Austintown, OH -- The 2012 Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Men's and Women's Cross Country Championships will be hosted by Wilmington College on Saturday, October 27. The men's 8K championship race will begin at 11a.m., while the women's 6K race will start at noon. The course is located on campus.
The Ohio Northern Polar Bears swept the 2011 men's and women's championship titles. It was the second consecutive title for the women and the first title since 2008 for the men.
On the women's side, ONU finished with 35 points, followed by John Carroll with 71 points, Wilmington with 102 points, Baldwin-Wallace with 106 points and Mount Union with 132 points to round out the top five.
The top-five finishers from a year ago will be returning. For the third-straight season, Ohio Northern senior Alison Steinbrunner earned the OAC Individual title by 21 seconds with a time of 22:15.9. Marietta senior Reba Leonard finished second overall in 22:36.5, followed by Wilmington senior Annie Cekada in 22:42.4. Capital senior Emma McCarron crossed the finish line in 22:47 for fourth place and John Carroll junior Gabriella Kreuz finished fifth in 22:51.7.
On the men's side, Ohio Northern earned the top spot with 43 points. Mount Union came in second with 75 points, followed by John Carroll with 89 points. Heidelberg (103) and Marietta (138) rounded out the top five team finishes.
Marietta will look to senior Caleb Mueller, who claimed the individual title (25:27.7). Also returning, BW senior Kenneth Janosko who placed second (25:44.8), followed by ONU sophomore Nathan Rosenbaum in fourth place (26:04.5) and Mount Union junior Josh Clemence in fifth place (26:05.8).