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2008 NCAC Cross Country Championships

Championship
Information

Date: Saturday, Nov. 1
Men's Race: results
Women's Race: results
Admission: No charge

Oberlin Championship Site

NCAC Championship History

Edited: Nov. 3, 2008

ALLEGHENY CLAMS MEN'S, KENYON TAKES WOMEN'S NCAC TITLES; RUSSO, JOHNSON TAKE INDIVIDUAL HONORS

Allegheny claimed the men's title while Kenyon took the women's at the 25th annual North Coast Athletic Conference Championships, held at Oberlin Nov. 1. The Gators captured their eighth men's title and sixth in the past seven years, while the Ladies took their first since 2001 and third overall.

On the men's side, Allegheny successfully defended its title for the fourth straight year. The Gators defeated second-place Denison by 32 points as all seven Allegheny runners finished in the top 15. Allegheny now owns eight NCAC men's championships. Denison senior Grant Russo (Medina, OH/Medina) {bottom left} won the race and Runner of the Year recognition after he won the eight-kilometer race in 24:56. It was his fourth appearance on the All-NCAC team and his first on the first team. Gator sophomore Zac Ross (Meadville, PA/Meadville), last year's Newcomer of the Year, was runner up to earn his second straight first-team honor with a time of 25:09. Denison freshman Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo (Lakewood, OH/Lakewood) {bottom right} was third and was named the 2008 Newcomer of the Year as the top freshman finisher in the meet. Gator senior Matt Hoy (Moon Twp., PA/Moon) was fourth and was a first-team honoree for the first time after earning second-team recognition in 2006 and 2007 and honorable mention in 2005. Rounding out the first team are Wabash sophomore Seth Einterz (Zionsville, IN/Zionsville), Allegheny junior Tony Dipre (Twinsburg, OH/Walsh Jesuit) and Denison senior Skyler Mosenthal (Briarcliff, NY/Briarcliff).


In the women's race, Kenyon topped second-place Ohio Wesleyan by 16 points to claim its first women's title since 2001 and third overall. Oberlin sophomore Joanna Johnson (Chico, CA/Chico) {bottom left} earned Runner of the Year honors for the second time as she successfully defended her NCAC individual title with a time of 21:02 over six kilometers. Denison sophomore Katie Navarre (Upper Arlington, OH/Upper Arlington) was second, 12 seconds behind. Oberlin senior Nicky Ouellet (Dunbarton, NJ/Goffstown) moved up to the first team after a second-team appearance a season ago as she finished in third place. Kenyon sophomore Lauren Brady (Tyngsboro, MA/Phillips Exeter) repeated on the first team, finishing in fourth. A pair of Wittenberg freshman were next, with Mary Pfeifer (Dublin, OH/Coffman) {bottom right} claming Newcomer of the Year recognition as the highest freshman finisher in the race. A second behind her was Tiger teammate Anna Henry (Chagrin Falls, OH/Kenston). Rounding out the fist team was Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Kat Zimmerly (Edinboro, PA/General McLane), who moves up to the first team after earning second-team honors last year.


  Bill Ross {bottom left} of Allegheny earned Men's Coach of the Year honors for the sixth time in seven years. Kenyon head coach Duane Gomez {bottom right} was named the Women's Coach of the Year for the fourth time.


2008 NCAC Cross Country Results

Men

Women
1. Allegheny
34

1. Kenyon
65
2. Denison
66

2. Ohio Wesleyan
81
3. Wabash
93

3. Oberlin
87
4. Kenyon
102

4. Wittenberg
99
5. Oberlin
108

5. Allegheny
100
6. Ohio Wesleyan
114

6. Denison
132
7. Wittenberg
218

7. Wooster
190
8. Wooster
233

8. Earlham
226
9. Earlham
278

9. Hiram
250
10. Hiram
288