Rio’s Carpenter wins Great Lakes Challenge


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



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.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.