall and led the "blue" team...

Freshman, Roxanne Henningson (Greenwich HS, NY) on her was to 3rd place...

Freshman, Alli Mannon (Warwick HS, PA) sprints in for 4th place...

Junior, Beth Kelly (Cardinal O'Hare HS, PA) places 6th to round out the Spiders scorers....

A pack of Richmond athletes in front of a William & Mary runner as the Spiders won the competition with a low score of 16-42...
The men's start....

The Richmond team would be 1 point away from the win...

Spider Alum Charlie Ban ('04) leads Ryan Lee and Levi Grandt at 1200M...

Charlie continued to push the pace early...

Levi Grandt (Doddridge Co. HS, WV) on his way to victory in the men's 5K race with a time of 15:19.oo, which is 27 seconds faster than he ran last year...

It still wasn't enough for the men...they were 1 position away from winning the meet (see results below)...

"I'm pleased about a number of things", said men's coach Steve Taylor. "I never want to see our team drop a close race like this one but for 4 freshmen, 2 sophomores and 1 junior they ran well. Everyone of the returners ran substantially faster than last year so that's positive."

"So, we are looking forward to the season... We also had a few of our upper classmen that we chose not to race today. Matt Llano (2010 NCAA All-American in the 10K), Andrew Benford (12th at the 2009 World Mountain Running Championships), Tim Quinn (2009 A-10 All-Conference in XC) and Jon Wilson did not run today."

Freshman, Ryan Lee (Archmere Academy, DE) placed 5th (15:30.99) and broke the freshman course and meet records by 8 seconds...

Sophomore, Jason Skipper (Pittsford Mendon HS, NY) continues his comeback to place 6th in 15:51.4 which is an improvement of 36 seconds over his time from last year...

Sophomore, Conor Phelan (Pittsford Sutherland HS, NY) placed 9th improving by 24 seconds from last year...
Freshman, Adam Owens (Clarke Co. HS, VA) ran 16:11.8 to place 10th....

Redshirt Freshman, Kyle Ragan (State College HS, PA) showed the greatest improvement for the Spiders. He ran 16:26.14 to improve by 1 minute and 7 seconds over his time from last year.
Freshman, Patrick Love (Manhassett HS, NY) placed 16th...

2010 Spider Alumni Open
September 4, 2010
St. Catherine’s Fields
Richmond, VA
Men’s 5K
Start time: 9:30a.m./80 degrees/70% humidity

Name: Affiliation: Time: Place:
1. Levi Grandt Richmond (JR) 15:19.00 1st
2. Josh Hardin Will. & Mary 15:22.00 2nd
3. Liam Anastasia-Murphy Will. & Mary 15:27.10 3rd
4. Peter Dorrell Will. & Mary 15:30.56 4th
5. Ryan Lee** Richmond (FR) 15:30.99 5th
(**Freshman Course and Meet Record)
6. Jason Skipper Richmond (SO) 15:51.44 6th
7. Thomas McConell Unattached 15:54.06
8. Brian Sklodowski Will. & Mary 16:07.93 7th
9. Conor Phelan Richmond (SO) 16:08.94 8th
10. Adam Owens Richmond (FR) 16:11.85 9th
11. Chuck Ban Alumni 16:22.77
12. Kyle Ragan Richmond (r-FR) 16:26.14 10th
13. John Ciccenelli Alumni 16:34.81
14. Hunter Willis Alumni 16:35.77
15. Jeff Strongjy Alumni 16:39.12
16. Patrick Love (FR) Richmond 16:43.51 11th
17. Sean McKinney Alumni 16:47.98
18. David Blitzer Will. & Mary 17:24.28 12th
19. John Lauder Alumni 17:31.68
20. Ellis Mays Unattached 17:35.08
21. Matt Hennay Alumni 17:57.09
22. Jeff Watson Alumni 17:58.68
23. Brendan Regan Alumni 18:03.43
24. Matt Mellow Unattached 18:32.67
25. Tom Smail Unattached 20:57.67
26. Sean Livsey Unattached 22:53.56

Men’s Team Score:
William & Mary 28
Richmond 29
2010 Spider Alumni Open
September 4, 2010
St. Catherine’s Fields
Richmond, VA
Women’s 2 Mile
Start time: 10:00a.m./83 degrees/70% humidity

Name: Affiliation: Time: Place:
1. Jill Prentice** Richmond (FR) 10:57.30 1st
(**Meet Record…previous record Kylee Schuler-Richmond 11:03.10-2007)
2. Dana Guglielmo Richmond (SO) 11:12.75 2nd
3. Roxanne Henningson Richmond (FR) 11:19.33 3rd
4. Allie Mannon Richmond (FR) 11.19:64 4th

