GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The University of Rio Grande men’s cross country team placed 15th, while the RedStrom women finished 26th as a team at Saturday’s NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Cross Country Invitiational hosted by Aquinas College.
Senior Joe Taranto (Pickerington, OH) had the best finish among Rio’s men’s runners, taking 57th place after completing the 8k course in a time of 26:28. A total of 387 runners participated in the men’s division.
Fellow senior Brittany Piccone (Crooksville, OH) had the top time among the RedStorm women, completing the 5k course in 19:41 for 90th place in the 363-runner field.
Among the other athletes running for Rio Grande in the men’s division were junior Dustin Moritz (Ironton, OH), who crossed the line in 86th place with a time of 26:51; freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH), who was 93rd with a time of 26:54; freshman Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), who placed 95th with a time of 26:55; sophomore Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH), who was 121st with a time of 27:17; sophomore Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH), who placed 136th with a time of 27:27; freshman Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH), who was 149th with a time of 27:33; freshman Lane Hagar (Hilliard, OH), who was 166th with an effort of 27:42; freshman Nate Goodhart (Kent, OH), who was 184th in a time of 28:02; and freshman Aaron Evancho (Mt. Perry, OH), who finished 325th with a time of 30:58.
Mizael Carrera of Robert Morris (IL) University captured the men’s individual title with a time of 24:46. St. Francis (IL), Olivet Nazarene and host Aquinas grabbed the top three spots in the men’s team standings, while Rio Grande rival Shawnee State finished fourth.
Also representing Rio in the women’s competition were freshman Katie Glover (Ashville, OH), who was 197th after crossing the finish line in a time of 20:49; freshman Alex Ellis (Ona, WV), who finished 225th in a time of 21:15; freshman Lindsay Golden (Milford, OH), who was 336th in a time of 24:29; freshman Nicole Worsham (Beavercreek, OH), who was 346th with a time of 25:16; and freshman Andrea Edelmann (Gallipolis, OH), who was 352nd after crossing the finish line in 25:50.
Kristen Garwood of Hannibal-LaGrange took the women’s individual crown with a time of 17:54. Taylor University, Olivet Nazarene and St. Francis (IL) registered the top three team scores.
Rio Grande won’t run again until it hosts the Mid-South Conference championship meet on November 9.