Cross Country Claim Queen City Cup Third Year in A Row
CINCINNATI- Xavier men's and women's cross country took home their third straight Queen City Cup with their win today at Mount Airy Forest in Cincinnati at the 31st annual Queen City 5K Invitational. Junior captain Tom Ohlman finished first overall in the men's race with the top time of 15:36.23 and the women's team placed first overall.
The women placed first overall after six runners placed in the top fifteen led by junior Clare Fischer who finished second overall with a time of 18:47.81. Fischer was followed by classmate Jessica Albers who placed fifth with a time of 19:13.03. Sophomore Audrey Ramos finished two places back placing seventh with a time of 19:17.20 and senior Caitlin Price coming in shortly after with a time of 19:20.25 which was good enough for eighth. Freshman Sarah Mazzei finished eleventh with a time of 19:30.03 in her first collegiate race. Senior Calesse Cardosi rounded out the top fifteen with a time of 19:59.83. Other finishers for the women were freshman Victoria Ciotti (20:31.88), freshman Emily Wolery (21:19.07), junior Madison Riethman (21:47.67), and sophomore Carrie Kurish (22:10.76). The women dominated the race and took first place with 33 points.
The men were led by Ohlman from the start of the race, although other Musketeers made their presence known toward the front of the pack. Senior Hank Geer finished sixth with a time of 15:53.03 in his first race back after missing all of last season due to injury. Fellow senior Ben Foley placed eleventh with a time of 16:02.35 while sophomore Connor Buchholz finished with a time of 16:25.89 placing him just outside the top twenty-five by one position. The rest of the men's side included sophomore Corey Zielinski (16:35.79), junior Keith Schenkel (16:41.44), junior Spencer Liechty (16:45.99), junior Chris Hanson (16:53.74), freshman Austin Winter (17:12.08), sophomore Matt Orlando (17:27.43), and junior Nick Kobunski (17:57.88). Xavier missed second place by just six points, finishing third with 74 points.
The Musketeers' performance on a hot day in Cincinnati allowed them to beat out the University of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky for the third consecutive year. The Traveling Trophy is something these three teams compete for every year but will be staying in Musketeer possession for yet another season.
The Musketeers continue their September 14th at the National Catholic Championships in South Bend, Indiana, where the men and women placed 4th and 5th, respectively last season.