Youth movement yields success for cross country

Youth movement yields success for cross country

BLUFFTON, Ohio – Paced by three finishers in the top five, the Heidelberg University women's cross country team finished third in the season-opening Bluffton Invitational on Friday evening. The men's team placed second in the 6k race.

Dani Blum (19:26, second), Rachel House (19:41, third) and Hayley Cochran (20:09, fifth) dominated the 5k course at the Bluffton University Nature Reserve. Blum, a sophomore, shaved more than a minute off of her time from the same race a season ago.

Kristen Fett (20:51, 16th) and Allie Dresser (21:09, 24th) rounded out the top five for the Student Princes.

Three freshmen led the men's side, with Dylan Dombi (19:57, eighth) out in front. Isaac Kuntz (20:09, 13th) and Nick Jones (20:16, 14th) were less than 30 seconds.

Sophomores Jesse Rudolph (20:45, 24th) and Devaun Churchya (20:50, 28th) contributed to the team score.

"We had tremendous improvements from everyone across the board," said Ron Martin, in his first season as head cross country coach. "I'm pretty happy about it. It's a good start for us."

The Student Princes return to action in mid-September.

NOTE: Original story had wrong team placement for HU Women.