SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – The Columbus State men's and women's cross country teams had strong finishes at the Wittenberg University Invitational held at Snyder Park on Saturday morning. The 5k meet opened the 2017 season for the Cougars.
Sophomore Elizabeth Finley crossed the finish line in 23:31.9, for a 26th place finish of 54 runners.
Making his collegiate debut was freshman Aaron Kennelly, who led the men's team with a 5k time of 17:47.3 for a 17th place finish. Following close behind for a 20th place finish was sophomore Adam Glass with a time of 18:01.4.
Freshman Laithe Abu-Obeid was the next Cougar who crossed the finish line with a time of 18:59.9 for 30th place. Freshmen Garrett Lafferty and Romell Curry rounded out the scoring, both running sub-20 5k times.
Coach Dustin Iacovone was pleasantly surprised at the finishes this weekend. "They've really improved over the past few weeks," he said. "I'm happy with their performance."
Denison University won the women's meet while Earlham College won the men's race.
The Cougars return to action on Sat, Sept. 9 when they travel to run in the Ohio Wesleyan University meet. The women's race begins at 10:30 a.m. and the men are scheduled to start at 11:15 a.m.