RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College men's cross country team heads to Springfield, Ohio, and the Wittenberg University Invitational on Saturday.
The Meet: The five-kilometer race will be held at Snyder Park in Springfield and begin at approximately 11:15 a.m. Earlham will be joined by NCAA Division III institutions Denison University and host Wittenberg along with non-NCAA Division III schools Central State University, Wilberforce University, Columbus State University and Urbana University.
The Coaches: Claire and Rob Hewitt both enter their second seasons at co-head cross country coaches at Earlham. Last season, the Hewitt's led the Quakers to a sixth-place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) conference. Prior to coming to Earlham, Claire worked at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant women's cross country coach while Rob had been a high school cross country and track & field coach at national powerhouse Germantown Friends High School (Pennsylvania) since 2004.
The Players: Freshman Nate Papachristos and senior Gabriel Penk paced the field to finish the three-kilometer Red Wolf Rumble in first and second place respectively. Papachristos and Penk both finished the race in under 16:40.0, beating the bronze medalist from Indiana University East (IU East) by over 16 seconds. Freshmen Noah Scherf (17:17.5) and Bineyam Tumbo (17:23.1) took sixth and seventh place honors respectively.
Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers and @EarlhamXCTF on social media for updates on the meet.
Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.
Up Next: Earlham has a weekend off before traveling to Purdue University and the Indiana Intercollegiate meet on Friday, Sept. 15.