The John Carroll University men’s cross country team competed on Friday in the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University. After a grueling competition on an 8K course, the Blue Streaks finished second in Division III and 12th overall.
Assistant head coach Kyle Basista emphasized the progress the Blue Streaks have made this season.
“The men have shown improvement from meet to meet and our strength is up front,” he said. “Our one to three guys ran well and that will be the key for the remainder of the season.”
Three of JCU’s upperclassmen led the team in runner-up honors amid the competing DIII teams. The Blue Streaks were the only team in the state of Ohio to exhibit three top-10 finishers for Division III times.
Junior Tadhg Karski finished with a time of 26:12.50, making him the sixth DIII participant to finish the course. Karski placed 37th overall, with his fellow teammates close behind. Senior Chuck Mulé and junior John Honkala grabbed seventh and eighth place, respectively, close after Karski’s finish.
After a challenging weekend, Karski echoed his coach’s tone of progress with room for improvement.
“Our team ran well and we were happy with our finish, but not satisfied,” Karski said. “However, it was a good measure of where we are right now, especially in our conference.”
Sophomore Matt Chojnacki finished at 27:29.60, taking 43rd place, and freshman David Cremi posted a time of 27:37.95, grabbing 47th place for the Blue and Gold.
The Blue Streaks were beat out by Case Western Reserve University’s score of 106, five points better than JCU’s total. Despite the loss to CWRU, JCU prevailed over two Division I programs: Bowling Green State University and Wright State University.
The squad will have an opportunity to rest for a week before a big day on Saturday, Oct. 19, when the Blue and Gold will compete in a split squad meet. The first is the Inter-Regional Rumble hosted by Oberlin University in Oberlin, Ohio, and the second is the Titan Invitational hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
“They have improved from meet to meet,” Basista said of the team. “That bodes well for the remainder of the season.