Edited: Oct. 27, 2007
ALLEGHENY SWEEPS NCAC CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS;
PLACE, JOHNSON TAKE INDIVIDUAL HONORS
GAMBIER, Ohio -- Allegheny claimed the men's and women's titles at the 23rd annual North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, held at Kenyon Oct. 27. The Gators captured their seventh men's title and fifth in the past six years, while the women's squad took their 11th and first since 2002.
On the men's side, 12th-ranked (Oct. 23) Allegheny defeated
second-place Denison by 65 points as the Gators took four of the
top five places and had all seven scorers finish in the top 10.
Gator senior Ryan Place (Meshoppen, PA/Elk Lake) won the race in
25:24, 12 seconds ahead of teammate and classmate Ben Mourer
(Chicora, PA/Karns City). It marks the fifth straight year a runner
from Allegheny won the men's race. Denison senior Joel Bendtsen
(Chillicothe, OH/Chillicothe) took third, one second behind Mourer,
then Gator teammates Zac Ross (Meadville, PA/Meadville) and senior
Chris Corkins (Horseheads, NY/Horseheads) came in places four and
the women's race, Allegheny edged second-place and defending
champion Oberlin by one point and a combined seven seconds to claim
its first women's title since 2002. Oberlin freshman Joanna Johnson
(Chico, CA/Chico) earned Runner of the Year honors as she won the
race with a time of 22:48. She finished 11 seconds ahead of Kenyon
freshman Lauren Brady (Tyngsboro, MA/Phillips Exeter), who
completed the six-kilometer course in 22:59. Four freshman finished
in the top five and six rookies placed in the top 10. Finishing
third was Denison freshman Brooke Boening (Harpers Ferry,
WV/Jefferson), followed by Kenyon junior Jess Francois (Yorktown
Hts., NY/Yorktown) in fourth and Allegheny newcomer Rachel
Hutchinson (Mohnton, PA/Governor Mifflin) in fifth.
out the first team were Allegheny sophomore Mia Symoniak (East
Snyder, NY/Amherst Central) in sixth, the only repeat first-teamer,
and freshman Katie Stancik (South Russell, OH/Chagrin Falls) in
seventh. Johnson of Oberlin was named Newcomer of the Year as the
highest freshman to finish the race. She is the first runner - male
or female - to earn both Runner of the Year and Newcomer of the
Year recognition since both were awarded starting in 1999.
Championship Notes - Men: The father and son combination of coach Bill Ross and freshman Zac Ross (Meadville, PA/Meadville) was a key part of a record-setting day for ALLEGHENY as the Gators won their fourth title in the past five years. The senior Ross was named Coach of the Year for the fifth time, his son Zac placed fourth in the race to earn Newcomer of the Year honors. Senior Ryan Place (Meshoppen, PA/Elk Lake), who earned Newcomer of the Year recognition in 2004, was this year's race champion and was named Runner of the Year. Together, the Gators set a meet record by scoring 19 points, five points lower than Kenyon's 24 in 2000. Place is the fifth runner from Allegheny to win the race in the past five years â€¦ HIRAM was paced by freshman as newcomer Nicholas Michalenko (Moon Twp., PA/Our Lady of Sacred Heart) was the top Terrier to cross the line. Michalenko finished 63rd with a time of 30:07 â€¦ KENYON hosted the NCAC Championships for the first time since 1998 â€¦ With its third-place team finish, WABASH made its best showing since joining the league in 1999.
2007 NCAC Cross Country Results