If Ashland University's men's cross country team isn't ready for the 2019 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships, it is really close.
At Wilmington's JennaStrong Fall Classic on Friday (Oct. 11), the Eagle men finished in third place, as four of their top seven runners turned in 8K PR times. At the top of the 36-team field, Ohio State was first with 31 points, Shawnee State was second with 48, and Ashland was third with 136.
Senior Steven Kapes placed eighth individually – and first among non-Ohio State, Shawnee State or Wright State runners – by crossing the finish line in 25:35.0. Ashland's next four runners all PRed on Friday – junior Ian Johnson (34th, 26:24.4), sophomore Cody Booth (35th, 26:28.3), freshman Lucas Lay (37th, 26:31.2) and junior Connor Ingram (38th, 26:33.9).
On the women's side in the 5K race, the Eagles placed 11th of 33 teams with 295 points. Ohio State was first (41), followed by Wright State (46) and Kenyon (115).
Freshmen Emma Hinkle (79th, 20:37.8) and Hannah Ohman (86th, 20:43.8) were the next two Eagles to cross the finish line, followed by senior Haylee Zigan (92nd, 20:54.1) and juniors Tracy Morgan (107th, 21:08.5) and Maureen McKeown (120th, 21:26.7).
Ashland's men and women will compete at the 2019 GLIAC Championships on Oct. 26 at 11 a.m. at Purdue Northwest.