WILMINGTON, Ohio — Kameron Carpenter recorded a 70th place finish to spearhead the efforts of the University of Rio Grande men’s cross country team at Friday afternoon’s Jenna Strong Fall Classic hosted by Wilmington College.
Carpenter, a senior from Newark, Ohio, traversed the 8K course – which featured 324 runners – in a time of 26:49.
Rio finished 21st overall in the 36-team field, which included programs from each of the NCAA’s three divisions, as well as the NAIA, with 557 points.
Among the others who ran for the RedStorm were junior Keshawn Jones (Mansfield, OH), who finished 121st with a time of 27:35; junior River Spicer (West Milton, OH), who was 142nd with a time of 27:51; sophomore Mohamed Farah (Galloway, OH), who placed 152nd after crossing in 28:02; and sophomore Dean Freitag (Magnolia, OH), who placed 241st with a time of 29:43.
Miami University-Ohio took the team championship with 58 points, while Shawnee State University was the runner-up with 86 points. Northern Kentucky University (113), Ohio Northern University (131) and the College of Wooster (200) completed the top five.
Makorobondo Salukombo, who ran unattached, had the top individual time after crossing in 24:24.
Rio Grande returns to action next Friday at the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Randy Payton is the Sports Information Director at the University of Rio Grande.