CEDARVILLE, Ohio – Capital University Men`s Cross Country faced 47 teams ranging spanning all three NCAA divisions and the NAIA level. The men held their own as they placed ahead of nine other teams placing 38th overall. Junior Andrew Stroh led Capital Friday despite the cold weather and wind. The 8,000-meter race was held at Cedarville University's Elvin R. King Cross Country Course.
Stroh, a Hilliard, Ohio native, took back the role as the leader for Capital this meet with a time of 27:22.05. Stroh came out strong this meet and placed in the top half of the overall men's runners by shaving off over a minute of his time from the previous year.
Sophomore Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished not far behind and was the second place finisher for the Crusaders coming in at 27:46.57.
Freshman Christian Vermillion (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) in his first time on the course came in next for the Crusaders clocking in at 29:16.59.
A consistent and key runner, junior Kaleb Perez (Woodville, Ohio) crossed the finish line at 29:21.67.
Freshman Andrew Choate (Columbus, Ohio/Westland High School) made his debut this meet and finished up for the Crusaders with a time of 40:15.89.
The first place team in Division III was Ohio Northern University (62), who beat out last year's winner, John Carroll (69). The Blue Streaks took second place this year. Capital (485) placed 16th out of 19 Division III teams and 38th out of 39 teams, overall.
Look out for the Capital University Men`s Cross Country in their next meet, on Oct. 16th at the Jenna Strong Invitational, hosted by Wilmington College (Wilmington, Ohio).