The University of Akron men’s cross country team won the overall title Friday at the All-Ohio Championships in Cedarville for the second time in school history and the first time since 1963.
The Zips had four runners in the top 20 in a field that featured 300 runners from 41 Ohio schools. The men’s team scored 83 points, 20 points better than second-place Malone.
Freshman Clayton Murphy set the pace for the Zips with a fourth-place finish with a time of 25 minutes, 19.13 seconds. Sophomore Trevor Norris finished in 12th place, junior Kyle Cochrun finished in 19th and freshman Dan Zupan placed 20th.
The Kent State men’s team finished in eighth place, led by Andrew Goodwin’s 13th-place finish.
Paige Foster’s 12th-place finish led the Kent State women’s team to an eighth-place finish. Jillian Roth finished 29th to lead the UA women’s team to a ninth-place finish.
Jessacca Gironda (Archbishop Hoban) scored a goal in the 11th minute off an assist from Jenna Hellstrom to lead the Kent State women’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over host Ball State on Friday in Muncie, Ind.
The Golden Flashes (7-4) were outshot 15-11 and trailed 8-3 in shots on goal but had an 8-3 advantage in saves. Goalkeeper Stephanie Senn had eight saves in the win. The Flashes travel to Oxford for a match against Miami at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Rebecca Lee scored a goal and had an assist as the Kent State field hockey team defeated Missouri State 5-2 on Friday in Kent.
Hannah Faulkner scored in the second minute off an assist from Lee to give the Golden Flashes (6-7, 1-0) an early lead. Melanie Kahn scored in the 14th minute, and Julia Hofmann scored in the 35th minute to give the Flashes a 3-0 halftime lead. Madison Thompson and Lee each added goals in the second half to give the Flashes their first conference win of the season. The Flashes will host No. 10 Northwestern at noon Sunday.
The University of Akron tennis team won two singles matches Friday in the first day of the Akron Invitational.
Olga Shkundina defeated Hailey Barrett from West Virginia in straight sets, and Ksenia Berestetska defeated West Virginia’s Vivian Tsui in straight sets to give the Zips two wins in the round-robin tournament, featuring Cornell, Ohio State and West Virginia. The tournament resumes at 9 a.m. today at LaTuchie Tennis Center in Akron.