WILMINGTON, Ohio – Strong showings by Nick Wilson and Joe Taranto helped the University of Rio Grande men’s cross country team post a ninth place finish among the 34 teams competing in last Friday’s Wilmington College Fall Classic.
All six of the runners who represented the RedStorm at the event, including Wilson and Taranto, set new personal-best marks.
Wilson, a senior, placed 11th in the 380-runner field, completing the 8K course in a time of 25:27. Taranto, a junior, took 20th position with a time of 25:51.
Also setting new career-bests were sophomore Dustin Moritz, who was 82nd with a time of 26:55; senior Chad McCarty, who was 95th after crossing in a time of 27:11; freshman Kyle Sanborn, who placed 134th with a finish of 27:38; and freshman Caleb Greer, who placed 336th with a time of 32:16.
Brian Baum of Ashland University took top individual honors with a time of 24:56.24, narrowly edging Findlay’s Justin Eilerman for the win. Eilerman crossed the line in 24:56.60.
Ashland won the team title with a score of 28, while Berea, Ky. (133) and the University of the Cumberlands (152) rounded out the top three.
Rio Grande returns to action on Saturday, traveling to Berea for the Southeastern Classic.