XC: Squads finish sixth at OAC Championships

(Photos courtesy of Joe Colon / Mount Union Athletics)
(Photos courtesy of Joe Colon / Mount Union Athletics)

CANTON -- The Heidelberg University men's and women's cross country teams each finished sixth at the OAC Championships, hosted by the University of Mount Union at Sable Creek Golf Course. Austin Neura and Brittney Roth paced the squads.

Otterbein's men and women took home the team titles.

Freshman Brittney Roth became one of a handful of Student Princes to earn All-OAC status in their first season. Roth did so by finishing 17th with a time of 24:09 on the muddy course.

Amanda Elkins clocked a 24:24, taking 22nd. Seconds later, Rachel House crossed in 24:43 (25th) in her first race since September.

Alexandra Chakov was 46th with a 26:04 while Taylor Rodriguez was 47th with a 26:25.

"The women's team exceeding my expectations. After overcoming injuries this season, we were able to run everyone today," said Head Coach Brian Grime. "Rachel and Amanda just missed joining Brittney on the 2nd team All-OAC. We should be even stronger in two weeks at the regional meet."

Neura took home first team All-OAC accolades with a time of 26:43. He pushed himself to try for the win, but fell off. Still, he found the strength to hold on to eighth place.

Alec Waterston was next across for the Tricolor. He ran a 27:40, good for 27th. Eric Peterson's time of 27:55 put him in 33rd.

Dakota Freeman and Mitch Luken finished as part of a big group. Freeman had a 28:42 (43rd) and Luken clocked a 28:46 (45th)

"Our men's team ran about as expected," said Grime, who saw both teams fight through a rash of illness and injury. "The team culture that these young men have put in place will be the building blocks for the future."

For Neura, the All-OAC honor is the third of his career.

"I'm excited to see what our teams can do at the regional meet," said Grime.

The NCAA Great Lakes Regional will be held on November 10 in Shelbyville, Indiana.