RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande men’s cross country team finished third, while the RedStorm women finished sixth as a team in Saturday’s Mid-South Conference championship meet on the URG campus.
Freshman Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) recorded the top time among the Rio men, completing in the 8k course in a time of 27:06 for 10th place. A total of 98 runners participated in the men’s division.
Junior Brittany Piccone (Crooksville, OH) had the best finish among the RedStorm ladies, crossing the line at the end of the 5k course in a time of 20:07 for a 13th place showing among the 71 runners in the field.
Among the other athletes running for Rio Grande in the men’s division were freshman Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), who placed 12th with a time of 27:28; junior Dustin Moritz (Ironton, OH), who crossed the line in 20th place with a time of 27:59; freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH), who was 22nd with a time of 28:07; freshman Lane Hagar (Hilliard, OH), who was 23rd with an effort of 28:09; senior Joe Taranto (Pickerington, OH), who was 25th with a time of 28:12; sophomore Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH), who placed 35th with a time of 28:48; freshman Nate Goodhart (Kent, OH), who was 42nd in a time of 29:20; sophomore Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH), who was 47th with a time of 29:46; and freshman Aaron Evancho (Mt. Perry, OH), who finished 69th with a time of 31:53.
Brad Liston of Shawnee State University captured the men’s individual title with a time of 25:43. Shawnee State (28 pts.) and the University of the Cumberlands (46 pts.) finished in front of Rio Grande (79 pts.) in the team standings.
Also representing Rio in the women’s competition were freshman Katie Glover (Ashville, OH), who was 21st after crossing the finish line in a time of 21:02; freshman Alex Ellis (Ona, WV), who finished 31st in a time of 21:49; freshman Nicole Worsham (Beavercreek, OH), who was 59th with a time of 25:46; freshman Lindsay Golden (Milford, OH), who was 60th in a time of 26:18; and freshman Andrea Edelmann (Gallipolis, OH), who was 61st after crossing the finish line in 26:20.
Sarah Biehl of Shawnee State edged out Cumberlands’ Danielle Hoop by less than two seconds for the women’s individual crown, crossing the line in a time of 18:27. Shawnee State (22), Cumberlands (50) and Georgetown (93) registered the top three team scores.
Rio Grande finished with 150 points.
The top 14 scoring individuals in both divisions earned all-conference honors, while Liston and Biehl took the conference’s Runner of the Year award in their respective divisions. Shawnee State coach Eric Putnam took Coach of the Year in both divisions.
Shawnee State’s men’s and women’s teams both earned an automatic bid into the NAIA National Championships, while the top five individuals not on the winning team also earned spots in the national championship meet, which is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 23, at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas.
Rio Grande’s Freed and Piccone both missed qualifying for the national meet by one position.