Sept. 30, 2010
Latest USTFCCCA Cross Country regional rankings
After a successful month of September, which was highlighted with three meet victories for both the men's and women's teams, the Bobcat harriers will kick off October with a familiar race against some familiar faces at the 56th Annual Men's and 30th Women's All-Ohio Championships. However, for the first time in more than a decade, the annual cross country meet, which plays host to all of Ohio's colleges and universities, will not be held at Ohio Wesleyan. The 2010 edition has found a new home at Cedarville University on the Elvin R. King cross country course. The first of four races on the day will be the men's varsity race at 2 p.m. ET, followed by the women's varsity race at 2:45 p.m. The men's open race will start at 3:30 p.m., with the women's open race set to go off at 4:45 p.m.
The women come into Friday's meet as the 11th-ranked team in the Great Lakes regional in the latest USTFCCCA (United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association) poll and are led by senior Annie Beecham, who has won both races she has competed in this year. Forty-two teams will line up for state bragging rights in this year's women's varsity race, three of which were also were ranked in the top 15 of the Great Lakes region (No. 8 Miami, No. 10 Dayton and No. 13 Cincinnati). The Bobcats will rely on a unique mix of young and old as Beecham and fellow seniors Kari Summers and Abigail Swift will be joined at the starting line by junior Lauren Fett and freshmen Allison Stillwell, Melissa Thompson and Emily Pifer.
Forty teams are slated to take to the course in the men's varsity race, which also features three teams ranked in the top 15 of the Great Lakes regional poll (No. 11 Akron, No. 13 Miami and No. 15 Toledo). The Bobcat men are coming off an impressive performance at the Ohio Invitational, in which they put nine runners under the 26-minute mark, making this one of the strongest and deepest teams in recent years. Senior Ridge Robinson has led the way for Ohio in his first two meets of the year and will be joined in the varsity race by seniors Scott Meyers and Chris Davis, along with juniors Tyler Cantley and Joey Cherico. Sophomores Noah Howkins and Tyler Ames will also be in the mix.
Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com for results after Friday's races.