NCAC Weekly Release (9-8-15) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (9-8-15) - Cross Country

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After a busy opening week on the NCAC Cross Country circuit, there are just two events on the schedule this weekend, highlighted by Kenyon hosting a grouping of league squads for a preview of the 2015 NCAC Championships, which will be held in Gambier on Saturday, October 31st.

ALLEGHENY opened its 2015 campaign in close proximity to campus, traveling to Grove City, Pennsylvania, for the Grove City Kickoff. The Gators topped the five team men’s field with 17 points, while the women’s squad finished second out of five teams with 30 points. GCC won its own event on the women’s side with 25 points. Individually, four Allegheny men’s runners finished in the top-10, led by sophomore Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian Acad.) who broke the tape on the 5K course with a time of 16:10.84. For the women, the Gators placed five runners in the top-10, led by a third-place finish from junior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) with a 5K time of 19:38.56.

DEPAUW kicked off the 2015 season strong by sweeping the team titles on Saturday at the Illinois Wesleyan Titan Opener. The men’s team topped the six-team field with 26 points, while the women finished first out of five teams with 53 points. On the men’s side, freshmen Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) and Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) finished 1-2 in the individual standings with 5K times 16:21.0 and 16:22.7, respectively. In the final individual standings on the women’s side, the Tigers had a pair of top-five finishers, including junior Emma MacAnally (Indianapolis, IN/Cathedral) in third with a two-mile time of 12:25.9 and freshman Megan Ozog (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) in fifth with a time of 12:33.0.

KENYON hosted OHIO WESLEYAN on September 1st for an unscored dual meet between the conference foes. In the women’s 4K race, the Kenyon freshman duo of Quinn Harrigan (Ardmore, PA/Lower Merion) and Andrea Ludwig (Pleasanton, CA/Livermore Valley Charter Prep) finished 1-2 with times of 16:25.1 and 16:36.2, respectively, while a pair of OWU veterans followed in the standings with junior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) placing third (16:41.9) and senior Abbey Warth (Massillon, OH/Tuslaw) finishing fourth (16:42.0). On the men’s side, reigning NCAC Newcomer of the Year John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) from OWU led the way by finishing first among attached runners with a 5K time of 17:23.0, while Kenyon freshman Kyle Rose (Meadville, PA/Meadville Sr.) cracked the top-5 in his first collegiate race by finishing fifth overall with a time of 17:51.2.

OHIO WESLEYAN hosted DENISON and a grouping of non-conference teams on Saturday for the OWU Invitational. In the final men’s team standings, Ashland topped the nine-team field with 36 points, while Ohio Wesleyan was second with 67 and Denison was sixth with 151. OWU’s John Sotos won the men’s 8K race with a time of 26:26.6 and senior Zak Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) also finished in the top-five of the 100-man field in fifth (26:37.4), while Denison’s top finisher was senior Sam Beech (Bexley, OH/Bexley) in seventh with a time of 26:41.7. On the women’s side, Ashland also finished first out of eight teams with 40 points, while Ohio Wesleyan and Denison finished in third (76) and fourth (104), respectively. Ohio Wesleyan’s Sarah Fowler added her first individual victory of the season after traversing the 5K course in 19:02.4, while Denison had a pair of seniors land in the top-10 with Emily Lamm (Pittsburgh, PA/Shady Side Acad.) finishing sixth (19:26.4) and Kate Benson (Bemus Point, NY/Maple Grove) placing eighth overall with a time of 19:30.3.

WABASH opened its season last Tuesday by finishing third out of four teams at the Manchester Hokum Karem. The Little Giants placed two pairs of runner in the top-10, led by freshmen Daniel Feltis (Lafayette, IN/Jefferson) and Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) combining for a third-place finish, alternating one-mile laps over an eight-mile stretch for a total time of 40:34.4.

WITTENBERG hosted and opening weekend Invitational at historic Snyder Park in Springfield on Saturday. The Tigers took the top spot in both team standings, with the men finishing first out of five teams with 20 points and the women placing first of four teams with 15 points. Three of the top-five finishers on the men’s side hailed from Wittenberg, led by junior Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) winning the 5K race with a time of 16:37.0. The women’s squad was even more dominate as they secured places 1-8 in the final individual standings, led by senior Lorin Conti (Milford, OH/Milford) topping the 31-runner field with a 5K time of 20:11.0.

WOOSTER hosted OBERLIN, Baldwin Wallace and Lorain County CC for its annual season-opening Wooster Invitational last Tuesday. The event consists of a women’s 4K,  women’s 5K, men’s 5K and men’s four-mile run. The women’s events were split down the middle, with Wooster’s entire team competing in the 4K race and Oberlin’s squad participating in the 5K race. Fighting Scot freshman Collier Summay (Cincinnati, OH/Walnut Hills) broke the tape in the 4K with a time of 16:07.4, while Oberlin senior Sarel Loewus (Pullman, WA/Pullman) paced her squad in the 5K with a winning time of 20:25.3. On the men’s side, Baldwin Wallace’s Brady Jeffers broke the tape in the 5K race with a time of 18:28.2, while Wooster junior Patrick Scanlon (Parma, OH/St. Ignatius) was third overall with a time of 19:27.2. The Yeomen dominated the four-mile run by taking places 1-5, led by senior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) taking the top spot with a time of 21:42.5.