The DePauw Men’s Cross Country team won the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio. DePauw’s Paul Christian (Glen Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) won the event with a time of 25:32.3.
DePauw Men’s Cross Country won its second NCAC Championship in as many seasons with a team score of 37 points. Allegheny finished runner-up with 80 points while Wooster claimed third, posting 99 points. Wabash was slotted fourth (104) and Oberlin rounded out the top five with 142 points. Denison (150), Ohio Wesleyan (163), Kenyon (164) and Wittenberg (233) completed the nine-team field.
DePauw finished with three runners in the top five, including Zach Batt (Stafford, Va./North Stafford) in third (25:48.9) and Cole Martin (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville) in fifth (26:04.4) to accompany Christian. Allegheny’s Matt Svetz (Medville, Pa./Meadville) (second) and Wooster’s David Westcott (Millbrook, N.Y./Millbrook) (fourth) also placed in the top five. Oberlin’s Grant Sheely (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) and Ohio Weselyan’s Daniel Frame (Tipp City, Ohio/Tippecanoe) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, nabbing All-NCAC first team honors with their finishes.
With Christian’s first-place finish he earned the NCAC’s Runner of the Year award. Freshman teammate Zane Williams (Carmel, Ind./Carmel) was tabbed the NCAC’s Newcomer of the Year, going to the highest placing (11th) first-time runner at the championships. Lastly, Tigers head coach, Kori Stoffregen, was named the Coach of Year after the Tigers won their second-straight conference title.
The Oberlin captured the 2018 North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Women’s Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Yeowomen finished with a total of 33 points, one point better than defending champion, Allegheny. The Gators’ Emily Forner (Beaver, Pa./Beaver Area) was the individual champion with a winning time of 21:38.9.
Behind Oberlin (33) and Allegheny (34) was Kenyon in third place with 115 points. DePauw (128) and Wooster (132) rounded out the top five while Ohio Wesleyan (153), Denison (165) and Wittenberg (187) completed the eight-team field.
Oberlin Women’s Cross Country was led by senior Linnea Halsten (Madison, Wis./Madison East) who finished second with a time of 22:01.6. Oona Jung-Beeman (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) collected a top-five finish with a time of 22:39.2 while sixth place also went to the Yeowomen as Marija Crook (Carrboro, N.C./Chapel Hill) crossed just behind her teammate in 22:46.5. Oberlin’s scoring was rounded out with Shannon Wargo (LaGrange, Ohio/Keystone) in eighth (23:18.9) and Joy Castro-Wehr (Nevada City, Calif./Nevada Union) in 12th (23:32.5).
Forner was named NCAC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year after edging Oberlin’s Halsten, the 2017 NCAC Women’s Cross Country Champion, by 23.6 seconds. Along with Forner, the Gators had three of the top four finishers, including Sarah Hevener (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Bradley) in third (22:23.6) and Mica Hanish (Baden, Pa./Ambridge) in fourth (22:29.1). Allegheny has finished in the top two of the standings in four consecutive seasons.
NCAC Women’s Cross Country Newcomer of the Year went to DePauw’s Jenny Noll (La Porte, Ind./La Porte). Noll was the championship’s top first-year competitor, finishing in seventh place (23:09.2). The top seven finishers overall are also recognized as All-NCAC first-team honorees.
Oberlin’s Ray Appenheimer was voted the Women’s Coach of the Year after the Yeowomen took home their ninth title in program history. It’s also Appenheimer’s ninth Coach of the Year award (2018, 2009-14, 2005-06).