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NCAC Weekly Release (10-20-14) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (10-20-14) - Cross Country

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North Coast cross country teams wrapped up the regular season portion of their schedules last weekend with all 10 schools in competition. The 2014 NCAC Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Denison University at Infirmary Mound Park in Granville, Ohio, on Saturday, November 1st. The men’s race will begin at 11:00 a.m., with the women’s race to follow at 12:00 p.m. CLICK HERE to access Denison’ championship website.

DENISON made the trek to southeast Pennsylvania on Saturday to compete at the Gettysburg Invitational. The Big Red men finished seventh out of 34 teams with 248 points, while the women finished 10th out of 35 teams with 249 points. NCAA Division I Bucknell swept the team titles with 75 points on the men’s side and 35 on the women’s side. Denison sophomore Jake Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) cracked the top-10 in the individual standings by finishing seventh out of 355 men’s runners with an 8K time of 26:09.5. The DU women had a pair of runners finish in the top-15, led by junior Emma Lamm (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) finishing sixth out 394 runners with a 6K time of 23:15.7 and senior Abbi Boss (East Aurora, NY/East Aurora) placing 12th with a time of 23:23.4. 

DEPAUW and WABASH traveled to Lake Breeze Golf Club in Winneconne, Wisconsin, on Saturday to compete at the Wis.-Oshkosh AAE Invitational. The DPU women landed in the middle of the pack by finishing 18th out of 35 Division III teams with 498 points, while the men’s race saw Wabash post a top-five finish in the Div. III standings in fifth-place with 186 points and DePauw finish 22nd out of 37 Div. III teams with 612 points. North Central captured the Div. III men’s title with 27 points, while Johns Hopkins topped the Div. III women’s standings with 59 points. North Central’s Troy Kelleher broke the tape in the men’s 8K race with a time of 24:35.3, while Wabash senior Nick Boyce (Indianapolis, IN/Chatard) was 31st out of 536 Div. III runners with a time of 25:29.4 and DePauw senior Will Bond (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) placed 97th overall with a time of 26:08.7. Lucy Cheadle of Washington (MO) captured the women’s Div. III individual title with a 6K time of 20:44.01, while DePauw’s top finish was sophomore Emma MacAnally (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) who finished 70th out of 458 Div. III runners with a time of 22:56.85.

OBERLIN hosted ALLEGHENY, HIRAM, KENYON, OHIO WESLEYAN and a grouping of non-conference opponents for its annual Inter-Regional Rumble event. SUNY-Geneseo earned the women’s team title with 54 points, while Oberlin was third (148), Ohio Wesleyan was sixth (244), Allegheny was 12th (312), Kenyon was 23rd (640) and Hiram was 40th (1318). SUNY-Geneseo also captured the men’s championship with 97 points, while NCAC finishers included Allegheny in sixth (208), Ohio Wesleyan in ninth (237), Oberlin in 10th (239), Kenyon in 23rd (672) and Hiram competing only as individuals in the open portion of the event. Three NCAC runners cracked the top-10 in the women’s 6K race, including Oberlin senior Kyle Neal (North Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon) in second (22:10.2), Oberlin senior Emma Lehmann (San Francisco, CA/Urban) in third (22:13.3) and Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) in eighth (22:29.5). In addition, Allegheny senior Marisa Brown (Littleton, CO/Heritage) finished 28th with a time of 23:09.9, Kenyon freshman Molly Hunt (San Anselmo, CA/Redwood) was 112th with a time of 24:28.1 and Hiram senior Alys Dutton (Columbia, MD/Columbia) 319th with a time of 29:32.6. Three league runners also cracked the top-10 in the men’s 8K race, including Oberlin junior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) in third (25:30.5), Allegheny junior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny) in fifth (25:34.3) and Ohio Wesleyan freshman John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) in seventh (25:44.7). In addition, Kenyon junior Nat Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley Sr.) placed 31st out of 291 runners with a time of 26:15.5. In the men’s 8K open competition, Hiram sophomore Kevin Kerper (Twinsburg, OH/Twinsburg) finished 172nd out of 208 runners with a time of 32:19.5.

WITTENBERG and WOOSTER were in action on Friday night at Wilmington’s #JennaStrong Classic. Ashland ran away with the men’s team title with 21 points, while Wooster was fifth out of 38 teams with 193 points and Wittenberg placed 33rd with 997 points. Ashland’s Brian Baum finished first out of 373 runners with an 8K time of 24:52.38, while Wooster sophomore Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) finished 14th with a time of 26:04.56 and Wittenberg’s top finisher was sophomore Kevin Stewart (Springfield, OH/Emmanuel Christian) in 209th with a time of 29:23.11. Ashland also won the women’s team title with 52 points, while Wooster was 12th with 356 points and Wittenberg was 31st out of 43 teams with 891 points. Ashland’s Delainey Phelps won the women’s individual title with a 5K time of 18:36.91, while Wooster senior Lauren Buyan (Sheridan, WY/Sheridan) finished 27th out of 413 runners with a time of 19:15.06 and Wittenberg freshman Stephanie Atkinson (Lebanon, OH/Lebanon) placed 155th with a time of 21:19.23.