All nine NCAC cross country programs continued their seasons on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Calvin University serving as the host.
On the men’s side, DePauw led all conference teams, placing seventh with 207 points. Denison came home with an 11th-place finish with 383 points. Wabash notched a 13th-place finish (400) while Allegheny was 17th with 483 points. Oberlin finished 19th (520), Ohio Wesleyan finished 20th (551), Wittenberg finished 26th (717), Kenyon finished 31st (886) and Wooster claimed 33rd (943) in a 38-team field.
DePauw’s Zane Williams (Carmel, IN/Carmel) led all conference runners with a 15th-place finish, crossing in at 24:32.26. Tiger teammate Cole Martin (Noblesville, IN/Noblesville) was four spots behind Williams taking 19th (24:35.63), while Ohio Wesleyan’s Ahmed Hamed (Hilliard, OH/Bradley) placed 27th (24:49.45) and Wabash’s Sam Henthorn (Carmel, IN/Westfield) took 29th (24:49.50) to register top-30 finishes to earn all-region honors.
In all, eight NCAC runners finished inside the top 50, including Allegheny’s Owen Isham (State College, PA/State College Area) in 37th (24:57.09), Denison’s Adam Cromwell (Fort London, PA/Mercersburg Academy) in 47th (25:12.01) and DePauw’s Kyle Munz (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville) and Ford Baker (Winnetka, IL/New Trier) in 48th (25:13.80) and 49th (25:13.87), respectively.
On the women’s side, Oberlin placed third to lead all NCAC teams at the Great Lakes Regional with 110 points. Allegheny finished two behind the Yeowomen in fifth (156), while DePauw (265) and Kenyon (368) finished 10th and 11th, respectively. Denison placed 16th (453), Wooster took 18th (503), Ohio Wesleyan finished one point behind the Fighting Scots for 19th (504) and Wittenberg placed 21st (605) in a 37-team field.
Allegheny’s Mica Hanish (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) placed second at the regional event, crossing the line in 21:10.02. Oberlin’s Marija Crook (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) tallied a sixth-place finish, coming across the line in 21:29.48, while Kenyon’s Emma Becker (Rocky River, OH/ Magnificat) was the third NCAC runner in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish (21:38.34).
In all, 10 conference runner finished inside the top 35, earning all-region honors. DePauw’s Jenny Noll (La Porte, Ind./La Porte) finished 11th (21:46.700), while Oberlin’s Lilly Crook (Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill) took 17th (22:01.54) and Yeowomen teammate Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) finished 20th (22:04.38). Allegheny’s Sarah Lucas (Charleroi, PA/Ringgold) crossed in 24th (22:07.88), while Gator teammate Molly Tarvin (New Tripoli, PA/Northwest Lehigh) placed 27th (22:14.68), Oberlin’s Nina Liloia (Haddonfield, NJ/Haddonfield Memorial) finished 28th (22:15.72) and Wooster’s Isabelle Hoover (Millersport, OH/Fairfield Union) completed the 6k course in 22:18.92 for 29th.
The 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Championships are next up for the advancing competitors. The NCAA Championships will be held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. with Spalding University serving as the host. The races will be Nov. 23 with the men’s 8K beginning at 10:45 a.m. and the women’s 6K scheduled for 11:45 a.m.
The NCAA will announce the 16 at-large teams for the NCAA Championships on Sunday, Nov. 17. The top seven individuals from each region not on a qualifying team will also advance to the championships. The 2019 national championship field will consist of 32 teams and 56 additional individuals.