GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Kameron Carpenter won the individual championship and led the University of Rio Grande to a third place outing as a team in Saturday’s White Division of the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge Cross Country Invitational.
Carpenter, a senior from Newark, Ohio, led the field of 139 runners by crossing the finish line of the 8k course in 26:57 – nine seconds ahead of Spring Arbor’s Nathan Stout.
Strong showings by Carpenter’s teammates helped the RedStorm compile a third-place finish with 90 points.
Junior Keshawn Jones (Mansfield, OH) finished 10th in a time of 27:39; junior River Spicer (West Milton, OH) was 16th after crossing in 27:51; freshman Collin Doughty (Marietta, OH) was 33rd with a time of 28:22; sophomore Mohamed Farah (Galloway, OH) placed 36th in a time of 28:27; sophomore Dean Freitag (Magnolia, OH) was 121st after crossing in 33:29; and senior Dustin Edens (Westerville, OH) was 123rd with a time of 34:04.
Spring Arbor won the team title with 75 points, while St. Francis (Ind.) was the runner-up by finishing just ahead of Rio with 87 points.
Rio Grande returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Kentucky Christian University in a dual meet.
Race time is set for 4:30 p.m.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.