NCAC Weekly Release (9-9-13) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (9-9-13) - Cross Country

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 North Coast cross country squads continued competition last weekend with six league members in action, highlighted by Kenyon, Ohio Wesleyan, Wittenberg and Wooster taking part in the annual GLCA Championships/Ohio Wesleyan Invitational in Powell, Ohio. League squads will return to the cross country circuit this Saturday, led by Allegheny hosting Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wittenberg at the Allegheny Invitational in Meadville.

ALLEGHENY was idle last week and returns to action by hosting the Allegheny Invitational on Saturday.

DENISON was idle last week and will be back in action this Saturday at the Rochester Invitational in New York.

DEPAUW was idle last week and will travel to Michigan on Saturday for the Calvin Knight Invitational in Grand Rapids.

HIRAM was in action at the Walsh Invitational on Saturday and saw both the men's and women's squads finish sixth in the final team standings. The men were led by senior Tomoyuki Fujimoto (Mino, Japan) who finished 46th overall with a time of 28:52.48, while the women were led by senior Laila Almassri (Parma, OH/Normandy) who finished 59th overall with a time of 22:27.50.

KENYON traveled to Powell, Ohio, on Saturday for the GLCA Championships/OWU Invitational. The Lords tied for first in the GLCA Championships standings and finished in a tie for third in the OWU Invitational standings, while the Ladies placed second in both final standings. Leading the charge for the Lords was sophomore Sam Lagasse (Stamford, CT/Westhill) who finished fourth in the GLCA standings and ninth in the OWU Invite standings with a time of 26:14.80 on the 8k course. For the second straight week, sophomore Natalie Plick (Wynnewood, PA/Lower Merion) took home an individual title after covering the 5k course in a winning time of 18:47.80.

OBERLIN was idle last week and joins a grouping of NCAC squads at the Allegheny Invitational on Saturday.

OHIO WESLEYAN hosted its annual GLCA Championships/OWU Invitational on Saturday at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio. The Battling Bishops women's squad was the top team at the event, finishing first in both the GLCA and OWU Invite final standings, while the men's squad finished fourth in the GLCA standings and fifth in the OWU Invite standings. The OWU women were led by freshman Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) who finished second in the GLCA standings and fourth in the OWU Invite standings with a time of 19:07.00 on the 5k course, while the men were led by junior Landon Erb (Hilliard, OH/Darby) and sophomore Zak Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn). Erb was fifth in the GLCA results and 11th in the OWU Invite results with a time of 26:22.10, while Geiger was right on Erb's heel, finishing sixth in the GLCA Invite and 12th in the OWU Invite with a time of 26:24.20.

WABASH sent student-athletes to a pair of events on Saturday with part of the team competing at Hanover College's Madison Kiwanis Invitational and the other portion of the team traveling to Bloomington for the Indiana University Open. The Little Giants finished fifth overall at Hanover and were led by senior Cole Hruskovich (Lafayette, IN/Central Catholic) who finished 27th overall with a time of 27:28.10. Junior Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) posted the best finish for Wabash at the IU Open, crossing the line 13th overall with a time of 26:35.00.

WITTENBERG also took to the course at the GLCA Championships/OWU Invitational and saw its men's team finish sixth and its women's squad check in at ninth in the final OWU Invitational team standings. Freshman Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) once again led the Wittenberg men's squad by placing 15th overall with a time of 26:36.00, while freshman Erin Hord (Madison, OH/Madison) led the women's squad after covering the 6k course in 20:48.20 to finish 41st overall.

WOOSTER rounded out the list of NCAC squads at the GLCA Championships/OWU Invitational in Powell, Ohio. The Fighting Scot men's team impressed at the meet, finishing in a tie for first in the GLCA standings and second overall in the OWU Invite standings, while the Wooster women's team finished fourth overall in the GLCA standings and fifth in the OWU Invite standings. Senior Luke Hutchings-Goetz (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) paced the men's squad and was the top NCAC men's runner at the event by finishing third in the GLCA individual standings and seventh in the OWU Invite individual standings after covering the 8k course in 26:07.90, while the women were led by freshman Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) who placed 11th in the GLCA standings and 19th in the OWU Invite standings with a time of 20:06.10 on the 5k course.