NCAC cross country teams battled wet conditions last weekend throughout the region as seven of the league's 10 squads were in action. Wabash led men's teams on the weekend by winning the 2013 "Little State" crown at the Indiana Intercollegiates, while the Oberlin women captured the team title at the Saint Vincent College Invitational.
DENISON, WITTENBERG and WOOSTER competed at the Otterbein Invitational in Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday. In the men's 8k competition, Wooster finished second behind Mount Union for the team title with 76 points, while Denison was fourth with 160 and Wittenberg was 16th with 503. Mount Union also won the team title on the women's side with 42 points, while Denison finished fourth with 96, Wooster was seventh with 240 and Wittenberg was 12th with 326. Wooster senior Luke Hutchings-Goetz (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) was the NCAC's top finisher on the men's 8k course with a time of 26:38.4 to finish seventh overall, while sophomore Sam Beech (Bexley, OH/Bexley) was Denison's top finisher in 26th-place with a time of 27:34.0 and freshman Michael Dureska (Quincy, IL/Quincy) led Wittenberg on the afternoon after covering the 8k course in 29:30.6 to finish 93rd overall. In the women's race, Denison senior Olivia Galano (Laurel Hollow, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) traversed the rain-soaked 6k course in 23:44.8 to finish second overall, while Wooster freshman Emily Reid (Albany, NY/Academy of Holy Names) finished 22nd with a time of 24:59.6 and Wittenberg freshman Erin Hord (Madison, OH/Madison) checked in at 50th overall with a time of 26:03.4.
DEPAUW and WABASH traveled to Indiana University on Friday evening for the annual Indiana Intercollegiates. The Indiana Intercollegiate meet pits each Indiana college or university against one another. The "Big State" title is awarded to the top NCAA Division I program, while the "Little State" title is awarded to the top Div. II, III or NAIA team. Wabash captured the "Little State" team crown for the first time since 2010 after totaling 42 points, while DePauw finished sixth out of 19 teams in the "Little State" competition with 176 points. In the women's "Little State" competition, DePauw finished second behind the University of Indianapolis for the team title after accumulating 56 points. In the men's race, Wabash junior Billy McManus (Ft. Wayne, IN/Bishop Luers) finished third overall with a time of 25:58.95, while sophomore Paul Watts (Granger, IN/Penn) paced DePauw with a 21st-place showing after covering the 8k course in 27:11.07. The DePauw women were led by senior Siri Retrum (Columbus, IN/North) and sophomore Heather O'Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) who finished third (19:12.38) and fourth (19:16.42), respectively, on the 5,000-meter course.
OBERLIN made the trek to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Saturday for the Saint Vincent College Invitational. The Yeowomen remained unbeaten on the season after edging Division I University of Pittsburgh for the team title, while the Yeomen finished second overall behind host Saint Vincent. In the women's race, Oberlin claimed spots two through four as junior Lindsay Neal (N. Muskegon, MI/N. Muskegon) finished second (19:07), junior Carey Lyons (Tacoms, WA/Stadium) was third (19:16) and junior Sarah Jane Kerwin (Chapel Hill, NC/Carrboro) was fourth (19:27). In the men's race, the sophomore duo of Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) and Joshua Urso (Washington, PA/Trinity) led the Yeomen by crossing the line in second (26:42) and third (27:03), respectively, on the 8k course.
HIRAM competed at the Lorain County Community College Commodore Invitational on Friday; however, the final results of the race have not been posted yet.