5. Meaghan Fitzpatrick Will. & Mary 11:29.52 5th
6. Beth Kelly Richmond (JR) 11:35.89 6th
7. Avery Mattingly Will. & Mary 11:37.55 7th
8. Amanda Linebery Richmond (FR) 11:40.39 8th
9. Stephanie Paradis Richmond (SO) 11:41.99 9th
10. Emma Berry Richmond (JR) 11:42.33
11. Erin Lunny Richmond (SR) 11:42.95
12. Kaitlyn Oliver Richmond (SO)11:45.76
13. Lydia Morton Richmond (SO) 11:49.69
14. Kristen Dietz Will. & Mary 11:52.15 10th
15. Alex Hackett Richmond (SO)11:53.06
16. Sherry Hannay UR Alumna 11:54.97
17. Katrina Jueng Richmond (FR) 11:58.25
18. Krissa Loretto Will. & Mary 12:03.42 11th
19. Charlotte Tregelles Will. & Mary 12:04.99 12th
20. Andi Defonce Richmond (JR) 12:23.81
21. Diana Filtz Richmond (SR) 12:32.73
22. Molly Rielly Richmond Track Athlete (FR) 17:15.69
23. Meaghan McGovern Richmond Track Athlete (JR) 17:16.01
24. Amanda Caporelli Richmond Track Athlete (JR) 17:16.30
25. Erin Fitzmaurice Richmond Track Athlete (FR) 17:16.56
26. X’auntasia Johnson Richmond Track Athlete (SR) 17:16.82
27. Sarah Nuttycomb Richmond Track Athlete (SO) 17:17.14
28. Meghan Hart Richmond Track Athlete (SO) 17:17.45
29. Kelsey McKenna Richmond Track Athlete (FR) 17:19.88
30. Ann O’Toole Richmond Track Athlete (FR) 17:20.22

Women’s Team Score:
Richmond 16
William & Mary 42
The post race cookout at the Track House...Andrew Benford, 12th at the World Mountain Running Championships last year ('09), cooks for the team....

Jenn Ennis holds a sign at the post race cookout...She was one of the coaches of the "red" team...and will open her season in 2 weeks at NC State's Invitational.

Conor Phelan (SO), Ellis Mays (FR) and Kyle Ragan (r-FR) sit on the Track House couch, while Luke stretches out on the floor...Liz Schinski (FR) has her back to the camera...

After the meet the Alumni headed to "D Hall" on campus to reminisce about how great it was to always have someone cook for them when they were in school...and how fast the still are.

...Then they stopped by the new Robins Stadium on the University of Richmond campus to look at the track & field facility...

Hunter Willis ('08) (multiple time All-Conference runner ) and John Ciccarelli ('06) (former A-10 XC and 3K Champion) race to the finish...

(L-R) Matt Hannay ('03), Jeff Watson ('03) and Jon Lauder ('04) (A-10 All-Conference Runner in the 10K)...

Jeff Strojny ('09), a former A-10 Champion in the DMR and owner of New Balance-Richmond.

Brendan Regan ('08) a former middle distance runner is now a prefessor at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA...

Sean Welsh ('09) won the 1500M title at the A-10 Championships in 2009 and competed at the NCAA Championships for the Spiders his senior year....

Coach Lori Taylor catches up with Emily Ward ('04) and Sarah Taylor ('03)...

Pete Norquist ('08) is one of the "Band Of Brothers" and a loyal Spider...

Cross Country Season Kicks-Off With Spider Alumni Open

The women's team took first-place and the men's team placed second against William & Mary.

by KC Rismiller-UR SID

Sept. 4, 2010

RICHMOND, Va. - The Spiders kicked-off the 2010 cross country season against William & Mary early Saturday morning at St. Catherine's Fields Course in Richmond. Individually, Richmond's Levi Grandt came in first in the men's 5K race, Jill Prentice clinched first-place for the women with a course and meet record. Overall, the women's team defeated William & Mary (16-42), while the men came in a close second (28-29).

Grandt, a junior at Richmond, clocked in a winning time of 15:19. The Tribe's Josh Hardin (15:22), Liam Anastasia-Murphy (15.27.10), and Peter Dorrell (15:30.56) took second, third, and fourth-place, followed by Spider freshman Ryan Lee in fifth (15:30.99). Lee's mark broke the freshman record established by Levi Grandt in 2008 of 15:38.9.

Newcomer Jill Prentice won the women's 2 mile race. In her first collegiate victory, Prentice clocked in at 10:57.30 breaking the meet and course record in the process. She was followed by Spider teammates Dana Guglielmo (SO) in second (11:12.75), Roxanne Henningson (FR) in third (11:19.33), and Allie Mannon (FR) in fourth (11:19.64). William & Mary's Meaghan Fitzpatrick came in fifth-place with a time of 11:29.52.

In two weeks the women travel to Cary, North Carolina to compete in the Wolfpack Invitational.

For more photos of the Spider Alumni Open, check out the Cross Country Photo Galleries.

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