RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande opened the season with a first place finish in the women’s college division, while the RedStorm men placed second at the 45th Annual Rio Grande/Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational, Saturday afternoon, at the University of Rio Grande.
Freshman Lucy Williams (Athens, OH) led the winning effort for the Rio women, taking first place individually by completing the 5K course in 19:27. The RedStorm also had sophomore Keri Lawrence (Reedsville, OH) and freshman Maggie Dellinger (Washington Court House, OH) finish 10th and 11th, respectively, with times of 20:55 and 20:56.
Rio Grande finished with 45 points on the day, while Ohio Valley University (52 pts.) and Asbury University (64 pts.) rounded out the top three team totals.
Rounding out the day for the RedStorm was sophomore Rachel Ball (Chillicothe, OH), who was 15th with a time of 21:39; sophomore Emili Sannes (Carlisle, OH), who placed 18th with a time of 22:12; sophomore Aubrey Dunfee (Baltimore, OH), who was 21st with a finish of 22:37; junior Katie Glover (Ashville, OH), who was 29th with a time of 23:15; junior Alex Ellis (Ona, WV), who placed 41st in a time of 26:17 and junior Melissa McConoha (Duncan Falls, OH), who was 45th after finishing in 28:24.
On the men’s side, junior Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) led the RedStorm’s effort with a first place finish individually, completing the 8K course in a time of 27:34 – seven seconds in front of runner-up Kevin Charette from the University of Charleston (W.Va.).
In addition to Freed, Rio had two other runners finish in the top 10 – senior Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH) was fifth in a time of 28:12, while freshman Mike Norris (Dayton, OH) was ninth after crossing the finish line in 28:33.
The University of Charleston took team honors with 31 points, while the RedStorm took second with 58 points. Asbury University (92 points) edged out Ohio Valley University (94 pts.) for third place.
Junior Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), last year’s defending champion, was slowed by injury and finished 25th in a time of 30:05, while freshman Dustin Edens rounded out Rio’s top five runners with a finish of 32:52.
The remainder of the RedStorm’s representatives included freshman Brody Ferris (New Philadelphia, OH), who was 40th in a time of 33:25; senior Tim Warner (Pomeroy, OH), who was 49th after crossing in 36:13; and senior Andrew Lawrence (Gallipolis, OH), who was 52nd in a time of 37:37.
The event attracted 23 schools and more than 325 runners.
Rio Grande will return to action at the All-Ohio Championship on October 2 at Cedarville.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.
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