Recent Men's Cross Country Headlines
Rio Grande's Lucy Williams will look for a second straight women's individual title in Saturday's Patty Forgey Invitational
Fri, Sep. 23, 2016 at 11:55 AM - [Cross Country]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - More than 900 runners representing 55 schools in six divisions will be on the University of Rio Grande campus on Saturday for the 2016 Patty Forgey Invitational cross country meet.
    The event, which is in its 46th year, includes a men's and women's division for college teams, as well as a boys' and girls' division for junior high/middle school teams and high school squads.
    "Aside from the times that we host a conference championship and or advance to anything on the national level, this is the biggest event on our schedule," said veteran Rio Grande head coach Bob Willey. "It's a great way to bring people to our campus and introduce them to the University of Rio Grande. There's a lot of work that goes into it but, at the same time, it also gives our athletes the opportunity to run at home."
    The meet, which serves as the season opener for Rio Grande, will get underway at 10 a.m. with the girls' high school division, with the boys' high school division to follow at 10:40 a.m. The junior high girls' division begins at 11:20 a.m. and precedes the junior high boys' division race at 11:55 p.m.
    The women's college race begins at 12:30 p.m. and the men's college event follows at 1:10 p.m. to close out the day.

Senior Blake Freed and the rest of the RedStorm were the top pick the RSC preseason poll
Sun, Aug. 21, 2016 - [Men's Cross Country]

RSC Sports Information
    FLORENCE, Ky. - The University of Rio Grande (Ohio) returns some of the top individuals from last year's conference championship meet and thus was picked as the favorite in the 2016 River States Conference Men's Cross Country Preseason Coaches' Poll.
    Rio Grande had four of the top seven individual finishers at the 2015 conference meet, and three of those runners return for this coming season. That gave the nod to the RedStorm as this year's preseason pick with four of the 11 first-place votes and a conference-best 93 points in the voting.
    The poll was conducted with voting from the conference's 11 men's cross country head coaches. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own teams. The River States Conference was known as the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference until July 1, 2016 when the league changed its name.

Rio's Blake Freed (lead) heads toward the finish line in Saturday's NAIA National Championship in Charlotte, N.C.
Sat, Nov. 21, 2015 - [Men's Cross Country]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Junior Blake Freed gave the University of Rio Grande its best finish among the three runners representing the RedStorm in Saturday's NAIA Men's Cross Country National Championship at McAlpine Creek Park.
    Freed, a native of Uhrichsville, Ohio, finished 77th in the 326-runner field by finishing the 8K course in 26:02.2.
    Freed, who finished second in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet, had the best finish of any runner representing a KIAC school in the race. KIAC champion Brian Moore of Point Park had the league's second-best finish, placing 113th in 26:21.

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Fri, Nov. 20, 2015 - [Cross Country]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio – A quartet of runners representing the University of Rio Grande will be among those participating in the 2015 NAIA Cross Country National Championship on Saturday at McAlpine Creek Park in Charlotte, N.C.
    The RedStorm women will be represented by freshman Lucy Williams (Athens, OH), while the trio of juniors Blake Freed (Uhrichsville, OH) and Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH) and freshman Mike Norris (Dayton, OH) will represent the Rio men.
    The men's national championship race is set for a 10:30 a.m. start, with the women's race to follow at 11:30 a.m.

Rio's Blake Freed finished 2nd in Saturday's KIAC Championship to earn a trip to the NAIA nationals
Sun, Nov. 8, 2015 - [Men's Cross Country]

Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - Blake Freed ran to a runner-up finish and led the University of Rio Grande men to a runner-up finish as a team at the 2015 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship, Saturday afternoon, at the Rio Grande Cross Country Course.
    Freed, a junior from Uhrichsville, Ohio, crossed the finish line just ahead of fellow junior Dallas Guy (Buffalo, OH), although both officially finished the 8K course in 26:53.7.
    Freed, Guy and freshman Mike Norris (Dayton, OH) - who finished fifth in a time of 27:14 - qualfied for the NAIA National Championship on Nov. 21 in Charlotte, N.C. as being among the top four individuals who weren't members of the winning team.
    Senior Matt Engstrom (Dover, OH) narrowly missed making it a quartet of national qualifiers for the RedStorm by finishing seventh in a time of 27:33.
    Rio Grande finished with 53 points as a team, 13 behind champion and national qualifier Point Park (40 pts.). Asbury University was a distant third place finisher with 108 points.

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Fri, Nov. 6, 2015 - [Cross Country]

KIAC/Rio Grande Sports Information
    RIO GRANDE, Ohio - The 2015 Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Men's & Women's Cross Country Championship Meet is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 7, at the University of Rio Grande Cross Country Course.
    The women's race will begin at 10:15 a.m., with the men's race to follow at 11 a.m.
    The conference's 11 women's cross country teams and 11 men's teams will be competing for an automatic bid - which will be awarded to the KIAC men's and women's team champions - to the NAIA Cross Country National Championships, which are set for Saturday, Nov. 21 in Charlotte, N.C.
    Individuals will also be competing for NAIA national meet qualification. The top four individuals not from the championship team in each gender will qualify for nationals. Individual national qualifiers must finish within the top 15 placements of the KIAC meet.

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