NCAC Weekly Release (10-17-10) - Cross Country
North Coast Athletic Conference cross country teams have nearly completed the 2010 regular season. Only Wooster’s Fighting Scots Festival on Friday remains, with the hosts and Hiram joining the field.
The other seven schools spend the next two weeks preparing for the 12th NCAC Cross Country Championships. The event will be hosted by Wabash on October 30, at Southmont Jr.-Sr. High School in Crawfordsville. For course information and driving directions, see Wabash’s cross country championship website at http://www.wabash.edu/sports/cross_country/ncacchamp.
Last week, seven NCAC schools competed in Oberlin’s Inter-Regional Rumble on The Yeomen’s Woodchip Trail.
ALLEGHENY, third-ranked team in NCAA Division III, won the 31-team meet behind senior Chris Marker (Arlington, VA/Yorktown), who finished second in the 284-runner field. Marker’s time of 24:47.0 topped the course record, but he was outkicked at the end by a runner from St. Thomas and that runner was two seconds faster. Gator senior Jeramie Parker (Middletown, MD/Middletown) was also in the top 10, with a time of 25:06.7, good for seventh.
WABASH was the second NCAC squad in the standings as the Little Giants placed fifth. Senior Seth Einterz (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) was fourth with a time of 25:00.3, his fastest of the season.
OHIO WESLEYAN took seventh in the team standings behind junior Sharif Kronemer (Silver Spring, MD/Springbrook) in 35th (26:02.5).
DENISON was ninth as junior Dee Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) placed third (24:53.9), in between Allegheny’s Marker and Wabash’s Einterz.
OBERLIN came in 13th and was paced by sophomore Eric Line (Dover, DECaesar Rodney) in 15th place (25:34.6).
KENYON in 21st and HIRAM in 30th round out NCAC men’s team’s finishes. Lord junior Matt Davis (Cranberry Twp., PA/Seneca Valley) posted a 13th-place individual result (25:33.2), while junior Joseph Hengoed (Seven Hills, OH/Normandy) paced the Terriers (26:52.1) in 102nd.
WITTENBERG competed at the Wilmington Invitational. The Tigers wound up sixth of 28 teams, and were led by Kevin Frick (Columbus, OH/Grandview) in 28th place (26:20.56).
Six NCAC squads participated in OBERLIN’S Inter-Regional Rumble. The host Yeowomen led all conference teams in sixth place. Senior Joanna Johnson (Chico, CA/Chico) won the race with a time of 21:17.1, to top a 218-competitor field.
ALLEGHENY placed ninth and was led by sophomore Kelly Gallagher (Westlake, OH/St. Joseph Academy) who finished 11th in a personal-best time for six kilometers (22:35.6).
DENISON, KENYON and OHIO WESLEYAN took 11 through 13, respectively as DU senior Katie Navarre (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) was 23rd (22:55.4), Ladies freshman Jenna Willett (Kensington, MD/Walter Johnson) was 32nd (23:04.9), and Battling Bishop senior Kat Zimmerly (Edinboro, PA/General McLane) took 22nd (22:54.8).
HIRAM was 24th in the 26-team field. Freshman Laila Almassri (Parma, OH/Normandy) led the Terriers with a time of 26:40.8, good for 146th.
WITTENBERG competed at the Wilmington Invitational and finished fourth of 31 teams. Tiger junior Mary Pfeifer (Dublin, OH/Coffman) finished 12th overall. She completed the 5K course in 19:05, leading the Tigers to a fourth-place team finish.