Oilers Cross Country Teams Compete at GLIAC Championship

Oilers Cross Country Teams Compete at GLIAC Championship


It was a chilly day as the University of Findlay cross country teams competed at the 2014 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championship held at Seneca Hills Golf Course in Tiffin, Ohio on Saturday, November 8.

GLIAC awards were received as follows:

Women's Runner of the Year


Kendra Foley

Grand Valley State

Men's Runner of the Year


Nick Hall


Women's Freshman of the Year


Hannah McIntyre


Men's Freshman of the Year


Wuoi Mach

Grand Valley State


Women 6k:

Out of 15 competing teams, the Oiler women finished ninth, scoring with 291 points.

Freshman Taylor Bolinger paced Findlay's women's team as she earned 28th place with a time of 21:52. Junior Erica Bettac finished in a time of 22:39 and came in 47th. Coming in 27 seconds later was sophomore Melanie Ruich. Her time of 23:06 placed her in 66th overall. Also scoring for Findlay was junior Meredith Hoops who finished in 81st with a time of 23:32.Rounding out the scoring was junior McKenzie Mahlmeister who finished in 104th with a time of 24:04.

Other runners included junior Samantha Grippe (112, 24:30), sophomore Kailey Coleman (128, 25:38), and sophomore Maud Sanmiquel (130, 25:38).

Men 8k:

Out of 14 competing teams, the Oiler men finished 11th, scoring 334 points.

Senior Jacob Hayes led the way for Findlay with his 48th place finish in a time of 25:46. Despite challenging conditions, the time was just 34 seconds off his career best, which he set last season. Close behind was senior Justin Eilerman who battled a strained Achilles tendon to finish in 61st with his time of 26:09.

Freshman Sean Stockmaster was the third Oiler across the line and his time of 26:35 was good enough for a 79th place finish. Coming in 92nd was freshman Matias Trampe-Kindt who completed the 8,000 meter race in 26:49. Findlay's final scorer was junior Derek Bornorst who finished in 27:31 to earn 108th place.

Other runners for the Orange and Black included freshman Jacob Will (109, 27:32) and sophomore Aaron Cingle (122, 28:30).

Both teams will be back on the course Saturday, November 22nd as they compete in the NCAA Midwest Regional held in Evansville, Indiana.