Men’s Cross Country places 4th at OAC Championships

Men’s Cross Country places 4th at OAC Championships

By Bud Denega 

TWINSBURG — The Ohio Northern men's cross country team placed fourth at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships Saturday morning at the Liberty Park Recreation Area. It marks the 17th straight season that the Polar Bears placed in the top half at the conference championships. 

Northern (72-44 overall) accumulated 141 points. Otterbein claimed the title with 41 points, while John Carroll and Mount Union rounded out the top three, scoring 44 and 68 points, respectively. 

Sophomore Patrick Baker (Massillon/Jackson) paced the Polar Bears. He crossed 25th out of 149 runners in 26:55.4. 

Junior Travis Sutter (Fort Recovery) wasn't far behind, placing 27th in a time of 26:57.7, and junior Jordan Green (Wooster) took 33rd, boasting a time of 27:04.2. 

Junior Dylan McKean (Warren/Champion) finished 35th in a time of 27:04.2, while freshman Breydan Hann (Wooster) rounded out ONU's top-five, placing 45th with a time of 27:41.8. Junior Sam Krabacher and senior Andrew Shelton took sixth and seventh on the team — 51st and 62nd overall — clocking in at 27.50.2 and 28:03.1, respectively. 

Otterbein's Chase Hampton won the race after recording a time of 25:29.9. John Carroll's Alex Phillip and Otterbein's Max Hoffman took second and third, respectively, with times of 25:35.3 and 25:49.2. 

Northern returns to competition Nov. 16 at the Great Lakes Regional Championship in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Team Standings 

1. #14 Otterbein 41, 2. #17 John Carroll 44, 3. Mount Union 68, 4. Ohio Northern 141, 5. Heidelberg 142, 6. Wilmington 152, 7. Baldwin Wallace 178, 8. Capital 212, 9. Marietta 273, 10. Muskingum 306. 

Top 5 individuals 

Chade Hamton (Otterbein) 25:29.9, 2. Alex Phillip (John Carroll) 25:35.3, 3. Max Hoffman (Otterbein) 25:49.2, 4. Preston Myers (Mount Union) 25:55.3, 5. Jeff Joseph (Mount Union) 25:57.2.

Ohio Northern Results 

25. Patrick Baker 26:55.4, 27. Travis Sutter 26:57.7, 33. Jordan Green 27:04.2, 35. Dylan McKean 27:08.5, 45. Breydan Hann 27:41.8, 51. Sam Krabacher 27.50.2, 62. Andrew Shelton 28:03.1, 67. Billy Driemeyer 28:12, 69. Alessandro Tramontano 28:13.2, 72. Miguel Jordan 28:21.5, 73. Jack Borden 28:22.9, 76. Kyle Neff 28:31.2, 78. Bryan Peck 28:35.6, 89. Nathan Thobe 29:00.1, 93. Connor Nuest 29:08, 100. Brooks Blakeley 29:25.1, 101. Skylar Dawson 29:28.1, 104. Alan Dravenstott 29:34.8, 112. Riley Lamison 30:00.3, 114. Andrew Knight 30:03, 126. Jackson Brandstaetter 30:44.2, 134. Thomas Williamson 31:22.3, 138. Nick Pratt 31:48.1.