LOUISVILLE, KY- The Wilmington College men's cross country team competed in the Louisville Classic Cross Country Meet Saturday. This meet was the first large-scale meet for the Fightin' Quakers this season. The course welcomed two NCAA DI teams, nine NCAA DII teams, and 36 from 'Other Divisions'', primarily NCAA DIII for the Silver Events of the meet. Each division of runners was further separated into a 'Gold' and 'Silver' group. Wilmington's runners competed in the Silver, Other Divisions event. Their event, alone, fielded 304 runners.
In the 'Other Division' Silver category, the Fightin' Quakers finished 28th with an average time of 28:49.71.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Senior Hunter Stith (Batavia, OH/Batavia) crossed the finish line first for the Fightin' Quakers. He was the 56th runner to cross the finish line in his event, completing the 8000-meter run in 27:32.80.
Senior Cameron Erwin (South Vienna, OH/Northeastern) finished the race in 28:35.30 for 124th. Freshman Ryan Honkomp (Maineville, OH/Little Miami) finished close behind with a time of 28:41.44 to place 132nd.
187th place was claimed by junior Gage Egner (Blanchester, OH/Blanchester) with a time of 29:34.68.
Freshman Gage Clemens (Fairmont, WV/Senior), was the last runner to score for the Fightin' Quakers. He ran a 29:44.33 to earn 203rd-place.
HEAD COACH RON COMBS QUOTES
"This was our first big meet of the year and our lack of big meet racing really showed. The team seemed overwhelmed by the environment. Our workouts have shown we are a much better team. We get the opportunity next Friday to go and show that we are much better than how we ran today."
The Fightin' Quakers head to the Eagle Invitational in Warrenville, IL, Friday.