Women's Cross Country posts solid seventh place finish at 23-team Calvin (Mich.) Invite

Women's Cross Country posts solid seventh place finish at 23-team Calvin (Mich.) Invite

By Tim Glon

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Ohio Northern women's cross country team posted a solid seventh-place finish at the 23-team Calvin (Mich.) Invite on Saturday morning at the Calvin Cross Country Course.

The Polar Bears (24-6 overall) finished with 197 points.

For the second consecutive week, junior Ashlie Baumann ( Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson ) led ONU across the finish line in a career-best time.

Baumann finished 18th of 259 runners in 18:39, which makes her the eighth-fastest runner in Ohio Northern history over 5,000 meters.

Freshman Megan Wright (Eaton/Twin Valley South) also ran a career-best time, finishing 40th in 19:21.

Junior Colleen Grainger (Hilliard/Bradley) and Kristina Myers (Grove City/Central Crossing) also posted career-best efforts, finishing 48th in 19:37 and 55th in 19:47, respectively.

"This was a really good team race for us," said head coach Jason Maus. "We really builded off our our momentum from last week. This was a very competitive field and we saw a lot of growth this week. We are really excited to the start we are off to."

No. 1 ranked (Division II) Grand Valley State (Mich.) won the team title with 63 points, Aquinas (Mich.) was second with 68 points and Madonna (Mich.) was third with 90 points.

ONU finished second of seven NCAA Division III teams.

Calvin's Katie Diekema won the individual title in 17:46.

The Polar Bears will return to action next Saturday morning at the Tiffelberg Open in Tiffin.

Team Standings

1. #1 Grand Valley State (Mich.) 63, 2. Aquinas (Mich.) 68, 3. Madonna (Mich.) 90, 4. #8 Calvin (Mich.) 104, 5. Siena Heights (Mich.) 122, 6. Cornerstone (Mich.) 184, 7. Ohio Northern 197, 8. Alma (Mich.) 271, 9. Cleary (Mich.) 278, 10. Indiana Tech 314, 11. Webster (Mo.) 339, 12. Davenport (Mich.) 347, 13. Elmhurst (Ill.) 386, 14. Hope (Mich.) 387, 15. Michigan-Dearborn 399, 16. Bethel (Ind.) 432, 17. Saint Mary's (Ind.) 454, 18. Concordia (Mich.) 466, 19. Calvin (Mich.) D Squad 508, 20. Rochester (Mich.) 526, 21. Kalamazoo (Mich.) 622, 22. Northwood (Mich.) 633, 23. Grace Bible (Mich.) 642.

Top 5 Finishers

1. Katie Diekema (Calvin) 17:46, 2. Melissa Winchester (Aquinas) 17:54, 3. Theresa Mueller (GVSU) 18:04, 4. Megan Caltagrione (GVSU) 18:05, 5. Madison Paquette (Cleary) 18:06.

Ohio Northern Individual Results

18. Ashlie Baumann 18:39, 40. Megan Wright 19:21, 48. Colleen Grainger 19:37, 55. Kristina Myers 19:47, 56. Zoe Schilling 19:49, 57. Avery Ewing 19:51, 70. Chyanne Retcher 19:59, 84. Kathleen Colvin 20:15, 92. Madeleine Routhier 20:25, 99. Angie Sullivan 20:28, 105. Janelle Posthuma 20:36, 108. Lauren Turner 20:43, 117. Kylie Vestal 20:53, 139. Michaela Fox 21:14, 140. Elizabeth Steele 21:14, 145. Danielle Sutter 21:22, 156. Makayla Hoying 21:37, 165. Jocelyn Reinhart 21:50, 167. Mia Johnson 21:55, 202. Megan Joseph 23:04, 203. Kelsey Commager 23:05.