Edited:Oct. 31, 2009
Allegheny successfully defended its men's title for the fifth straight year while the Oberlin women took home their first championship since 2006 at the 26th annual North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. Both races were hosted by Ohio Wesleyan at Liberty Park in Powell, Ohio, on Oct. 31. The Gators captured their ninth men's title and seventh in the past eight years, while the Yeowomen have claimed their third overall.
On the men's side, Allegheny placed five runners in the top nine finishers to score 25 points and defeat second-place Wabash (82). Gator junior Jeramie Parker won the race and Runner of the Year recognition after leading all runners through the eight-kilometer course in 25:53. He was followed across the line by classmate Chris Marker (25:57.6) in second. Oberlin freshman Eric Line was 11th with a time of 26:53.3 to earn Newcomer of the Year honors as the top freshman finisher in the meet.
In the women's race, Oberlin (33) placed four runners in the top 10 finishers to pass runner-up Wittenberg (76). Denison's Katie Navarre edged two-time defending champion Joanna Johnson of Oberlin by a margin of 2.4 seconds to win Runner of the Year honors. She finished with a time of 22:09.9 over six kilometers. Yeowomen freshman Sara Terashima crossed in fourth place and was named Newcomer of the Year (23:45.4) as the highest freshman finisher in the race.
Jeramie Parker, Allegheny (left), Katie Navarre, Denison (left)
Bill Ross of Allegheny earned Men's Coach of the Year honors for the seventh time in eight years.Oberlin head coach Ray Appenheimer was named the Women's Coach of the Year for the second time.
2009 NCAC Cross Country Results