FRANKLIN, Ind. — The cross country season came to end Saturday for the Kenyon College men’s and women’s cross country teams at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship.
The Ladies scored 411 points and finished 13th out of 33 teams on the 6k Blue River Cross Country Course which was hosted by Franklin College. Baldwin Wallace University took the team title and earned entry into the NCAA Championship by posting a score of 114 points. A pair of North Coast Athletic Conference teams claimed the next two spots. Allegheny College took second place with 121 points and Oberlin College was third with 124 points.
Otterbein University senior Claire Lamb was the individual race winner, clocking in at 20:58.7.
Kenyon’s top runner was sophomore Sophie Niekamp, who placed 51st in the field of 240 participants. Niekamp’s time of 23:21.0 was just about 10 seconds off her season best.
Not far behind Niekamp was senior Andrea Ludwig, who turned in a 54th-place finish with a time of 22:57.0. Next up for Kenyon was freshman Emma Becker, who crossed the line in 24:05.9 to take 95th place.
The Ladies’ final two scoring runners were junior Chloe Hall and senior Rosa Rumora. Hall claimed 104th place with a time of 24:12.8, while Rumora finalized Kenyon scoring with a 112th-place finish and a time of 24:19.5.
The Lords finished in 27th place out of 38 teams. Calvin College won the overall team title while Otterbein University finished in second.
Pacing the way for Kenyon in his final meet was senior Kyle Rose. He completed the 8K race in 26:45.9 which was good for 92nd. Following about 25 seconds later in 122nd was Tommy Johnson. He crossed the finish line in 27:10.6.
The Lords’ third scorer was Will Oakley who posted a 143rd-place mark in 27:28.2. Rounding out Kenyon’s scoring efforts were Cody Bratzler and Ethan Bradley. They finished in 152nd and 178th place, respectively.
Thomas Guidotti and Jeremy Baier also competed and they were able to finish with times of 29:02.7 and 29:27.2, respectively.