The Lawrence Technological University cross country programs ran in the Oberlin (Ohio) Inter Regional Rumble on October 19th, making and breaking a few historic times, including several personal bests from both squads.
The meet itself was made up of mostly NCAA DIII and DII teams, with the men running an 8k distance and the women running a 6k distance. The men placed 35th out of 39 teams with an averaging 27:27 for the Top 5 Blue Devils in the 8k.
Freshman Nolan McGahan placed 85th with a time of 26:03. McGahan continues making history by breaking the school record that was held by Graham Elliot who made it in 2015 at 26:06. It's the second record that Nolan has broken in the past two meets after breaking Malik Jordan's freshman record last week. With the weather conditions being ideal, three other blue devils
ran personal best as well. John Bowen paced 180th at 26:55, Alex Towainski placed 214th with a time of 27:18 and Andrew Ulaszek placed 309th with a finishing time of 29:13. Other top finishers who ran season bests was SR Brendan Koch who placed 263rd at 28:00 total time.
Jimmy Hoefler also got a personal best with a time of 28:25 along with Brody Sodon with a time of 28:34. There were 339 other runners in the race.
Coach Eric Green came back with only smiles in this meet, adding "It is so great to see things coming together towards the end of the season. We continued our momentum after Louisville with our best performance of the year here at Oberlin."
For the ladies' race, Freshman Darbey Johnson also made a mark in her first year as she shattered the 6k freshman record by over 1:15 minutes running 23:54 and placing 15th place out of 240 runners. The previous record was set by Hailey Cantana with a time of 25:09 last year. Johnson was followed by Emily Gandolfi who placed 50th with time of 24:51 who also ran a personal best, improving over three minutes from her time last year at the same meet.
Green has been pushing the girls hard at practice and they have been steadily improving, especially newcomer Johnson "Darbey continues to run great workouts and each week she is getting better. She was 18 seconds off from Marissa Bradley's 6k school record but will have to wait until next year since the last two races are 5k's and not 6k's. She still has two opportunities to break Marissa Bradley's freshman 5k which is 19:51 and possible her school record of 19:28 in the next few meets."
With the future bright for the Blue Devils and the next few meets being very important for WHAC opponents, Green added "I hope it will continue next week in Grand Rapids with the Great Lakes Invite which is the course of our conference meet November 9th. The whole program has been working really hard and they are seeing positive results in the past two races."