The North Coast kicked off the 2013 season on the cross country circuit last weekend with all 10 schools in action, highlighted by three schools hosting opening-weekend events, including the Kenyon Tri-Meet, the Wooster Invitational and the Wabash Hokum Karem. Six of the 10 league members will return to action next weekend, led by Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenberg and Wooster competing at the GLCA Championships in Delaware, Ohio.
ALLEGHENY traveled to Cleveland, Ohio, on Saturday for Case's Bill Sudeck Invitational. The men came away with the team title at the event for the fifth year in a row, while the women's team finished fourth overall. Gator sophomore Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/N. Allegheny), the 2012 NCAC Men's Newcomer of the Year, picked up his first career victory after traversing the 6k course in 19:44.65, while senior Kristina Martin (Holley, NY/Holley) led the women's squad by finishing third overall on the 4k course with a time of 15:55.29.
DENISON and WITTENBERG were both in action on Saturday at the Meijer Flyer 5k Challenge, hosted by the University of Dayton. On the men's side, the Big Red and Tigers tied for the team title in the intercollegiate division with 28 points a piece, while the women's intercollegiate competition saw DU finish first with 15 points and Wittenberg place second with 47 points. The Wittenberg men were led by freshman Josh Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) who finished first in the intercollegiate division and 33rd overall with a time of 16:30, while DU freshman Jake Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Prep) finished right on Osman's heels with a time of 16:32.50 to place 34th overall and second in the intercollegiate division. On the women's side, Denison senior Olivia Galano (Laurel Hollow, NY/Cold Spring Harbor) finished 20th overall and first among intercollegiate competitors with a time of 19:43.80, while Wittenberg was led by senior Shannon Kelleher (Hilliard, OH/Darby) who finished 58th overall and sixth in the intercollegiate division with a time of 21:28.10.
WABASH hosted DEPAUW and a grouping of non-conference opponents at its annual Hokum Karem event in Crawfordsville. The Hokum Karem is a six-mile race for the men and a five-mile race for the women broken up into a series of one-mile loops. On the men's side, the Wabash duo of junior Billy McManus (Ft. Wayne, IN/Bishop Luers) and sophomore Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Central) combined to take top-tandem honors with a winning time of 28:55.10, while the DPU pairing of sophomore Paul Watts (Granger, IN/Penn) and senior Stu Newstat (Western Springs, IL/Lyons Twp.) finished sixth overall with a time of 30:02.95. On the women's side, the Tigers were led by senior Siri Retrum (Columbus, IN/North) and sophomore Heather O'Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) who finished second overall with a time of 22:44.10.
HIRAM competed at the Westminster Fisher Invitational and saw its men's squad finish seventh overall and the women post a ninth-place finish. The Terriers men were led by senior Tomoyuki Fujimoto (Mino, Japan) who placed 13th overall with a time of 30:35.60, while senior Laila Almasri (Parma, OH/Normandy) led the women's squad in 27th after covering the 6k course in 29:22.70.
KENYON hosted OHIO WESLEYAN and Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Friday at the non-scoring 2013 Kenyon Tri-Meet. In the women's 4k race, the KC Ladies earned the top-six spots in the individual standings, led by sophomore Natalie Plick (Wynnewood, PA/Lower Merion) who topped the field with a time of 14:32.40, while OWU's top performance on the women's side came from freshman Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) who finished 12th overall with a time of 16:16.10. On the men's side, Kenyon sophomore Sam Lagasse (Stamford, CT/Westhill) broke the tape on the 5k course with a time of 16:22.40, while the Battling Bishops were led by sophomore Zak Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) who finished 15th with a time of 18:07.00.
WOOSTER entertained OBERLIN and numerous non-conference teams for its annual season-opening Invitational on Friday, August 30th. The non-scoring event features four races, including a women's 4k, women's 5k, men's 5k and men's four-mile race. On the men's side, Oberlin got its top performance from sophomore Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) who won the 5k race with a time of 16:47.20, while junior Derrick Marshall (Crawfordsville, IN/Crawfordsville) stood out for the Fighting Scots after finishing fourth overall in the four-mile race with a time of 22:12.40. The Oberlin Yeowomen, ranked seventh in the nation in the USTFCCCA preseason poll, were led by junior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) who won the 4k race with a time of 15:18.00, while Wooster freshman Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) finished as the runner-up in the 4k competition with a time of 16:04.40.