2016 CWRU Women’s Cross Country Season Recap

2016 CWRU Women’s Cross Country Season Recap

Featuring an emerging core of young runners, the Case Western Reserve University women's cross country team turned in a strong campaign in 2016, highlighted by a number of standout performances.

Leading the way for the Spartans during the season was junior Danielle Kulpins, who was the team's top finisher in all six races she competed in during the season, while sophomore Jennifer Hoffmann was the team's second finisher in each of the six varsity races during the year, including a 25th-place finish at the Inter-Regional Rumble with a career-best 6K time of 22:41.0.

Other consistent top-five finishers for Case Western Reserve during the season included freshman Vanessa Pasadyn, sophomore Isa Torres-Padin and junior Rachel Laveson.  Pasadyn was a top-five finisher for the Spartans in each of the six-races she ran in, and was the team's third finisher on three occasions.  Torres-Padin was the Spartans' third finisher twice, including at the UAA Championships, where she placed 38th overall with a time of 23:28.51.  Laveson was in the team's top-five competitors in four of the five races she ran, including the Inter-Regional Rumble, where she was third among all Spartans and 51st overall with a time of 23:09.6.

Kulpins capped off her breakthrough season with a 20th-place finish at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Region Championships in Holland, Michigan, earning cross country all-region honors for the first time in her career with a time of 22:28.5.  Bolstered by a 62nd-place finish by Hoffman and a 68th-place finish by Pasadyn, the Spartans placed 11th out of 31 teams at the Regional Championships.

The Spartans also placed sixth at the 2016 University Athletic Association Championships, hosted by Emory University in Whitesburg, Georgia.  Kulpins earned All-Conference Second Team honors at the meet, finishing 10th overall with a season-best time of 22:16.87, and extending the Spartans' streak to 12-consecutive years with at least one runner recording an All-UAA finish at the meet.

Earlier in the season, Case Western Reserve placed sixth out of 17 teams at the All-Ohio Championships, with Kulpins finishing 30th overall and third among the 118 Division III competitors.  Other team performances during the 2016 season included a fifth-place finish out of 27 teams at the Yellowjacket Invitational in Rochester, New York, an eighth-place finish out of 13 teams at the Behrend Invitational in Erie, Pennsylvania, and a sixth-place finish out of 32 teams at the Inter-Regional Rumble in Oberlin, Ohio.

The Spartans opened the 2016 season by hosting the annual Sudeck Sunset Classic Stampede at Squire Valleevue Farm, finishing first at the meet.   Kulpins set a course-record time with a 4K mark of 15:02, with Hoffmann adding a third-place finish, and Pasadyn claiming fifth in her first collegiate meet.

In addition to their success on the field, 13 members of the women's cross country team received UAA Fall All-Academic Recognition, including sophomore Maria DeRenzo, junior Maryellen Heebner, Hoffmann, Kulpins, Laveson, sophomore Amy Lin, sophomore Marissa Miyagi, junior Elena Polivka, sophomore Ellen Sears, Torres-Padin, sophomore Sophie Trikeriotis, senior Laura Wheeler, and senior Olivia Zabrodsky.

 

Case Western Reserve University runners earned the following awards during the 2016 season:


All-Great Lakes Region

Danielle Kulpins

Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central

20th Place

 

All-UAA

Danielle Kulpins

Brookfield, Wis. / Brookfield Central

Second Team (10th Place)