Men’s Cross Country
The men’s cross country team, participating in their second race of the young season, took third of six participating teams at the Ric Sayre Invitational.
Three Blue Streaks finished in the individual top 11 to propel the team to their finish.
Junior Jake Smith finished fifth overall with a time of 26:33.06, while his sophomore teammate Pat Burns was five spots behind him. Burns took 10th with a time of 26:56.90.
Freshman Chuck Mule finished just after Burns in 11th place with a 27:09.49 to wrap up the impressive Blue Streak trio.
Women’s Cross Country
Just by taking a look at the leaderboard at Walsh University’s Ric Sayre Invitational, you could guess what team would end up on top.
Three Blue Streaks at the top of the list meant that John Carroll would be the team far ahead of the competition.
Freshman Anna Busta, in her second collegiate race, was the first runner to cross the finish line. Her time of 19:12.36 was seven seconds faster than Chelsey Bruce from the University of Mount Union.
Blue Streak sophomore Ashley Aberl (19:21.00) took third, while JCU senior Kelly Grieve was fourth (19:21.44).
In back-to-back days, the men’s golf team earned back-to-back titles. They also had back-to-back runner-up finishes.
Fall tournaments often allow a team to submit multiple foursomes into competition, so the Blue Streaks “A” and “B” teams finished one-two at both the Walsh University Fall Tournament and the Hiram College Invitational.
It didn’t hurt that the Blue Streaks had the individual winner at both events.
Sophomore transfer Greg Elber won on Sept. 11, while junior Michael Hartnett took the honors on Sept. 12.
The women’s golf team got off to a bit of a rough start this weekend by placing ninth at the 12-team Yellow Jacket Invitational, hosted by Baldwin-Wallace College.
The two-day event, held at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake, Ohio, consisted of 36 holes and 12 schools from around the region.
JCU led by senior Ashley Pettibon who fired a 90, and then came back with an 88 on the second day, finished 25th overall.
Sophomore Jackie Leuby, junior Kristen Courtney and freshman Maggie Hutchison all placed in the top 50.