MADISON, Wis. – For the second straight season, the No. 8 Columbia men’s cross country team roared among the nation’s best programs for a top-10 finish at the 2013 Wisconsin Adidas Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 19. With 261 points in the men’s 8k race, the Lions finished in sixth place in a 36 team field that included 19 of the NCAA USTFCCCA top-30 nationally ranked teams.
Columbia appears to be in strong mid-season form defeating a number of top-15 opponents, including No. 6 Arkansas, No. 10 Princeton, No. 11 Syracuse, No. 13 North Carolina and No. 15 Texas. The Lions finished behind No. 3 Northern Arizona who grabbed the win with 121 points. No. 5 BYU posted a runner-up finish with 174 points, followed by No. 7 Portland (third, 216 points), No. 20 Wisconsin (fourth, 217 points) and No. 25 New Mexico (fifth place, 252 points).
Jacob Sienko led the Columbia pack with a time of 23:53 for a 34th-place finish. Daniel Everett (40th) and John Gregorek (41st) crossed the finish line together at 23:55 and Nicolas Composto rounded out the top-50 with a 50th-place time of 24:01. With sixth-place team finish, the Lions placed ahead of all Ivy League foes in attendance and all teams in the Division I Northeast region.
Waverly Neer put together an impressive run in the women’s 6k grabbing 14th place with a time of 20:05. The women’s team finished 28th overall with a total of 664 points in its toughest challenge this season. Olivia Sadler (120th, 21:14) crossed the finish line next for the Lions, followed by Chelsea Carrick (150th, 21:28).
A group of Columbia runners also competed in the Princeton Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The women’s team posted runner-up finish with two top-10 finishes by Pegah Karmani (9th, 22:05) and Aryn Foland (10th, 22:08).The men’s team added a sixth-place finish behind top-25 finishes from Daniel Nestor (19th, 24:25) and Marc Violone (22nd, 24:28).
Up next, the Lions will gear for the Ivy League Championship to be held in Princeton, N.J. on Saturday, Nov. 2.