Wilmington, OH - The Berea College men's cross country team traveled to Wilmington College this evening for the JennaStrong Fall Classic. The race featured 349 runners representing 36 teams with a large majority of those teams being NCAA Division III schools.
The Mountaineers were able to run away with the team title placing three runners in the top ten. Berea won the meet with 79 points beating out Miami (Ohio) who had 155 points and Heidelberg with 166. This was the first time the Mountaineers won this meet and they posted a very impressive 2:09.48 team time (25:57 average).
Leading the way for Berea once again was Emmanuell Kemmei with his 4th place finish and a new personal best 8k time of 25:19. Finishing right behind him in 6th place was Jeremy Johnson also with a new personal best time of 25:26. Freshman Logan McKenzie stepped up and had a great race running 25:29 and finished in 8th, this time was also a personal best for Logan. Running fourth for the Mountaineers was freshman Tanner Carson (26:40) finishing 38th. Rounding out the scorers was another freshman, Isaiah Dodson (26:52) in 44th place.
Other Berea runners included Casey Monti in 69th (27:25), Dylan Watkins in 70th (27:26) Zachary Rabb in 77th (27:31), Joseph Carrick in 113th (27:56), Luis Gonzalez in 131st (28:12), Corbin Flege in 214th (29:42) and Jerrod Arnold in 217th (29:44).
Berea had nine runners set personal best times in the 8k this race. Volunteer Coach Joseph Mullen lead almost the entire race and was the individual champion with a time of 25:02.
"The goal was to come out today and go out hard and see what happens," said assistant Coach Shawn Jakubowski. "The guys stuck to the race plan and got in good position early and were able to hold on very well. Our fitness is improving each week and this race gives us a lot of confidence going into the USCB-Sandshark Invitational this coming weekend."
The Mountaineers travel to Hilton Head, SC on October 24th to race at the USCB-Sandshark Invitational.