The Kenyon cross country team competed in the NCAA Division III National Preview Meet in Lansing, Mich. on Oct. 1. The men’s team finished 26th out of 36 teams, while the women competed individually.
Keegan Minahan ’24 paced the men, finishing the 8K race in 25:55.3, a personal best, to earn 60th place out of 329 runners. Joshua Breard ’26 took 137th place with a time of 26:55.0, and Peter Bernhardt ’25 crossed the line under a minute later, finishing 204th. The final two runners, Jack Burczak ’23 and Sam Rabieh ’25, finished 211th (28:02.6) and 221st (28:16.2), respectively.
The three women’s runners all finished within 16 seconds of each other in the 5K race. Ella Wilson ’23 led the way, finishing the race in 23:56.8 and earning 92nd place out of 316 runners. Anna Harnsberger ’23 took home 105th place with a 24:05.5 finish, and Alice Riley ’23 rounded out the trio with a time of 24:12.1, good for 116th place. Wilson emphasized the importance of the teammates sticking together to start the race, highlighting the importance of teamwork in a traditionally individual sport. “I think we worked together well through the first mile coming through as a pack,” she wrote in an email to the Collegian.
Kenyon will next compete in the Inter-Regional Rumble at Oberlin College on Saturday. As the regular season comes to a close, Wilson highlighted building strong team chemistry as a key piece to success. “I think the team can keep working together and building each other up!!” she said.
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