Men - Team Results Individual Results
Women - Team Results Individual Results
Nov. 12, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Ohio men's and women's cross country teams finished up the 2005 season Saturday, with the Bobcat women taking 10th and the men placing 11th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional in Bloomington, Ind. Leading the charge for the women was Carime Reinhart, who placed 15th with a time of 21:41.3.
The sophomore Reinhart (Bascom) was the second fastest Mid-American Conference runner at the event, running quicker than MAC Champion Beata Rudzinska of Akron. The fastest MAC runner, Dagmara Handzlik of Toledo, beat Reinhart by 1.7 seconds. This proved to be important for both runners as Handzlik was later awarded the fourth and final at-large berth for the NCAA Championships.
The NCAA awards berths to the top-four runners at each regional from a school that will not be attending the championship meet. Indiana took two of the four spots because it did not earn a berth as a team.
"Carime did a great job," said Head Coach Clay Calkins. "She went up against the top echelon of the sport and finished in the top-15 today."
Out of 220 runners, three other Bobcats, all returning for next season, finished in the top-70. Junior Andrea Maas (Cincinnati) took 44th, while freshmen Rachel Beakas (Waterville) and Julia Weisenborn (Bowling Green) finished 57th and 69th, respectively. Senior Lauren Birnie (Worthington) rounded out the scoring, placing 106th. Ali Green (Lancaster) also ran her last race, finishing 131st, 20 spots better than last year's performance at the regional.
The Bobcats finished with 294 points, second-best among participating MAC schools. Toledo took sixth-place with 230 points as Michigan won the title with 52 points against 33 other schools. Butler's Victoria Mitchell won the individual title at 20:37, 23 seconds quicker than her nearest opponent.
For the men, senior Jason Linton (Vincent) paced the Bobcat men with a 29th-place finish, recording a time of 32:06.5. Against a total of 195 runners, all seven Ohio men landed in the top-100, though only the top-five placements count toward a team's score. Junior Craig Leon (Van Wert) placed 39th at 32:26.3. In their final races as Bobcats, seniors Austin Schiele (Hudson), Brian List (Milford) and Bob Wayner (Cincinnati) took 62nd, 70th and 89th, respectively. Sophomore Brian King (Richfield, Minn.) and freshman Shamus Eaton (Uniontown) finished 82nd and 91st, respectively.
"The guys did a really good job of running a great team race," said Calkins. "They finished right where Coach Mitch Bentley and I thought they would. The seniors topped off the season with an excellent race."
With 282 points, the Bobcat men only finished two behind 10th-place Miami for the third-best score among participating MAC schools. Eastern Michigan led the way with 162 points to finish fifth. Number one in the national poll, Wisconsin captured the team title with 49 points, while Ohio State's Brian Olinger won the individual title at 30:51.5, 15 seconds faster than his closest opponent.
With the cross country season completed, the runners will now concentrate on running long distance for the track & field team. Ohio's indoor season begins on Friday, Jan. 13 at the Skip Summerville Invite in Akron, Ohio.