Crusaders Battle to the Finish Line at #JennaStrong Fall Classic

Crusaders Battle to the Finish Line at #JennaStrong Fall Classic

WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Capital University men's cross country team took a field of 37 teams at the #JennaStrong Fall Classic, hosted by Wilmington College. Capital was led by Andrew Stroh, and placed 19th overall, just one place shy of the top half of the competitors on Friday.

The #JennaStrong Fall Classic is in remembrance of the late Jenna Parlette, a former record-setting Wilmington runner. On August 31, 2013, she collapsed while leading the Franklin Invitational and passed away three days later.

Junior Andrew Stroh (Hilliard, Ohio) set the pace coming in 58th overall with a time of 27:13.3. For the second week in a row, Stroh was the top Crusader finisher and placed ahead of over 300 competitors.

Sophomore Derek Knabe (Cincinnati, Ohio) closely trailed behind Stroh crossing the finish line at 27:33.00, good for 80th.

Finishing up in the top half of the competitors was Aaron Fox (Commercial Point, Ohio) with a time of 28:24.0.

 Junior Kaleb Perez (Woodville, Ohio) coming in next for the Crusaders crossing the line in 28:50.0 with the freshman pair of Christian Vermillion (Hilliard, Ohio/ Hilliard Darby) and Dan Giffin (Toledo, Ohio) clocking  in for the Crusaders with times of 29:28.4 and 36:39.5, respectively.

In just his second meet, freshman Andrew Choate (Columbus, Ohio/Westland High School) finished up for Capital with a time of 37:46.1.

The first place team finisher for the #JennaStrong Fall Classic was Berea (79) taking three of the top six individual spot. Miami University (155) placed second with four top-25 finishers, and coming in third was Heidelberg (166).

Joseph Mullen (unattached) won the meet with a time of 25:02.6 while the first attached runner to cut the tape was Centre College's Victor Pataky (25:11.1).

The next opportunity to catch Capital University Men`s Cross Country will be at the OAC Championship hosted by Baldwin Wallace University on Oct. 31.