RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College men's cross country team won the Pat Thomas Invitational on Saturday morning.
The Quakers claimed the top four of the top six spots including having both the winner and the runner-up. Earlham finished the meet with 23 points as a team while second place Anderson University had 33 points.
"I loved seeing the battles for the top five in the men's race," Co-Head Cross Country Coach Rob Hewitt said. "I thought we did a great job staying on shoulders and fighting for finishes late in the race."
Senior Gabriel Penk defending his individual title as he crossed the finish line of the six-kilometer race in 19:50.6, marking the only individual to break 20:00.0. Freshman Nate Papachristos took second as he finished in 20:10.4.
Freshman Noah Scherf (20:50.7) and sophomore Oliver Daniel (21:03.2) took fifth and sixth place respectively. Freshman Bineyam Tumbo (21.19.2) snuck into the top 10 by posting a ninth place finish while sophomores Ernesto Cabrera (22:19.8) and Riley Green (22:22.1) placed in the top 15.
This year marks the 31st year an invitational has been run on the College's campus. The Earlham Invitational (1987-2015) was named the Pat Thomas Invitational (2016-Pres.) after 29-year head cross country coach Pat Thomas.
"Pat [Thomas] started a great culture here for those who wanted to run," said Hewitt. "We are trying to continue that as well as putting our own mark on the program. We want to keep Pat has connected to the program as possible."
Earlham has a week off before traveling to the Inter-Regional Boarder Battle hosted by Rowan University (New Jersey) on October 14.