XC’s Albertson Wins ASU Invitational Men’s Race

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TEMPE, Ariz.—Arizona State cross country’s CJ Albertson became ASU’s first race winner since 2011 as he claimed the ASU Invitational 4-mile title in 20:17.97 on Thursday at the Karsten Golf Course.

“We put this meet together late in the summer, and then really built momentum at the end of September, but it went really smoothly,” head cross country coach Louie Quintana said. “The timing company was great; we set up the course in 90 minutes and it was fantastic. Arizona and Northern Arizona seemed to enjoy it as well, they brought full teams, which we really appreciated.”

Albertson led the Sun Devil men in a two-point victory over the visiting Arizona Wildcats, 27 to 29, in a preview of next week’s Territorial Cup Series matchup at the Pac-12 Championships.

“For CJ to get a win is immense for us,” Quintana said. “Winning a college race, winning in temperatures this high, he ran sub-five minute pace pretty much the whole way. He’s ready for what’s next, and that really sets him up well for the conference meet, and I think we really have the potential to surprise people. Daniel Wong fought hard, Noah Kenyawani probably ran the best race he’s run here at ASU. A lot of good things are happening, which is exactly what we want right now.”

The last member of the Sun Devil men’s team to claim a race was when Darius Terry won the 2011 George Kyte Invitational race.

Daniel Wong finished second for the Sun Devils and fifth overall in 20:37.00, followed by Noah Kenyawani in seventh in 21:02.03, Tommy Williams in 11th in 21:12.99, and Jack Balder in 18th in 22:04.05.

On the women’s side, Miranda Kewley led the Sun Devils, finishing fifth at 18:24.51, followed by senior Macy Bricks in eighth at 18:31.76. Natalie Krafft finished in 13th at 18:52.64, Kayla Spingford in 16th at 19:02.79, Mia Townsend in 20th at 19:35.15, and Chiara Warner in 21st at 19:39.97.

Up next, the Sun Devils will make the trip to Oakland, Calif., for the 2014 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships, hosted by California at the Metropolitan Golf Links on Friday, Oct. 31. The first race of the day is set for a 9:40 a.m. PT start, and the event will be aired on a delay on the Pac-12 Networks.

ASU Results
Men’s Results
1. CJ Albertson—20:17.97
5. Daniel Wong—20:37.00
7. Noah Kenyawani—21:02.03
11. Tommy Williams—21:12.99
18. Jack Balder—22:04.05

Unattached Sun Devils
2. Ian Roberts—20:29.19
4. Ryan Normand—22:33.43
14. Brandon Boys—21:30.07
16. JP Nelson—21:40.68

Women’s Results
5. Miranda Kewley—18:24.51
8. Macy Bricks—18:31.76
13. Natalie Krafft—18:52.64
16. Kayla Springford—19:02.79
20. Mia Townsend—19:35.15
21. Chiara Warner—19:39.97

Unattached Sun Devils
4. Shaina Corbin—18:18.56
23. Leah Patek—21:01.88

More Quotes:
Quintana on the women’s race:
“The woman really matured in the middle of that race, they got better and better, Miranda kept fighting, and Macy did the same thing, which was huge for our team going into the conference meet.  It’s important to build momentum, and we know that Macy and Miranda are both trying to gain some experience going into next week’s race. Overall, team-wise, I think we could have run a little better, but those girls were fighting out there. It’s 92 degrees, and we don’t train in that type of heat.”

Quintana on the men’s race:
“The men really did a great job, so did our unattached kids, which is awesome to watch. Ian Roberts, Ryan Normand did really great for us, and the future is really bright for our program.”

Men’s Race Winner CJ Albertson:
“Pac-12s are next week, so today I really wanted to go out a little harder, see what I had, just run hard. It’s pretty warm out, so I took the first mile out a little quicker than I normally do, and then I got warm, a little tired, but I held on for the win. The course is really nice, some rolling grass and a really nice, shady dirt part. It was a really fun course, and it was awesome that we didn’t have to travel anywhere, I got to relax at my house this morning, catch up on some things, and then I ran a really great race.”

ASU Women Top-Finisher Miranda Kewley:
“I really like that we can have it here, we had the whole track team come out and support us, and it was really nice to see everyone get into it. The course wasn’t too bad; I really liked the dirt in the back, which was nice and shady. There were a few rhythm-breakers, but that’s cross country for you. I’m pretty happy with my race because I didn’t quit on myself like I had in previous races, and I hadn’t been running in the last few weeks, so it was great that I was able to come out and be successful today.”

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