John Carroll Runners Have Strong Showing at All-Ohio Championships

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John Carroll Runners Have Strong Showing at All-Ohio Championships

Freshmen Cameron Bujaucius and Ian Pierson led the way with impressive outings at the All-Ohio Championships in Norton.

Freshmen Cameron Bujaucius and Ian Pierson led the way with impressive outings at the All-Ohio Championships in Norton.

Freshmen Cameron Bujaucius and Ian Pierson led the way with impressive outings at the All-Ohio Championships in Norton.

Freshmen Cameron Bujaucius and Ian Pierson led the way with impressive outings at the All-Ohio Championships in Norton.

Kyle Kelly, Sports Editor

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It is not often that John Carroll sports teams get to participate in events against Division-I and Division-II teams, but in cross country, that opportunity comes often.

This time around, the men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Norton, Ohio, on Sept. 29 to participate in the All-Ohio Championships.

The women runners competed against 16 other cross country teams at the Division III level, with 142 individuals participating in the race. The men faced off against 17 fellow Division-III squads with 148 total individual participants.

In addition, between both teams, they competed against 37 other schools from the Division-I and Division-II levels. The schools included the University of Toledo, Akron and Kent State, among many others.

Both the men’s and women’s runners had a day they could be satisfied with at the conclusion of the race. The men finished ninth as a team and the women finished seventh as a team. The men compiled 263 points in the six-kilometer dash, with the women tallying 207 points in the six-kilometer race.

Sophomore Jamie Dailey finished the men’s eight-kilometer race in 24:56.8, good for 23rd best out of 324 individual runners, and fifth best at the Division-III level. His teammate, freshman Ian Pierson (25:22.27), finished 44th.

Dailey said afterwards, “It was a test for us and another opportunity for us to bounce back from Notre Dame. It is a step in the right direction.”

Freshman Cameron Bujaucius led the way for the women, running the six-kilometer race in 22:46.8, placing seventh in Division-III. Junior Jamie Amoroso finished 41st with a time of 23:59.5.

Both teams will compete again at the Oberlin Inter-Regional Rumble on Oct. 13.