Crusaders Take Seventh at OAC Championship

Crusaders Take Seventh at OAC Championship

BEREA, Ohio – Capital Women's Cross Country wrapped up the month with a seventh-place finish at the 2015 Ohio Athletic Conference Championship, hosted by Baldwin Wallace University at the Mill Stream Reservation in the Cleveland Metroparks.   

A strong and steady contender for the Crusaders this season, sophomore Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio) led Capital as the first Crusader to cross the line at 23:53.1. Her time was good for 34th place overall. Compared to her previous 6,000-meter time, Westhoven trimmed nearly 30 seconds from her next best time of 24:41 registered at the All-Ohio Championships.

Junior Gretchen Sauder (Mansfield, Ohio) on her heels, serving as the second Capital harrier to cross the line, doing so with a time of 24:06.6. Sauder finished three spots behind Westhoven in 37th place and also made a 30-second improvement from her previous best 6k time.

Finishing in the top half of the competition was junior Alexander Corrigan (Burton, Ohio) at 24:22.8 and Sarah Rini (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington North) clocking in at 24:38.3.

Junior Caitlyn Tulloss (Utica, Ohio) was the next to cross the finish line at 25:33.3.

In her first championship race, freshman Katherine Irvine (Cincinnati, Ohio) rolled out a time of 25:54.2. Making her second appearance of the season was freshman Aislynn Brant (Union, Ohio), clocking in at 26:09.3.

Otterbein University (40) took home the team title this year with John Carroll University taking second place (53).The University of Mount Union (66) rounded out the top three teams. Emily Richards from Ohio Northern won the individual title this year with a time of 21:56.7.

Capital will compete at this year's Great Lakes Regional Championship, hosted by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Terre Haute, Ind.