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Oberlin Women's Cross Country Nabs 2018 NCAC Title


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POWELL, Ohio – The Oberlin captured the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Yeowomen finished with a total of 33 points, one point better than defending champion, Allegheny. The Gators’ Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) was the individual champion with a winning time of 21:38.9.

Behind Oberlin (33) and Allegheny (34) was Kenyon in third place with 115 points. DePauw (128) and Wooster (132) rounded out the top five while Ohio Wesleyan (153), Denison (165) and Wittenberg (187) completed the eight-team field.

Oberlin Women’s Cross Country was led by senior Linnea Halsten (Madison, Wis./Madison East) who finished second with a time of 22:01.6. Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) collected a top-five finish with a time of 22:39.2 while sixth place also went to the Yeowomen as Marija Crook (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) crossed just behind her teammate in 22:46.5. Oberlin’s scoring was rounded out with Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) in eighth (23:18.9) and Joy Castro-Wehr (Nevada City, Calif./Nevada Union) in 12th (23:32.5).

Forner was named NCAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year after edging Oberlin’s Halsten, the 2017 NCAC Women’s Cross Country Champion, by 23.6 seconds. Along with Forner, the Gators had three of the top four finishers, including Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) in third (22:23.6) and Mica Hanish (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) in fourth (22:29.1). Allegheny has finished in the top two of the standings in four consecutive seasons.

NCAC Women’s Cross Country Newcomer of the Year went to DePauw’s Jenny Noll (La Porte, Ind./La Porte). Noll was the championship’s top first-year competitor, finishing in seventh place (23:09.2). The top seven finishers overall are also recognized as All-NCAC first-team honorees.

Oberlin’s Ray Appenheimer was voted the Women’s Coach of the Year after the Yeowomen took home their ninth title in program history. It’s also Appenheimer’s ninth Coach of the Year award (2018, 2009-14, 2005-06).

 

Runner of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year
Emily Forner, Allegheny Jenny Noll, DePauw Ray Appenheimer, Oberlin

 

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DePauw Claims 2018 NCAC Men's Cross Country Title


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POWELL, Ohio – The DePauw Men’s Cross Country team won the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio. DePauw’s Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) won the event with a time of 25:32.3.

DePauw Men’s Cross Country won its second NCAC Championship in as many seasons with a team score of 37 points. Allegheny finished runner-up with 80 points while Wooster claimed third, posting 99 points. Wabash was slotted fourth (104) and Oberlin rounded out the top five with 142 points. Denison (150), Ohio Wesleyan (163), Kenyon (164) and Wittenberg (233) completed the nine-team field.

DePauw finished with three runners in the top five, including Zach Batt (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) in third (25:48.9) and Cole Martin (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) in fifth (26:04.4) to accompany Christian. Allegheny’s Matt Svetz (Medville, Pa./Meadville) (second) and Wooster’s David Westcott (Millbrook, N.Y./Millbrook) (fourth) also placed in the top five. Oberlin’s Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) and Ohio Weselyan’s Daniel Frame (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, nabbing All-NCAC first team honors with their finishes.

With Christian’s first-place finish he earned the NCAC’s Runner of the Year award. Freshman teammate Zane Williams (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) was tabbed the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year, going to the highest placing (11th) first-time runner at the championships. Lastly, Tigers head coach, Kori Stoffregen, was named the Coach of Year after the Tigers won their second-straight conference title.

 

Runner of the Year Newcomer of the Year Coach of the Year
Paul Christian, DePauw Zane Williams, DePauw Kori Stoffregen, DePauw

 

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The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) released its 2018 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country pre-championships polls on Monday (Oct. 22) and the Oberlin Yeowomen were tabbed as the favorites on the women’s side, while the defending champion DePauw Tigers were selected to repeat on the men’s side according to balloting by conference coaches.

The Yeowomen, who last won the league title in 2014, earned five first-place votes totaling 61 points, while defending conference champion Allegheny secured the remaining three first-place votes, compiling 58 points. The Gator women have won a conference-best 15 cross country titles. Kenyon checked in at third with 49 points, while DePauw and Wooster tied for fourth with 32 points apiece. The final three spots in the poll were occupied by Ohio Wesleyan (23), Denison (22) and Wittenberg (10).

The DePauw men look for their second championship since joining the conference for the 2011 season. The Tigers received all nine first-place votes totaling the maximum 81 points. Wooster was voted second, receiving 68 points; a second-place finish for Wooster would be its highest finish since 2001 when the team finished as the runner-up. Allegheny was tabbed third with 60 points while Wabash (55) and Denison (43) rounded out the top half of the field. Oberlin (35), Kenyon (32), Ohio Wesleyan (20) and Wittenberg (11) finished out the nine-team field.

Four of the top five women’s finishers from 2017 return for this season’s championships. Defending NCAC champion, Linnea Halsten (Madison, Wis./East) of Oberlin, won the 2017 women’s title by 34 seconds (21:23.3) and looks to repeat as champion. Allegheny's Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) and Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) along with Kenyon's Eleanor Tetreault (Portland, Ore./Franklin) also return after posting top-five finishes last season.

On the men’s side, Wabash’s Dominic Patacsil (West Lafayette, Ind./West Lafayette) captured the 2017 NCAC title in his junior season and returns for his final go-around at the championships. Allegheny's Matt Svetz (Meadville, Pa./Meadville) and DePauw's Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) also return to the NCAC Championships after posting top-five finishes last season.

The 2018 NCAC Cross Country Championships will be Saturday, Oct. 27, at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio. The women’s race will begin at 11 am, while the men’s race will begin at 11:45 am. Ohio Wesleyan is serving as the host for the championships. 

2018 NCAC Cross Country Pre-Championship Coaches' Polls
(first-place votes in parentheses, followed by total point)

WOMEN

 

MEN

1.

Oberlin (5)

 61

 

1.

DePauw (9)

 81

2.

Allegheny (3)

 58

 

2.

Wooster

 68

3.

Kenyon

 49

 

3.

Allegheny

 60

4.

DePauw

 32

 

4.

Wabash

 55

4.

Wooster

 32

 

5.

Denison

 43

6.

Ohio Wesleyan

 23

 

6.

Oberlin

 35

7.

Denison

 22

 

7.

Kenyon

 32

8.

Wittenberg

 10

 

8.

Ohio Wesleyan

 20

 

 

 

 

9. 

Wittenberg

 11