By: Allison Lowe, assistant sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio- Capital University Cross Country will start its 2019-20 season Friday at Wilmington College for the Quaker Open. The Crusaders will compete against fellow Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) members including the University of Mount Union and Marietta College. Also in attendance is Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) institutions Mount St. Joseph University and Earlham College. Wittenberg University will also be in attendance as part of the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC). The team will return to the Quakers' campus in mid-October for the Jenna Strong Fall Classic.
The course at Wilmington will be 5,000 meters long and will start adjacent to Tewksbury-Delaney Field. The women will run first and the men will start following their conclusion.
In her fourth year as head coach, Hannah Weiss is leading young teams on both the men's and women's side. The women's squad is comprised of all freshmen and sophomores. Returning runners include Heather Fryman, Kayleigh Noecker, and Madeleine Rollins. After a season of running, they are preparing to improve their personal records from last year.
The men's squad includes two upperclassmen, junior Jonas Pyle and senior Christian Vermillion, with the majority being underclassmen. Vermillion will be ready to hit the track coming off a season in which he did not appear in an official race. Pyle looks to lower his PR after experiencing great improvement last season, shaving off almost one minute off his 5k time.
Twelve Crusaders will make their collegiate debuts this weekend, fighting for a spot on the starting five.