Gamecocks Post Near Perfect Day in 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational
Sept. 17, 2016
ROCK HILL, S.C. – South Carolina claimed victory in the 33rd Winthrop/adidas Invitational Division I section on Saturday morning at the Winthrop Lake Course, coming three points away from a perfect score.
With 18 points, the Gamecocks cruised to the Division I title, besting the host Winthrop Eagles’ 46. USC Upstate finished third, a point ahead of Presbyterian.
Senior Mary Reiser paced the field with a time of 18:40.3 on the five-kilometer course, just off her pace from the Carolina Challenge two weeks earlier. Freshman Anna Kathryn Stoddard finished second at 18:47.3, shaving 12 seconds off her first collegiate race time. Redshirt junior Martha McCoy ranked fourth overall, just behind Winthrop’s Olivia Paxton while posting a time of 18:57.9. Sophomore Allison Mueller rounded out the top five with a 19:01.1, a near four-second improvement from the season opener.
Junior Kaylee Wessel rounded out the scoring in her first race of the year, finishing in 19:06.4, a new personal best. Junior Allie Sprague ranked ninth (19:21.4) and freshman Emily Crounse ranked 10th with her 19:22.7 clocking, a 16-second betterment in two weeks of work. Stoddard, Mueller, Wessel and Crounse all had collegiate-best timing as well as two others, junior Sarah Taylor (19:27.5, 11th) and Colleen Openshaw (19:49.7, 17th).
“I was very pleased with the team’s performance,” said Gamecock assistant coach for distance Andrew Allden. “It was a significant step up from two weeks ago. Mary did a really good job of taking the lead and pushing the pace. Anna Kathryn Stoddard continues to do a great job as our No. 2 again. She had a very strong last mile and ran faster than the first week. I feel like we did much better against our Division I foes than we did two weeks ago. I think this sets us up well for our next race.”
The Gamecocks continue the season in two weeks, running at the Notre Dame/Joe Piane Invitational on Sept. 30.
|Winthrop/adidas Invitational 5K Sept. 17, 2016
Winthrop Lake Course Rock Hill, S.C.
|South Carolina’s Times|
|1. Mary Reiser||18:40.3|
|2. Anna Kathryn Stoddard||18:47.3|
|4. Martha McCoy||18:57.9|
|5. Allison Mueller||19:01.1|
|6. Kaylee Wessel||19:06.4|
|9. Allie Sprague||19:21.4|
|10. Emily Crounse||19:22.7|
|11. Sarah Taylor||19:27.5|
|12. Monica York||19:30.4|
|14. Kayla Scott||19:39.3|
|15. Sarah-Sims McGrath||19:41.3|
|16. Leah Ford||19:46.8|
|17. Colleen Openshaw||19:49.7|
|20. Megan Buechler||20:17.5|
|21. Anna McElrath||20:36.5|
|23. Morgan Adams||20:39.6|
|29. Julia Nardone||20:55.2|
|36. Hannah Giangaspro||21:38.6|