Men's Cross Country: Mount Union Men 2nd in Season Opening Grizzly Invite

Jon Bach
Jon Bach

SHELBYVILLE, Ind. -- Mount Union's men's cross country team had seven finishers in the top 30 to place second overall at the Franklin Grizzly Invitational Saturday at Blue River Park in Shelbyville, Indiana.

Junior Jon Bach (Wadsworth) covered the 8k course in a time of 27:05.80 to finish in third place which was just over a second behind race winner Kiehl Smith of Albion (Mich.).

Sophomore Nicky Landis (Navarre / Fairless) came in 19th place (28:16.90) followed closely by freshman Dylan Bailey (Alliance) in 21st place (28:16.90).

Senior Casey Kropka (New London) and sophomore Jon Wahlie (Lima / Shawnee) were 22nd (28:19.00) and 23rd (28:21.90) respectively while freshman Logan Brown (South Charleston / Northeastern) in 27th (28:35.20) and junior Jared Marsh (Massillon / Jackson) in 29th (28:45.30) rounded out the top seven for the Purple Raiders.

Mount Union tallied 84 points as a team while Albion (Mich.) four place in the top-10 to win the event with 35 points.

The Raiders next run Friday, Sept. 14 at the Penn State-Behrend Invitational.

Franklin Grizzly Invitational

Team Scores

  1. Albion (Mich.) 35, 2. Mount Union 84, 3. Denison 89, 4. DePauw (Ind.) 89, 5. Heidelberg 106, 6. Franklin (Ind.) 158, 7. St. Mary's of the Woods (Ind.) 200, 8. Oberlin 223, 9. Mt. St. Joseph 249.

Top-5 Individuals

  1. Kiehl Smith (ALB) 26:29.70, 2. Austin Neura (BERG) 26:39.60, 3. Jon Bach (UMU) 27:05.80, 4. Niall Clancey (DEN) 27:14.50, 5. Kody DeHaan 27:27.00

Mount Union

3. Jon Bach 27:05.80, 19. Nicky Landis 28:09.40, 21. Dylan Bailey 28:16.90, 22. Casey Kropka 28:19.00, 23. Jon Wahlie 28:21.90, 27. Logan Brown 28:35.70, 29. Jared Marsh 28:45.30, 41. Alex Bryan 29:24.60, 48. Hunter Probert 29:36.20, 54. Marcus Ryder 29:58.50, 56. Colton Trimble 30:08.20, 71. Jack Wilet 30:47.00, 81. Connor Kenosh 31:14.40, 88. Noah Shriver 31:58.40