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Men's Cross Country Third at OWU Invitational

Men's Cross Country Third at OWU Invitational


DELAWARE, Ohio – The Wilmington College men's cross country team finished third place at the Ohio Wesleyan University, which featured 11 teams, on Saturday.

The Fightin' Quakers finished the event with 92 total points, seven points ahead of Earlham College and 17 points behind runner-up Denison University. Ohio Northern University won the meet with 51 total points.

"This was a successful second meet for us as we continue to improve," Head Men's Cross Coach Ron Combs said. "Our depth and the distance between our first and fifth runners will continue to get better. There is plenty of work to do, but I like how other teams are noticing the strides our women have taken."

Evan Whitaker, the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Freshman of the Year, took third with a mark of 26:26.1. Whitaker was the top OAC finisher as two runners from Denison – Benjamin Foster (26:05.8) and Adam Cromwell (26.17.8)– finished first and second respectively.

Taton Bertsch was the next Quaker to finish, doing so in 12th place with a time of 27:04.04. Cameron Phelps and Ryan Honkomp finished next as the senior took 24th with a mark of 27:36.6 while the junior crossed the finish line of the eight-kilometer course in 27:42.6. Gage Clemens rounded out Wilmington's top five with a time of 27:47.3 and a 30th-place finish.

Wilmington will have a week off before traveling to Cedarville, Ohio, for the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships on Sept. 28.