Bearcats Compete for Bragging Rights at All-Ohio Championships|
Oct. 4, 2005
BACK TO OHIO:
BACK TO OHIO:The University of Cincinnati cross country teams will travel to Delaware, Ohio on Friday, Oct. 7 for the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships. The Ohio Wesleyan-hosted meet at Methodist Theological School will help determine the state's top collegiate teams. The women race at 2:00 p.m., followed by the men at 2:45 p.m.
THE ALL-OHIO FIELD: The meet will feature universities from across the state. The Bearcats will see some familiar faces as they take on Miami (Ohio), the University of Dayton, Kent State University, and Malone College. Adding to the competition will be the Ohio State University, whose men and women's teams were both ranked 16th in the country in a Sept. 26 poll.
Ohio State won the men's team title in 2004, as well as the individual title. The Buckeyes' Brian Oliver won the 8K race in 25:28. Cincinnati took second place as a team behind their top finisher, Eric Bair (26:18) in ninth place. On the women's side, the Bearcats took eighth place despite an individual victory by Ruth Limo in a time of 18:08. Kent State earned the women's team title, followed closely by Ohio State.
A BRIEF HISTORY: The Cincinnati men have seen some success at the All-Ohio Championships since the meet began in 1955. Chris Reis took the individual title in 2000 and 2001, while the Bearcats earned team victories in 1995 and 2001. Since the women's race began in 1981, only Limo has earned an individual title for Cincinnati at the Championships.
STEPPING IT UP: The women's team stepped up to the challenge of the competitive Notre Dame Invitational on Sept. 30. All nine Bearcats ran season-best times to take third place in the Gold Division race. Senior Karen Berling returned to her position as lead Bearcat by improving her 5K time by nine seconds (18:40). Freshman Megan Knapp (19:09) and sophomore Amy Schoenfeld (20:42) improved the most, each knocking 37 seconds off their previous bests.
TRUSTWORTHY TRIO: In the first half of the season, three Cincinnati men have asserted themselves as consistent contributors. Junior Taylor Garvin and sophomore John Dixon have scored in each of the squad' four meets, as has freshman Rick King, this year's pleasant surprise. Others earning points have been juniors Kevin Schwarz, Eric Mayhaus, David Adams and Brad Neumann, and sophomore Scott Mindel.
UP NEXT: The Bearcats will continue on their stretch of tough competition when they run at the Pre-National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 15.