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Maroons run down competition in Invitational

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Maggie Christ

Sports editor

RC Men and Women Cross Country dominated their own Maroon Invitational last Saturday at Mowles Spring Park.

Nine schools were represented at the meet. The men won by a landslide, earning just 25 points with their closest competition, Eastern Mennonite University, 63 points behind.  The women took first with 33 points followed by Southern Virginia with 37 points. A perfect score in cross country is 15 points.

On the men’s team, Roanoke took five of the top ten spots, Tim Smith ’12 taking first over-all.  Andrew Bernstein ’14 and Ian Trepanier ’15 crossed the finish line 3rd and 4th respectively and teammates Austin Grubb ’14 and Drew Landgren ’14 scored at 8th and 9th place.

“Tim Smith won the race by over a minute which is pretty significant and Trepanier really stepped up that day,” Head Coach Finn Pincus said. “All twelve of our guys were in the top half of the finishers which speaks a lot for our depth.”

This is the men’s second time taking first place this season as they led the McDaniel College meet two weeks ago.  They took second in the Lynchburg Hornet Challenge at their season-opener. Smith’s performance won him Runner of the Week in the ODAC, again.  He received the honor two weeks ago after the McDaniel Invitational.

This is the women’s first win of the season, but they showed off their potential taking second and third at the McDaniel and Lynchburg meets respectively.

“The girls were top 10 in the region for nine years but dropped last year. I’m hoping to move back into the top-10 status,” Pincus said.

At the Maroon Invitation, two-time ODAC Runner of the Week Grace England ’15 placed second, leading the Maroons.  Three of her teammates also finished in the top ten.  Leigha Schimmoeller ’15 finished fourth with Hannah Cline ’15 behind her in sixth.  Emily Riechenbach ’13 took the ninth-place position.

“England and Schimmoeller have been in the top doing well in every meet, but I was really impressed with Hannah Cline who had her best finish so far,” Pincus said.

“Recruiting is very, very hard, but we added five freshmen this year. They paid attention to what I told them to do over the summer,” Pincus said. “Some of it is talent but so much of it is what you do over the summer.”

The Maroons run again at DeSales University in Center Valley, Pa. on Oct 8.