The North Coast cross country circuit opened the 2014 season
last weekend with all 10 schools in action, highlighted by three
schools hosting opening-weekend events, including the Kenyon
Tri-Meet, Wooster Invitational and Wabash Hokum Karem. Six of the
10 league members will return to action next Saturday, led by Ohio
Wesleyan hosting Kenyon, Wittenberg, Wooster and a grouping of
non-conference opponents for the GLCA Championships/OWU
Invitational at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio.
ALLEGHENY kicked off its season by hosting the Allegheny 5K Classic at the Robertson Athletic Complex in Meadville on Saturday. The men’s squad, led by junior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny), topped the three-team field with 24 points, while the women’s team finished second out of four teams with 39 points. Steiner guided the men’s team to victory after traversing the 5K course in 15:41, while freshman Ariel Rittenhouse (Westerville, OH/Thomas Worthington) led the Gator women in her collegiate debut by placing fourth in the individual standings with a time of 19:50.
DENISON and WITTENBERG traveled to Indian Riffle Park in Kettering, Ohio, for The University of Dayton’s annual Flyer 5K meijer Challenge. In the men’s Class B intercollegiate competition, Denison topped the three-team field with 18 points, followed by Wittenberg in second (48) and Capital in third (70). Denison also earned the team title in the women’s intercollegiate race with 17 points, while Wittenberg was second (46) and Capital competed only as individuals. Denison sophomore Jake Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) was first among Div. III men’s runners and 17th overall in a field of 96 total runners (Div. I & III) with a time of 16:14, while Wittenberg sophomore Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) was third among Div. III runners and 50th overall with a time of 16:56. In the women’s race, Denison freshman Emily Grabauskas (Annandale, VA/Falls Church) finished first among Div. III runners and 17th overall in a field of 82 total runners with a time of 19:42 and Wittenberg sophomore Erin Hord (Madison, OH/Madison) was fourth amongst Div. III runners and 40th overall with a time of 21:18.
KENYON hosted OHIO WESLEYAN and Mt. Vernon Nazarene on Saturday for its annual non-scoring Kenyon Tri-Meet. In the women’s race, the Ladies saw a pair of freshmen finish one-two in the final standings, with Molly Hunt (San Anselmo, CA/Redwood) breaking the tape in 15:28 and Susannah Davies (Katonah, NY/Miss Porter’s School) placing second in 15:30. Sophomore Kaille Winston (Millington, NJ/Watchung Hills) and freshman Adira Jarman (Versailles, KY/Woodford County) led OWU at the event in fifth (15:45) and 11th (16:37), respectively. In the men’s race, Kenyon junior Sam Lagasse (Woodbridge, CT/Westhill) topped the 34-runner field for the second year in a row with a time of 15:37, while KC junior Nat Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley Sr.) also cracked the top-five in fourth with a time of 16:40. Ohio Wesleyan’s pack running placed its men’s runners in positions 8-11, led by junior Zach Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) in eighth (17:19.1) and freshman John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) in ninth (17:19.2).
WABASH hosted DEPAUW, St. Mary’s and Danville Area Community College for the 52nd running of the Hokum Karem on Saturday in Crawfordsville. The Hokum Karem combines relay and cross country racing. Two runners each race over a one-mile loop until the duo has completed eight miles for men and six miles for women. Wabash captured the title on the men’s side for the fifth-consecutive year after the Little Giants posted the top-three teams in the final standings, led by juniors Adam Togami (New Albany, IN/New Albany) and Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Central) breaking the tape in a time of 38:54.9. The DePauw women also swept the top three spots in the standings to earn the team title, led by senior Hope Jordan (Bremen, IN/Bremen) and junior Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) finishing first overall with a time of 35:59.2. The DPU men, who finished second overall in the team standings, were led by the team of senior Noah Gratwood (Birdseye, IN/Perry Central) and junior Paul Watts (Granger, IN/Penn), who finished fourth overall with a time of 39:29.9.
WOOSTER hosted, HIRAM, OBERLIN and a grouping of non-conference opponents for its annual season-opening Wooster Invitational on Friday. The event consists of a women’s 4K, women’s 5K, men’s 5K and men’s four-mile run. Oberlin swept places 1-3 in the women’s 4K, led by senior Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) breaking the tape in 14:44.2. Wooster sophomore Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) was fourth overall in the 4K with a time of 15:55.9 and Hiram freshman Mykahlai Robinson (Lorain, OH/Clearview) was 40th (20:38.2). Oberlin senior Kyle Neal (North Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon) topped the field in the women’s 5K with a time of 19:21.4, while Wooster senior Lauren Buyan (Sheridan, WY/Sheridan) finished fourth (20:22.1) and Hiram freshman Dana Yeater (Kinsman, OH/Badger) was 22nd (25:26.6). Point Park University’s Eric Torres won the men’s 5K with a time of 16:38.0, while Oberlin junior Robert Moreton (San Gabriel, CA/San Marino) was second (16:51.4), Wooster senior Jairaj Ranchod (Shaker Hts., OH/Lincoln-West) was seventh (17:28.6) and Hiram sophomore Anthony Kerrigan (Brooklyn, NY/Millenium) was 26th (19:34.7). In the men’s four-mile run, Oberlin junior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) topped the 30-man field with a time of 20:27.6, while Wooster senior Joe David (Sparta, NJ/Sparta) was third (21:38.7), Wooster sophomore Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) was fourth (21:56.7) and Oberlin sophomore E.J. Douglas (Silver Spring, MD/St. Andrews) rounded out the top-five in fifth with a time of 21:58.3.