There were only two events on the NCAC Cross Country circuit last weekend; however, several league squads were able to get a glimpse of the 2015 NCAC Championship course as Kenyon hosted a preview event in Gambier on Saturday. Six of the nine league squads will be in action this weekend, led by DePauw and Wabash traveling to Terre Haute, Indiana, on Friday for the Indiana Intercollegiates.
ALLEGHENY and DEPAUW traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday for the annual Calvin College Knights Invitational. Aquinas won the team title on the women’s side with 78 total points, while Allegheny placed fourth with 155 points and DePauw checked in at seventh with 171 points. Individually, the Gators placed two runners in the top-10, led by sophomore S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) placing fifth with a 5K time of 18:25.3, while DPU’s top effort went to senior Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) who finished 13th overall with a time of 18:41.4. Calvin’s Lauren Strohbehn broke the tape on the women’s 5K course with a winning time of 17:55.6. On the men’s side, Calvin won its own event with 57 team points, while both NCAC squads finished in the top-10 with Allegheny finishing third (65) and DePauw placing seventh (255). Allegheny senior Logan Steiner (Meadville, PA/North Allegheny) finished first among the 355 scoring runners at the event with a career-best 8K time of 25:01.7, while junior teammate Randy Violette (Dillsburg, PA/Northern) also finished in the top-10 at sixth overall with a time of 25:29.6. Freshman Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) led DePauw by finishing 23rd overall with a time of 26:01.7.
KENYON hosted DENISON, OBERLIN, WITTENBERG, WOOSTER and two additional non-conference opponents for the Kenyon Invitational/NCAC Preview. Kenyon will host the 2015 NCAC Championships on the same course on Saturday, October 31st. Mount Union topped the final women’s standings at the event with 51 points, followed by Oberlin in second (61), Denison in third (82), Kenyon in fourth (85), Wooster in fifth (103) and Wittenberg in sixth (147). Oberlin senior Sarel Loewus (Pullman, WA/Pullman) posted the lone sub 19-minute at the event as she broke the tape on the 5K course with a time of 18:58.1, while Denison senior Emily Lamm (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) finished second overall with a time of 19:08.3. Kenyon placed two runners in the top-10, led by freshman Andrea Ludwig (Pleasanton, CA/Livermore) finishing seventh overall with a time of 19:34.6, while Wooster’s top finisher was junior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) in 12th (20:01.3). Wittenberg’s top effort went to junior Lorin Conti (Milford, OH/Milford) in 15th (20:15.3). Oberlin ran away with the men’s team title as all five of its scoring runners finished in the top-10 to give the Yeomen 23 team points. Denison checked in at second with 93 points, followed by Wooster in fifth (104), Wittenberg in sixth (134) and Kenyon in seventh (140). Oberlin senior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) led the Yeomen contingent by winning the men’s 5K race by over 30 seconds with a time of 15:37.2, while Kenyon senior Sam Lagasse (Woodbridge, CT/Westhill) also finished in the top-5 in fourth place with a time of 16:12.8. Wittenberg and Wooster both placed runners in the top-10, with Wittenberg junior Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) finishing ninth (16:22.6) and Wooster junior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) placing 10th (16:28.8), while Denison’s top effort went to junior Dranke Lohnes (Alliance, OH/West Branch) in 13th with a time of 16:39.8.