Roach Paces Cross Country Team at Cougar Invitational

Kyle Roach paced the Cougars at this past weekend's home meet.
Kyle Roach paced the Cougars at this past weekend's home meet.

DELAWARE, Ohio - The Columbus State cross country team raced to a third place finish, ahead of No. 5 Lorain County Community College at the 3rd annual Cougar Invitational. The five-kilometer races were held at the Delaware Campus Cross Country Course on Saturday.

The men were paced by freshman Kyle Roach who finished fourth overall. He clocked in at 17:40, a career PR for the Pickerington North grad. According to Roach, his strategy was simple. "I stayed back and let everyone pace me, then moved up when it felt right."

The next Cougar who crossed the finish line was Anas Nur, who had a time of 18:01 for a 10th place finish. In 11th place was Reed Farmer who finished in 18:14. Aaron Kennelly crossed the line fourth for the team and 13th overall with a time of 18:37. Rounding out the scoring for Columbus State was Laithe Abu-Obeid, who came in at 19:49 for a 23rd place finish.

Three Columbus State runners also had strong finishes including Nickolas CaiazzaDylan Williams, and Anthony Gripper. They finished the race with times of 20:00, 20:05, and 20:31 respectively.

Derek Knabe, who competed for the Capital University Alumni Running Club, won the race with a time of 16: 01.

For the women's race, Maribel Nava also achieved a 5k personal record. Nava, who competed as an individual, finished with a time of 27:33 for a 12th place finish. The freshman credits the course for her success. "It's a very beautiful and relaxing course," said Nava. "It took the pressure off." 

Mackenzie Meyers of Capital University won the race with a time of 19:25.

The Cougars return to action Fri, Sep. 29 when they compete in the All-Ohio Intercollegiate Championships hosted by the University of Akron at Silver Creek Metro Park.


Men's 5k Results

Women's 5k Results