Senior Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery shattered her previous personal best to lead the Rose-Hulman women’s cross country team in Saturday’s highly regarded Division III Pre-National Invitational at Hanover.
Montgomery ran a 6-kilometer time of 23:27.68 — 83 seconds better than her previous best of 24:50, a mark she set last season at Bluffton. The time, which placed her 24th in the meet, stands as the third-best women’s time in Rose history.
The Engineers finished 18th in the tough field with 495 points. Trinity (Texas) captured the meet title with 44 points.
The Engineers will return to action Oct. 18 in the Wilmington (Ohio) Fall Classic.
Team scores — Trinity (Texas) 44, Lewis 73, St. Scholastica 139, DePauw 153, Loras 168, Huntington 171, Centre 194, Lewis & Clark 219, Conn College 224, St. Norbert 237.
Bowdoin 274, St. Mary’s (Ind.) 306, Rhodes 315, Manchester 356, Hanover 399, Buffalo State 433, Berry 484, Rose-Hulman 495.
Top Rose-Hulman individuals — 24. Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery 23:27; 113. Anna Taylor 26:26; 117. Ashley Schumacher 27:23; 120. Kathleen Boyce 29:18; 121. Austin Mroz 30:04; 122. Ellen Owens 30:55; 123. Madison Thompson 31:35.
In men’s cross country news:
• Engineers 8th — At Hanover, with junior Stuart West leading the way, Rose-Hulman saw a major improvement in its top seven runners as the Engineers placed eighth in the 19-team field at the Division III Pre-National Invitational on Saturday.
“Our pack is really kind of coalescing over the last couple weeks,” Rose coach Geoff Wayton said. “Stu ran a great race out front and we had a really good gap of under a minute with runners 1 through 7.”
West paced the Engineers with a time of 27:04.69 in the men’s 8-kilometer race to take home RHIT’s top finish at 32th.
Team scores — Loras 66, Manchester 85, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 91, St. Vincent (Pa.) 167, Centre 176, Conn College 178, DePauw 243, Rose-Hulman 248, Wabash 261, Trinity (Texas) 313.
St. Norbert 321, Rhodes 322, Buffalo State 330, Berry 334, Huntington 364, Elmhurst 378, Lewis & Clark 382, St. Scholastica 416, Hanover 493.
Top Rose-Hulman individuals — 32. Stuart West 27:04; 44. Ryan Meyer 27:22; 53. Sam Sobczak 27:36; 58. Matthew Billingsley 27:37; 61. Charlie Fenoglio 27:41; 73. Derek Heeger 27:53; 81. Robbie Mayhew 27:59.
• Hanover 5, Rose-Hulman 4 — At Indianapolis, Rose-Hulman dropped a tough match to Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Hanover on Saturday at Indy Racquet Club East.
The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for the Engineers (5-2, 4-2 HCAC). Hanover (8-3, 5-0) stands tied atop the conference with Transylvania with the victory, while Rose dropped to fourth place in the standings.
Hanover 5, Rose-Hulman 4
Singles — Dani Miller (HC) def. Marie Stettler 6-4, 6-4; Suzana Mohd (RH) def. Mackenzie Spicer 6-3, 1-6, 6-4; Paige Cook (RH) def. Mallory Noble 6-4, 7-6 (3); Colleen Stevenson (RH) def. Alexis Taylor 6-2, 6-7 (6) (2); Kelsey Jones (HC) def. Kylie McCollum 6-4, 6-3; Allison Poston (HC) def. Lauren Miller 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles — Dani Miller-Mackenzie Spicer (HC) def. Marie Stettler-Suzana Mohd 8-4; Mallory Noble-Kelsey Jones (HC) def. Paige Cook-Kylie McCollum 8-3; Lauren Reberger-Sydney Short (RH) def. Alexis Taylor-Kelsey Jones 8-6.
• New schedule — The Rose-Hulman match with Bluffton has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. today at Lima Senior High School in Lima, Ohio.
Friday’s heavy rains in northwest Ohio made fields unplayable for Saturday’s originally scheduled match in Bluffton. The match will follow the women’s contest, which is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
• ISU rally falls short — At Peoria, Ill., Indiana State staged quite a rally on the road Friday night but fell just short of victory as the Bradley Braves outlasted the Sycamores 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 15-12) in a Missouri Valley Conference match inside the Renaissance Coliseum.
ISU (7-8 overall, 1-3 MVC) went back on the road Saturday to visit the Loyola Ramblers for a night match.
• Bluffton 3, Rose-Hulman 2 — At Hulbert Arena, Rose-Hulman battled Bluffton in a tight five-game Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference matchup before falling 15-25, 25-19, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13 on Saturday.
Sophomore Sarah Jensen led the Engineers with 14 kills and 23 assists. Senior Casey Levitt added 12 kills and 11 digs, and freshman Morgan Dreyer also contributed a double-double with 11 kills and 21 digs.
• Engineers leading — At Crawfordsville Country Club, just three days after a teammate set it Wednesday, sophomore Sanders Park took his own crack at the Rose-Hulman school record Saturday in the Wabash Classic.
On the very same course, Park shot a Round 1 score of 68 to tie Travis Whithaus’ mark and set the Engineers up for an opening-day lead in the two-day event.
Rose stood in first place in the six-team tournament after the first 18 holes with a score of 293, just ahead of DePauw, which shot a 303.
Team scores (through first round) — Rose-Hulman 293, DePauw 303, Wabash 305, Hanover 306, Mount St. Joseph 310, Anderson 318.
Rose-Hulman’s first-round scores — Sanders Park 32-36—68; t-2. Sam Pastoriza 38-36—74; t-5. Kent Kraus 38-37—75; t-8. Travis Whithaus 39-37—76; 37. Chris Lambert 39-42—81; 48. Garrett Manship 43-46—89 (competing as an individual).
• Clauson prevails — At Pontoon Beach, Ill., Bryan Clauson won the feature race in U.S. Auto Club midget racing Friday at Tri-City Speedway.
Clauson won his heat, a six-lap dash and led the final 19 turns to win the 25-lap feature in the second night of the Gold Crown Midget Nationals. Rico Abreu was second and Tracy Hines third.
Heat winners — Taylor Ferns, Jerry Coons Jr., Austin Brown, Bryan Clauson, Andrew Felker, Darren Hagen (semi), Danny Stratton (C-main).
Dash winner — Clauson.
Feature — Clauson, Rico Abreu, Tracy Hines, Zach Daum, Chris Bell, Hagen, Shane Cottle, Brad Kuhn, Caleb Armstrong, Alex Bright, Dave Darland, Kevin Thomas Jr., Stratton, Felker, Jonathan Beason.