LIMA, Ohio—Senior John Gogle (Sunbury/Big Walnut) placed 11th overall in a time of 26:12.30 to lead the Heidelberg University men’s cross country team to a fourth-place showing, while junior Bobbi Custer (Woodstock/Triad) came in 25th overall in 23:51.10 to help the women’s team to a seventh-place finish today at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships at Lost Creek Golf Course in Lima, Ohio. The meet was hosted by Ohio Northern University.
Both the ONU men and women claimed the 2011 team titles with 43 and 35 points, respectively.
In addition to Gogle for the men, sophomore Logan Leis (Zanesfield/Benjamin Logan) posted a top-20 individual finish with a 26:38.2 clocking, good for 17th place. Junior Gareth Graver (Enon/Greenon) came in 25th place in 26:59.6. Rounding out the Berg’s top-five were sophomore Drew Avsec (Geneva) in 27th and junior Dustin Kuess (Coldwater) in 28th, both of whom completed the eight-kilometer course in 27:01.3.
Heidelberg totaled 2:13.52.70 of running time—just 3:03.50 off ONU’s pace—and averaged 26:46.54 per runner.
Despite being hampered with injuries, the women’s team averaged 25:18.70 per runner and clocked 2:06.33 of running time.
In addition to Custer, sophomore Sophie Goobic (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) placed 27th in a time of 23:57.60. Freshman Rachael Brushaber (Harbor Springs, Mich./Harbor Springs) clocked a 26:02.40, good for 86th place. Sophomore Jocelyn Staugler (Coldwater) and junior Julia Darling (Amsterdam/Carrollton) completed the Tri-Color’s top-five with 96th-place (26:18.30) and 98th-place (26:21.10) finishes.
Caleb Muller (25:27.70) of Marietta College and Alison Steinbrunner (22:15.90) of ONU won individual titles.
Following the Polar Bear men were the University of Mount Union, John Carroll University, Heidelberg, Marietta College, Baldwin-Wallace College, Wilmington College, Muskingum University, Otterbein University and Capital University.
In second place for the women was John Carroll, followed by Wilmington, B-W, Mount Union, Otterbein, Heidelberg, Marietta, Capital and Muskingum.
Heidelberg will wait to hear if it qualifies for the Great Lakes Regional Championship in two weeks.