(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – It was a solid first race for the Walsh men's cross country team as they once again cruised to the first place title at its own Ric Sayre Invitational Friday afternoon. The Cavaliers took the championship with 18 points with the top four attached runners. Walsh entered the race No. 6 in the Midwest Region and received votes nationally by the USTFCCCA.
Mount Union was the runner-up with 58 points. Ashland followed with 63, Point Park was fourth with 106, Kent State-Tuscarawas was fifth with 162, and Lorain County CC was sixth with 173.
Stevn Kapes was the first to cross the finish line for Walsh with a time of 25:15.74, good for second individually. Jacob Kernell followed in third place with a time of 25:19.70. Spencer Wirick was fourth with a time of 25:27.78, Jacob Caniford was fifth with a time of 25:30.19, and Justin Maroni was ninth at 25:55.85.
Seth Kurzen gave the Cavs six runners in the top 10 with a time of 26:02.88. Noah Murray and Nick Marino went on to give the Maroon and Gold eight in the top 15 with times of 26:08.61 and 26:11.33, respectively.
Walsh will be off next weekend before heading to the University of Notre Dame for the National Catholic Meet.