Freed, Williams lead Rio Grande XC at All-Ohio Championship


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



CEDARVILLE, Ohio – The University of Rio Grande men’s cross country team posted a 34th place finish in Friday’s All-Ohio Collegiate Championships at Cedarville University’s Elvin R. King Course, while the URG women’s team finished 32nd.

The RedStorm had 520 points as a team in the 47-school field. Among the 16 NCAA Division II and NAIA schools who participated, Rio placed 11th.

Junior Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH), who took top honors for the RedStorm in their season-opening race two weeks ago, did the same on Friday, placing 142nd among the 663 runners on the 8k course with a time of 26:22.

Also competing for Rio in the event were junior Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), who finished 182nd with a time of 26:40; freshman Mike Norris (Dayton, OH), who was 269th after crossing the line in 27:21; freshman Brody Ferris (New Philadelphia, OH), who placed 520th in 30:09; freshman Dustin Edens (Westerville, OH), who was 557th with a time of 31:08; and senior Tim Warner (Gallipolis, OH), who crossed 604th in a time of 32:51.

Ohio State University took the overall team title with 39 points, while the University of Akron (75), Miami-Ohio (115), Youngstown State (151) and Ohio University (168) completed the top five.

Miami’s Joseph Stewart had the top individual time for the second straight year after finishing in 24:18.

In the NCAA Division II/NAIA divisional breakdown, Malone (53), Walsh (58), Ashland University (65), host Caedarville (78) and Shawnee State (167) rounded out the top five.

Tiffin University’s James Ngandu had the best individual finish in the division with a time of 24:33.

The RedStorm had 1,006 points as a team in the 47-school field. Among the 17 NCAA Division II and NAIA schools who participated, Rio placed ninth.

Freshman Lucy Williams (Albany, OH) led the RedStorm for the second straight outing, placing 103rd among the 592 runners on the 6k course with a time of 23:26.

Also competing for Rio in the event were sophomore Rachel Ball (Chillicothe, OH), who finished 300th with a time of 25:08; freshman Maggie Dellinger (Washington Court House, OH), who was 304th after crossing the line in 25:10; sophomore Emili Sannes (Carlisle, OH), who placed 386th in 26:05; sophomore Keri Lawrence (Reedsville, OH), who was 405th with a time of 26:20; junior Katie Glover (Ashville, OH), who placed 418th with a time of 26:27; and freshman Aubrey Dunfee (Baltimore, OH), who crossed 440th in a time of 26:47.

Ohio University captured the overall team title with 62 points, while Miami-Ohio (69), Dayton (154), Ohio State University (179) and Ashland University (243) comprised the top five.

Ohio University’s Ellen Isaac had the top individual time of the day, finishing in 21:07.

In the NCAA Division II/NAIA divisional breakdown, Ashland (50), Malone (58) and host Cedarville (62) were the top three teams. Findlay (118) and Walsh (143) rounded out the top five.

Hannah Campbell of Malone had the best individual finish in the division for the second straight year with a time of 21:43.

Rio Grande returns to action on Friday, Oct. 16 at the Wilmington College Fall Classic.

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

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

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