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NCAC Weekly Release (10-8-13) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (10-8-13) - Cross Country

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 The Ohio-based North Coast cross country teams traveled to Cedarville, Ohio, last Friday for the annual All-Ohio Championships held at Cedarville University, while Allegheny competed at Lehigh's Paul Short Invitational on Saturday and DePauw and Wabash participated in Hanover's Pre-National Meet, also on Saturday.

DENISON, HIRAM, KENYON, OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN, WITTENBERG and WOOSTER all traveled to Cedarville, Ohio, on Friday for the 59th annual All-Ohio Championships, held at Cedarville University's Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. In the Division III men's competition, Case topped the 21-team field with 106 points, while Oberlin led all NCAC teams in third-place with 118 points, followed by Wooster in sixth (190), Kenyon in seventh (221), Wittenberg in eighth (223), Ohio Wesleyan in ninth (232), Denison in 10th (253) and Hiram in 19th (607). Oberlin edged Case for the team title in the women's race as the Yeomen totaled 54 points compared to 66 for the Spartans. Kenyon was the next NCAC team in the final standings in fourth with 104 points, followed by Denison in sixth (143), Ohio Wesleyan in seventh (173), Wooster in 11th (322), Wittenberg in 13th (389) and Hiram in 20th (627).

Oberlin also left Cedarville with the individual champion in both the men's and women's competitions. On the men's side, sophomore Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) finished first out of 143 Div. III runners with a time of 25:42.0 on the 8k course, while senior Molly Martorella (Winchendon, MA/Murdock), who was running in her first race of the fall, won the title after finishing first out of 140 Div. III runners with a time of 22:13.96 on the 6k course. Four other NCAC men finished in the top-20, including Oberlin sophomore Joshua Urso (Washington, PA/Trinity) in 11th (26:31.8), Denison freshman Jacob Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) in 15th (26:40.26), Wittenberg freshman Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) in 19th (26:48.45) and Kenyon sophomore Nat Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley Sr.) in 20th (26:50.6). There were also eight additional women's runners from the NCAC that finished in the top-20, including Oberlin junior Lindsay Neal (N. Muskegon, MI/N. Muskegon) in second (22:37.46), Denison senior Olivia Galano (Laurel Hollow, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) in third (22:55.29), Ohio Wesleyan junior Cara DeAngelis (Norton, OH/Ellet) in eighth (23:13.66), Oberlin junior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) in 10th (23:19.53), Denison sophomore Emily Lamm (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) in 12th (23:29.64), Kenyon junior Lizze Halper (Chagrin Falls, OH/Chagrin Falls) in 13th (23:33.32), Oberlin junior Sarah Jane Kerwin (Chapel Hill, NC/Carrboro) in 15th (23:42.95), Kenyon senior Kerry Strader (Clayton, OH/Northmont) in 16th (23:48.94) and Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Meghan Schulze (Johnstown, OH/Johnstown-Monroe) in 17th (23:50.41).

DEPAUW and WABASH both competed at Hanover's NCAA Division III Pre-National Invitational in Indiana on Saturday. In the men's race, Loras topped the 19-team field with 66 points, while DePauw was 7th with 243 points and Wabash was ninth with 261 points, while Trinity (TX) won the women's race with 44 points and DePauw was fourth with 153 points. The top NCAC finisher in the men's competition was Wabash junior Sean Lewis (Huntington, IN/North) in 30th with a time of 27:02.04, while DePauw senior Stu Newstat (Western Springs, IL/Lyons Twp.) was 35th with a time of 27:04.10. DePauw was led in the women's race by senior Siri Retrum (Columbus, IN/North) who finished seventh overall with a time of 22:50.37. In addition, Wabash sent a grouping of its student-athletes to compete in the Gold Division race at the Notre Dame Invitational on Friday. The Little Giants finished 12th overall and third among Div. III teams in the race with 288 points. Senior Dalton Boyer (Plainfield, IN/Painfield) was the squad's top individual finisher at the event as he crossed the finish line 38th overall and 10th among Div. III runners with a time of 26:30.2.

ALLEGHENY traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Saturday for Lehigh's Paul Short Classic. The Gator men were just one of six NCAA Div. III teams to compete in the highest of three divisions at the event and finished 33rd out of 47 teams, while the women's squad took 16th out of 45 teams in the Brown Division. Senior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) led the men's team by finishing 66th in the individual standings with a time of 24:59, while classmate Kristina Martin (Holley, NY/Holley) led the women's team by finishing 22nd overall with a career-best time of 22:23.