Rio Grande men win Patty Forgey Invitational
by Randy Payton Special to OVP
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande captured a team championship on the men’s side, while Campbellsville took home the women’s college division crown at the 43rd Annual Rio Grande/Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational, Saturday afternoon, at the University of Rio Grande.
The RedStorm accounted for five of the top nine times in the 56-runner men’s field. Freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH) had Rio’s best time on the 8K course, crossing the finish line in 27:15.
Also in the top 10 for the RedStorm was senior Joe Taranto (Pickerington, OH), who was sixth with a time of 27:41; freshman Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), who was seventh at 27:45; sophomore Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH), who was eighth at 27:50 and freshman Nate Goodhart (Kent, OH), who was ninth with a time of 27:52.
Rio Grande also got a 14th place finish from junior Dustin Moritz (Ironton, OH) with a time of 28:27, while freshman Lane Hagar (Hilliard, OH) and sophomore Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH) also cracked the top 20, finishing 17th and 18th, respectively, with times of 28:40 and 29:08.
The RedStorm were also represented by freshman Aaron Evancho (Mt. Perry, OH), who placed 33rd with a time of 32:04 and sophomore Caleb Greer (North Laurence, OH), who was 43rd at 33:53.
Rio Grande had a team score of 29 in the men’s division, with Campbellsville University (43) and Ohio Valley University (64) rounding out the top three. Campbellsville’s Brett Pierce had the top individual time of 26:38.
On the women’s side, junior Brittany Piccone (Crooksville, OH) and freshman Katie Glover (Ashville, OH) both had top five finishes helping the RedStorm to a third place finish.
Piccone finished the 5K course in a time of 20:44 to take second place, while Glover was fourth in the 41-runner field with an effort of 21:24.
Rio Grande had four other runners in the women’s field. Freshman Alex Ellis (Ona, W.Va.) placed 12th with a time of 22:32; freshman Lindsay Golden (Milford, OH) was 29th with a time of 26:26; freshman Nicole Worsham (Beavercreek, OH) crossed in 27:06 to finish 33rd and freshman Andrea Edelmann (Gallipolis, OH) was 37th at 28:31.
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