Walter Crawford Invitational
Walter Crawford Invitational
- The heat index pushing 95 degrees, the Braves debuted their season against DI competition at Eastern Illinois. The men's race was shortened from 8k to 4 miles due to the severe heat, but the race was still a trial of endurance. Three Braves, led by Stephen Tony in 24:49. Scott Matulik cam in at 27:15. Dan Kepple injured his knee on the first turn but soldiered on to finish in 30:06.
- On the women's side transfer student Sabrina Salvacion ran 23:04. Teammate Katie Kessler ran 26:11. The meet served as a benchmark. The heat and competition added up to an extremely difficult race. This early challenge will prepare the Braves for the races that lie ahead and the motivate them in their training.
- Race Results: http://www.eiupanthers.com/custompages/mcross/2015/EIU_WaltCrawford_non-D1_men.pdf http://www.eiupanthers.com/custompages/mcross/2015/EIU_WaltCrawford_non-D1_women.pdf
- The Braves had a low-key race against several clubs hosted by their Redbird rivals. Stephen Tony led the charge for the men's, holding off a pair of Ball State runners and passing Kansas's number one runner to finish 5th in 17:22. Freshman Jake Wenzel ran his first race for the Braves finishing 17th in 18:22. Scott Matulik finished 22nd in 18:53. The Weber twins were next to the line, Reese beat out his brother running 21:33 while Parker Weber ran 22:11. Rounding out the men was Chase Nitz in 22:17. The
- For the women duo Sabrina Salvacion and Katie Kessler represented the Braves. The girls had a difficult race at Eastern, but that set them up for a strong performance at ISU. This time Katie finished ahead of Sabrina, finishing 16th in 22:36 and Salvacion was close behind in 18th at 22:54. Braves have established themselves well in this first test against other clubs.
- Race Results: http://www.clubrunning.org/races/race_results.php?race=250
- The running club sent four men to run unattached in the White Race of the home meet of the Bradley Cross-Country team. There was a mix of Junior College, DIII, and DII schools to compete against. The Classic would serve as a good tune up for NIRCA Regionals, which will have a similar caliber of talent. Cal Weisman was the first Brave across in 28:30. Stephen Tony came through in 28:47. Both finished ahead of Illinois State Running Club's top runner. Dan Kepple ran 31:43 and Scott Matulik was three seconds behind. Having an 8k under their belt, the Braves will evaluate where they are at and prepare for Regionals over the next two weeks.
- Race Results: http://www.bradleybraves.com/pdf9/3975226.pdf?ATCLID=210428792&SPSID=25968&SPID=1501&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=3400
- The Braves compete in their second NIRCA Regionals, which was hosted again by the University of Illinois. Despite the rainy conditions, there were strong performances by several members. Stephen Tony was a few seconds off his time from the Bradley Classic, coming in at 28:52 for the Braves. That was a 2 minute improvement from his time last year at Regionals. Cal Weisman, who battled through an ankle injury, ran 29:05 and out kicked Illinois State's first man, Mark Charnogorsky, by 0.1 seconds. Dan Kepple shaved 11 seconds off his 8k time, running 31:32. Scott Matulik came in at 32:30. Gram Hartoonian finished off the day running 36:07. As a team Bradley finished ahead of St. Louis University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rival Illinois State beat the Braves by 18 points. This concludes the fall season for the Braves.
- This year's success shows how far the club has come. Two years ago the club only competed at the Bradley Classic, and that was only because of its close proximity to campus. The club was not much more than fun runs several times a week. In the last two years the club has designed a fall cross-country season and is continuing to develop a spring season of track and road races. This effort required communication and coordination with collegiate coaches, NIRCA officials, and Campus Recreation. The dedication of the club's members made this all possible. That dedication shows in their willingness to raise money, train hard, travel, and compete. Hopes are high for the spring season and beyond. Until their next race the Braves will take a break and hit the pavement again early next semester.
- Race Results: http://www.clubrunning.org/races/race_results.php?race=243