The Hiram College cross country teams competed at the annual All-Ohio Championships hosted by Cedarville University in Cedarville. The Terrier women finished 20th amongst Division III schools while the men finished 21st. [Women’s Results] [Men’s Results]
The Hiram women finished the event with a team total of 614 points to place 20th of 21 teams. Oberlin College captured the team title with 57 points and Case was second with 89 points. Rounding out the top three teams was Kenyon College with 111 points.
Individually for the Terriers, junior Laila Almassri (Parma/Normandy) had the fastest overall time of 22:05.20 and placed 109th overall amongst 146 Division III runners. Freshman Taylor Shutler (Salem/South Range) was the second Hiram runner to complete the course with a time of 22:17.54. Senior Megan Orosz (Mentor/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) posted a mark of 23:45.36 to place third on the team and junior Clarissa Claflin (Mayfield/Mayfield Heights) was fourth in a time of 24:30.07. Senior Bonnie Bentar (Monroe, Mich./Jefferson) recorded a time of 24:55.33 and was followed by senior Elizabeth Haase (Akron/Firestone) to complete the list of Terrier competitors with a mark of 25:50.53.
On the men’s side, Hiram finished the event with a team total of 594 points to finish 21st of 22 teams. Case won the men’s event with 55 points and was followed by Ohio Northern University was second at 96 points. John Carroll University finished third with 151 points.
The top finisher for the Hiram men was freshman Matt Walker (Stow) who ran a time of 28:10.36 and placed 90th overall out of 153 Division III runners. Senior Bryan Nemire (Berlin Heights/Edison) and junior Tomoyuki Fujimoto (Mino, Japan) finished back-to-back with times of 28:59.37 and 28:59.45 respectively. Senior Brendan Curtin (Burton/Berkshire) and juniorDennis Kirimi (Nayiobi, Kenya) also crossed the finished line consecutively posting marks of 30:20.74 and 30:22.85. Sophomore Kevin Kerper (Twinsburg) was sixth to complete the course for Hiram in a time of 30:46.31 and junior Anthony Franklin (Newbury) rounded out the Terrier competitors with a time of 34:14.03.
The Hiram cross country teams will be idle until Saturday, Oct. 27 when the Terriers will compete in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. The College of Wooster will serve as the host school with the first race set to begin at 11 a.m.