Chad Hensley, NKU Sports Information
Results | Women's Results
Pa. – With
yet another strong group of individual performances, the Northern
Kentucky University men’s and women’s cross
country teams placed second in their respective events
at the Carnegie
Mellon Invitational at Schenley Park on Saturday.
Drew Harris once again led the way for the NKU men’s
squad, as did Jenna Siemer for the women.
Harris, a native of Alexandria, Ky., completed the eight-kilometer
course in a time of 25:51.56, which was good enough for a
fourth-place finish. His finish was the 16th fastest in school
marks the third consecutive event in which his time ranks
among the top 25 in school history for an eight-kilometer
Harris is currently the owner of the second, third, and now
the 16th fastest times in school history.
Siemer, a graduate of St. Henry High School, completed
the five-kilometer course with a time of 19:01.03, which
good enough for fifth place overall. Siemer’s blazing
time was the eighth fastest in school history and was also
time in as many weeks that she cracked the top 25 in school
Siemer currently owns the fourth, fifth, eighth, 10th, and
17th best times in Norse history over a five-kilometer event.
Janice Laker and Zach Koehler joined in as both had times
strong enough to join in on the top 25 party.
Laker, who also equaled the back-to-back-to-back top-25 performances
of Harris and Siemer, completed the course with a time of
19:40.63. Laker, a native of Batesville, Ind., placed 12th
in the 164-runner
Koehler’s time of 26:08.85 was good enough for a
seventh-place finish in the 150 runner field and 25th best
in school history.
This marks the second week in a row that he has achieved
a top 25 time.
Jerrica Maddox (16th place; 20:03.14), Rose Morgan (22nd;
20:13.82), Tarah Cole (24th; 20:27.10), and Kira Cooper
rounded out the roster for head coach Steve Kruse’s
squad, which finished with a total of 73 points.
The second-place team finish was the best for the women’s
team since placing second in the Dayton Flyer 5K on Sept.
Matthew Shoulta led a pack of four Norse harriers who finished
within 17 seconds of each other. Shoulta’s time of
26:23.89 was good enough for a 13th-place finish.
Ryne Smith (15th; 26:24.37), Eddie Griffin (18th; 26:34.98),
and Eric Dwyer (20th; 26:40.06) rounded out the pack that
helped NKU finish with 55 team points.
Ben Foley (29th; 27:15.02) and Breylen Derrick (41st; 27:33.18)
completed the roster.
Chris Clark, running for California (Pa.), was the men’s
medalist with a time of 25:18.28.
Liz Stern, a Carnegie Mellon harrier, won medalist honors
by completing the women’s race in a time of 18:51.90.
The NKU women’s team finished in second place, just
seven points behind Indiana (Pa.) (66 points). Carnegie
points), Christopher Newport (102) and Franciscan (138)
completed the top five.
For the men, NKU was edged by Carnegie Mellon’s 41
points. Duquense (87), California (Pa.) (132), and Indiana
rounded out the top five.
NKU will be back in action Oct. 17, as the Norse travel to
the campus of Wilmington College to take part in the Wilmington
Fall Classic. It will also give Kruse one last look at his
team before the postseason begins the following weekend.
Racing will begin at 5 p.m.