Rio men capture Forgey title;
women place third
Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio — The University of Rio Grande captured a team championship on the men's side, while Campbellsville took home the women's college division crown at the 43rd Annual Rio Grande/Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational back on Saturday, Sept. 28.
The RedStorm accounted for five of the top nine times in the 56-runner men's field. Freshman Kameron Carpenter (Newark, OH) had Rio's best time on the 8K course, crossing the finish line in 27:15.
Also in the top 10 for the RedStorm was senior Joe Taranto (Pickerington, OH), who was sixth with a time of 27:41; freshman Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), who was seventh at 27:45; sophomore Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH), who was eighth at 27:50 and freshman Nate Goodhart (Kent, OH), who was ninth with a time of 27:52.
Rio Grande also got a 14th place finish from junior Dustin Moritz (Ironton, OH) with a time of 28:27, while freshman Lane Hagar (Hilliard, OH) and sophomore Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH) also cracked the top 20, finishing 17th and 18th, respectively, with times of 28:40 and 29:08.
The RedStorm were also represented by freshman Aaron Evancho (Mt. Perry, OH), who placed 33rd with a time of 32:04 and sophomore Caleb Greer (North Laurence, OH), who was 43rd at 33:53.
Rio Grande had a team score of 29 in the men's division, with Campbellsville University (43) and Ohio Valley University (64) rounding out the top three. Campbellsville's Brett Pierce had the top individual time of 26:38.
On the women's side, junior Brittany Piccone (Crooksville, OH) and freshman Katie Glover (Ashville, OH) both had top five finishes helping the RedStorm to a third place finish.
Piccone finished the 5K course in a time of 20:44 to take second place, while Glover was fourth in the 41-runner field with an effort of 21:24.
Rio Grande had four other runners in the women's field. Freshman Alex Ellis (Ona, W.Va.) placed 12th with a time of 22:32; freshman Lindsay Golden (Milford, OH) was 29th with a time of 26:26; freshman Nicole Worsham (Beavercreek, OH) crossed in 27:06 to finish 33rd and freshman Andrea Edelmann (Gallipolis, OH) was 37th at 28:31.
Campbellsville's total of 33 points led the women's team scores, with Ohio Valley University (56) taking second at Rio Grande finishing third with 73 points. Ohio Valley's April Kirk had the best individual finish with a time of 20:34.
Williamstown (W.Va) captured the boys' high school division crown, easily outdistancing West Branch and Williamsburg. Sardinia Eastern teammates Layne Pickerill and Blake Rigdon had the top two individual times of 17:40 and 17:44, respectively.
Williamstown also won the girls' high school division title, holding off Gallia Academy and Capital (W.Va.). Capital's Peyton Panger had the top individual time, completing the 5K course in 19:13.
The junior high/middle school boys' crown went to Milton (W.Va.), with Barboursville (W.Va.) and Gallia Academy rounding out the top three squads, while Milton, Barboursville and Williamstown finished 1-2-3 in the girls' junior high/middle school bracket.
Milton's Josh Minor had the top individual time among the boys with a finish of 10:55 on the 3,200-meter course, while Williamstown's Kasey McNamara took first place on the girls side with a time of 13:03.
The event attracted nearly 40 schools and 500 runners in the six divisions.