Richards and Baumann earn First Team All-OAC honors as Women's Cross Country posts fourth place finish at OAC Champioships

Richards and Baumann earn First Team All-OAC honors as Women's Cross Country posts fourth place finish at OAC Champioships

By Caleb Scott

TIFFIN — Senior Emily Richards (Delware/Hayes) and junior Ashlie Baumann (Sterling Heights, Mich./Stevenson) each earned First Team All-OAC honors to lead the Ohio Northern women's cross country team to a fourth place finish at the OAC Championships on Saturday afternoon at the Clinton Heights Golf Course.

The Polar Bears move to 68-29 on the year.

Richards earned runners up honors after she finished second of 120 runners in 22:04.4, while Baumann finished sixth overall in 22:42.9.

Junior Colleen Grainger (Hilliard/Bradley) finished 29th overall in 24:05.3, sophomore Zoe Schilling (East Sparta/Canton Central Catholic) finished 31st in 24:13.9, junior Avery Ewing (Kokomo, Ind./Eastern) finished 32nd in 24:16.6, junior Kristina Myers (Grove City/Central Crossing) finished 33rd in 24:23.2 and freshman Megan Wright (Eaton/Twin Valley South)  finished 37th in 24:31.8 to round out Ohio Northern's top-7 finishers.

"That was a different race for us," said head coach Jason Maus. "It got out pretty hard and we just didn't respond the best. Some of our girls moved up well but we got behind too early in the race. Emily and Ashlie both had good races today. That was probably Ashlie's best conference meet. We are proud of our girls but need to work harder to be better and give ourselves a better shot in these races."

The Polar Bears return to action on Nov. 11 at 11 am as they compete in the NCAA III Great Lakes Region Meet in Powell, Ohio. 

Team Standings

1. #11 Otterbein 51, 2. John Carroll 68, 3. Mount Union 69, 4. Ohio Northern 100, 5. Baldwin Wallace 124, 6. Muskingum 167, 7. Heidelberg 179, 8. Capital 193, 9. Wilmington 272

Top-5 Individuals

1. Claire Lamb (Ott) 21:32.2, 2. Emily Richards (ONU) 22:04.4, 3. Hilary Reigle (MtU) 22:20.6, 4. Heather Sandvik (Ott) 22:26.8, 5. Rachel House (Heidelberg) 22:37.3

Ohio Northern Individual Results

2. Emily Richards 22:04.4, 6. Ashlie Baumann 22:42.9, 29. Colleen Grainger 24:05.3, 31. Zoe Schilling 24:13.9, 32. Avery Ewing 24:16.6, 33. Kristina Myers 24:23.2, 37. Megan Wright 24:31.8, 39. Chyanne Retcher 24:37.8, 49. Kathleen Colvin 24:55.5, 50. Angie Sullivan 24:56.6, 51. Lauren Turner 24:59.5, 58. Madeleine Routhier 25:23.0, 59. Danielle Sutter 25:32.8, 63. Kylie Vestal 25:37.4, 69. Michaela Fox 25:53.3, 71. Makayla Hoying 26:04.7, 78. Janelle Posthuma 26:23.8, 88. Jocelyn Reinhart 27:07.4, 89. Megan Joseph 27:09.2, 95. Elizabeth Steele 27:15.2, 106. Kelsey Commager 28:25.9