MASON, Ohio – The Capital University men's cross country team sent three student-athletes to Friday's #JennaStrong Fall Classic, hosted by Wilmington College. Derek Knabe was the top Crusaders finisher in the field of over 350 competitors.
The #JennaStrong Fall Classic commemorates the memory of Jenna Parlette who collapsing during a race last season and tragically passed away three days later. Her passing stemmed from an epileptic episode resulting from a preexisting condition of Juvenile Myonclonic Epilepsy. She was a record-setting cross country and track & field runner and an honor roll student.
Knabe, a freshman from Cincinnati, Ohio, served as the first Capital harrier to cross the finish line, doing so in 28:12.60. He finished in 140th place overall and posted an average time of 5:40.5 per mile. It is the fourth time he has been the top finisher for the team out of five events.
Aaron Fox and Bailey McBeth were the other two Capital competitors in Friday's event. Fox finished the 8,000-meter course in 30:47.99, good for 280th place while McBeth crossed the line in 31:12.16. He posted a 291th-place finish.
Brian Baum of Ashland University took top honors, completing the course in 24:52.38. Ashland featured the top three individual placers and one more finishing inside the top-10. They took the team title by a wide margin, finishing with 21 points with second-place Miami University (OH), who finished with 95.
Capital's next event will be the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship, which will be hosted by John Carroll University. It will be held at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, Ohio on Nov. 1.