Quakers win Franklin Invitational
Carroll, Corcoran lead WC to victory
September 3, 2011
Shown, from left, are Myles Corcoran, Alek Erwin and Pat Carroll. The trio helped Wilmington win the team title at the Franklin Sodexo Grizzly Invitational.
FRANKLIN, Ind. — Top-five performances by Pat Carroll and Myles Corcoran helped Wilmington College to the team title at the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational, hosted by Franklin College at Johnson County Horse Farm Saturday morning.
The Quakers scored 45 points to win the seven-team event and complete a Wilmington sweep. The Wilmington women captured their third straight title at the event.
“It’s been quite a while since we had both teams win the same invite,” Wilmington head coach Ron Combs said. “Our program has been like that, where one side is up and one side hasn’t been as strong. Going into this year, I felt like both teams could be strong. It’s really exciting to come away with two championships, where everybody gets on the bus for the ride back home with a smile on their face.”
Carroll (Cincinnati/Purcell Marian) finished third overall, covering the 8K course in 27:33.
Corcoran (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) was two seconds behind Carroll, finishing fourth in 27:34.
“The conditions were rough, but Pat and Myles went to the front and ran with the front-runners. That’s what they needed to do,” Combs said. “Our third, fourth and fifth people kept working their way up and closed it out to take the team win.”
Rob King (Washington Court House/Miami Trace) was 10th overall at 28:52.
Brad Kline (Circleville) finished 11th in 28:54.
Alek Erwin (South Vienna/Northeastern) was 17th in 29:30.
“It was a good day. After our relay with Muskingum, I wasn’t really sure about what to expect today,” Combs said. “The big thing is we need more people closing in on that fifth spot. Alek did a nice job today. We need somebody to do that each week. Our depth is really going to be the key for us.”