ERIE, PA. — The Hiram College cross country teams competed at the annual Penn State-Behrend Invitational today (Saturday, Sept. 18) in Erie, Pa. The Terrier men placed eighth, while the women were 15th. [Men’s Results] [Women’s Results]
The Hiram men totaled 159 points to place eighth overall. The University of Mount Union took the men’s team title with 23 points, followed by Buffalo (N.Y.) State in second with 99 points. Case rounded out the top three with 105 points.
Individually, Hiram was led by junior Joe Hengoed (Seven Hills/Normandy) who completed the course in a time of 27:42.9 and placed 11th overall out of 162 total runners. Sophomore Chris Pratt (North Canton/Hoover) was second at 29:14.2 and freshman Forrest Reed (Seven Hills/Normandy) was third with a mark of 30:05.4. Sophomore Bryan Nemire (Berlin Heights/Edison) posted the fourth fastest time at 30:07.6. Sophomore Brendan Curtin (Burton/Berkshire) recorded a time of 31:00.4, followed by freshman Manpreet Grewal (Parma/Normandy) with a time of 34:10.5. Rounding out the scoring times for Hiram was freshman Sam Ivcic (Maple Heights) who posted a mark of 34:11.5. Also competing for Hiram was junior Don Daley (Chagrin Falls/University School) who ran a time of 34:53.1. Senior Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) turned in a time of 36:14.6 and junior Angel Gonzalez (Los Angeles, Calif./El Sequndo) completed the course with a time of 36:16.9. Completing the list of Hiram competitors was freshman David Stonebraker (Girard) who turned in a time of 37:10.8.
The women finished the competition with 397 teams points to place 15th overall. Mount Union completed the sweep by winning the women’s title with 38 points. Host school PSU-Behrend was second at 51 points, followed by Defiance College in third at 141 points.
Freshman Laila Almassri (Parma/Normandy) led the Terrier women with a time of 22:26.6 and placed 43rd overall out of 161 total runners. Sophomore Megan Orosz (Mentor/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) had the second fastest time for the women at 24:42.5. Freshman Clarissa Claflin (Mayfield/Mayfield Heights) was third at 25:10.1 and freshman Carly Kidner (Ashtabula/Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin) was fourth with a mark of 26:12.6. Senior Bristena Marinescu (Arad, Romania/Moise Nicora College) completed the course in a time of 26:39.0 to place fifth on the team. Sophomore Natalie Richardson (McConnelsville/Morgan) recorded a time of 26:49.3 and sophomore Elizabeth Haase (Akron/Firestone) rounded out the Hiram scoring times at 27:19.1. In addition, senior Lindsay Kuhn (Canfield) posted a time of 27:29.8 and was followed by fellow senior Rachael Bisker (Plain City/Milford Center Fairbanks) who ran a time of 27:44.9. Sophomore Emily Smith (Wellsville/Southern Local) had a time of 27:59.9 and senior Anh Tran (Cleveland/John Marshall) ran a time of 28:00.5.
The Hiram cross country teams will next compete at the annual All-Ohio Championships on Friday, Oct. 1. Cedarville University will be the host site with the first race scheduled to begin at 2:45 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.