Cross Country participates in Big Ten Championships

Story Links Women’s Results (PDF) Men’s Results (PDF) ANN ARBOR, Michigan – The Penn State men’s and women’s cross-country teams performed well on a tough course Friday morning at the Big Ten Championship meeting at the University of Michigan golf course. The women’s team finished sixth in the conference (159 team points) and the men’s ninth (262 points). Head Coach John Gondak commented on the team’s courageous performance in the first postseason game of the 2022 season. “I am very proud of the way the women competed today. We had to deal with four people who came early. were sick in the week and affected their performance today, but they fought very hard and saw a significant improvement over our performance from last year,” Gondak said. “On the men’s side, the Big Ten is once again extremely competitive in cross country. We fielded five freshmen today and of our other four runners, only two had ever run in a Big Ten championship in cross country before and our youth and inexperience showed , like most of the year [the men’s team is] gain valuable experience that will help them continue to improve as they grow in their career at Penn State. 17 Wisconsin rounds out the top three. Addie Engel of Ohio State No. 22 won the individual championship with Katie Osika of Michigan State and Ericka VanderLende of Michigan in second and third place, respectively. Number 9 Wisconsin won the men’s race and took home its fifth consecutive Big Ten Cross Country Championship, collecting just 25 points. No. 29 Michigan finished second (57 points) and Indiana was third (89 points). Wisconsin’s Bob Liking won his second consecutive Big Ten individual title, with teammate Jackson Sharp finishing second and Indiana’s Gabriel Sanchez third. The Penn State women were led by the duo of Kileigh Kane (20th, 20:46.0) and Faith DeMars (21st, 20:46.3), followed by second pair Sophia Toti of the Nittany Lions (34th, 21:07.7) and Madaline Ullom (21:08.2) and concluded by Makenna Krebs (53rd, 21:23.5). Kane and DeMars led the entire field through the first mile of the race. The second mile saw the top programs move up and Penn State finished in fifth place despite impressive negative splits from Kane and DeMars. In the third mile, No. 29 Northwestern overtook the Nittany Lions for fifth position and held it through the finish line as Penn State finished sixth. Coach Gondak was happy with the performance of the women’s team on Friday against a difficult field of conference opponents. “It’s the Big Ten Championship and we finished right behind five ranked teams, so I’m happy with where the women are now as we move into the regional championships,” said Gondak. In the Penn State men’s squad, Brandon Hontz (39th, 24:59.6) took the top spot, with Behailu Bekele-Arcuri (47th, 25:06.1) just seven seconds behind. Brendan Colwell (64th, 25:29.8), Jonah Powell (76th, 25:43.6) and Payton Sewall (84th, 25:52.5) ​​rounded out the scorers for the Nittany Lions. Penn State was in tenth place through the first and second miles, but the team got past Minnesota in the third mile and held steady across the finish line, finishing ninth. With five freshmen and two others who had never run in a Big Ten Championship group cross-country race for Penn State, a strong performance in the Big Ten Championships this year bodes well for not only the end of this season, but also for the future of the team as a whole. Penn State Top Five Women’s Results: Points Runner Time 20 Kileigh Kane 20:46.0 21 Faith DeMars 20:46.3 34 Sophia Toti 21:07.7 35 Madaline Ullom 21:08.2 49 Makenna Krebs 21:23.8 Penn State Top Five Men’s Results: Points Runner Time 36 Brandon Hontz 24:59.1 40 Behailu Bekele-Arcuri 25:06.1 54 Brendan Colwell 25:29.8 63 Jonah Powell 25:43.6 69 Payton Sewall 25:52.5 Now What? The Nittany Lions return to 11 Penn State Golf Courses on Friday November where they will host the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional meet. For more coverage of Penn State cross country and athletics for men and women, follow the program on Instagram (@PennStateTFXC) and Twitter (@PennStateTFXC) and “like” the Penn State Cross Country and Track & Field page on Facebook.

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