Mens Cross Country
The Master's 1, Menlo 2
Date of competition: Saturday, October 12, 2019
As has been the case all season long, Menlo College cross country continues to receive standout performances. Saturday was no exception as the Oaks took part in the 29th annual Vanguard Invitational at the Irvine Regional Parks. It stood as an important race for Menlo, serving as a pre-conference meet with several contenders from the GSAC in action. Menlo continued to shine, finishing in second among GSAC teams.
Running with Ronoh
Benjamin Ronoh has been the anchor to an impressive start to the cross country season for Menlo and a big reason why the Oaks are receiving votes in the NAIA Coaches Poll. He was at it again on Saturday, setting a school record in the 8k with a time of 25:34.3. He finished eighth overall in field of over 140 runners. One runner finished higher among GSAC schools: Michael Oldach of Westmont College, an All-American.
Edging Strong Competition
As a team, the Oaks finished third overall out of 13 competing squads, but what was most impressive was that the Oaks finished second among GSAC schools, with only The Master's University finishing higher. The Oaks were able to land their top five finishers all inside the top-40, while the Mustangs owned five straight positions from 9th-13th. Finishing second in the conference did mean, however, that the Oaks surpassed Westmont College, always a contender for the conference crown. Menlo got by the Warriors, who were two seconds back of the Oaks in total team score, with their fifth placer finishing in 52nd.
Logan Pine – 22nd, 25:56.6
Jacob Kipyego – 28th, 26:22.4
Conner Dmytriw – 29th, 26:23.0
Noble Boutin – 39th, 26:45.9
Menlo takes part in another conference meet in two weekends as the Oaks travel to Rocklin for the annual Warrior Invitational on Saturday, October 26. After that, it's postseason time with the conference race and the NAIA National Race in November.
posted by Menlo Athletics on Oct 12, 2019 at 8:10 pm
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