Rio Grande Sports Information
RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The University of Rio Grande kicked off its 2016 campaign with a first place finish in the men's college division of the 46th Annual Rio Grande/Patty Forgey Cross Country Invitational, Saturday afternoon, at the University of Rio Grande.
The RedStorm had six of the top nine finishers and finished with 25 points, outdistancing runners from Ohio Valley University (33 pts.) and the University of Pikeville for the team title.
Seniors Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH) and Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) led Rio Grande, completing the 8K course in a time of 27:09 and 27:10, respectively, for second and third place. Ohio Valley University's Alex Kitony captured first place in a time of 27:00.
In addition to Guy and Freed, Rio had three other runners finish in the top 10 - sophomore Kameron Carpernter (Newark, OH) was fifth in a time of 27:26; senior Dustin Moritz (Ironton, OH) was eighth after crossing the line in 29:02; and senior Kyle Sanborn (Dover, OH) finished ninth in 29:14.
Two other runners with Rio Grande ties who ran unattached also finished in the top 10. Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH) was seventh in a time of 28:45, while freshman Colin Burns (Lliberty Center, OH) was 10th after crossing the finish line in 29:31.
The remainder of the RedStorm's representatives included freshman River Spicer (West Milton, OH), who was 11th in a time of 31:13 and freshman Ethan Greenawalt (Longwood, FL), who was 14th after crossing in 34:17.
Sophomore Dustin Edens (Westerville, OH) also ran unattached and finished 12th in 31:37.
Hurricane (W.Va.) had four of the top 10 runners to win the boys' high school division title with 40 points, while Rock Hill (84) and Caldwell (103) rounded out the top three team scores. Hurricane's Russell Carroll took top individual honors in 16:44.
The junior high/middle school boys' crown went to Hurricane (W.Va.), with Winfield (W.Va.) and Barboursville (W.Va.) rounding out the top three.
Winfield's Noah Castro took first place among individuals on the 3k course with a time of 10:50.
The event attracted more than 900 runners from 55 schools in six different divisions.
Rio Grande will return to action on Friday in the All-Ohio Championship at Cedarville.