The Hiram College cross country teams placed sixth at the annual Ric Sayre Invitational hosted by Walsh University in Canton.
The Terrier men scored 171 points to place sixth of six teams. John Carroll University and the University of Mount Union tied for first place in the team standings with 38 points each. Host school Walsh rounded out the top three with 48 points.
Individually, Hiram was led by senior Tomoyuki Fujimoto (Mino, Japan) who ran a time of 28:52.48 and placed 46th overall out of 83 total runners. Freshman Anthony Kerrigan (Brooklyn, N.Y./Millenium) posted the second fastest time completing the 8k course in a time of 33:21.66. Senior Anthony Franklin (Newbury) was the third Terrier to cross the finish line recorded a mark of 36:45.53 and was followed by junior Ricky Szasz (Middlefield/Cardinal) who ran a time of 37:11.67. Rounding out the final three competitors for Hiram was freshman Dwayne Madison (Los Angeles, Calif./Englewood) with a time of 45:21.09, junior Jabez Patterson (Chicago, Ill./Noble Street Charter School) had a mark of 48:46.74 and freshman Bo Kang (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) ran a time of 48:47.99.
On the women’s side, Hiram totaled 178 points to place sixth of seven teams. Mount Union also came in first place in the team standings with 25 points. John Carroll was second at 40 points and Walsh was third at 77 points.
Senior Laila Almassri (Parma/Normandy) paced Hiram with a time of 22:27.50 and finished 59th out of 79 total runners. Junior Abigail Staysa (Columbia, Mo./Rockbridge) was second to complete the 5k course in a time of 24:16.02. Senior Clarissa Claflin (Mayfield/Mayfield Heights) followed closely behind in third place with a time of 24:16.39. Junior Patricia Bohls (Macedonia) had a the fourth fastest time for Hiram at 25:52.33 and was followed by junior Sarah Dutton (Columbia, Md./Columbia) who ran a time of 27:12.83.
The Hiram cross country teams will next compete in the Penn State-Behrend (Pa.) Invitational next Saturday, Sept. 14 in Erie, Pa.