RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College cross country team opens its 2016 season at the Red Wolf Rumble hosted by Indiana University East on Friday evening.
The Teams: Earlham, IU-East, and Wilmington. The Quakers open the 2016 campaign after finishing ninth at the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) meet last fall. The Red Wolves placed fifth (men) and seventh (women) at the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (KIAC) championships in 2015 while Wilmington placed eight (men) and tenth (women) at the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) championships at Baldwin-Wallace last October.
The Coaches: Earlham is led by a pair of first-year, co-head coaches. Claire Hewitt comes to Earlham from the University of Pennsylvania where she served as an assistant women's cross country coach while her husband Rob had been a high school cross country and track & field coach at national powerhouse Germantown Friends High School (Pa.) since 2004. Brett Crowley enters his fifth season leading the IU-East cross country programs while Ron Combs is in his 15th season as head coach at Wilmington.
Runners to Watch: On the women's side, junior Mia Kaplan finished the 2015 HCAC championships in 51st place with a time of 26:22.2 while sophomore Victoria Trezona also finished in the top 75 at 67th (27:20.4.). Freshman Lauren Cole and sophomore Rachel Wilkins, who played basketball for the Quakers last season, are expected to contribute.
On the men's side, senior Gabriel Penk is expected to finish highly for Earlham. The Portland, Ore., native finished in the top 50 in the HCAC championships in both 2013 (29th) and 2014 (42nd) before studying abroad during the 2015 season. Sophomore Daniel Kibet, a member of the Earlham men's basketball team last season, will be running his first collegiate race.
Results: Results immediately after the meet will be available HERE.
Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers on Twitter for updates on the match. A photo gallery of the meet will be shared to Earlham Quakers Athletics on Facebook.
Up Next: Earlham has a week off before it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for the Indiana Intercollegiate meet on Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m.