October 6, 2011

Men's Cross Country Report (Week 5) - AU's Saunders Wins Earlham Invitational

GREENWOOD, IN- The Anderson University men's cross country team finished second out of six teams to lead the HCAC field at the Earlham Invitational last weekend.  The Ravens placed behind champion Wabash and held off Rose-Hulman, Earlham, IU-East, and Oakland City.

Anderson's Kirk Saunders (Bloomington, Ill./University) led the way for the Ravens with a first place finish.  The junior finished with a time of 26:27 on the 8K course.

Senior Matt St. Amour (Schererville, Ind./Lake Central) also finished in the top five at the meet.  St. Amour placed fifth overall with a time of 27:11.

Earlham College's Jacob Naegeli (Trout Creek, Mon./Thompson Falls) earned a second place finish in the individual standings.  The senior paced the Quakers to a fourth place finish with a time of 26:37.

Rose-Hulman placed third overall among the six competing teams.  The Engineers were led by Andrew Thompson (Mundelein, Ill./Vernon Hills) who placed sixth in the individual standings (27:16).

Franklin College finished 24th among a highly competitive 33-team field at the Greater Louisville Cross Country Classic "blue" race.  Kristopher Sandlin (Scottsburg, Ind./H.S.) set a new school record at the meet, finishing 14th overall with a time of 25:26 in the 8K race.

Hanover and Transylvania each ran at the Greater Louisville Classic "silver" race, finishing 13th and 35th respectively in the 35 team field.

Bluffton, Defiance, and Mount St. Joseph each competed at the All-Ohio Championships on Friday. Defiance earned a 10th place finish, while Bluffton and Mount finished 21st and 22nd among the 22 Ohio schools.

This weekend, Rose-Hulman and Manchester will run at the Gibson Family Invitational in Terre Haute.  The Hanover squad will travel down to Orlando, Florida for the Disney Classic, while Franklin will travel up to the Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational.