North Coast Cross Country squads wrapped up the regular season portion of the schedule last weekend at three different events, highlighted by the Oberlin women winning the annual Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble and the Wabash men finishing third at the same event. The 2016 NCAC Cross Country Championships will be hosted by DePauw on Sunday, October 30th, at the Lavern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana, with the men’s race beginning at 11:00 a.m and the women’s race at 12:00 p.m.
ALLEGHENY and OHIO WESLEYAN sent athletes to compete at the Rowan Border Clash in Glassboro, New Jersey. Johns Hopkins won the women’s team title with 70 points, while Allegheny finished ninth (317) and Ohio Wesleyan was 23rd overall with 572 points. On the men’s side, SUNY-Geneseo took home the crown with 71 points, followed by Allegheny in 14th with 384 and Ohio Wesleyan in 23rd with 647. In the individual standings, OWU and Allegheny both had women’s runners place in the top-15, as OWU senior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) finished sixth with a 6K time of 21:02.7 and Allegheny senior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) checked in at 15th with a time of 21:19.6. On the men’s side, OWU junior John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) finished third out of 383 runners with an 8K time of 23:34.1, while junior Carter Smith (Cranberry Twp., PA/Eden Christian) posted the Gators top finish in 17th (24:01.2).
OBERLIN hosted DENISON, DEPAUW, KENYON, OHIO WESLEYAN, WABASH and several of the Great Lake Region’s top teams for its annual Inter-Regional Rumble. In the women’s varsity 6K, Oberlin finished first out of 29 teams to claim its second Inter-Regional Rumble title in program history with 94 points. The Yeowomen were followed in the team standings by DePauw in third (167), Kenyon in fourth (179), Denison in 19th (532) and Ohio Wesleyan in 27th (761). On the men’s side, Wabash led all NCAC teams by finishing third out of 32 squads with 138 points. DePauw checked in at fifth with 161 points, followed by Oberlin in 13th (362), Denison in 14th (396) and Kenyon in 26th (689), while OWU didn’t record a team score in the event. Individually, two NCAC women’s runners finished in the top-10, including DePauw senior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) in third (21:32.6) and Oberlin sophomore Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/East) in seventh (21:58.8). Denison sophomore Anna Fash (Wooster, OH/Wooster) and Kenyon senior Harlee Mollenkopf (Delaware, OH/Hayes) led their squads in 20th (22:34.9) and 21st (22:35.2), respectively, while sophomore Cait Culberg (Dayton, OH/Centerville) posted OWU’s top individual finish in 185th (25:34.0). On the men’s side, Wabash runners accounted for the top two spots in the individual standings, led by senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) breaking the tape on the 8K course with a time of 24:41.2. Junior Colin Rinne (Westfield, IN/Westfield) was right on his teammates’ heels in second (24:45.0), while DePauw sophomore Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) also cracked the top-five in fourth with a time of 24:53.2. Denison senior Jacob Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) also logged a top-10 finish in 10th-place (25:05.1), while senior E.J. Douglass (Silver Spring, MD/St. Andrews) posted the Yeomen’s best finish in 18th (25:12.0). Kenyon sophomore Kyle Rose (Meadville, PA/Meadville Sr.) led the Lords at the event with a 46th-place finish (25:54.2), while senior Zac Klies (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) led the OWU contingent in 215th (28:35.4).
WITTENBERG and WOOSTER traveled to Wilmington on Friday night for the annual Jenna Strong Fall Classic in southern Ohio. Shawnee State won the men’s title with 75 total points, followed by Wooster in 17th with 433 points and Wittenberg in 22nd with 534. On the women’s side, Wright State took home the title with 50 points, while Wittenberg cracked the top-10 in ninth-place (282) and Wooster finished 12th out of 38 teams with 383. Individually, Wittenberg senior Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) cracked the top-25 by finishing 21st out of 395 runners with an 8K time of 25:46.7, while senior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) led the Fighting Scots by finishing 65th overall with a time of 26:30.8. On the women’s side, a pair of NCAC runners cracked the top-25, led by Wittenberg freshman Alexis Gray (Washington C.H., OH/Washington C.H.) finishing 11th out of 366 runners with a 5K time of 18:28.2. Wooster senior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) paced the Scots at the event by finishing 23rd overall with a career-best 5K time of 18:57.4.