SHELBYVILLE, Ind. – All nine North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) teams continued their seasons on Saturday, Nov. 10, at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional in Shelbyville, Ind., with Franklin College serving as the host.
The 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships are next up for the advancing competitors. The NCAA Championships will be held at Lake Breeze Country Club in Winneconne, Wis., with Wisconsin-Oshkosh serving as the host. The races will be Nov. 17 with the women’s race beginning at 11:15 a.m. and the men’s race scheduled for 12:15 p.m.
On the women’s side, Allegheny finished second to lead all NCAC teams at the Great Lakes Regional with 121 points, earning an automatic bid into the 2018 NCAA Championship field.
Oberlin finished just behind Allegheny in third (124) while Kenyon (411) and DePauw finished 13th (411) and 14th (431), respectively. Wooster placed 17th (497), Ohio Wesleyan in 19th (509), Wittenberg in 22nd (572) and Denison in 24th (661).
Allegheny’s Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) placed second at the regional event, crossing the line in 21:12.4. Oberlin’s Linnea Halsten (Madison, Wis./East) tallied a sixth-place finish, coming across the line in 21:56.5. The Gator’s Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) was the third NCAC runner in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish (21:59.2). In all, eight conference runner finished inside the top 35, earning all-region honors. Oberlin’s Marija Crook (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) finished 11th (22:08.3) while Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) finished 16th (22:18.6). Allegheny’s Mica Hanish (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) crossed in 18th (22:21.7), DePauw’s Jenny Noll (La Porte, Ind./La Porte) finished 21st (22:38.6) and Ohio Wesleyan’s Rachel Bush (Mount Gilead, Ohio/Mount Gilead) completed the 6k course in 22:57.4 (30th).
On the men’s side, DePauw led all conference teams, placing third with 142 points. Wooster came home with an eighth-place finish with 282 points. Allegheny notched a 12th-place finish (316) while Wabash was 13th with 338 points. Denison finished 18th (523), Oberlin finished 23rd (651), Ohio Wesleyan finished 25th (672), Kenyon finished 27th (687) and Wittenberg claimed 32nd (890) in a 38-team field.
DePauw’s Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) led all conference runners with a runner-up finish, crossing in 25:06.1. Allegheny’s Matt Svetz (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) also garnered a top-five finish, crossing in 25:10.6. Wooster’s David Westcott (Millbrook, N.Y./Millbrook) (6th – 25:11.7) and DePauw’s Zach Batt (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) (10th- 25:18.13) also registered top-10 finishes. In all, eight NCAC runners finished inside the top 35, earning all-region honors. DePauw’s Cole Martin (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) finished 15th (25:28.8), Wooster’s Brian Lief (Shaker Hts., Ohio/Shaker Hts.) crossed in 17th (25:44.9), Denison’s Niall Clancy (West Windsor, N.J./South) finished 27th (25:57.8) and Oberlin’s Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) finished 32nd (26:00.2).
The NCAA will announce the 16 at-large teams for the NCAA Championships on Sunday, Nov. 11. The top seven individuals from each region not on a qualifying team will also advance to the championships. 32 teams and 56 additional individuals will make up the 2018 championship field.
For more information you can visit the NCAA website at www.ncaa.com.