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ONU men's cross country claims historic title at OAC Championship meet

ONU men's cross country had three runners in the OAC overall top five. (photo/ONU Sports).

ONU men's cross country had three runners in the OAC overall top five. (photo/ONU Sports).

The 2017 Ohio Northern University men’s cross country team brought home the conference title at the OAC Championship meet on Oct. 28. This makes the team the first men’s cross country team in ONU history to win a conference title three years in a row. Following the new title, the men’s team will be taking seven runners and three reserve runners to the Great Lakes regional meet this Saturday.

Head coach Jason Maus believes that the men’s team will continue to focus on the upcoming meet, despite the historic win.

It was definitely our best team race. That gives you a lot of positive momentum going into it,” Maus said. “These guys know we can do this.”

ONU will be taking seven runners for the regional event. These runners are Ian McVey, Matt Molinaro, Bobby Borger, Sam Boyd, Spencer Schulze, Jordan Green, and Travis Sutter. ONU will also be taking three reserve runners which are Andrew Shelton, John McNutt, and Dominic Solis.


The men’s team claimed the OAC title at the Clinton Heights Golf Course in Tiffin, Ohio. The team placed first against conference rivals Mount Union, John Carroll, Otterbein, Baldwin Wallace, Heidelberg, Capital, Wilmington, and Muskingum. Along with the title, runners Ian McVey, Matt Molinaro, and Bobby Borger were awarded First-Team All-OAC honors. Runners Sam Boyd and Spencer Schulze were named Second-Team All-OAC.

While facing eight other schools for the conference title, the men’s team was also racing for redemption as their last meet on the Clinton Heights Golf Course in September did not go in their favor. They finished fifth of nine teams at the Tiffelberg Open on Sept. 16, as Maus said that his team was "not competitive" and "just didn't race with a lot of heart" that day. The lackluster performance was due to what Maus called a lack of energy and a lack of focus.

These guys made an emphasis this time around, back at the same course, to be better,” Maus said.

Surely enough, the team improved their previous results and made some history along the way. Junior and veteran runner John McNutt felt honored in the work he and his team have done to secure a third consecutive title.

It was cool to be a part of a historic cross country team at ONU and to be a contributor to it,” McNutt said.

McNutt went on to describe how the team “proved a lot of people wrong,” after they lost three of their top performing seniors last year, by continuing the winning streak.

With this conference title in the books, the ONU men’s cross country team returns this Saturday at noon at the Great Lakes regional meet in Powell, Ohio.

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