Every NCAC cross country squad was in action last weekend for the final competitions of the regular season. The 2013 NCAC Cross Country Championships will be held at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, on Saturday, November 2nd. The women's race will begin at 11:00 a.m., with the men's race to follow at 11:45 a.m. CLICK HERE to access Allegheny's championship website.
OBERLIN hosted ALLEGHENY, DENISON, HIRAM, KENYON and a host of non-conference opponents for its annual Inter-Regional Rumble. In the women's race, NYU captured the team title with 72 points, while Oberlin was the top NCAC squad in fifth with 192 points, followed by Allegheny in 10th (296), Kenyon in 11th (303), Denison in 12th (333) and Hiram in 34th (1100). The final men's standings also saw NYU capture the team championship with 55 points, while Allegheny topped all NCAC squads in third with 106 points and was followed by Oberlin in 13th (335), Kenyon in 14th (405) and Denison in 18th (495), while Hiram competed only as individuals at the event. In the individual standings on the women's side, five league runners finished in the top 20, led by Oberlin senior Molly Martorella (Winchendon, MA/Murdock) in fifth with a time of 22:01.4 on the 6k course. Allegheny senior Kristina Martin (Holley, NY/Holley) checked in at ninth with a time of 22:09.4, followed by Denison senior Olivia Galano (Laurel Hollow, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) in 10th (22:13.9), Kenyon senior Jenna Willett (Kensington, MD/Walter Johnson) in 13th (22:16.2) and Oberlin junior Lindsay Neal (N. Muskegon, MI/N. Muskegon) in 15th (22:18.8). In the men's 8k race, Allegheny senior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) topped the championship field of 278 runners after breaking the tape in a time of 25:01.3. Three other league runners finished in the top 20 in the men's individual standings, including Allegheny sophomore Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/N. Allegheny) in fourth (25:28.8), Oberlin sophomore Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) in ninth (25:32.5) and Allegheny junior James Rynes (Norton, OH/Norton) in 19th (25:47.3).
WITTENBERG and WOOSTER traveled to Wilmington, Ohio, on Friday to compete at Wilmington College's #JennaStrong Invitational. Wilmington College has run a Fall Classic on its campus for 21 years, but this year's was an emotional as it was named in memory of fallen teammate Jenna Parlette who passed away earlier this season. In the men's race, Mount Union captured the team title with 102 points, while Wooster finished sixth with 209 points and Wittenberg was 11th with 377 points. In the women's competition, The University of Toledo earned the team title with 82 points, while Wooster was 14th with 421 points and Wittenberg was 24th with 712 points. The Wooster men were led at the event by senior Luke Hutchings-Goetz (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) who finished 11th overall with a time of 25:34.54, while Wittenberg's top finisher was senior Jacob Kuntz (Versailles, KY/Woodford) in 31st with a time of 26:07.54. In the women's race, Wooster junior Lauren Buyan (Sheridan, WY/Sheridan) finished 32nd overall with a time of 19:17.42 on the 5k trail, while Wittenberg senior Maggie McIlvain (E. Liverpool, OH/E. Liverpool) led the Tigers in 134th (20:37.63).
DEPAUW and WABASH both made the trek to Wisconsin on Saturday to compete at the Brooks Invitational, hosted by Wisconsin-Oshkosh at Lake Breeze Golf Course in Winneconne, Wisconsin. In the men's final team standings, Wabash finished eighth with 235 points and DePauw was 20th with 636 points, while the DePauw women finished 12th out of 37 teams with 326 points. Wabash got its top performance from senior Dalton Boyer (Plainfield, IN/Plainfield) who finished 33rd overall with a time of 25:22.03, while DePauw's top finisher was senior Stu Newstat (Western Springs, IL/Lyons) in 129th (26:20.87). DePauw's top women's finisher at the event was senior Siri Retrum (Columbus, IN/North) in 17th with a time of 22:17.65.
Finally, OHIO WESLEYAN made a road trip to New England on Saturday to compete at the Connecticut College Invitational at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut. The Battling Bishop women finished second behind Tufts (52) for the team title with 97 points, while the OWU men finished 16th out of 21 teams with 342 points. The women's squad was led by senior Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) who finished ninth overall on the 6k course with a time of 22:16, while the men's team was led by sophomore Zak Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) who checked in at 17th on the men's 8k course with a time of 26:04.