There was plenty of action on the NCAC cross country circuit last weekend as all nine schools were in action, highlighted by the Wabash men and the DePauw women winning their respective team titles in the Little State Division at the annual Indiana Intercollegiate Championships at Indiana University in Bloomington. There is minimal action on the circuit this week with just one event on the schedule that features DePauw traveling to Rose-Hulman for a dual meet on Friday.
ALLEGHENY made the trip to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Saturday for the Saint Vincent College Invitational that saw the women’s team top the 18-team field with 44 total points and the men’s squad finish second out of 18 teams with 63 points. In the women’s 6K race, a pair of Gator runners finished 1-2 in the final standings, with senior S.J. Guillaume (Ridgefield, CT/Ridgefield) breaking the tape in 23:18 for her first-career win and classmate Monica Patrick (Salem, OH/South Range) finishing second in 23:28. On the men’s side, three Allegheny runners finished in the top-10 in the individual standings, led by senior Randy Violette (Dillsburg, PA/Northern) placing second out of 218 runners with an 8K time of 26:46.
DEPAUW and WABASH both competed on Saturday at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships at Indiana University in Bloomington. Wabash captured its fourth-straight Little State Division title with 39 points after placing all five of its scoring runners in the top-20, while the DePauw women topped the 13-team field in the Little State Division with 49 points after also having all five of its scoring runners crack the top-20. The DePauw men finished fourth overall in the Little State Division with 123 total points. Individually, three DPU runners finished in the top-10 in the women’s standings, highlighted by senior Claudia Monnett (Cloverdale, IN/Cloverdale) covering the 5,000-meter course with a winning time of 19:17.23. On the men’s side, Goshen’s Ryan Smith won the 8,000-meter event with a time of 26:02.38, while senior Mason McKinney (Lafayette, IN/McCutcheon) led a contingent of Wabash runners that finished 2-4 in the individual standings in second-place with a time of 26:31.38. DePauw sophomore Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, IL/Glenbard West) also cracked the top-10 for the Tigers in 10th-place with a time of 27:25.15.
OBERLIN competed against some of the nation’s top teams last Saturday at the University of Rochester’s YellowJacket Invitational at Gennesse Valley Park in New York. The Yeowomen had all of its scoring runners crack the top-33 to finish third overall in the team standings with 116 points, while the Yeomen finished 10th out of 29 teams with 251 points. Sophomore Linnea Halsten (Madison, WI/Madison) paced the Yeowomen in the individual standings by finishing 20th out of 352 runners with a 6K time of 22:41.9, which was nearly a minute faster than her 6K time at last weekend’s Bethany College Invitational in West Virginia. On the men’s side, Oberlin senior E.J. Douglas (Silver Spring, MD/St. Andrew’s) led the Yeomen by finishing eighth out of 317 runners with an 8K time of 26:08.1.
DENISON, KENYON, OHIO WESLEYAN, WITTENBERG and WOOSTER all traveled to Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday for the Otterbein Invitational. Otterbein captured the men’s team title with 50 points, while Ohio Wesleyan was the top NCAC team in second with 106 points, followed by Denison in sixth (142), Kenyon in ninth (266), Wooster in 10th (266) and Wittenberg in 13th (290). The home Cardinals also won the women’s title with 46 points, with Kenyon leading all NCAC teams in second with 72 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan in fourth (122), Wittenberg in sixth (213), Denison in seventh (216) and Wooster in 10th (241). Individually, a pair of NCAC runners finished 1-2 in the men’s 8K race, with Ohio Wesleyan junior John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) breaking the tape with a winning time of 26:25.3 and Denison senior Jacob Dennie (Indianapolis, IN/Brebeuf Jesuit Prep) finishing second in 26:29.0. Wittenberg senior Jon Osman (Troy, OH/Troy) finished just outside the top-10 in 12th (27:27.4), while Kenyon’s top effort came from sophomore Isak Davis (Richmond, VA/Geneva) in 23rd (27:54.9) and Wooster’s best finish was achieved by senior Blake Pecoraro (Avon, OH/Avon) in 31st (28:09.2). On the women’s side, Ohio Wesleyan senior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) won her third race in as many weekends after topping a field of 219 runners at Otterbein with the only sub-23 minute time of 22:53.8. A trio of Kenyon runners finished 11-13 in the final individual standings, led by sophomore Quinn Harrigan (Ardmore, PA/Lower Merion) finishing 11th with a time of 24:02.9, while Wittenberg freshman Alexis Gray (Washington Court House, OH/Washington Court House) finished just outside the top-15 in 16th with a time of 24:28.3. Denison had a pair of runners crack the top-20, led by sophomore Anna Fash (Wooster, OH/Wooster) placing 18th (24:30.7), while senior Kayla Zboran (Freeport, PA/Freeport) logged Wooster’s top individual finish in 38th with a time of 25:11.0.