Women’s Cross Country Takes Part in Jenna Strong Invitational

Women’s Cross Country Takes Part in Jenna Strong Invitational
WILMINGTON, Ohio– Friday afternoon, a group of the Women`s Capital University cross country team competed at the annual Jenna Strong Invitational, hosted by Wilmington College. More than 350 runners, both attached and unattached, took part in the memoriam 5k meet.

This meet is special and honors Jenna Parlette, a former pacesetter for Wilmington who on August 31, 2013 collapsed while leading the Franklin Invitational and three days later ended up passing away.

The Capital group beat out eight other teams including host Wilmington College, Lourdes University, and Defiance College. The field was large, and their team performance earned them a 38th-place team standing.

Sophomore Larkin Joseph (New Philadelphia, Ohio) was the first Capital member across the line leading the team in 21:00.2. She finished in the top half of a field of over 356 competitors and 141st overall.

Freshman Kat Bowman (Newark, Ohio) was the next harrier across the line in a time of 21:18.2, earning her a place in the top half of the competition. Bowman placed 164th overall.

Freshman Alex Klemens (Canton, Ohio), a fresh face to the group, clocked in at 21:52.5. In her previous 5,000-meter race, which also served as her collegiate debut, she timed out at 23:27.01.

Junior Sami Koester (Grandview Heights, Ohio) ran a season personal best of 21:59.3, beating her previous 5k best by nearly four minutes.

Coming first in the team standings was Wright State University (50). Coming in second was Shawnee State University (81), and wrapping up the top three teams was Cleveland State University (131).

The next opportunity to catch Capital is at the Oberlin Regional Rumble, hosted by Oberlin College (Oberlin, Ohio) on Saturday, Oct. 15. Capital will take a different group of competitors into Oberlin for the regional meet.