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NCAC Weekly Release (9-22-14) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (9-22-14) - Cross Country

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There was minimal action on the NCAC cross country circuit last weekend as just five of the league’s 10 schools were in action, highlighted by Wabash finishing first out of 20 teams in the Little State Division portion of the Indiana Intercollegiates and the Oberlin women tying Washington Univ. (MO) for the team title at the Wheaton (IL) Gil Dodds Invitational. Five conference teams will compete at the NCAA Pre-National Meet this weekend at The Golf Center at Kings Island in Mason, Ohio.

DEPAUW and WABASH traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Friday for the annual Indiana Intercollegiates. The event consists of two separate standings - Big State for Div. I institutions and Little State for Div. II, III and NAIA schools. Wabash dominated the competition in the Little State division as the Little Giants landed all five of its scoring runners in the top-10 and finished first overall with 26 points. The DePauw men checked in at fifth in the final standings with 183 points, while the DPU women finished third overall with 119 total points. In the men’s race, Wabash senior Jared Burris (Indianapolis, IN/North Central) captured the individual title in the Little State division after he traversed the 8K course in a time of 26:01.6, while junior Adam Togami (New Albany, IN/New Albany) also finished in the top-5 in fourth place with a time of 26:16.0. For DPU, junior Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) finished fourth overall in the women’s three-mile run with a time of 18:22.2, while junior Paul Watts (Granger, IN/Penn) paced the men’s team by finishing 14th in a time of 26:45.7.

HIRAM stayed close to home over the weekend and competed at the Lorain County Community College Commodore Invitational. The men and women both finished sixth in the final team standings with 178 and 162 points, respectively. Freshman Dana Yeater (Kinsman, OH/Badger) was the Terriers’ top finisher in the women’s 5K race with a time of 24:30.61, while sophomore Anthony Kerrigan (Brooklyn, NY/Millenium) finished 43rd overall with an 8K time of 32:34.27 to lead the men’s team.

OBERLIN made the trip to Wheaton, Illinois, on Saturday to compete at the Gil Dodds Invitational, hosted by Wheaton College. The Yeowomen finished in a tie for first with Washington Univ. (MO) after each squad accumulated 45 points, while the Yeomen finished fourth overall with 82 total team points. Four Yeowomen seniors finished in the top-10 in the individual standings, led by Kyle Neal (North Muskegon, MI/North Muskegon), who finished second with a 6K time of 22:00. Junior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) paced the men’s team after also finishing second overall in the individual standings by crossing the line with an 8K time of 25:19.

WOOSTER was in action on Saturday in Westerville, Ohio, for the Otterbein Invitational. The men’s team won their second-straight championship after placing four runners in the top-10, while the women’s team was third out of 10 teams. Sophomore Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) was the men’s top finisher after he covered the 8K course in a time of 26:50.8 to finish third overall, while classmate Joe David (Sparta, NJ/Sparta) also cracked the top-five by finishing fourth overall with a time of 26:51.3. For the women, senior Lauren Buyan (Sheridan, WY/Sheridan) was fifth out of 107 runners with a 5K time of 23:58.5.