CEDARVILLE, Ohio - Despite missing its top two runners, the Miami University men's cross country team ran to a second-place finish Saturday at the All-Ohio Championships, hosted by Cedarville University at the Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. The RedHawks have now finished second in all three meets this year.
Miami totaled 115 points to grab runner-up honors while Cincinnati won the 44-team meet with 86 points. The host Yellow Jackets claimed third with 160 points while Shawnee State was fourth with 169 points. Mid-American Conference foes Akron (187) and Kent State (197) were fifth and sixth, respectively, followed by Dayton (214) in seventh. Within Division I only, Miami was still second behind the Bearcats with 61 points while UC had 45.
"Considering our situation I was very pleased with how we ran," head coach Warren Mandrell said. "Without our top two runners, we still finished ahead of several good teams. We ran as a very tight group today."
Junior Dave Wing (Naperville, Ill.) was the RedHawks' top finisher for the first time this year and third time in his career, crossing in eighth place in a personal-best 24:52.8. Redshirt senior Brett Wagner (Toledo, Ohio) finished 15th in 25:07.31, also a personal best. The second-place team finish was Wagner's best scoring position of his career.
Redshirt sophomore Daniel Garleb (Pickerington, Ohio) was third for Miami in 23rd place with a time of 25:18.54 while freshman Joe Stewart (Naperville, Ill.) took 30th in a personal-best 25:28.65 as he was in Miami's scoring five for the second straight race. Redshirt senior David Eichenberger (Plainfield, Ind.) rounded out the scoring five in 39th place in 25:33.72, his first time scoring for the 'Hawks this year as he continues to recover from an injury. He shed nearly a minute off his time from two weeks ago.
Miami was without senior Jarrod Eick (Hartville, Ohio) and redshirt senior Steve Kiplagat (Iten, Kenya) Saturday, as the duo was resting minor injuries. Eick and Kiplagat have been Miami's top two finishers in each of the first two races this year.
"Eichenberger's really starting to get back into his training, so I'm excited about that," Mandrell said. "If you add Eick and Kiplagat in, we're a very serious team. If either of them would have been in the race today, we probably would have won, but they weren't so we'll settle for second."
Redshirt junior Matt Marol (Evanston, Ill.) was the RedHawks' other runner in the race, as he crossed in 41st in 25:39.23. A total of 301 runners competed in the race.
Miami is off next week before returning to the course at Pre-Nationals, hosted by the University of Louisville, Saturday, Oct. 13 at E.P. 'Tom' Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky.