TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - The Indiana State men's cross country team had a 1-2 finish for the second straight week and placed three in the top 10 of the 2012 Indiana Intercollegiate competition while the women had three in the top 25 during the races Friday on the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Family Sports Center.
Sycamore freshman John Mascari backed up his second place finish at the Bradley Open a week ago by outracing senior teammate Albaro Escalera to the stripe, taking the men's 8K individual championship with a time of 24:42.4. Escalera was second in 24:54.0 with senior Dustin Betz, the winner a week ago at Bradley, taking fifth in 25:00.2.
Indiana reclaimed the Intercollegiate team title they vacated a year ago when Purdue slipped past the Hoosiers on Indiana's home course. This year, Indiana dominated the action with 49 points to take back the team title. Butler finished second with 70 points with Indiana State third at 79 and Purdue fourth with 92 points.
Adding to the Sycamore scoring effort was Taylor Head in 32nd (25:55.0) and Gabe Ocasio in 39th (26:08.6). Milton Brinza finished 52nd (26:35.9), Tristan Selby 56th (26:43.2), and Corey Hahn finished 57th (26:44.2).
Rounding out the top 10 individuals were Tom Curr of Butler in third (24:57.2), Matt McClinctock of Purdue fourth (24:58.9), Evan Esselink of Indiana sixth (25:05.6), Michael Jordan of Southern Indiana seventh (25:07.5), Johnnie Guy of Purdue eighth (25:11.1), Robby Nierman of Indiana ninth (25:11.4), and Adam Behnke of Indiana 10th (25:12.7).
Southern Indiana, one of the top nationally ranked teams in Division II, won the Little State team title and was fifth overall with 133 points. They were followed in the top 10 by IUPUI (181), Indianapolis (230), Wabash (237), Evansville (246), and Manchester (348). Wabash and Manchester are both ranked highly among Division III schools.
Rounding out the men's teams were DePauw (354), Valparaiso (374), Indiana Tech (393), Taylor (412), Huntington (467), Franklin (477), Rose-Hulman (499), Trine (508), IPFW (510), Anderson (568), Hanvover (639), Grace (647), Bethel (681), Indiana East (771), Earlham (800), Purdue Calument (811), and IU Kokomo (860).
Indiana's Kelsey Duerksen and Caitlin Engel finished one-two on the women's side to lead the Hoosiers to their fourth straight Intercollegiate title with 29 points. Duerksen finished the 5K run in 17:51.2 with Engel a few seconds back at 17:59.8. Purdue took the next three spots to finish second in the team race with 43 points. Samantha Walkow led the Boilermakers by finishing third (18:01.7) with Dana Payonk fourth (18:06.9), and Blair Doney fifth (18:08.7).
Indiana State finished third with 142 points and was led for the second straight week by junior Jessica Zangmeister who was 11th in 18:27.4. Nichole Lucas finished 20th (18:53.3), Kalli Dalton 21st (18:56.5), Hanna Mercer 36th (19:14.5), and Leeann Michl 54th (19:40.3). Also running for the Sycamores were Amy Hicks in 89th (20:25.4), Serena Simeoli in 114th (21:09.0, and Emily Cotterman in 118th (21:14.9).
Other individuals finishing in the top 10 were Molly Winters of Indiana in sixth (18:16.4), Ball State's Mary Kate Mellen in seventh (18:16.8), Indiana's Molly Hirt in eighth (18:20.7), Kelby Jenkins of Evansville ninth (18:23.9), and Jessica Richardson of Valparaiso 10th (18:24.9).
Following Indiana State in the top 10 of the team standings were Ball State (151), IUPUI (198), IPFW (200), Evansville (201), Little State team champion Indianapolis (210), Division II ranked Southern Indiana (215), and Taylor (265).
Wrapping up the team standings were DePauw (273), Huntington (294), Manchester (410), Valparaiso (421), Bethel (477), Hanover (478), Franklin (502), Trine (533), Indiana Tech (535), Anderson (537), Grace (591), St. Mary-of-the-Woods (616), Rose-Hulman (670), Earlham (703), Purdue Calumet (797), and IU Kokomo (854).
Several current and former Sycamore athletes competed in the Open races which began the day's activities. Former Indiana State cross country runner Craig Padgett showed that he still had speed and endurance with a fifth place finish in the men's 8K open race and a time of 35:58.2. Solomon Bennett, running unattached, won the men's race in 25:16.3.
Another former Sycamore was in the women's 5K open race as Kristy Twitchell ran to a 36th place finish in 21:14.4. Current Sycamore Tricia Joll was 40th in 21:28.6 with Shelby Sands 44th in 21:41.5. Arianne Raby, running unattached, won the women's race in 18:01.5.