Crusaders Place Ninth at Weekend Meet

Crusaders Place Ninth at Weekend Meet

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DELAWARE, Ohio – A bulk of young talent led the way for the Capital University women's cross country team at Saturday's meet, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University. Carrie Kuder was one of three sophomore point scorers for Capital at the OWU Invitational, leading to a ninth-place finish in the 11-team field.

In a pool of schools that including NCAA Division II, Division III, and NAIA institutions, Capital placed ninth overall with 266 team points. They finished ahead of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (NAIA) and Urbana University (Division II). The University of Findlay (Division II) took the team win with 40 points, claiming four top-10 finishes. Otterbein University (50) took second followed by Ohio Dominican University (69) and host, Ohio Wesleyan (83).

Capital dressed five harriers, all either freshmen or sophomores. A pair of freshmen marked the first Crusaders to cross the finish line. In her first race of the season Kuder, a native of Hilliard, Ohio (Columbus State CC), turned in a 20:55.9 time for 47th place.

Freshman Hannah Westhoven (Napolean, Ohio, Napolean) and sophomore Gretchen Sauder (Mansfield, Ohio/Crestview) finished together in 52nd and 53rd place, respectively.

Less than one minute behind Westhoven and Sauder was sophomore Alexendra Corrigan (Burton, Ohio/Berkshire), who placed 61st behind a 21:40.4 time. Rounding out the Capital lineup was Hayley Bishop (West Carrollton, Ohio/West Carrollton) in 107th place out 135 runners.

The Crusaders will use the next week to rest in preparation for their Sept. 20 meet at the Otterbein University Invitational.