Updated Mon, Sep 26, 2011 4:24 pm
The Ohio University men’s and women’s cross country teams enjoyed home field advantage as they swept the Ohio Invitational. The men’s team dominated their only opponent, Robert Morris, by capturing the top 13 spots.
Noah Howkins claimed first place in the 8k run with time of 25:53.91. Howkins was happy with his performance especially after his disappointing result at Penn State the week prior.
“Last week I went out too fast and kind of died at the end of the race,” Howkins said. “But this week I had even splits and was consistent.”
Head coach Clay Calkins was pleased to see new runners stepping up on the men’s team.
“We have a tight pack on the men’s side,” Calkins said. “Noah stepped up and won today, Chase Robinson won last week, and Tyler Ames is not too far off the pack. So that’s good to see.”
The other top five finishers for the men were Robinson, Ames, Cory Irwin, and Tyler Cantley.
The women were also victorious, but had to fight a little harder to grab first place in the 6k run. Michelle Schiewe of Robert Morris scored first with a time of 22:37.35, edging Ohio’s Allison Stillwell by four seconds. The battle for third place was also tight with RMU’s Marissa Polk edging Melissa Thompson by a mere .21 seconds. Coach Calkins was happy to see his squad fight without their top runners.
“We did not have our top three runners, which was a little questionable,” Calkins said. “But they came through.”
The Bobcats claimed six of the top ten spots en route to defeating Robert Morris 27 points to 41. Cleveland State also participated in the women’s race and placed third with 64 points.
Ohio runs again next week at the All-Ohio Championship in Cedarville, OH.