Cross Country to Compete at the All-Ohio Championships

Cross Country to Compete at the All-Ohio Championships

The Case Western Reserve University men's and women's cross country teams will travel to Cedarville, Ohio on Saturday, September 28th for the 2019 All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Cedarville University at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course.

The men's championship 8K is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start, followed by the women's championship 6K at 1:45 p.m.  There will also be a men's open 8K race at 2:30 p.m. and a women's open 6K race at 3:15 p.m.  The Spartans' top-nine men's and women's runners will be competing in the championship race, with the remainder scheduled to run in the open race.  An awards ceremony is scheduled to follow at 4:15 p.m.

Fans can follow the action at the meet with a live video webcast at https://portal.stretchinternet.com/cedarville/ and with live results at http://live.finishtiming.com/#/results/meet-xc/201900452.  Additional meet information is available on the official website for the meet at https://yellowjackets.cedarville.edu/sports/2019/8/16/2019%20All-Ohio%20Intercollegiate%20Championships.aspx.

The field for the race will consists of 46 NCAA Division I, II and III and NAIA schools from across the State of Ohio, with separate scoring for Division I, Division II/NAIA and Division III men and women.  Seven NCAA Division I programs, 11 NCAA Division II teams, 19 NCAA Division III squads and nine NAIA/ NJCAA teams are currently scheduled to compete.

Both the CWRU men's and women's teams will enter the meet nationally ranked, with the men checking in at 30th in the country and fourth in the Great Lakes Region in the latest USTFCCCA poll (released Wednesday afternoon), while the women are ranked 25th nationally and fourth in the region.  Other nationally or regionally ranked Division III teams scheduled to compete in the men's race on Saturday include Otterbein (17th nationally, second in the region), John Carroll (23rd nationally, third in the region), Mount Union (seventh in the region), Ohio Northern (eighth in the region) and Heidelberg (ninth in the region).  Slated to be in action in the women's race are Oberlin (15th nationally, first in the region), Baldwin Wallace (22nd nationally, third in the region), John Carroll (31st nationally, fifth in the region), Otterbein (sixth in the region), Kenyon (seventh in the region) and Mount Union (10th in the region).

This will be the first time the Spartans will be running a men's 8K and a women's 6K (the NCAA Championship distances) since the Knight Invite on September 7th, and the first competition overall for the team since the Allegheny Classic on September 14th.  The top-nine CWRU men's and women's runners are scheduled to compete in the championship race, with the rest of the team running in the open race.

Last year, the Case Western Reserve men placed second out of 18 Division III teams and eighth overall at the All-Ohio Championships.  Current senior David Hall was the top finisher at the meet for the Spartans, placing 30th overall and sixth among Division III competitors.  Current junior Trey Razanauskas was 43rd overall and 11th among Division III finishers at last year's meet.  CWRU will be looking for its sixth All-Ohio Championship Division III overall, and its first since winning it in back-to-back seasons in 2012 and 2013.

The Spartan women were also second among Division III teams, and finished 14th overall, at the 2018 All-Ohio Championships.  Current senior Madeline Lindemann was the team's top finisher, placing 43rd overall and eighth among Division III runners, while current junior Kiera Olson was 65th overall and 13th among Division III finishers.  The CWRU women have won five All-Ohio Division III Championships previously, claiming the title each year from 2006 through 2009.  Former Spartan Esther Erb was the top overall finisher at the meet in 2007.

Results and a recap of the Spartans' performances at the meet will be posted to athletics.case.edu following the completion of competition on Saturday.