Men's and Women's Cross Country Re-Write the Record Books and Improve Personal Bests at Pre-Nationals in Louisville
Oct. 13, 2012
CINCINNATI- The men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Pre-Nationals in Louisville, Kentucky at the E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park. Junior Tom Ohlman led all Musketeer runners with yet another top-10 finish with his time of 24:28.1 in the 8K race Saturday. He earned a 7th place finish, but more importantly, now holds the fastest 8K time in Xavier men's cross country history.
The men's team tied for 13th place out of 24 schools competing with Ohlman leading the way. Ohlman has been the top finisher for the men's cross country team since September of last year, a span that includes eight consecutive races. This race also makes Ohlman the fastest in Xavier men's 8k history, beating the 2008 time of Tommy Kauffmann by ten seconds. The second finisher for the men was senior captain Hank Geer who placed 38th with a time of 25:07.2. Senior Ben Foley was the Musketeers third finisher with a time of 25:39.7 for 92nd overall. The rest of the men to finish were junior Spencer Liechty (26:32.4) finishing 180th, freshman Austin Winter (26:36.5) finishing 188th, sophomore Corey Zielinski (26:40.3) finishing 198th, junior Keith Schenkel (26:47.6) finishing 207th, sophomore Connor Buchholz (26:49.0) finishing 208th, junior Chris Hanson (27:03.7) finishing 220th, junior Nick Kobunski (27:04.6) finishing 223rd, and sophomore Aaron Moore (28:25.6) finishing 263rd overall.
Head Coach Ryan Orner had this to say about the men on Saturday afternoon. "Although we surpassed Kent State who was ranked 15th in the Great Lakes Region, we were beat by several other teams that we should have matched up well with. Tom Ohlman showed once again that he is one of the top runners in the A-10 and the great Lakes Region, in a school record setting 24:28.1 for 8K. Nick Kobunski, one of our top middle distance runners also had a great day, dropping 30 seconds off of his time in each of the last three races that he's run."
The women's team ventured into new territory this weekend in Louisville when they were thrown into the mix with some of the national powerhouses in the collegiate cross country world in the seeded race on Saturday. The Musketeer women competed with the likes of Florida State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and the University of Texas. Those five schools were also the top-5 overall finishers Saturday in Louisville. The Musketeers were led by junior Clare Fischer who finished 111th with a time of 21:41.2, good enough for 4th all-time on the Xavier 6K list for fastest time. Clare's twin sister and junior Abby Fischer finished second for the Musketeers and 179th overall with a time of 22:14.5, placing her five spots behind her sister at 9th on the Xavier 6K list with her time. Junior Chelsea Hoffmaster finished third for the Musketeers and 215th overall with a time of 22:50.2, setting a career best, and was followed closely by classmate Jessica Albers who finished 225th with a time of 22:56.8. The rest of the women to finish were senior Kaitlin Price (23:02.8) finishing 231st, sophomore Audrey Ramos (23:06.9) finishing 234th, senior Calesse Cardosi (23:08.3) finishing 236th, junior Anna Ahlrichs (23:17.4) finishing 244th, and freshman Sarah Mazzei (24:18.4) finishing 261st overall.
Orner noted that many Musketeers had a very successful day despite the low overall team finish in a stacked field. "It was a wonderful opportunity for our program and I'm happy with the way the girls ran under the pressure of the national stage. Due to the stacked field the race dictated that the girls go out faster through the mile than they have all year. Clare Fischer had a great race, besting her personal record by a minute and moving her up to number four on our all-time list for the 6K. Abby Fischer also had a significant personal record, moving her up to #9 on the Xavier all-time list for 6K. Although we didn't finish as high as I would have liked, we did have five girls run personal best times, including Chelsea Hoffmaster who ran her person best by over a minute and twenty seconds."
The Musketeers have a week off for recovery and preparation before traveling to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the Atlantic 10 Championship at Belmont Plateau at Fairmont Park hosted by Temple University.