Completing their second meet of the season, the Lawrence Technological University men's and women's cross country teams ran in Ohio at the Otterbein University Invite on Saturday, September 14th. The women made headway despite only having two runners while the men placed 3rd overall.
On the men's side, the Blue Devils ran an 8k distance, which is primarily new for the freshmen who, in high school, run 5k's in competition. The men finished right behind the host Otterbein University (Ohio) and The Ohio State University running club. With beautiful weather for a september meet, three men placed in the top 25.
Coming in 10th was Nolan McGahan with a time of 27:12. He was the first Blue Devil to cross the line for the second meet in a row. Behind him was Alex Towanski with a time of 28:27 at 19th place. The third Blue Devil was John Bowen II who came across at 21st with a time of 28:30.
Rounding up the top seven for the men was Ethan Rozanski at 29:41. Right behind him was Brody Sodon at 29:58, followed by Jimmy Hoefler at 30:46. Andrew Ulaszek came across at 30:57, just under the 50th place mark for the meet.
Coach Eric Green mentioned on the results that they "...ran about the same as a team like we did last week at Bethany. Our total time for our top five was 2:23, which is the same as it was last week. Only difference was we had some guys run faster and a couple run slower." Despite no gains, Green was "happy how the whole team competed as we got three to place in the top 25 for the awards." With the newcomer McGahan performing well, he is still new to the college pace, "Nolan again was mixing it up with the lead pack for most of the race but Otterbein had about nine guys in the top 10. Every race he learns how to run the 8k a little better and
will be fine tuned by the time conference comes around" Green added.
On the women's side, still suffering some injuries, only two Blue Devils made it to the meet to compete. Darbey Johnson ran the 6k with a 19th place finish at a time of 25:21. She has made a 23 second improvement, which is huge in the terms of racing. Senior Emily Gandolfi ran her first race of the season with a place of 40th with a time of 27:49.
On the note of his lone two female runners, Green mentioned "Darbey again looked very
good like she did last week with a slight improvement on her time. She looked a lot more
comfortable in the race after getting her first 6k in last week. Emily ran this course her freshman year and improved by over two minutes when it was her first ever 6k."
The Blue Devils will travel to Willow Metro Park in Wayne, Michigan to run in a meet hosted by Wayne State university (Mich.) on September 21st.
MENS FINISHERS (OUT OF 76)
- 10th place - Nolan McGahan
- 19th place - Alex Towanski
- 21st place - John Bowen II
- 33rd place - Ethan Rozanski
- 38th place - Brody Sodon
- 46th place - Jimmy Hoefler
- 47th place - Andrew Ulaszek
WOMEN"S FINISHERS (OUT OF 65)