CEDARVILLE, Ohio -- The Indiana Wesleyan University cross country teams completed impressive runs on Saturday morning at the NCCAA National Championships in Cedarville, Ohio.
The men were national runner-up and the women raced to a third place finish.
On the men's side, NAIA No. 1 Malone (Ohio) College outdistanced NAIA No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan 45-68. The two programs combined for 11 of the top 20 runners in the meet. NAIA No. 14 Cedarville (Ohio) University was third with 78 points.
Leading the Wildcat pack was senior Josh Foss. The Marion, Indiana native was runner-up as he completed the 8,000-meter course in 25 minutes 49 seconds. Senior Byran Hazel also earned a top-10 finish as he placed ninth in 26:31.
The rest of the Wildcats who scored finished within four seconds of each other and placed 18th-20th. Junior Joel Liechty finished in 27:00, freshman Ethan Naylor crossed the line in 27:02 and senior Josh Miller completed the race in 27:04.
Taylor (Ind.) University junior Michael Pabody won the individual title in 25:38.
In the women's race, Cedarville dominated with 23 points as their top five runners all finished in the top seven spots. NCAA Division II member Dallas Baptist (Texas) University was runner-up with 74 points and Indiana Wesleyan was next with 90 points.
The Wildcat pack completed the 5,000-meter course within 11 places and 26 seconds of each other from spots one to five.
Sophomore Cassidy Wagner was the top Indiana Wesleyan runner with a 14th place finish in a time of 19:12. Junior Laura Dziagwa earned 16th place in 19:17 while sophomore Melissa Morgan was 17th in 19:21 and senior Elyse Hulton was 18th in 19:21. Freshman Rebekah Bentle completed the IWU scoring with a 25th place finish after completing the run in 19:38.
Cedarville senior Nicole Santos won the individual national championship in 18:24.
Indiana Wesleyan will complete their season next week as both Wildcat teams compete in the NAIA National Championship in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The women run at 11:30 a.m. ET and the men race at 12:45 p.m. ET.