OBERLIN, Ohio – In action for the first time since winning a second-straight All-Ohio Championship, the Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team placed fifth behind all nationally ranked teams at the Inter-Regional Rumble on Saturday afternoon at Oberlin College's Cross Country Trail.
No. 6 New York University claimed the championship with 55 points, while No. 19 SUNY-Geneseo was runner-up at 93. No. 20 Allegheny College (Pa.) and No. 31 University of Rochester (N.Y.) were third and fourth with respective point totals of 105 and 166. The Spartans were fifth of the 31 teams competing with 181.
Individually, senior co-captain David Dixon (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) turned in an eighth-place time of 25:31.6 to lead the pack on the 8k course. Dixon has now led the squad in all four varsity races this season.
Sophomore Gilad Doron (Wynnewood, Pa./Lower Merion) was next to cross the line with his career-best team finish. Doron shaved more than 20 seconds off of his Inter-Regional Rumble time from last year to place 37th in 26:23.1.
Case's scoring was rounded out by sophomore Timothy Travitz (Salisbury, Md./Parkside), senior co-captain Wyatt Hoch (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) and sophomore Tony Spalding (South Bend, Ind./Marian).
Travitz was 39th (26:23.9), Hoch was 42nd (26:26.0) and Spalding was 56th (26:39.6).
The Spartans now have a week off from competition in preparation for the University Athletic Association Championship on Saturday, November 2 at 12:00 p.m. at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh.