Rohatinsky Shows Up Big at Pre-Nationals
TERRE HAUTE -- Josh Rohatinsky placed first and led No. 4 BYU to a second place finish in the men's Blue Race at the Pre-National Meet on Saturday.
The No. 4 Cougar women's team also had a strong showing tying for a fourth place in their Blue Race.
"Josh ran incredibly well," men's head coach Ed Eyestone said. "He showed a lot of race savvy. The pace felt easy for him, and then when needed to he made the move to steal the victory."
Rohatinsky set the course record with a time of 23:31. The record only stood for about 35 minutes when the men's White Race winner, Josh McDougal from Liberty, set a new record with a time of 23:12. The course is the same course where Nationals will be run and it also played host to last year's Pre-National and National meets.
The men's second place finish out of 33 teams came behind No. 5 Stanford. Because so many teams entered the meet, it had to be broken up into two separate races (Blue and White). No 3 Colorado came away with the victory in the white race followed by No. 7 Notre Dame.
Eyestone said he was pleased with the way his team performed on Saturday.
"The team ran well, Stanford just ran better," he said. "I was really pleased with our gaps, we had a pretty tight knit group between two and five. There was only about 16 seconds between them. Now we just have to tighten the gap in that chunk between one and two. All-and-all it was a great performance."
Dustin Bybee was the second BYU runner to cross the finish line with a 33rd place finish and a time of 24:22. He was followed by Nick McCombs (40-24:28), Chandler Goodwin (45-24:31) and Josh McAdams (55-24:38).
In addition to the Blue Race, the men were represented in the Men's Open Race where the team captured another second place finish. Jason Dorais led the way with a seventh place finish and a time of 24:58.
The women's fourth place tie with No. 9 North Carolina State out of 35 teams came behind No. 3 Stanford, No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 13 Columbia.
Women's head coach Patrick Shane said there were some real positive points in the race but he saw some areas that need improvement.
"I am pleased with some of the race but I realize we have some work to do to be ready for nationals," he said. "I think we'll be alright. We just have to sit down as a team and refocus, and make our minds up that we want to be better then we are right now."
The Cougars were led once again by senior Chelsea Smith McKell, who Shane said ran a solid race, placing 11th with a time of 20:37. She was followed by Heidi Magill (32-21:00), Breanne Sandberg (49-21:23), Amy Fowler (53-21:26) and Jocelyn Gardner (64-21:35).
"Breanne and Amy ran together just about the entire race," Shane said. "That was real solid and we like that."
The women's team was also represented in the Women's Open Race with four runners. Anne Marie Thomas was the top finisher with a seventh place finish and a time of 21:53. Kristen Ogden was close behind placing 10th.
Both teams are off next week as they prepare for the Mountain West Conference Championships on Saturday, October 29, in Fort Collins, Colo.
MEN'S BLUE RACE
1 Josh Rohatinsky 23:31
33 Dustin Bybee 24:22
40 Nick McCombs 24:28
45 Chandler Goodwin 24:31
55 Josh McAdams 24:38
106 Jacob Gustafsson 25:07
133 Tyrel Jensen 25:20
MEN'S OPEN RACE
2 Jason Dorais 24:58
5 Brett Andrus 25:19
14 Mark Nevers 25:43
22 Miles Batty 25:56
39 Derek Taylor 26:44
WOMEN'S BLUE RACE
11 Chelsea McKell 20:37
32 Heidi MaGill 21:00
49 Breanne Sandberg 21:23
53 Amy Fowler 21:26
64 Jocelyn Gardner 21:35
78 Anne Heiner 21:45
185 Amber Harper 23:07
WOMEN'S OPEN RACE
7 Ann Marie Thomas 21:53
10 Kristen Ogden 22:09
16 Amber Duffin 22:18
46 Allison Passey 22:52
Cougar Runners Ready For Pre-Nationals
PROVO -- Both the men's and women's teams are heading to Terra Haute, Ind., to face some tough competition as they race in the Pre-National meet on Saturday, Oct. 15.
"I'm excited about the chance to run," men's head coach Ed Eyestone said. "It's been a couple of weeks since we've had the chance to roll."
Pre-Nationals will host several top-25 schools giving both teams the opportunity to face, and see how they match up with the nation's best. The No. 4 ranked women will face, Stanford (3), Notre Dame (8), North Carolina State (9), Minnesota (10), Columbia (13), Georgetown (19), Butler (21), Virginia (22) and Northern Arizona (24).
The No. 4 ranked men will race against, Stanford (5), Cal Poly-SLO (10), Georgetown (12), Florida State (17), Ohio State (18), Indiana (21), Dartmouth (22) and North Carolina State (23).
This weekend also gives the teams the opportunity to race the course the National Championship will be run on. Women's head coach Patrick Shane said this is one of the reasons this race is important.
"It is important to run well in this meet because you want to have a positive experience and feel like you've done well, because we have to go back and run it again in November at the National Championships," he said.
Shane said the women's team will run at full strength this weekend being led by Chelsea Smith McKell, who is looking to pick up her third win of the season, and 2004 MWC Freshman of the year, Heidi Magill. He said the team has been training really well and they will be ready to go.
"So far, this season has been about hard work," he said. "We've been trying to put as much hay in the barn as we can, while we can. We've been tired. However, this weekend things are different. We will be more rested than we've been before."
On the men's side, Eyestone said he is pleased with his team's preparation and performance in previous meets, as well as their health. He said none of his top guys are nursing injuries coming into the meet and that is a plus.
Eyestone also said it will be a good opportunity to get the team set up for the rest of the season.
"It's going to be a good opportunity for us to close that gap between our No. 1 guy and our second and third guys, and our second and third guys between our fourth, fifth and sixth guys," he said. "Our other goal this weekend is to decide the nine guys that will travel in two weeks to the MWC Championship. We've got 12 potential guys, and I like to have them settle things on the field."