MVNU Cross Country Recaps
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written by Dave Parsons, Sports Information Director
Race Results |
Women's Race Results
DELAWARE, Ohio (9-10-2011) - The Mount
Vernon Nazarene University men's and women's
cross country teams got the 2011 season
officially under way on Saturday morning at
Liberty Park as they took part in the Ohio
Wesleyan University Invitational.
the men's race, Ashland University easily
outdistanced the field by finishing with 32
points with Albion (Mich.) College (88
points) and the University of Findlay (90
points) finishing second and third
respectively. The Cougars came in 14th out
of 17 teams as they finished with 425
Individually, Dee Salukombo
of Denison University won the men's
8-kilometer race in 26:01 to finish just
ahead of Ashland's Brock Weaver (26:08) and
Kenneth Janosko of Baldwin-Wallace College
(26:12). Senior Nate Winters was the top
finisher for MVNU as he came in 37th out of
228 runners in 27:41. Sophomore Jace Wolford
(28:51, 79th), senior Kevin Poast (31:16,
164th), freshman C.J. Larue (31:18, 166th),
senior Chad Lawver (32:37, 195th), junior
Mark Rednour (33:09, 200th), junior Jacob
Pessia (34:31, 213th), and junior Anthony
Lee (35:48, 222nd) rounded out the scoring
for the Cougars.
"Nate ran out hard
today and had himself a strong race," said
MVNU coach Chip Wilson. "I am looking
forward to watching him lead this team
throughout the year. We had a few new faces
in the top five with C.J. and Chad running
in their first college 8K. Both of these
guys are just beginning to scratch the
surface of what they are capable of doing.
We are going to need all of these guys to
contribute each week, and I believe they are
willing to work at it."
women's race, Oberlin College won the team
title with 52 points to edge out Ashland (69
points) and third-place Albion (116 points).
The Lady Cougars came in 15th out of 18
teams with 423 points.
Lauren Kettle of Albion covered the
5-kilometer course in 18:48 to edge out
Oberlin's Molly Martorella (18:54) and
Ashland's Mandy Farson (18:55). Freshman
Lincoln Green was the top finisher for MVNU
as she came in 57th out of 234 runners in
20:41. Senior Caitlin Edwards (21:37,
104th), sophomore Lindsey Minor (21:49,
111th), junior Brittany Richter (22:37,
143rd), sophomore Alex Reasoner (22:45,
149th), freshman Rebecca Haught (23:10,
168th), junior Melissa Keiser (24:43,
199th), sophomore Kathleen Finley (26:04,
211th), and sophomore Katie Worthington
(28:54, 230th) rounded out the scoring for
"It is great to see young
runners have a solid opening race, and that
is exactly what I saw from Lincoln and
Lindsey today," said Wilson. "This race was
the first college 5K for both of these
girls, and I was pleased with the effort and
leadership on the course that both showed.
Likewise, it is very rewarding for me to
watch our veteran runners have quality
races. Caitlin ran a strong race today that
placed her second on the team, and the
leadership she has shown on and off the
course is exactly what we need on our team.
This women's team is young and in many ways
inexperienced, but I believe this is just
the beginning of a memorable season."
"I knew coming into these races that we
would face some excellent competition,"
Wilson continued. "But, I was proud of both
the men's and women's teams for taking on
this challenge and performing well. I
definitely saw some things in the races
today that we need to work on, but overall
our runners had a strong race."
will return to action on September 24 when
both teams will take part in the Otterbein