Young men’s XC team embraces ‘hard work

During the 2017-2018 season, the Baldwin Wallace University men’s cross country team  finished 5th in the OAC and 13th in their region

After losing two runners from last year to graduation, Brady Jeffers and Dylan Tanner, head coach Joe Eby said “we are a young team trying to find our way with a lot of hard work left in the season”.

BW started their season off at the L.C. Boles Memorial Golf Course, an unscored invitational hosted by The College of Wooster.

The leader of the four-mile race for the Yellow Jackets was Junior Isaac Wilson with a time of 22:06, which placed him 11th. The next couple of runners for the Yellow Jackets finished very close to each other.

Sophomore Josh Hickmott finished at with a time of 22:27.6, good for a 17th place finish.

Senior Spencer Mahon finished in 18th place (22:29:06) and junior Nick Irwin earned a 20th place finish at 22:37.00. The final runner was freshman Joe Juda, who finished with a time of 23:11.7 in his very first race (27th place).

Following the unscored event at The College of Wooster, the team had their next event on September 8th at the Tommy Evans Invitational Invite, hosted by the University of Akron.

The Jackets placed fifth of seven teams. All runners for Baldwin Wallace finished with personal best times, which was led by Wilson in the four-mile with a time of 20:46.3 (26th place).

Once again, the next three runners were neck and neck with each other, which included Irwin at 33rd place (20:58.60), Mahon in 36th place (21:04.6) and Hickmott in 40th place (21:09.1).

The Jackets’ next meet will be September 22nd at the Purple Valley Classic hosted by Williams College (Mass.).