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Smith First Overall As Maple Leafs Compete At IU
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Cross Country - Fri, Sep. 16, 2016

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Ryan Smith took first place in the small-school division of the men's race as the Goshen College men's and women's cross country teams competed at the Indiana Intercollegiates hosted by Indiana University on Friday night in Bloomington.

Smith used 26 minutes, 2.38 seconds to cover the eight-kilometer (4.97-mile) men's course, 29 seconds less than his closest competition, Mason McKinney of Wabash. The next closest NAIA runner, Isaak Haas of Marian, was 70 seconds off the pace. Freshman Steven Cranston was the second Leaf across the line, coming in 24th in 27:52.42.

Nora Rangel led the GC women with a 30th-place finish in 21:33.00. Chelsea Foster finished under 22 minutes on a five-kilometer (3.11-mile) women's course for the second straight week, adding another top-50 finish to the team with a 21:59.05 clocking.

A pair of NCAA Division III schools, the Wabash men and DePauw women, took the team honors. Goshen's men finished eighth overall and third among NAIA squads, trailing only Marian and Indiana Tech in the latter category. The Maple Leaf women finished 11th overall and fifth in the NAIA.

On a warm, muggy evening after the races were delayed nearly an hour by lightning, only one Maple Leaf set a new season-best mark: it was Luke Kaufman, who was also the only Goshen runner making his or her first appearance of the campaign, and who finished in 31:03.13.

The women continued their youth movement, as Goshen's top four runners and six of the seven finishers who affected the team scoring were in their first year of college eligibility. Senior Kayla Gray was the only upperclass finisher in the mix.

On the other hand, the word of the day for the men may have been consistency, as four Goshen runners finished within a range of 17 spots and 45.1 seconds. Following Smith and Cranston, Daniel Klink, Juan Perez, Luke Graber and Alex Steiner all finished in 29:47 or less.

Goshen returns to action at the Greater Louisville Classic, another meet hosted by an NCAA Division I institution, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 1.

More, including comments from Goshen coach Rustin Nyce, to come when available.

Men
Team: 8th, Goshen 196
1. Ryan Smith 26:02.38
24. Steven Cranston 27:52.42
56. Daniel Klink 29:01.34
62. Juan Perez 29:25.02
63. Luke Graber 29:25.60
72. Alex Steiner 29:46.44
90. Brenner Burkholder 30:54.81
Luke Kaufman 31:03.13
Ryan Haggerty 31:31.30

Women
Team: 11th, Goshen 315
30. Nora Rangel 21:33.00
49. Chelsea Foster 21:59.05
85. Annelise Wiebe 23:40.64
88. Siana Emery 23:51.91
101. Kayla Gray 25:12.88
105. Jenae Stutzman 25:49.59
110. Megan Graber 27:57.87