WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – The Earlham College men's cross country team placed fifth at the Indiana Intercollegiate Championships hosted by Purdue University on Friday.
In the Little State Meet, which consists of all non-NCAA Division I schools, the Quakers finished with a team score of 149 points. Only one Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) school, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, finished higher than Earlham. The Quakers were 19 points clear of seventh place Manchester University and 41 points ahead of eight place Hanover College.
Individually, senior Gabriel Penk took 23rd overall with a time of 27:18.9 on the eight-kilometer course, the longest distance Earlham has run through three meets this season. Penk was ninth member of a non-NCAA Division I schools to cross the finish line.
Freshmen Nate Papachristos (27:53.3) and Noah Scherf (28:44.0) were the next Quakers to finish the course, doing so in 30th and 51st place overall and 13th and 32nd place in the Little State Meet respectively.
Freshman Bineyam Tumbo (29:12.5.) finished inside the top 50 while sophomore Oliver Daniel (29:46.9), junior Daniel Kibet (30:24.1) and freshman Ian Shriner (30:26.8) crossed the line just outside the top 50.
Earlham, which finished seven spots higher than a year ago, has a week off before hosting the Pat Thomas Invitational on Sept. 30.