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Rachel Magliane (sophomore, nutrition) went above and beyond for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s cross country team, as she finished 37th among 406 runners on a day that saw the cancellation of some races due to the extreme heat.
Going into Saturday’s Paul Short Invitational at Lehigh University, the goal for the Crimson Hawks was to have a runner place in the top 100.
Magliane did that, and more.
“It still surprises me that I finished 37th,” Magliane said. “I’m absolutely astounded, and it’s hard to even put words to my excitement.
Head coach Joey Zins was impressed with Magliane’s performance.
“Rachel Magliane ran an unbelievable race,” Zins said of his top runner, who helped IUP finish 32nd out of 47 mostly Division 1 teams. “She ran a 39-second personal best in 80-plus degree weather. You will almost never see that happen.”
Magliane finished the 6-kilometer course in 21:17 and credits her performance with the fact that IUP moved up to the Gold race from the Brown race this season. The Gold race is comprised of the top Division 1 schools in the country.
“We were forced to begin the race at a faster pace than what we were used to just to stay with the pack,” Magliane said. “For me personally, it was a push I really needed. I’m not used to beginning that fast, but running with the Division 1 girls helped me overcome that fear, and now I will be able to have similar starts in future races.”
Racing against the top runners in college sports has added to her confidence, Magliane said.
“I like to break things down and look at the results from different perspectives,” she said. “So seeing that I could be one of the top-five runners on every team that we raced was the aspect I was most proud of.”
Samantha Thompson (senior, biology education) finished 116th overall with a time of 21:59 for IUP.
Thompson thought that the high level of competition will undoubtedly help the Crimson Hawks in future meets, with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship meet just weeks away.
“Running against top teams will most definitely help us for the [PSAC] Championship,” Thompson said. “So far it has given us the opportunity to see that we are capable of doing big things in a completely different atmosphere.”
Magliane and Thompson were followed by Katie Koenig (senior, exercise science) in 208th place, Steph Beaudette (senior, natural science) in 222nd place and Lauren Lyons (senior, athletic training) in 279th place for the Crimson Hawks.
“Samantha Thompson ran very well for us as she finished just outside the top 100 and broke 22 minutes,” Zins said. “Lauren Lyons continues to be very solid at the No. 5 spot for us this year, and she did an excellent job moving up during the second half of the race.”
Overall, Zins said he was content with the effort his team put forth against such top competition.
“This is the most competitive field they have ever run against, and we definitely held our own,” Zins said. “I think placing ahead of one-third of the field was a very solid performance considering we were racing against some of the top Division 1 schools in the country. We would have won the Brown race with our times so we proved that we belonged …in the Gold race.”
On the men’s side, IUP was paced by Nick Patton’s 11th-place performance as the Crimson Hawks finished 14th out of 46 teams in the Brown race.
Patton (senior, sociology) ran a personal-best 25:44 over the 8-kilometer distance, finishing just a second behind the 10th place finisher.
“I was kind of surprised and happy with the 11th place finish,” Patton said. “I didn’t run the time that I really wanted to, but Coach Zins and I had already discussed earlier last week that I should just run for place instead of time due to how hot it was supposed to be. I just did what he told me and tried to run a smart race.”
Patton’s 11th place finish is the best individual finish IUP has ever had in the Brown race, according to Zins.
Victor Costello (senior, criminology) finished 28th overall out of the 372 competitors with a time of 26:02. This was Costello’s fastest time since the 2011 PSAC Championships and a season-best by 13 seconds.
IUP faced a bit of adversity when two of their projected top four runners had to drop out of the race due to injuries. The men’s team has yet to finish a race this season with their top five runners.
Raymond Ofman (junior, health and human services) was running at less than 100 percent with a foot injury, according to Zins, but the foot injury to Clinton Keller (senior, math education) came out of nowhere.
“Their health going forward is going to be of paramount importance,” Zins said. “We’ll know more about their statuses going forward in the days ahead.”
Despite two top runners not finishing, Zins was pleased with the performances of his runners who had to fill the void left by Ofman and Keller.
“The rest of the team stepped up, and we were still able to finish with a very respectable [finish],” said Zins. “
Greg Beaudette (freshman, pre-physical therapy) ran 27:16 for 121st place and was followed by Alex Hampel (junior, biology) in 130th place.
Hampel’s performance stood out for Zins, as this was just his second cross country meet of his career.
“He has made a huge impact on our team since joining us in mid-September,” Zins said of Hampel, who is on the IUP swimming team, practicing swimming in the mornings and running in the afternoons.
“[He] has done a great job for us so far this season.”
Should IUP be able to run its best athletes by the PSAC Championships, Patton believes the Crimson Hawks could be a dangerous team.
Next week, IUP will travel to Pittsburgh for the Carnegie Mellon Invitational before taking a few weeks off to train for the Oct. 26 PSAC Championships.
“Our motto is ‘Shock the world,’” said Patton. “With that being said, our team goal is a trip to nationals at the end of the season.
“All we have to do is stay healthy, make good decisions and believe in ourselves, and great things will happen.”