WESTERVILLE, OH - This past Saturday, OCU was forced to hold out some key runners on both the men's and women's cross country teams due to health reasons. Because of this, some of the team's younger runners were given their opporuntity to step up and show what they were made of this early in the season. On the team side, the men finished in 14th place while the girls finished in 13th place out of 17 total teams. Individually, Kyle Benecke and Ariel Young lead their respective squads. Kyle finished with a time of 28:34.3 to finish in 38th place in the 8K race while Ariel finished in 7th place with a time of 23:40.2 in the 6K race.

"We chose to hold some key runners out today for health reasons so it was a good opportunity for runners to step in and perfom. Unfortunately, the results were not what we desired, but we did see some solid performances from Kyle and Ariel, as well as Kara Bandy, despite racing against a talented field. There is a lot to learn from today but I am confident we will grow from it and be stronger in the end," said Head Coach Eric Hamner.


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