The Doug Watts Distance Gala was hosted by Edinboro University on Saturday. If one were to look at the results, though, it may seem as though the Fighting Scots were one of the only teams competing.
In fact nearly 10 teams competed Saturday morning on the Doug Watts Cross Country Course on the campus of Edinboro, but Boro handled them all.
The women’s race was won by freshman Ida Narbuvoll, from Norway, and she was followed by three teammates, Emma Sullivan, Anna Hosel and Abby Lang, whom finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. That quartet aided Edinboro’s onepoint team win over Slippery Rock.
Their male counterparts experienced much of the same success Saturday morning, with Elliot Martynkiewicz winning the men’s race in 25:10.2. Corey Wefing finished second and Jon Gusew claimed fourth place. The men finished with 49 points, good enough for second place, behind Indiana (Pa.).
“We showed that we have a lot of strength up front, which I don’t think everyone in the conference expected us to have” head coach Rick Hammer said about his squads. “Both Ida and Abby Lang are freshman and were in the top four on the women’s side. For the men, we looked great through three.”
Hammer agreed it was a strong showing, but admitted there are still hurdles remaining with the season progressing towards the postseason meets. “Our challenge over the next several weeks as we approach the meets that really matter is to develop that fifth runner on the women’s side and a four through seven on the men’s.”
Narbuvoll, who won the women’s race posting a time of 17:14.7, was very pleased with her first race as a Fighting Scot and within the U.S. “This was my first real race in America,” said Narbuvoll. “I didn’t quite know what to expect from the other races. I know what the other girls on our team could do, approximately, but I did not know what the other teams could do. I thought I just had to try my best and run hard from the start and see if anyone would dare to follow me. It was one of the toughest races I’ve run, especially due to the heat.”
Due to their wins on Saturday, both Narbuvoll and Martynkiewicz were named PSAC female and male cross country athletes of the week. Success was certainly aplenty on Saturday, however, it was just the first week of the season with many more to come.
“As we head into our next couple of meets, both at Michigan State and down in Louisville, those will probably be some of the more talented meets. At those particular days in the season, I would argue they are the more talented meets in the nation. It is a good opportunity for us to test ourselves and to see how we stack up against teams like Michigan State and Grand Valley State.”
Edinboro will head to Michigan State next Friday for the Spartan Invitational.
Tyler Trumbauer is the sports editor for The Spectator. He can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.