BEREA, OHIO -- The Baldwin Wallace University men's and women's cross country teams competed at the 2009 season-opening and unscored meet today (Tuesday, September 1) at the College of Wooster in Wooster.
Both the Yellow Jacket men and women competed in a pair of separate races. Thirty-two total men competed in a 5K race while 39 others competed in a four-mile race. The women had a pair of races with 36 runners competing in a 4K and 20 runners competing at 5K.
For the BW men, sophomore Drew Beck (Canadaigua, N.Y. (Canadaigua Academy) led the way at 5K by placing seventh individually in 17:31. He was followed by freshman Steven Piotrowski (Parma/ Normandy) in ninth place in 17:45, junior Nate Nemire (Berlin Heights/ Milan Edison) in 10th in 17:49, freshman Nicholas Jeffers (South Amherst/ Firelands) in 11th in 17:52, freshman Andrew Ventura (Avon) was 12th in 18:01, senior Greg Ackley (Ashtabula/ Lakeside) was 13th in 18:14 and sophomore Mark Warman (Strongsville)was 14th in 18:28. In the 4-mile run, sophomore Zach Szablewski (Tiffin/ Calvert) led the way by placing sixth in 22:03. He was followed by freshman David Gerding (Strongsville) in ninth in 22:27, junior Brian Gibbons (Rocky River) in 13th in 22:46, freshman Ryan Fallow (Medina/ Senior) in 15th in 22:58 and freshman Teddy Crozier (Dresden/Tri-Valley) was 18th in 23:05.
For the women in the 4K, senior 2008 Ohio Athletic Conference individual champion and Runner of the Year D'Arcy Hlavin (Berea) won another individual title by placing first at Wooster in a time of 14:52. She was followed by junior Krysten Kovatch (North Royalton/ Parma Padua) in third place in 15:53, junior All-OAC runner Karin Coyne (Coilumbia Station/ Columbia) was fourth in 15:54, freshman Lauren McGaughey (Allison Park, Pa. (Hampton) was ninth in 16:26, freshman Tess Hoogeveen (Westerville/ South) was 11th in 16:31 and sophomore Julie Kotesovec (Litchfield Township/ Medina Buckeye) was 14th in 17:00. In the 5K race, junior All-OAC runner Kim Chinn (Zanesville/ West Muskingum) placed second in 20:07 and sophomore Judy Patterson (Aliquippa, Pa./ Monaca Center) was 14th in 23:37.
The Yellow Jackets will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to the east side of Cleveland to compete at the annual Case Western Reserve University Bill Sudeck Memorial Meet at the Squire Valley Farms in Hunting Valley, Ohio. The meet begins at 11:00 a.m.
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