It was another busy weekend on the NCAC cross country circuit as six of the league’s nine schools were in action at four different events, highlighted by Wittenberg sweeping the team titles at its own Invitational on Saturday in Springfield. All nine conference schools will be in action this weekend, led by DePauw and Wabash traveling to Indiana University on Friday night in Bloomington for the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships.
OBERLIN traveled to West Virginia on Saturday for the Bethany Bison Invitational. Led by a slew of underclassmen, the Yeowomen tallied 29 points to capture the team title at the 14-team event, while the Yeomen finished second behind Davis & Elkins by a 36-65 margin. Sophomore Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/East) led the Yeowomen on the 6K course by finishing second overall in the field of 156 runners with a time of 23:41, while the freshmen trio of Marija Crook (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill), Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) and Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, OH/Keystone) also logged top-10 finishes in places four through six, respectively. On the men’s side, senior E.J. Douglass (Silver Spring, MD/St. Andrews) was the lone Yeomen runner to crack the top-10 in the individual standings as he finished second overall in the field of 114 runners with an 8K time of 27:31.
OHIO WESLEYAN hosted KENYON, Baldwin Wallace and Ohio Dominican for the OWU Invitational on Saturday at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio. In the men’s competition, OWU ran away with the team title with 23 total points, while Kenyon finished fourth overall with 95. On the women’s side, Kenyon topped the team standings with 33 total points, while OWU checked in at second with 46. OWU men’s runners occupied six of the top 10 spots in the individual standings, led by junior John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) breaking the tape on the 8K course with a time of 27:10.0, while Kenyon’s top performance came from sophomore Kyle Rose (Meadville, PA/Meadville Area) in seventh-place with a time of 28:40.5. In the women’s race, Ohio Wesleyan senior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) traversed the 5K course in a winning time of 19:09.6, while the Kenyon sophomore duo of Quinn Harrigan (Ardmore, PA/Lower Merion) and Andrea Ludwig (Pleasanton, CA/Livermore Valley Charter Prep) both posted top-five finishes for the Ladies in third (19:55.1) and fifth (20:06.1), respectively.
WITTENBERG hosted several non-conference teams on Saturday for its annual Wittenberg Invitational at Snyder Park in Springfield. The Tigers performed well at their home event as both the men’s and women’s teams rose to the top of the team standings with 20 points and 21 points, respectively. A pair of Tiger runners also broke the tape in their respective 5K races, with sophomore Charles Rodeheffer (Delaware, OH/Olentangy) winning the men’s race in 16:39.60 and freshman Alexis Gray (Washington Courthouse, OH/Washington Courthouse) topping the women’s 46-runner field with a time of 19:42.76.
WOOSTER hosted DENISON for a dual meet on Thursday night in Wooster. The two squads split the dual, with Wooster topping the DU women by a 23-37 margin and the Big Red men collecting a 18-38 victory over the Scots. In the women’s 4K race, Wooster senior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) topped the field of 21 runners with a time of 15:40.3, while Denison sophomore Anna Fash (Wooster, OH/Wooster) finished second overall in 15:50.4. On the men’s side, DU runners accounted for five of the top six spots in the individual standings, led by senior Jacob Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep School) breaking the tape on the 5K course with a time of 16:39.7. Wooster’s top performance in the men’s race came from senior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) in third with a time of 17:05.5.