No. 30 Men’s Cross Country Takes Home Second Place at All-Ohio

No. 30 Men’s Cross Country Takes Home Second Place at All-Ohio

The 30th-ranked Case Western Reserve University men's cross country team finished second among Division III teams and fifth overall among 38 NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA teams at the All-Ohio Championships in Cedarville, Ohio on Saturday afternoon.

The Spartans finished with an aggregate team score of 49 points, placing second behind 17th-ranked Otterbein, which won the Division III portion of the meet with a score of 32 points.  Franciscan (Ohio) finished third with 146 points, followed by 23rd-ranked John Carroll in fourth place with 152 points.

Junior Trey Razanauskas, who made his initial appearance of the 2019 season on Saturday, was the top finisher for the Spartans in the Men's 8K Championships race, finishing 15th out of 301 runners overall and sixth among Division III competitors with a time of 26:00.4.  Senior David Hall was CWRU's second finisher, crossing the line with a time of 26:09.0 to place 22nd overall and eighth among Division III competitors.  Sophomore Spencer Weigand was ninth in Division III and 33rd overall with a time of 26:22.4, and first-year Jack Begley was the fourth Spartan to cross the finish line, placing 11th in Division III and 35th overall in a time of 26:25.1.  Rounding out the top-five scoring finishers for the Spartans on Saturday was first-year Joe Jaster, who was 15th in Division III and 48th overall, completing the course in a time of 26:40.4.

Junior Yoshmar Pinal-Alfaro was sixth among Spartan finishers, 16th in Division III and 49th overall with a time of 26:42.3, and sophomore Alex Loeper completed the CWRU top-seven with a time of 27:16.1, placing 23rd in Division III and 73rd overall in the field.  Other finishers in Saturday's men's championship 8K for CWRU included first-year Robert St. Clair (84th overall, 30th in DIII, 27:29.9) and junior Eric Rachita (98th overall, 39th DIII, 27:41.6).

Dayton was the overall top finishing team, while Akron's Andrew Bollam-Godbott was the top individual finisher with a time of 25:05.8.  Otterbein's Chase Hampton was the top Division III finisher, placing second overall with a time of 25:13.1.

Junior Dmytro Blundell was the Spartans' top finisher in the open 8K race later in the day, placing seventh out of 230 runners with a time of 24:44.5.

The Spartans will be back in action next Saturday, October 5th, traveling to Louisville, Kentucky for the Pre-National meet.  The meet will be held at the same course as the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships – Tom Sawyer State Park – giving the Spartans an early preview of both the course and the level of competition at this year's national meet.