North Coast cross country combined to compete in three separate events last weekend, highlighted by the Wabash men winning the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships and the Ohio Wesleyan men finishing first at the Otterbein Invitational. Denison and Wittenberg will be the only two schools in action this weekend at the Rose-Hulman Pre-Regional Invitational.
DEPAUW and WABASH joined their peers from Indiana on Friday in Terre Haute, Indiana, for the 2015 Indiana Intercollegiate Championships, contested at the Lavern Gibson Championship Course on the campus of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Wabash, which is ranked 12th in the most recent USTFCCCA National Poll, placed five runners in the top-14 and finished with 44 points to capture the Little State (non-Division I) title at the event for the third year in a row, while DePauw finished seventh overall and third among Division III squads in the final Little State standings with 185 points. Senior Fabian House (Muncie, IN/Central) led the Little Giant contingent in the top-14 by finishing fourth overall with an 8K time of 26:13, while DePauw freshman Zach Batt (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) also posted a top-10 finish by placing 10th overall with a time of 27:01. Southern Indiana’s Johnnie Guy won the men’s individual title with a time of 25:09. On the women’s side, DPU senior Heather O’Brien (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) posted a top-10 finish to lead the Tigers to a fourth-place finish with 116 team points. O’Brien crossed the line eighth with a 5K time of 19:20. Indianapolis picked up the team title with 42 points, while Southern Indiana’s Emily Roberts won the individual crown with a time of 18:33.
KENYON, OHIO WESLEYAN and WOOSTER all traveled to Westerville, Ohio, on Saturday to compete in the Otterbein Invitational. The Ohio Wesleyan women, who are ranked 35th in the most recent USTFCCCA National Poll, led the NCAC women’s teams at the event by finishing third overall with 72 points, followed by Kenyon in fourth with 117 and Wooster in sixth with 181. Ohio Wesleyan junior Sarah Fowler (Mt. Vernon, OH/Fredericktown) was the lone NCAC runner to finish in the top-10, placing fourth overall with a 6K time of 22:53.0. Freshman Andrea Ludwig (Pleasanton, CA/Livermore Valley Charter Prep) paced Kenyon for the second week in a row by finishing 12th with a time of 23:24.9, while Wooster sophomore Mackenzie Kellar (Albion, MI/Western) finished right on her heels in 16th with a time of 23:35.3. Otterbein swept both the team and individual titles, led by freshman Claire Lamb breaking the tap in the 209 runner field with a time of 21:58.8. On the men’s side, OWU junior Zachary Geiger (New Concord, OH/John Glenn) broke the tape on the men’s 8K course with a time of 25:53.2 to lead the Bishops to the overall team championship. Wooster finished 10th overall with 246 points and Kenyon was 12th with 297. Also finishing in the top-10 from the NCAC was OWU sophomore John Sotos (Dublin, OH/Coffman) in eighth (26:29.0) and Kenyon senior Nat Fox (Leetsdale, PA/Quaker Valley) in 10th (26:41.5), while Wooster junior Alex Chabraja (Indianapolis, IN/International School of Indiana) finished just outside the top-10 in 11th with a time of 26:42.3.
OBERLIN made the trek to upstate New York on Saturday to compete in the Rochester University YellowJacket Invitational. The Yeomen, who finished second in the team standings behind Ohio Northern with 74 points, again saw senior Geno Arthur (Camarillo, CA/Rio Mesa) capture an individual championship as he was the only runner in the 243-man field to post a sub-26 minute 8K time at 25:46.3. In addition, senior Joshua Urso (Washington, PA/Trinity) also finished in the top-10 by finishing eighth overall with a time of 26:20.2. On the women’s side, the Yeowomen finished sixth overall as a team with 204 points, led by senior Sarel Loewus (Pullman, WA/Pullman) placing 17th with a 6K time of 22:54.8.