(CANTON, Ohio) – Walsh's bid to win a second consecutive Great Midwest Athletic Conference championship fell just short at GlenOak High School on Saturday. The Cavaliers finished with 51 points, just three shy of rival Malone for the top spot. Last season, it was the Cavaliers who edged the Pioneers by one point for the championship.
The Cavaliers did well on the back end of the 8K race and placed all five scoring runners in the top 15. Noah Murray led the way for the Maroon and Gold thin clads with a fifth place finish. He crossed the time line at 26:52.8 for an average of 3:21.6 per kilometer, or 5:24.5 per mile.
Jacob Kernell followed shortly after with a time of 26:59.9 to finish seventh. Jacob Caniford capped the top 10 and was the third Cavalier to cross the finish line at 27:11.2. Mark Hadley was fourth for Walsh and 14th overall at 27:18.7.
Beau Boyden completed the team score for Walsh with a time of 27:20.4 to finish 15th. By being the first rookie to cross the finish line, he also earned extra hardware by being named the G-MAC's Freshman of the Year. All five were named G-MAC All-Conference.
Jacob Turner and Ed Walsh were included in the Cavaliers' top seven. They finished back-to-back with Turner turning in a time of 27:35.0 to finished 20th, while Walsh was just under two seconds behind in 21st.
Cedarville finished third in the team standings with 58 points. Hillsdale was fourth with 89, and Davis & Elkins was fifth with 156.
The Cavaliers will be back in action in two weeks when they head to Hillsdale to race in the Midwest Regional.