No. 11 Men's XC Heads to Star-Studded Wisconsin Meet
PRINCETON, N.J. (10/11/12) - The Princeton men's cross country team takes on the Wisconsin Invitational as the final tune-up before the Heptagonal Championship on Friday, Oct. 12 in Madison, Wisc. The 8k race is slated for a 12:40 p.m., start.
The rest of the team will stay home and host the Princeton Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 13. For more information on the Invitational click on the link at the top of the article.
The Tigers moved up six spots in the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's national poll to No. 11. For the fourth straight week Princeton has the No. 1 spot in the Mid-Atlantic region locked down.
It will be a star-studded event in Madison, as 22 of the top 30 teams in the nation will be competing. They include Wisconsin (1), Oklahoma (4), Portland (5), Iona (5), Stanford (8), Syracuse (10), Princeton (11), Notre Dame (13), Minnesota (16), Columbia (17), Northern Arizona (18), Arkansas (19), Eastern Kentucky (20), Texas (22), Georgia (24), Michigan (24), Indiana (26), UCLA (27), New Mexico (28), Virginia (29) and Missouri (30). Twenty-four unranked teams will also compete.
Last year at Wisconsin the team finished fourth out of 39 teams. Twenty-one of those 39 teams were nationally ranked, including the host Wisconsin (2), which won the race, followed by BYU (6) in second and Stanford (4) in third. The Tigers posted an average team time of 24:20 as the fourth-place team. Princeton finished ahead of Indiana (7) by 44 points as the Hoosiers were fifth. The Tigers also out kicked Northern Arizona (13), NC State (9) and Oregon (10).
Donn Cabral '12 clocked in at 23:31 to finish fourth, the best time of any runner from the top five teams. He stayed in front throughout the race with an 8:55 time at the 3k mark and 14:51 at the 5k. Brian Leung '12 was 29th at 24:17. Peter Maag '12 and Chris Bendtsen '14 were steps apart at 24:35 and 24:37. Tyler Udland '15 was the final scorer crossing the tape at 24:38.
Competing in Madison will be junior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin, Bendtsen, senior Michael Franklin, senior Max Kaulbach, sophomore Connor Martin, sophomore Matt McDonald, sophomore Eddie Owens, Udland and junior Jonathan Vitez.
At the 2011 Princeton Invitational, the team finished second on its home course, West Windsor Fields. Yamin led Princeton with a third-place finish of 25:01. Vitez clocked in three seconds later at 25:04 to finished in sixth place. Franklin ran a 25:12 and McDonald clocked in at 25:21. Rounding out the scoring was Michael Palmisano '13 at 25:22.