Women’s Cross Country
A strong performance by the John Carroll University women’s cross country team was enough to bring home the title from the Penn State University-Behrend Invitational in Erie, Pennsylvania on Saturday, Sept. 19.
JCU had six of the top nine runners, which lead to them scoring 22 points, putting them far ahead of the rest of the competition. The runner up was Point Park, who finished with 101 points.
Junior Becky Rohwer led the way, placing second in a time of 19:06, bested only by Katie Guarnaccia of Point Park who won in a time of 18:46.9.
Rohwer was not the only Blue Streak to be in front. Junior Schasia Modrzynski was next to finish with a time of 20:05.6.
JCU put the finishing touches on their already superb day with the next four finishes. Senior Ang Bucci was sixth in 20:10.2; sophomore Erin Kiley finished seventh in 20:10.2; senior Martha Bill took eighth in 20:17.0; and sophomore Cassie Schillero crossed ninth in 20:24.9.
The victory marked JCU’s first title since capturing the Ohio Athletic Conference crown in 2013.
Men’s Cross Country
Sophomore Elliot Thorkelson and senior Patrick O’Brien led John Carroll University men’s cross country team to a first place finish at the Penn State University Behrend Lions invitational held on Saturday, Sept. 19.
JCU nearly achieved the minimal score, as they tallied 21 points by placing six runners in the top nine. Penn State Behrend was a distant second with 81 points, with Lake Erie in third with 91 points.
Thorkelson and O’Brien were a dynamic duo, placing first and second in their respective events. Throrkelson claimed his first collegiate title by finishing with a time of 26:27.5, while O’Brien earned his second place finish with a time of 26:37.8.
Junior Matt Oswald placed fourth overall in 26:44, missing third place by less than three full seconds but still earning meaningful points for the Blue and Gold.
Senior Andrew Snyder took sixth in 26:58.3; sophomore Matt Andrews was eighth in 27:03.9; and junior Guz Kazek claimed ninth in 27:12.7.
This was the first competition since the 2014 All-Ohio Championships that JCU captured the team title.