The North Coast cross country circuit was active last weekend with Allegheny hosting a grouping of NCAC squads for the Allegheny Invitational, hosted on the same course as the 2013 NCAC Cross Country Championships, which will be contested on Saturday, November 2nd. There is minimal cross county action on the schedule this week; however, DePauw and Wabash will take to the course at the annual Indiana Intercollegiates in Bloomington, Indiana.
ALLEGHENY hosted OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN, WITTENBERG and OAC-member Marietta for the Allegheny Invitational on Saturday in Meadville. The race was contested on the same course as the 2013 NCAC Cross Country Championships, which will be held on Saturday, November 2nd. In the women's competition, Oberlin captured the team title with 25 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan (51), Allegheny (52), Wittenberg (123) and Marietta (128), while Allegheny took home the men's title with 19 points, followed by Oberlin (66), Wittenberg (69), Ohio Wesleyan (92) and Marietta (124). Individually, Oberlin junior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) took home the title on the women's side after traversing the 6k course in 22:49.9, while Allegheny senior Kristina Martin (Holley, NY/Holley) finished fourth (23:03.9). Ohio Wesleyan freshman Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) led the Battling Bishops in eighth (24:13.6) and freshman Erin Hord (Madison, OH/Madison) was Wittenberg's top finisher in 20th with a time of 25:00.1. On the men's side, Allegheny senior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) earned the individual title with a time of 26:48.60 on the 8k course, while Oberlin was led by sophomore Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) in third with a time of 26:16.2. Wittenberg got its top performance from senior Jacob Kuntz (Versailles, KY/Woodford) in sixth (26:51.4) and Ohio Wesleyan was led at the event by junior Landon Erb (Hilliard, OH/Darby) who finished 17th with a time of 27:51.3.
DEPAUW and KENYON traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for the Calvin Knight Invitational. In the men's race, the Lords and Tigers finished eighth and ninth, respectively, while the Ladies and Tigers also finished on pace with each other in fourth and fifth place, respectively. Kenyon senior Sam Lagasse (Stamford, CT/Westhill) led the Lords by finishing 44th among 336 runners with a time of 26:03.4 on the 8k course, while DePauw was led by sophomore Paul Watts (Granger, IN/Penn) who finished 56th with a time of 26:16.7. In the women's race, Kenyon sophomore Natalie Plick (Wynnewood, PA/Lower Merion) finished second overall with a 5k time of 17:53, while DePauw was led by senior Siri Retrum (Columbus, IN/North) who finished 10th overall after topping her personal-best time by 41 seconds after crossing the finish in 18:25.
DENISON placed third in both the men's and women's competitions at the Rochester Invitational in New York on Saturday. The DU women's team had three runners place in the top-15, led by senior Olivia Galano (Laurel Hollow, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) who was the runner-up with a time of 22:43.6. On the men's side, the Big Red were led by freshman Jake Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) who finished seventh out of 163 runners with a time of 26:27.3.
HIRAM competed at the Penn State-Behrend Invitational in Erie, Pennsylvania, with the men's team finishing 12th overall and the women's team checking in at 13th. The men's team was led by senior Tomoyuki Fujimoto (Mino, Japan) who finished 43rd overall with a time of 28:14.1, while senior Laila Almassri (Parma, OH/Normandy) finished 57th in the women's race after covering the course in 22:17.1.
WABASH and WOOSTER were both idle last week. The Little Giants return to action this weekend at the Indiana Intercollegiates in Bloomington, Indiana, while Wooster will travel to Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday for the Otterbein Invitational.