9.10.11 CROSS COUNTRY: Men and Women Finish Third at Ric Sayre Invitational; McCallion Honored

Men's Cross Country, 2011-09-10

Both the men and women's cross country teams finished third in a pack of five at the annual Ric Sayre Invitational. The men finished with a total of 83 points. John Carroll won the event with 20 points. Mt. Union finished second with 36. Finishing behind the Cavs were Hiram and Lake Erie with 116 and 132 points, respectively.

Justin Groubert (Fr., Hartville, OH/Lake) was the first runner for Walsh and 12th out of 68 overall in the 8K/5 mile with a time of 27:21. Jordan Groubert (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake) was the second runner for the Cavaliers and 15th overall with a time of 27:33. The third runner for Walsh was Jackson Zaremba (Fr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) with a time of 28:25. Adam Stilgenbauer (Jr., New Philadelphia, OH/Tuskey Catholic) was fourth for Walsh with a time of 28:39. Dan Opeka (Sr., Louisville, OH/St. Thomas Aquinas) finished right behind him and closed out the scoring for the Cavs with a time of 28:42. Rounding out the top seven for Walsh were Nick Isla (So., Canton, OH/McKinley) with a time of 28:50, and Ryan Garrott (Sr., Georgetown, TX/HS). The team finished with a time spread of 1:21 (27:21-28:42).

"We had a good opening meet by hosting the Ric Sayre Invitational last weekend," said Coach Christopher Straub following his coaching debut at Walsh. "We ran very conservatively in the early miles and should be well-prepared for a solid outing in South Bend six days later. Justin Groubert and Jackson Zaremba are both freshmen and are running one and three for us right now so we're a very young team. Justin ran 9:29 for 3200m in high school and is the type of runner we're looking to recruit to take the Walsh program to the national-class level. Dan Opeka was the only senior in our top five and he was our fifth at Ric Sayre. This group has a lot of potential, not just in the distant future, but right now. We look forward to seeing how we stack up against the other 32 Catholic schools participating at the National Catholic Championships."

The women's team finished with a total of 77 points. Mount Union won the event with 27 points with John Carroll finishing second with 33 points. Ursuline finished fourth with 118 points and Hiram finished fifth with 149 points.

Lissa Yoder (So., Cortland, OH/Maplewood) paced the Cavaliers with a 7th place finish overall in a field of 78 and had a time of 19:39 in the 5K/3.1 mile race. Allie Cadle (Fr., Hartville, OH/Lake) was the second runner for the Walsh thinclads with a time of 20:50. Kelsey Dickey (Fr., Cortland, OH/Lakeview) followed with a time of 21:12. Rachelle Miller (Sr., Uniontown, OH/Lake) was fourth for the Cavs with 18 points and a time of 21:16. Rachel Reed (Sr., Massillon, OH/Jackson) rounded out the Cavs' scorers with a time of 21:23. The women's team had a time spread of 1:44 (19:39-21:23).

Following both meets, former head coach Dan McCallion was recognized and honored for his 34 years of coaching the men's cross country and track teams at Walsh. McCallion pictured left with Vice President for Athletics Dale Howard.

The Cavs' men (2-2) and women (2-2) will next run in the National Catholic Meet at the University of Notre Dame Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m.