Cross Country Heads to Wilmington for Jenna Strong Fall Classic Friday

Cross Country Heads to Wilmington for Jenna Strong Fall Classic Friday

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College cross country team has one final tune up before the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Championships when the Quakers travel Wilmington College for the Jenna Strong Fall Classic on Friday.

The Meet: The women will run a five-kilometer course beginning at 4:30 p.m. while the men will tackle an eight-kilometer race beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m.

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.

Men's Runners: Senior Gabriel Penk is coming off of an individual win at the Pat Thomas Invitational two weeks ago, running the six-kilometer course in 20:55.2 to beat the field by 12 seconds. Sophomore Daniel Kibet and freshman Oliver Daniel finished fourth and 11th respectively. The men have run an eight-kilometer course once this season – the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships. Penk was the top Quaker to finish that race, doing so in 28:00.73.

Women's Runners: Sophomore Rachel Wilkins and senior Kellan Steele placed third and sixth respectively at the Pat Thomas Invitational two weeks ago. Sophomore Leah Johnson was the next Quaker to finish, doing so in 14th place. The Quakers have run one five-kilometer course this year – the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships. Steele was the top Earlham finisher with a time of 22:58.85.

Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers and @EarlhamXCTF for updates on the meet.

Up Next: Earlham travels Hanover College for the HCAC Championships on Oct. 29.