NCAC Weekly Release (10-19-15) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (10-19-15) - Cross Country

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North Coast cross squads wrapped up the regular season portion of their schedules last weekend with all nine schools in competition. The 2015 NCAC Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, on Saturday, October 31st. The women’s race will begin at 11:00 a.m., with the men’s race to follow at 11:45 a.m. CLICK HERE to access Kenyon’s championship website. 

OBERLIN hosted ALLEGHENY, DENISON, DEPAUW, KENYON, OHIO WESLEYAN and several non-conference teams on Saturday for its annual Inter-Regional Rumble event. Allegheny, ranked 17th in the most recent USTFCCCA National Poll, topped the men’s standings at the event with 88 total points, followed by Oberlin in fifth (159), DePauw in 10th (284), Denison in 16th (483), Kenyon in 21st (566) and Ohio Wesleyan in 29th (912). Four runners from the NCAC finished in the top-10 at the event, led by Oberlin senior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa), who became the first Yeomen runner in school history to break the tape at their home event with an 8K time of 24:04.0. The final top-10 finishers all hailed from Allegheny, with senior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny) leading that grouping by finishing second overall with a time of 24:11.0. DePauw sophomore Polo Burguete (Distrito Federal, Mexico/Culver Acad.) cracked the top-15 in 15th with a time of 24:46.1, while other top finishers from league schools included Kenyon senior Sam Lagasse (Woodbridge, CT/Westhill) in 40th (25:07.6), Denison junior Drake Lohnes (Alliance, OH/West Branch) in 89th (25:40.9) and Ohio Wesleyan freshman Daniel Frame (Tipp City, OH/Tippecanoe) in 142nd (26:26.7). Carnegie Mellon collected the team title on the women’s side with 115 points, while Oberlin was the top NCAC finisher in third with 166 points. Allegheny and DePauw also cracked the top-10 in sixth (173) and seventh (182), respectively, followed by Denison in 13th (383), Kenyon in 15th (414) and Ohio Wesleyan in 28th (754). Lebanon Valley’s Kelsey Patrick finished first in the individual standings with a 6K time of 21:00.6, while Denison senior Emily Lamm (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) was the top NCAC finisher in fourth with a time of 21:22.3. Three additional league runners finished in the top-10, including Oberlin senior Sarel Loewus (Pullman, WA/Pullman) in sixth (21:29.2), Allegheny junior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) in seventh (21:34.5) and DePauw junior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) in ninth (21:45.7). In addition, freshman Quinn Harrigan (Andover, PA/Lower Merion) led Kenyon in 34th (22:28.1) and senior Alex Cook (Powell, OH/Village Acad.) led Ohio Wesleyan in 171st (24:40.7).  

OHIO WESLEYAN and WABASH also sent runners to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Brooks AAE Invitational on Saturday at the same course that will host the 2015 NCAA Division III Championships on November 21st. The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire won the men’s team title with 99 points, while Wabash, which ranks 11th in the most recent USTFCCCA National Poll, cracked the top-five in fifth with 221 points and Ohio Wesleyan finished 17th with 503 points. Three NCAC runners finished in the top-20 at the event, led by Wabash senior Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Central) placing 12th with an 8K time of 24:57 on the championship course. In addition, Ohio Wesleyan sophomore John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) finished 13th (25:00) and Wabash senior Adam Togami (New Albany, IN/New Albany) placed 18th (25:03. In the women’s race, Washington (MO) earned the team title with 136 points, while Ohio Wesleyan finished 17th overall with 506 points, thanks in part to a top-10 individual finish from junior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown), who finished eighth overall with a 6K time of 21:31.85.

WITTENBERG and WOOSTER opened competition last weekend in southern Ohio at Wilmington’s #JennaStrong Fall Classic. The Miami (OH) Redhawks won the women’s title with 102 points, while Wooster cracked the top-five in fifth with 218 points and Wittenberg finished 21st overall with 479 points. The individual title went to unattached runner Claire Wells with a time of 17:58.5 on the 5K course, while Wooster junior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) finished 21st among attached runners with a time of 19:41.0 and Wittenberg junior Erin Hord (Madison, OH/Madison) was 23rd with a time of 19:42.4. Berea (KY) won the team title on the men’s side with 79 points, while Wooster finished fifth with 223 points and Wittenberg checked in at 14th with 377 points. Like the women’s race, unattached Joseph Mullen earned the individual title with an 8K time of 25:02.6. Among attached runners, Wittenbeg junior Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) was 14th with a time of 26:08.9, followed closely by Wooster junior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) in 15th with a time of 26:13.5.