Bearcats Compete at All-Ohio; Men Place First, Women Place Fifth|
Sept. 29, 2012
CEDARVILLE, Ohio - The University of Cincinnati men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships, hosted by Cedarville University, on Saturday afternoon at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course.
The men’s team turned in a first-place finish for the second consecutive year at the event, while the women’s team also posted a fifth-place finish for the second straight year at the event.
The day got off to a great start for the Bearcats as longtime head coach Bill Schnier, who will retire from his position following this season, was awarded the annual Marv Frye Award for his great contributions to the sport.
The women’s team competed first in a 5K race and was led by a strong performance from sophomore Emily Clay who earned an eighth-place individual finish with a time of 18:16.42. The Bearcats also featured four additional runners placing in the top 50 of the 298-runner field.
“The girls ran well,” said head coach Bill Schnier. “Every runner out there got a personal record. They did the best they have ever done in their life. They really ran in large packs. They competed like crazy and we leave here happy, although one of our goals was to move up in place, to at least fourth place. It didn’t happen but there are a lot of other good teams here as well.”
The men’s team competed next in an 8K race and earned a convincing first-place finish with 86 total points. The Bearcats placed five runners in the top 30, with sophomore Colin Cotton leading the way with a third-place individual finish and a time of 24:40.02. UC’s two through five runners also offered solid performances, highlighted by junior Jeffrey Griffiths’ 25:03.81 time and 13th-place individual finish as well as senior Chase Beckman’s 25:12.35 time and 19th-place individual finish.
“The men’s race was a little bit different,” said Schnier. “We were first last year and ironically, five out of those seven from last year’s team did not run this year. The first, second and 12th-place finishers from this race last year didn’t even run and yet we still came back and won the race again. We are all very proud of that and happy that it turned out that way.”
Both the men's and women's team are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 13, when they travel to Louisville, Ky. to participate in Pre-Nationals.