GREENWOOD, IN - Defiance College clinched their first ever Yellow Jacket Open team title Saturday, holding off Goshen and Bluffton. The Jackets totaled 19 points to hold off second place Goshen by 29 points.
Defiance's Kaitlin Switzer (Defiance, Ohio/H.S.) got off to a great start this fall with her first ever individual title. The senior ran a personal-best 19:56 on the 5K course, holding off the second place finisher by over a minute.
Bluffton placed third at the meet and was led by a seventh place finish by Heather Smith (Elkhart, Ind./Concord). The junior finished the course with a time of 21:40.
Hanover and Franklin competed Saturday at the Madison Kiwanis Hanover Invitational. The host Panthers placed second behind Division II member Indianapolis and held off Franklin by four points.
Hanover was led by Shawna McLetchie (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) for the second consecutive meet. The senior finished the 5K course in a time of 20:52 to place ninth overall.
Franklin's Heather Waterman (Shelbyville, Ind./Morristown) ran to a first place finish for the second straight week. Waterman finished with a time of 18:53, holding off her Division II competitors by over 30 seconds.
Manchester College opened the conventional meet schedule at Ohio Wesleyan with a ninth place finish among 15 competing institutions. The Spartans were paced by senior Megan Miller's (Goshen, Ind./Northridge) 21st place finish. Miller completed the course with a time of 19:27.20.
Transylvania and Mount St. Joseph also competed Saturday at the Queen City Invitational in Cincinnati. The Pioneers placed 11th overall among 14 schools, while the Lions finished 12th overall.
This weekend's schedule is highlighted by the Indiana Intercollegiate meet on Friday afternoon in West Lafayette, Indiana.
In Saturday action, Bluffton, Defiance, and Transylvania will all hit the course. Bluffton will travel to Cedarville and Defiance will head east to Penn State-Behrend, while Transylvania will compete at Berea.