9.30.11 MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Cavs Finish 7th at All-Ohio Championships
Men's Cross Country, 2011-09-30
(Cedarville, OH) Walsh finished seventh in a field of 14 Division II and NAIA teams at the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships today at Cedarville University. Shawnee State University won the D-ll/NAIA race, with Ashland University second and Malone University third. Overall, the Cavs were 26th out of 45 Ohio colleges and universities with an average top five time of 27:31 over 8,000 meters. In 2010, the Cavs were 27th out of 37 with an average top five time of 27:39. The top five time spread was an impressive 45 seconds, a marked improvement over the 1:14 time spread at the All-Catholic Championships held at the University of Notre Dame.
Jordan Groubert (Jr., Hartville, OH/Lake), pictured left, paced the Cavs with a 36th place finish in a time of 27:06. Overall, he was 112th out of 310 runners. Dan Bauman (Sr., Paris, OH/St. Thomas Aquinas) was next with a 42nd place finish in a time of 27:22. Justin Groubert (Fr., Hartville, OH/Lake) was 46th in a time of 27:35, Dan Opeka (Sr., Louisville, OH/St. Thomas Aquinas) placed 48th (27:47), Ryan Garrott (Sr., Georgetown, TX/HS) was 51st (27:51). Displacers Jackson Zaremba (Fr., Canton, OH/GlenOak) ran 55th (28:12) and Adam Stilgenbauer (Jr., New Philadelphia, OH/Tusky Catholic) ran 58th (28:27).
"From what I was told, the weather conditions were much worse this year than a year ago, yet several of our men were a good bit faster this year despite the wind and cold rain," said Coach Christopher Straub. "Our goal was to improve on last year's team finish and be competitive with the schools in the middle of the field. We did improve our place slightly and beat some traditionally solid Ohio cross country schools like Baldwin-Wallace, Kenyon, and Otterbein today. We feel really good about the progress we're making this season. The men are learning a lot and working hard to improve."
The Cavs are idle until October 15, when they travel to the Gettysburg (PA) Invitational.
"We're going to combine this meet with a team camping and training trip in the mountains of Pennsylvania," added Straub. "We're really looking forward to that outing and keeping our fingers crossed for better weather."