NCAC Weekly Release (10-4-16) - Cross Country

NCAC Weekly Release (10-4-16) - Cross Country

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One of the busiest weekends on the NCAC Cross Country circuit featured the Oberlin women finishing second in the Division III standings at the 2016 All-Ohio Championships and the Wabash men finishing sixth out of 43 teams in the Silver Division at the Greater Louisville Classic. All NCAC schools will be idle this week as they begin to ramp up their training schedules for the 2016 NCAC Cross Country Championships, set for Sunday, October 30th, at the La Vern Gibson Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Indiana. 

ALLEGHENY competed last Saturday at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Competing in the “Brown” Division against schools from all three NCAA Divisions, the Allegheny men finished ninth out of 45 teams with 373 points, while the women finished 14th out of 42 squads with 425 points. Senior Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) led the men’s team by finishing ninth overall in the 401 runner field and third among Div. III runners with a personal best 8K time of 24:54. On the women’s side, senior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) finished 20th in a field of 373 runners with a 6k time of 21:38. 

DEPAUW and WABASH both sent athletes to Kentucky on Saturday for the 2016 Greater Louisville Classic that took place at E.P. Tom Sawyer Sate Park, which is also the site of the 2016 NCAA Div. III Championships on November 19th. Both schools competed in the “Silver” Division that featured primarily Div. III institutions. In the 43-team men’s field, Wabash finished sixth with 145 points, while DePauw also cracked the top-10 in 10th with 292 points. The DePauw women also cracked the top-10 by finishing eighth out of 39 teams in the Silver Division with 256 points. Three Wabash runners finished in the top-11 in Louisville, led by senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) finishing third overall after traversing the 8K course in 25:11.68, while DPU’s top effort came from sophomore Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) in 35th with a time of 25:55.48. In the women’s race, DePauw was once again led by senior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) as she placed seventh out of 332 runners with a 6K time of 21:42.83. In addition, Wabash also sent runners to the Earlham Pat Thomas Invitational on Saturday where the Little Giants finished second out of five teams with 55 points. Junior Andrew Brake (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) was Wabash’s top individual finisher at Earlham in fifth-place with a 6K time of 21:34.3.  

DENISON, KENYON, OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN, WITTENBERG and WOOSTER were all in action on Friday afternoon at the 2016 All-Ohio Championships, held at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course in Cedarville, Ohio. The Oberlin Yeowomen led all NCAC squads in the final Division III team standings by finishing second out of 17 teams with 66 total points, followed by Kenyon in fifth (142), Ohio Wesleyan in seventh (168), Denison in ninth (278), Wittenberg in 10th (282) and Wooster in 13th (316). On the men’s side, Oberlin was also the top NCAC team by finishing sixth out of 16 teams with 167 points. The Yeomen were followed in the teams standings by Ohio Wesleyan in seventh (195), Denison in eighth (202), Kenyon in 11th (310), Wooster in 12th (311) and Wittenberg in 13th (331). Three NCAC women’s runners finished in the top-10 of the Div. III individual standings, led by Ohio Wesleyan senior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) placing second overall with a 6K time of 21:49.1 The Oberlin freshmen duo of Marija Crook (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) and Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) also posted top-10 finishes in eighth (23:08.2) and ninth (32:11.2), respectively. Kenyon senior Harlee Mollenkopf (Delaware, OH/Hayes) finished just outside the top-10 in 12th with a time of 23:15.9, while Wittenberg freshman Alexis Gray (Washington C.H., OH/Washington C.H.) logged a top-20 finish in 18th (23:27.0). Wooster got its best performance from senior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) in 26th place with a time of 23:44.3, while Denison top effort came from sophomore Anna Fash (Wooster, OH/Wooster) in 28th (23:54.4). Three NCAC men’s runners also cracked the top-10 in the final Div. III individual standings, highlighted by Ohio Wesleyan junior John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) finishing second out of 114 Div. III runners with an 8K time of 25:41.6. The Oberlin duo of senior E.J. Douglas (Silver Spring, MD/St. Andrew’s) and sophomore Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, NY/Dobbs Ferry) joined Sotos in the top-10 in eighth (26:25.5) and 10th (26:29.6), respectively. Denison senior Jake Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit) finished just inside the top-15 in 14th with a time of 26:41.2, while Kenyon sophomore Kyle Rose (Meadville, PA/Meadville) was the next highest NCAC finisher in 23rd (26:56.2). Wittenberg sophomore Charles Rodeheffer (Delaware, OH/OIentangy) cracked the top-30 in 27th with a time of 27:00.3, while senior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) posted Wooster’s top finish in 49th (27:51.3).