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NCAC Weekly Release (10-6-15) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (10-6-15) - Cross Country

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The six Ohio-based league cross country squads traveled to Cedarville University on Friday for the annual All-Ohio Championships, while DePauw and Wabash were both in action on Saturday at the Greater Louisville Invitational and Allegheny competed at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational on Friday. All nine league squads will be idle this weekend.

ALLEGHENY traveled to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday to compete in the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational. The men’s team finished second among Division III teams and sixth out of 39 total teams with 203 points, while the women’s squad finished sixth among Div. III teams and 20th out of 45 overall with 435 points. Senior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny) finished eighth out of 355 men’s runners after covering the 8K course in 25:08, while junior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) ran the program’s fastest women’s 6K time since 2002 at 22:06 to finish 22nd overall and fifth among Div. III runners.

DENISON, KENYON, OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN, WITTENBERG and WOOSTER joined with their in-state peers for the annual All-Ohio Division III Championships on Friday at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course at Cedarville University. In the final Division III women’s standings, Otterbein captured the team title with 80 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan in third (112), Oberlin in seventh (149), Denison in eighth (203), Kenyon in ninth (236), Wooster in 10th (269) and Wittenberg in 15th (430). Individually, Ohio Wesleyan junior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) led all NCAC runners by finishing second out of 273 Div. III runners and eighth out of 592 runners overall with a 6K time of 21:48.50. It marked OWU’s best individual finish at the All-Ohio Championship since Carol Corbett finished 13th overall in 1982. Also cracking the Div. III top-10 was Denison senior Emily Lamm (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) in fourth (22:18.56), Oberlin senior Sarel Loewus (Pullman, WA/Pullman) in sixth (22:34.46) and Ohio Wesleyan senior Abbey Warth (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) in seventh (22:35.67). In addition, Wooster junior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) finished 18th among Div. III runners with a time of 23:18.39, followed by Kenyon freshman Andrea Ludwig (Pleasanton, CA/Livermore Valley Charter Prep) in 21st (23:23.33) and Wittenberg junior Erin Hord (Madison, OH/Madison) in 64th (24:12.59). On the men’s side, Ohio Northern captured the Div. III team title with 62 points, while Ohio Wesleyan narrowly edged out Oberlin for fifth place as the Bishops scored 123 points and the Yeomen tallied 124. Denison finished ninth overall with 280 points, followed by Wittenberg in 10th (312), Wooster in 11th (315) and Kenyon in 12th (328). Oberlin senior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) topped the 278-runner Div. III field and finished 12th out of 647 runners overall with an 8K time of 24:55.37. Arthur has now won individual titles in three-straight events. The league had two additional runners finish in the top-15 of the Div. III standings, with Ohio Wesleyan senior Zak Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) finishing eighth (25:44.78) and Kenyon senior Sam Lagasse (Woodbridge, CT/Westhill) placing 12th (25:51.31). Wittenberg junior Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) was 30th in the Div. III standings with a time of 26:24.24, while Wooster junior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) checked in at 39th (26:35.79) and Denison junior Drake Lohnes (Alliance, OH/West Branch) finished 46th (26:48.52).

DEPAUW and WABASH traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday to compete in the Greater Louisville Classic. Both teams competed in the “Blue Division” at the event, which consisted of teams from all three levels of the NCAA and the NAIA. On the men’s side, Wabash tied with Detroit University for fourth place with 209 points each, while DePauw was 15th out of 36 teams with 426 points. Oakland (MI) won the men’s Blue Division team title with 52 points. Individually, Wabash junior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) finished 21st overall with an 8K time of 25:20.95, while DePauw was led by sophomore Polo Burgete (Distrito Federal, Mexico) in 54th with a time of 26:00.28. On the women’s side, DePauw finished 22nd out of 33 teams in the Blue Division team standings with 571 points, led by junior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) placing 45th in the individual standings with a 5K time of 18:48.60.  

WABASH also sent a grouping of runners to Huntington, Indiana, for the Huntington University E. DeWitt Baker Invitational. The Little Giants finished sixth out of 10 teams at the event with 156 points and were led by sophomore Jonah Woods (Vernon, IN/Jennings County), who finished 20th out of 89 runners with an 8K time of 27:50.9.