OBERLIN, Ohio—The Heidelberg University men’s cross country team placed 12th among 35 teams and the women came in 26th place of 36 teams today at the NCAA Division III Great Lakes Regional Championship at Woodchip Trail in Oberlin, Ohio. Sophomore Drew Avsec (Geneva) paced the men’s team by coming in 27th place in a field of 243 runners in a personal-record time of 25:55.20 and junior Bobbi Custer (Woodstock/Triad) topped the women’s team in a time of 23:15.64 for a 66th place finish in a field of 251 competitors.
By finishing in the top 35, Avsec earned All-Great Lakes region honors.
Following Avsec was sophomore Logan Leis (Zanesville/Benjamin Logan) in 45th with a 26:17.96 clocking. Rounding out the ‘Berg’s top five were senior Jordan Karnes (Edgerton) in 76th place (26:50.37), senior John Gogle (Sunbury/Big Walnut) in 77th (26:50.44) and sophomore David Kindall (Sullivan/Black River) in 82nd (26:53.89).
The men’s team totaled 2:12:47.86 of running time and averaged 26:33.58 per runner to complete the course.
In addition to Custer for the women, sophomore Sophie Goobic (Canton, N.Y./Hugh C. Williams) came in 81st place in 23:31.58. Freshman Rachael Brushaber (Harbor Springs, Mich./Harbor Springs) placed 184th (25:32.37), freshman Julia Darling (Amsterdam/Carrollton) came in 185th (25:32.76) and sophomore Jocelyn Staugler (Coldwater) recorded a 219th-place showing (26:59.18) to round out the top five.
Custer, Goobic, Brushaber and Darling each recorded personal records.
The women’s team totaled 2:04:51.53 of running time and averaged 24:58.31 per runner to complete the course.
First-year head coach Briana Hess expects the underclassmen runners to provide strong leadership next season.