Cross Country Heads to All-Ohio Championships at Akron

Bobby Bogantz (Photo by: Alex Sibila)
Bobby Bogantz (Photo by: Alex Sibila)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican's cross country teams head to the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Cross Country Championships. Hosted by the University of Akron, the event is scheduled for this Saturday, September 29, with the Women's 6K race kicking off at 2 p.m., followed by the Men's 8K at 2:45 p.m.

Before this upcoming weekend's event at Silver Creek Metro Park, the Panthers competed in the Patty Forgey Invitational last Saturday. It was a strong showing for ODU, as the women's team won the event with five runners finishing in the Top 15, while the men's squad finished in third place with 56 total points.

On the men's side, senior Alejandro Serna (Duncanville, Tx) ran his career-best 8K, finishing in 27:20.15 to take home first place. His time was 16 seconds faster than any other competitor. Fellow senior Bobby Bogantz (Sunbury, Ohio) had a bounce-back performance, finishing in 13th place with a time of 29:42.15. With a time of 30:08.46, sophomore Keaton McNair (Pickerington, Ohio) also set a new personal best time of 30:08.46 placing 15th in the race. Freshman Ethan Sinning (Tipp City, Ohio) crossed in 31:11.19 to grab 17th place, while fellow first-year Sean Noll (Sheridan, Ohio) finished just seconds behind at 31:18.18 to take 18th. Both times were personal bests.

Led by Senior Kristen Noecker (Circleville, Ohio), who finished in sixth with a personal-best time of 22:00.25, the women of Ohio Dominican won the 5k race, finishing with 42 total points. Junior Megan Tamasovich (Canal Winchester, Ohio) finished just behind Noecker with a time of 23:00.62, good for eighth place. Competing in her third career event, freshman Addy Miller-Brown (Marysville, Ohio) set a new career-best time with a 23:00.62 finish to take 12th place. Freshman Ashley Wihl (Williamsport, Ohio) posted a 23:26.72 time to finish 14th overall, with senior Micaela Carroll (Parma, Ohio) crossing the line in 23:44.41, grabbing 15th place.

Ohio Dominican will be joined at the All-Ohio Championships by nearly 40 other in-state schools, including fellow G-MAC schools Cedarville, Findlay, Lake Erie, Malone, Tiffin, and Walsh.