RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College men's cross country team travels to Purdue University for the Indiana Intercollegiate meet on Friday.
The Meet: The men's championship race will begin at 4:15 p.m. with the open race commencing at 5:45 p.m. Both races will be run at a six-kilometer course.
The Teams: Virtually every school in the state of Indiana, regardless of division, will be competing in West Lafayette this weekend. The six Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) schools from Indiana (Anderson, Earlham, Franklin, Hanover, Manchester, Rose-Hulman) will be racing.
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 Runners: Earlham has yet to run an-kilometer race this season, but faired very well in the five-kilometer Wittenberg University Invitational. Senior Gabriel Penk took second in the meet with a time of 16:14.5, finishing two tenths of a second behind Charles Rodeheffer of Wittenberg. Freshmen Nate Papachristos (16:45.8) and Noah Scherf (16:50.5) finished fourth and fifth place respectively.
Championship Race: Penk, Papachristos and Scherf will be joined by junior Daniel Kibet, sophomores Ernesto Cabrera, Oliver Daniel and Riley Green as well as freshmen Ian Shriner and Bineyam Tumbo in the meet.
Open Race: Senior Yuvraj Bisht, junior Jacob Kempinski, sophomore Alex Breuhan and freshmen Emanuel Faria, Michael Grady, Israel Ramos and Wesley Smith represent the Earlham contingent running in the open race.
Continuing the Momentum: The Quakers are looking to continue to race well as Earlham won the Wittenberg Invitational on Sept. 2.
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 hosting the Pat Tomas Invitational on Sept. 30.