Men's XC Wins G-MAC Championship; Mizicko Named Coach of the Year

Men's XC Wins G-MAC Championship; Mizicko Named Coach of the Year

(NASHVILLE) – Walsh has won its first team conference championship since moving to the NCAA after the men's cross country team finished first at the G-MAC Championships at Percy Warner Park today. The Cavaliers finished with a score of 35 points to narrowly defeat rival Malone by a single point.

The Cavs had all five scoring runners finish in the top 13 with Jacob Kernell being the first to cross the finish line. He finished with a time of 25:13.8 and was second overall in the individual standings just six seconds behind Cedarville's Daniel Michalski.

After two Malone runners crossed, Steven Kapes squeezed into the top five with a time of 25:37.4. Spencer Wirick was right behind him in sixth place with a time of 25:40.2.

Noah Murray finished ninth individually with a time of 25:51.3, and Justin Maroni rounded out the team score in 13th with a time of 25:54.7.

As a result of finishing inside the top 14, all five were named All-G-MAC. Kernell, Kapes, and Wirick earned First Team honors, while Murray and Maroni were named to the Second Team. More honors came for the Cavaliers as Head Coach Rob Mizicko was named G-MAC Men's Coach of the Year.

Walsh's total team time clocked in at 2:08:18, just 12 seconds better than Malone. The Cavaliers' average was 25:40, just two seconds better than the Pioneers.

Cedarville, host for the regional championship meet in two weeks, finished a distant third with a score of 81. Hillsdale was fourth with 113.

Findlay, Davis & Elkins, Ohio Valley, Alderson Broaddus, Trevecca Nazarene, and Kentucky Wesleyan rounded out the team results.

The Cavaliers now move on to the aforementioned regional championships with hopes of advancing to the national championships.