By: Randy PaytonSpecial to OVP
September 24, 2012
RIO GRANDE, Ohio – University of Rio Grande seniors Nick Wilson and Kayla Renner took top individual honors in their respective divisions and the RedStorm captured a team championship on the men’s side at the 42nd Annual Rio Grande/Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational , Saturday afternoon, at the University of Rio Grande.
Renner completed the 5K women’s course in a time of 20:32, easily outdistancing Campbellsville’s Sarah Johnson, who took runner-up honors at 21:08. Ohio Christian’s Brooke Gardner was third at 21:21.
Rio Grande had three others in the 41-runner women’s field. Junior Amy Lower was fifth at 21:50, junior Brittany Piccone was ninth at 22:39 and senior Danielle Stockham was 26th with a time of 26:14.
Wilson crossed the finish line in the men’s 8K race in a time of 27:17, topping junior teammate Joe Taranto by 21 seconds. Brett Pierce of Campbellsville finished third at 28:05.
The RedStorm also filled positions 6-8 with senior Chad McCarty at 28:40, freshman Kyle Sanborn at 28:41 and sophomore Dustin Moritz at 28:57. Freshman Caleb Greer placed 23rd with a finish of 33:05.
Rio Grande had a team score of 24 in the men’s division, with Campbellsville (31) and WVU Tech (104) rounding out the top three.
Campbellsville’s total of 19 led the women’s team scores, with Ohio Christian University (65) edging Cumberland (Tenn.) University (67) for second place.