NATE PATTON ‘21 | STAFF WRITER • This past Saturday, the Wabash College cross country team traveled to Oberlin College to participate in the NCAC Conference Championship Meet. It was a chilly 30-degree morning, but the Little Giants came out red hot. Out of nine teams, Wabash had a strong third-place finish overall finishing behind DePauw University and Allegheny College.
Individually, Dominic Patacsil ’19 placed first overall with a career-best time of 24:34.9.
Patacsil is the first individual NCAC Cross-Country Champion in Wabash history. “I’m pleased with the result. It was another step forward, and I’m going to ride this momentum as we approach Regionals and Nationals,” Patacsil said.
Along with Patacsil’s career-best performance, six other Little Giants finished with a personal best time for the season. Luke Doughty ’18 ran a sub-26 for the first time finishing with a time of 25:56.6 to place 14th. Aaron Tincher ’18 put together the best race of his career with the time of 26:11.3, puttting him in 16th place overall.
Hayden Baehl ’18 finished in 23rd with a time of 26:29.8 just missing a spot on the NCAC All-Conference team. Charles Mettler ’18 ran a career-best as well with a finish in 25th place with a time of 26:32.1.
Three Little Giants made the NCAC All-Conference team with their performances this past weekend. Patacsil is not a stranger when it comes to NCAC All-Conference awards. He received his third NCAC All-Conference award after his career-best performance on Saturday. Along with Patacsil, Doughty and Tincher won NCAC All-Conference honors as well.
The Wabash Little Giants are healthy and working hard to prepare for the NCAA Great Lakes Regional on November 11. The team is confident and ready to run even better at Regionals in two weeks.