Williams leads Rio women at Jenna Strong Classic


By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing



WILMINGTON, Ohio — Lucy Williams posted a top 10 finish to lead the University of Rio Grande women’s cross country team at Friday’s Jenna Strong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College.

Williams, a junior from Athens, Ohio, finished the 5k course in a time of 19:07 – good enough for a ninth-place finish among the 300 participating runners.

Junior Maggie Dellinger (Washington Court House, OH) also had a strong showing for the RedStorm, finishing 30th with a time of 19:52.

Rio Grande was also represented by sophomore Reaghan Haines (Hillsboro, OH), who finished 136th in a time of 22:04; sophomore Kelsey Miller (Georgetown, OH), who placed 138th with a time of 22:07; and sophomore Jennifer Case (McArthur, OH), who crossed 254th in a time of 26:13.

As a team, Rio Grande finished 17th in the 32-team field. The RedStorm finished with 438 points – one point behind Georgetown (Ky.) College for 16th place.

NCAA Division I Cleveland State University took the team title with 45 points, while Shawnee State (101), Miami-Ohio (124), Centre College (133) and Morehead State (151) rounded out the top five.

Karen Barrientos of Cleveland State had the top individual time with a finish of 17:59.

Rio Grande returns to action next Friday in its own RedStorm Classic. The women’s race begins at 4:30 p.m. The men follow at 5:15 p.m.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.

Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.