Oct. 15, 2005
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - In the last race before the MAC Championships, Jason Linton (Vincent) became the 10th fastest runner in Ohio men's cross country history with a time of 24:47, while Craig Leon (Van Wert) and Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) also ran career bests to give the men a 23rd-place finish at the NCAA Pre-Nationals. Carime Reinhart (Bascom) placed 52nd with a time of 21:38 to lead the women to a 28th-place finish in the women's 6K race.
With his run, Linton overtakes Dan Dunlap's time of 24:58 (1991) to land in the top-10 list. He is now only six seconds off Josh Ritchie, who was recently inducted into the Ohio Athletics Hall of Fame. Linton, Leon, and King all finished in the top-100 at 67th, 94th and 98th, respectively, helping the team finish ahead of schools like Wake Forest, Rice, and Purdue. Both Leon and King were 17 seconds ahead of their previous bests at 25:02 and 25:03, respectively. Stanford won the men's 8K race by placing all five of its runners in the top-30, and Brigham Young's Josh Rohatinsky won the individual title at 23:31.
"That was a big run for Jason," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "They had a great race today. Looking at the results, we finished up in the race higher than we originally expected, just missing off Miami by two points."
On the women's side, Reinhart had the only top-100 finish. Rachel Beakas (Waterville), Andrea Maas (Cincinnati), Julia Weisenborn (Bowling Green), and Kendra Churchill (Dublin) finished in the top-180 against 232 runners at 22:48, 22:52, 22:58, and 23:08 respectively. Michigan won the team competition, and Colorado's Christine Bolf won the individual title at 20:13.
Against the stiff competition, Calkins was still pleased with the women's progress made at the meet, especially considering the track was 6,000 meters instead of the usual 5,000.
"I don't think our top runners Carime and Andrea ran the race they wanted, but at the same time, as a pack, the women ran really well," said Calkins.
Next on the slate for the Bobcats is the MAC Championships in DeKalb, Illinois on October 29th, giving the teams one weekend off to rest and prepare.