DePauw captured its third consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Carmel, Indiana.
DePauw’s 53-point performance propelled the team to its third title since joining the conference in 2011. Wabash finished runner-up with 85 points, while Allegheny claimed third, posting 89 points. Denison crossed in fourth (93) and Oberlin rounded out the top-five with 127 points. Kenyon (142), Ohio Wesleyan (146), Wittenberg (186) and Wooster (234) completed the nine-team field.
Wabash senior Sam Henthorn (Carmel, IN/Westfield) became the second Little Giant runner to earn the NCAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Year award after he broke the tape on the 8K championship course in 25:42.7. It’s Henthorn’s third all-conference nod after earning second-team honors in 2018 and honorable mention laurels in 2016. DePauw senior Cole Martin (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) was runner-up, marking his third All-NCAC team and second first-team selection. Kenyon senior Vincent Lewis (Chicago, IL/St. Ignatius College Prep) was third overall, earning his first all-conference selection while Denison junior Adam Cromwell (Fort London, PA/Mercersburg Academy) (fourth) also nabbed his first first-team selection and second nod overall. After being a member of the second team in 2017 & 2018, Ohio Wesleyan senior Ahmed Hamed (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) finished fifth, earning first-team honors. Allegheny freshman Owen Isham (State College, PA/State College Area) and sophomore Tim Weighart (Brookline, MA/Brookline) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, rounding out All-NCAC first-team honors. It was Weighart’s second all-conference selection after placing on the second team last season.
In addition, Allegheny’s Isham was tabbed as the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year after his sixth-place finish. The Newcomer of the Year award goes to the highest placing first-time runner at the championships.
Lastly, DePauw head coach Kori Stoffregen was named the 2019 NCAC men’s cross country Coach of Year for the third consecutive year.
Oberlin captured the 2019 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 2, in Carmel, Indiana.
The Yeowomen finished with a total of 36 points to claim their second-consecutive NCAC title. The Kenyon Ladies finished second in the team standings with 58 points, while Allegheny (64), DePauw (94) and Wooster (140) rounded out the top five. Ohio Wesleyan (155) took sixth place, followed by Denison (192) in seventh and Wittenberg (196) in eighth.
Kenyon sophomore Emma Becker (Rocky River, OH/Magnificat) claimed the NCAC Women's Runner of the Year honor after she posted a winning 6K time of 21:59.5 on the championship course. Allegheny junior Mica Hanish (Baden, PA/Ambridge) earned her third All-NCAC honor with a second-place finish (22:04.1) after claiming first-team honors in 2018 and second-team laurels in 2017. The following two Oberlin seniors claimed their fourth-consecutive all-conference finishes, as Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) finished third (22:06.6) and Marija Crook (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) took fourth (22:15.0). DePauw sophomore Jenny Noll (La Porte, IN/La Porte), the 2018 Newcomer of the Year, finished in fifth with a time of 22:48.8 for her second All-NCAC first-team finish. Oberlin sophomore Nina Liloia (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) cracked the top-seven for the first time in her career with a sixth-place finish (22:50.6), while Kenyon junior Eleanor Tetreault (Portland, OR/Franklin) rounded out the All-NCAC first team in seventh with a time of 22:51.6 for her second first-team finish.
Oberlin freshman Lilly Crook (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) was tabbed as the 2019 NCAC Women's Newcomer of the Year after posting the top individual finish by a student-athlete in their first year of collegiate competition. The rookie finished in eighth place (22:56.4) becoming the seventh Oberlin women's runner to earn the Newcomer of the Year award, and the first since her sister Marija collected the honor in 2016.
Oberlin’s Ray Appenheimer was voted the 2019 Women’s Coach of the Year after the Yeowomen took home their tenth title in program history. This was Appenheimer’s tenth Coach of the Year award (2019, 2018, 2009-14, 2005-06).