Cross country squad opens season at Heidelberg
By Tim Stried, SID
The BC men's and women's cross country squads got their season going last Saturday at the Heidelberg College Early Bird Invitational. Three BC women finished in the top 20 on the day as four men and 11 women completed the course for the Beavers at Hedges-Boyer Park in Tiffin. Two freshmen, Cory Schoenherr for the men and Kristin Stager for the women, both finished fourteenth overall.
The women's team finished fifth in the event with Stager running a 21:43 to lead BC. BC was just nine points away from a fourth place spot and only 10 points away from a third place finish. Freshman Heather Showalter complemented Stager's time as she finished 16th in 21:56 while senior Erin Meadows' time of 22:22 earned her 18th place. The men's team was without their full team and therefore did not have the necessary five runners to earn a team result.
The Heidelberg meet provided evidence to Head Coach Mark Bluman's pre-season forecast of needing to find depth. "We have some talent and a great work ethic to build on," commented Coach Bluman before the race. "We have two high school state qualifiers from last year," he added, "and I know that we will surprise some teams if they take BC lightly."
Sophomore Katie Gwirtz finished 28th with a 22:56 finish and junior Betsy Yates finished 31st with a time of 23:14. Sophomore Mandy Borgelt's 23:48 time earned 35th overall while freshman Rachel Lapp was right behind with a 23:54 finish for 36th place. Sophomore Alyssa Inniger ran a 24:07 for the 38th spot while freshman Maggie Kerns ran a 25:45, senior Kari Suter ran a 26:11 and sophomore Ben Noll ran a 28:33.
On the men's side, Schoenherr's 14th place finish was the highlight of the day as the team was without their full squad. Freshmen Steve Borga ran a 31:27, Jeremy Olsen ran a 31:59 and Jeff Lewis ran a 35:08 for BC.
Coach Bluman added that a lot of questions will be answered this weekend in Madison, Indiana on September 12 as all seven conference schools will be running at the Hanover College Invitational. Thirteen other schools will be competing in the event as Bluffton will find out how they stack up against other HCAC schools at this point in the season. "If things go well," said Coach Bluman, "they could be the surprise team of the conference this year."
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