Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Richmond Spiders Win William & Mary XC Invitational

Sophomore, Jill Prentice returned to the Spiders lineup 
this past weekend.  An NCAA 5K East Region
Championships qualifier last spring,
Prentice ran a meet record 17:37 to lead the Spiders
to victory over William & Mary and Hampton.
Spider Women Win, Men Second at W&M XC Invite

Courtesy:Richmond Athletics

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - The Richmond cross country teams competed in their second meet of the season on Saturday at the William and Mary Invitational on the grounds of the Eastern State Hospital in Williamsburg, Va.

The Spider men suffered a narrow 25-31 setback to W&M in the men's 8K race, while the women topped the Tribe by a 22-33 margin on the 5K course. Old Dominion and Hampton took third on the men's and women's sides, respectively.



The Richmnd team stretches before the race.

Team members pin their numbers on their singlets.

Chris York and Jason Skipper...

Jill Prentice and Emma Berry stretch before the race.

Roxanne Henningson, Alyson McGonigle and Emily Graber stretching...

Paul Myer, Adam Owens and Tim Becker.

Prerace snack...

Jason Skipper and Chris York pin their numbers on for the race.

More stretching...
Patrick Love (SO)

Patrick Love, Matt Groff and Jason Skipper on the start line.

Team huddle in the rain before the start of the race.

Kyle Ragan, Jason Skipper and Chris York.

Adam Owens and Conor Phelan join teammates for the start.

Spiders on the start line...

The men's start...
Jason Skipper  and Chris York at 2 miles...

2.5 miles...

Conor Phelan

Matt Groff and Adam Owens...

Kyle Ragan

Jason Skipper and Chris York were 2nd and 3rd at 3 miles.

Jason Skipper and Chris York
Conor Phelan

Matt Groff battles John Anderson from William & Mary.

Adam Owens

Kyle Ragan with Patrick Love in the background.

Patrick Love battles David Waterman at ~4 miles.

Jason Skipper would lead the Spiders and run a ~30 second PR of 25:08

Chris York placed 3rd running 25:17.

Conor Phelan is much improved over the past year.  He ran 26:07
as the Spiders #3 runner (7th overall in the race). 
His time was nearly 45 seconds faster than he ran on this course last year.

Matt Groff was great in his first 5 mile race...
He placed 10th in 26:19.

Jason Skiper 500M from the finish.

Chris York 500M from the finish.
York ran 25:17 to place 3rd overall.

Conor Phelan...

Conor Phelan

Spider women on the start line...

The women begin their 5K race...

One of the hills on the course...

The women's lead pack at 1000M...

The Spider women controlled the race from the start...

Spiders in the lead Jill Prentice, Roxanne Henningson, Stephanie Paradis,
Liz Schinski, Amanda Lineberry, Andi Defonce and Alli Stapleton just after 1000M.

(L-R) Jill Prentice, Jess Cygen (W&M), Stephanie Paradis,
Roxanne Henningson, Andi DeFonce, Liz Schinski, and Alli Stapleton.

Taylor Clevinger, Lydia Morton and Emma Berry.

Jill Prentice on her way to victory and a meet record of 17:37.

Stephanie Paradis in a race with Jess Cygen (W&M).

Roxanne Henningson placed 4th in 18:38.

Amanda Lineberry ran a strong 18:47 as the 5th collegiate runner
and the Spiders #4 runner.

(L-R) Lydia Morton, Emma Berry and Taylor Clevinger...

Devin Sullivan

Alyson McGonigle races Hampton's Shaquanda Gainey.

Jill Prentice 500M from the finish...
Her 17:37 would best the field by 36 seconds.

After a conservative 6:00 opening mile Prentice
accelerated away from the field to run 17:37,
making her final 2.1 miles at 5:30 mile pace.

Stephanie Paradis ran 18:27 to place 3rd overall...
Another good race for her.

Roxanne Henningson ran 18:38 to place 4th to help the
Spiders win the William & Mary Invite.

Amanda Lineberry

Liz Schinski ran 19:18 as the Spiders 6th runner.

Emily Graber (20:12), Devin Sulivan (20:12 also) and
Dana Guglielmo (20:29) rounded out the Spiders team. 

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