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Men's Cross Country Heads to Cedarville For All-Ohio Championships Saturday

Photo by Bailey Sweeney
Photo by Bailey Sweeney




WILMINGTON, Ohio – The Wilmington College men's cross country team travels to Cedarville University for the 2019 All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships on Saturday.

The Race: The eight-kilometer championship race, at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.

The Teams: Wilmington will be joined by many NCAA Division I, II and III institutions as well as NAIA schools from the state of Ohio.

The Coach: Ron Combs is in his 24th season as head cross country coach at Wilmington College. A 1993 graduate of Wilmington, Combs was a member of the only cross country team to win a conference title in school history. Also the head track & field coach at the College, Combs led the Fightin' Quakers to two top-10 finishes nationally with a sixth place finish at the 2002 NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track & Field Championships and a seventh place mark at the 2004 Women's Indoor Track & Field Championships.

The Runners: Wilmington has run one eight-kilometer course this year, which was two weeks ago at the Ohio Wesleyan Invitational. In that race, Evan Whitaker, the reigning Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Freshman of the Year, took third with a mark of 26:26.1. Taton Bertsch was the next Quaker to finish, doing so in 12th place with a time of 27:04.04. Cameron Phelps and Ryan Honkomp finished next as the senior took 24th with a mark of 27:36.6 while the junior crossed the finish line of the eight-kilometer course in 27:42.6. Gage Clemens rounded out Wilmington's top five with a time of 27:47.3 and a 30th-place finish.

Social Media: Follow Wilmington athletics on social media! The Fightin' Quakers have a presence on Facebook (Wilmington College Athletics) as well as Twitter and Instagram (@DubCQuakers).

Coverage: Live results and live video of the meet will be available – visit the links above.

Up Next: Wilmington has a weekend off before hosting the 2019 JennaStrong Fall Classic on Friday, Oct. 11.