Kenyon's Denning repeats as NCAC cross country champion

I t was an unprecedented accomplishment for the College's Dan Denning. The senior from Columbus, Ohio, finished first in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) cross-country championship race for the second consecutive year--a first in men's cross country history at Kenyon.

Denning set the pace for a field of ninety-seven runners and battled Denison University's Joe Dunham for the first-place finish. Denning crossed the line first though, recording a final time of 26:26, while Dunham took the runner-up spot with a time of 26:33.

Denning's impressive effort earned him first-team All-NCAC honors for the fourth consecutive year, which was another first for the College.

Overall, the Lords accumulated 125 points to finish fifth among nine teams in the men's race, while the Ladies tallied ninety-five points to finish third. Allegheny College won the men's competition with thirty-four points; the College of Wooster won the women's with forty-two. By finishing in the top five, both Kenyon teams qualified for the National Collegiate Athletic Association Great Lakes Regional race on November 8 at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Six Lords and Ladies earned all-conference accolades, including senior Jason Miles for the third time in four years. He finished the men's race in a time of 27:46 to place sixteenth overall and earn honorable mention. He won second-team honors in 1996 and honorable mention in 1994.

Sophomore Gelsey Lynn and junior Ryan Snyder earned All-NCAC honors for the second consecutive year. Lynn earned first-team honors for the Ladies after finishing fifth among ninety-seven runners in a time of 20:01. She won honorable mention last year. Snyder, who finished the race in a time of 27:23, earned second-team All-NCAC honors, after winning honorable mention in 1996.

Junior Christine Breiner and first-year Lady Erica Neitz each earned honorable mention. Neitz finished eighteenth in a time of 20:30, Breiner twentieth in a time of 20:37.