Dennin Breaks Course Record, Men Finish Second and Women Place First in Season Opener
Sept. 12, 2009
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - Paced by junior Mark Dennin's (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyerstown) first-place finish and course-record 24:16.8 in the 7,900-meter race, the Georgetown men's cross country team took second place in the nine-team field today at the JMU Open Invitational in Harrisonburg, Va. At the Salty Seadog 6k Run at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md., the Georgetown's women's cross country team took the top four spots to finish in first out of eight teams.
With 42 points, the men finished behind first-place Duke (23) and ahead of Northeastern University (102). The women's 17-point total dominated the field, topping second-place Johns Hopkins (69) and the U.S. Naval Academy (96), who finished in third place.
Dennin's time broke the previous course record of 24:43.6, set by Georgetown's Levi Miller in 2008. GU's second-highest finish in this year's race was senior Todd Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina), who ran the course in 24:45.9 to place fifth. Rounding out the Hoyas' top five was senior James Grimes (Chatham, N.J./Chatham), graduate student Alex Mason (Scottsdale, Ariz./Brophy Prep) and graduate student Cabell Rosanelli, who placed seventh (24:52.2), 11th (25:03.4) and 23rd (25:54.7), respectively.
"Mark Dennin put in a great summer and is ready to step up as a very strong contributor this fall," Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Pat Henner said. "He broke Levi Miller's course record and Levi ended up as an All-American last year. Today'ss top four times, as compared to previous years on the course, gave our whole squad a lot of confidence for the year."
The men's team ran a younger squad with very few of its veterans - Andrew Bumbalough, Miller, Mike Krisch, Mike Banks, Ayalew Taye or Sandy Roberts - competing on Saturday.
The women were led by sophomore Emily Jones (Harvard, Mass./Bromfield), whose 22:31.83 led the pack of 109 competitors.
"All in all really, it was a very solid effort," said Women's Cross Country Head Coach Chris Miltenberg. "This shows great potential for what we can do but also that we need to keep working hard and progressing. It's a good buildup for our next competition. We're here and this gave us a chance to see where we were. Now, we're going to go home and really train for three weeks and start to ramp things up."
Graduate student Natasha LaBeaud (Folsom, Calif./Folsom) and sophomore Kristen Kasper (North Andover, Mass./North Andover) finished in second (22:39.71) and third (22:40.37), respectively, crossing the line less than a second and half apart. A time of 22:44.61 from graduate student Lauren Gregory (Denville, N.J./Morris Knolls) rounded out the quartet of top performers.
"We were just hoping to get a solid start," said Miltenberg. "We knew this was going to be a low-key event, so wanted to work on running together, running really relaxed and building up for the last 1,000 meters. We wanted them to work together and teach the freshmen how we work as a team. Two of our freshmen were first and third and I was really happy about."
Saturday, October 3, both the men and women will compete in the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va.