RICHMOND, Ind. – Senior Gabriel Penk highlighted the Earlham College cross country team's performance by winning the men's race at the 2016 Pat Thomas Invitational on Saturday morning.
Penk ran the six-kilometer race in 20:55.2, beating the field by over ten seconds. Sophomore Daniel Kibet finished in fourth place with a time of 21:27.3 while freshman Oliver Daniel placed 11th, finishing the race in 21:46.4
As a team, the men finished in third place with 68 points. Anderson University, a fellow Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) member, won the meet with a team score of 46 points.
"The front three for our men were strong today," co-head coach Rob Hewitt said. "Seeing Gabe [Penk] win the race and leave this place with a cross country title is pretty special."
On the women's side, sophomore Rachel Wilkins ran to a third-place finish with a time of 16:28.0 on the four-kilometer course. Senior Kellan Steele ran the meet in 17:04.1. Sophomores Victoria Trezona and Leah Johnson finished in 11th and 14th place respectively.
As a team, the Quakers finished second with 49 points. Anderson University won the meet with a team score of 21 points.
"We had a lot of women get up in the mix and be engaged in the race," co-head coach Claire Hewitt said. "It was nice to see them roam around on our home turf."
Formerly known as the Earlham Invitational, the meet was renamed after former Earlham cross country coach Pat Thomas, who coached the Quakers' cross country teams for 29 years.
The Quakers return to action on Oct. 14 for the Wilmington Invitational.