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2017 NCAC Cross Country Runners of the Week

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October 16th
 

Matt Svetz, Allegheny
(Meadville, PA/Meadville) 

Race: Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble
Distance: 8,000-Meters
Individual Finish: 1st (25:09.0)
Team Finish: Fourth

Allegheny junior Matt Svetz won the individual title at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday with an 8K time of 25:09.0. The Gators finished fourth out of 31 teams at the event with 153 points. 

 Linnea Halsten, Oberlin
(Madison, WI/Madison East)

Race: Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble
Distance: 6,000-Meters
Individual Finish: First (21:05.3)
Team Finish: First

Oberlin junior Linnea Halsten continued to dominate this season by winning the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble, crossing the line of the 6k course in a career-best time of 21:05.3. Halsten’s performance helped the Yeowomen defend it Inter-Regional Rumble team title topping the 29-team field with a team score of 72 points.

October 9th
 

Benjamin Foster, Denison
(Westport, CT/Staples)

Race: Denison vs. Wooster Dual
Distance: 4k (13:51.8)
Individual Finish: First
Team Finish: Second

Denison sophomore Benjamin Foster was the overall winner in the men’s race at the Denison-Wooster dual last Thursday, breaking the tape on the 4k course with a time of 13:51.8, the only sub 14-minute time in the 30-runner field. The Fighting Scots edged the Big Red in the men’s dual meet by a 24-35 margin.

Tommy Solberg, Denison
(Winnetka, IL/New Trier) 

Race: Denison vs. Wooster Dual
Distance: 4k (17:10.9)
Individual Finish: First
Team Finish: First

Denison freshman Tommy Solberg guided the Big Red to a 19-41 victory over Wooster in a dual meet on Thursday after the first-year traversed the 4k course with a winning time of 17:10.9.

October 3rd
 

John Hughes, Allegheny
(Cold Spring, NY/Haldane) 

Race: Lehigh Paul Short Invitational - “Brown Division”
Distance: 8k
Individual Finish: 12th (24:57)
Team Finish: Seventh

Allegheny senior John Hughes led the Gators to a seventh-place finish in the “Brown Division” at the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational by finishing 12th overall and third among Div. III runners with an 8k time of 24:57. 

  Sarah Hevener, Allegheny
(Hilliard, OH/Bradley) 

Race: Lehigh Paul Short Invitational - “Brown Division”
Distance: 6k
Individual Finish: 16th (22:20)
Team Finish: 11th

Allegheny junior Sarah Hevener led the Gator women to an 11th-place finish in the “Brown Division” of the Lehigh Paul Short Invitational by finishing 16th in a field of 167 Div. II and III runners with a 6k time of 22:20.

September 25th
 

Benjamin Foster, Denison
(Westport, CT/Staples) 

Race: Williams College Purple Valley Classic
Distance: 8k
Individual Finish: 84th (27:58.1)
Team Finish: 22nd

Denison sophomore Benjamin Foster led the men’s squad at the Williams College Purple Valley Classic by finishing 84th out of 324 runners with an 8k time of 27:58.1.

 

Erin O’Connor, Denison
(Bethesda, MD/Walt Whitman)

Race: Williams College Purple Valley Classic
Distance: 6k
Individual Finish: 107th (25:06.1)
Team Finish: 22nd

Denison sophomore Erin O’Connor paced the Big Red’s women’s squad at the Williams College Purple Valley Classic by placing 107th out of 286 runners with a 6k time of 25:06.1.

 
September 18th
 

Dominic Patacsil, Wabash
(West Lafayette, IN/West Lafayette) 

Race: Indiana Intercollegiate Championships (Little State Championship)
Distance: 8,000-Meters
Individual Finish: First (25:39.0) (Little State)
Team Finish: Third (97) (Little State)

Wabash junior Dominic Patacsil put on a stellar performance at the 2017 Indiana Intercollegiate Championships last Saturday at Purdue University, posting the top individual time in the Little State Division and the fourth-best time overall on the 8k course after stopping the clock in 25:39.0. The only runners to finish ahead of Patacsil were three NCAA Div. I athletes from Purdue. The Little Giants finished third in the Little State team standings with 97 total points.

   

Linnea Halsten, Oberlin
(Madison, WI/East) 

Race: Otterbein Invitational
Distance: 6k
Individual Finish: First (21:56.8)
Team Finish: First (38)

Oberlin junior Linnea Halsten topped the 139-runner field last Saturday at the Otterbein Invitational with a winning 6k time of 21:56.8. The Yeowomen also won the team title at the event with 38 total points after all seven of its runners finished in the top-20.

September 11th
 

Ryan Lesmez, Ohio Wesleyan
(Arlington, VA/Yorktown) 

Race: OWU Invitational
Distance: 8,000-Meters
Individual Finish: Fifth (25:48.8)
Team Finish: Sixth 

Ohio Wesleyan senior Ryan Lesmez guided the Bishops to a sixth-place finish at its own OWU Invitational by finishing the 8K race in 25:48.8 to take home fifth. Lesmez was the top NCAC finisher in a race that featured 212 runners at Liberty Park, which will host the 2017 Great Lakes Regional. Lesmez also paced the Bishops to an NCAC best sixth-place team finish.

Linnea Halsten, Oberlin
(Madison, WI/Madison East)

Race: OWU Invitational
Distance: 6,000-Meters
Individual Finish: First (21:47.2)
Team Finish: Fourth

Oberlin junior Linnea Halsten stopped the clock first at the OWU Invitational last weekend with a winning 6K time of 21:47.2, which was nearly 11 seconds faster than the second-place finisher. As a team, Oberlin finished fourth, just two points behind Kenyon in third, which led all NCAC squads. 

September 5th
  

Polo Burguete, DePauw
(Distrito Federal, Mexico/Culver Academies) 

Race: IWU Titan Opener
Distance: 5,000-Meters
Individual Finish: First (15:58.3)
Team Finish: First 

DePauw senior Polo Burguete opened his final collegiate season with a first-place finish at the IWU Titan Opener. He traversed the 5,000-meter course in 15:58.3 to top the 54-runner field by five seconds. He also helped lead the Tigers to the team title at the event.

 

Marija Crook, Oberlin
(Carrboro, NC/Chapel Hill)

Race: Wooster Invitational
Distance: 4,000-Meters
Individual Finish: First (15:16.3)
Team Finish: Non-Scored

Oberlin sophomore Marija Crook topped a 62-runner field last Friday to win the Wooster Invitational. Crook helped the Yeowomen place seven in the top nine of the non-scored meet by covering the 4,000-meter course in 15:16.3, which was good for a one-second victory.