NCAC Weekly Release (9-10-12) - Cross Country
ALLEGHENY, DEPAUW and WITTENBERG all made the trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday for the Calvin Knight Invitational. Allegheny paced all men’s squads at the event, finishing third out of 19 teams, while DePauw placed 10th and Wittenberg was 15th. In the women’s race, Allegheny was seventh out of 22 teams, followed by DePauw in ninth and Wittenberg in 18th. The Allegheny men were once again led by senior Bobby Over (Wadsworth, OH/Wadsworth) who finished third overall with a time of 24:43, while the women’s squad was paced by sophomore Andy Sharfman (Manchester, IN/Manchester) in 34th overall with a time of 18:55. Senior Noah Droddy (Indianapolis, IN/International) led the DePauw men’s team in fourth-place overall with a time of 24:55.60 on the 8k course, while freshman Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) finished 16th overall with a time of 18:35.60 over the 5k course. The Wittenberg Tigers were led by junior Jacob Kuntz (Versailles, KY/Woodford) on the men’s side with a 60th-place finish overall in a time of 26:26.90, while Junior Molly King (Springfield, OH/Northeastern) finished 48th with a time of 19:13.70 to lead the women’s squad.
KENYON, OBERLIN, OHIO WESLEYAN and WOOSTER were all in action on Saturday at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio, for the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational/Great Lakes Colleges Association Championship. The GLCA Championship is scored as a subset of the OWU Invitational. The Oberlin women took home the top spot in the team standings in the OWU Invite with 31 points, followed by Kenyon in second (87), Ohio Wesleyan in sixth (180) and Wooster in seventh (181), while the Yeowomen also captured the GLCA Championship title with 19 points, followed by Kenyon in second (58), Ohio Wesleyan in fourth (105) and Wooster in fifth (106). On the men’s side, Oberlin was second overall in the OWU Invite behind Ashland with 99 points, followed by Ohio Wesleyan (128), Kenyon (170) and Wooster (177), while Albion captured the team title in the GLCA Championship with 46 points, followed by Oberlin in second (52), Ohio Wesleyan in third (69), Wooster in fourth (88) and Kenyon in fifth (89). In the women’s race, Oberlin sophomore Carey Lyons (Tacoma, WA/Stadium) won the GLCA individual title and finished second in the OWU Invitational with a time of 19:02.60, while Kenyon freshman Natalie Plick’s (Wynnewood, PA/Lower Merion) time of 19:32.90 was good for ninth in the OWU Invite and seventh in the GLCA Championship. Wooster was led by senior Erin Plews-Ogan (Charlottesville, VA/Western Albemarle) who was ninth in the GLCA race and 14th in the OWU Invite with a time of 19:43.10, while the Battling Bishops were led by sophomore Hannah Sampson (Kent, OH/Roosevelt) who finished 14th overall in the GLCA standings and 21st in the OWU Invite standings with a time of 19:59.00. NCAC men’s runners were led at the race by Wooster junior Luke Hutchings-Goetz (Wilmette, IL/New Trier) who finished fourth overall in the GLCA race and 12th in the OWU Invite with a time of 26:32.98, while Oberlin freshman Geno Arthur’s (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) time of 26:42.38 was good for fifth-place in the GLCA standings and 14th in the OWU Invite standings. In addition, Kenyon freshman Nate Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley) was sixth in the GLCA race and 16th in the OWU Invite with a time of 26:48.10, while Ohio Wesleyan senior Nathan Kafity (Huron, OH/Lake Ridge) was seventh in the GLCA standings and 17th in the OWU Invite standings.
HIRAM was in action over the weekend at the Walsh University Ric Sayre Invitational in Canton, Ohio. The men’s squad finished fifth out of five teams, while the women’s squad was sixth out of six teams in the final standings. Freshman Matthew Walker (Stow, OH/Stow) placed 45th out of 80 men’s runners at the event with a time of 29:15.40, while freshman Taylor Shutler (Salem, OH/South Range) was 72nd out of 92 women’s runners with an overall time of 24:48.90.