Women’s Cross Country Runs Final Tune-Up Before OAC Championships

Pictured: Kayleigh Noecker (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Kayleigh Noecker (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Capital University Women's Cross Country returned to the course after a three-week layoff on Friday at the JennaStrong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College. The Crusaders placed 10th out of the 12 Division III teams competing in the 5,000-meter race with 774 points.

Mackenzie Meyers led the Crusaders with a 41st-place overall finish and a time of 19:28.0.

Freshman Kayleigh Noecker continued the strong start to her career and stopped the clock at 22:31.8, a new personal record by more than 25 seconds. Lynna Freeman and Alaina Miller finished just seconds apart with times of 23:50.8 and 23:55.4, respectively. Freeman's mark represented a PR by 25 seconds. 

Allison Ellis was the next Capital runner across the finish line with a mark of 25:05.1 in her first cross country race of the season to round out the Capital squad.

Capital's will now take a couple weeks to recover before the Ohio Athletic Conference Championships on Saturday, Oct. 27 hosted by the University of Mount Union.