The University of Akron menís cross country team earned a third-place finish, one spot ahead of Kent State, at the Division I portion of the All-Ohio Championships at Cedarville University on Saturday afternoon.
Cincinnati won the event with 45 points, and Miami University came in second with 61.
The Zips edged the Golden Flashes 96-97.
Sophomore Kyle Wheeler led the Zips for the third straight meet, finishing 10th individually with a personal record in the 8K of 25:16.14.
Veteran UA teammates Zachary Goulet (25:32.83) and Dylan Papp (25:32.89) came in 18th and 19th, respectively, followed by freshmen Aaron Howkins (25:38.31) and Trevor Norris (25:49.50), who came in 22nd and 27th.
The individual winner was senior Michael Heller of the Flashes with a time of 24:37.15. Junior teammate Steve Fischer was sixth in 25:01.75.
In the womenís Division I race, Kent State finished second with 64, while Akron came in fourth with 68 points.
The Golden Flashesí Alexa Vintevoghel, Paige Foster and Hannah Fleck finished 10-11-12 and teammates Mindy Sawnor and Rachel Slingluff were 15th and 16th, respectively.
Zip sophomores Maria Moore and Kayla Whitlow helped continue their teamís impressive season. Moore was third in the race (18:07.43), and Whitlow was fifth (18:15.93).
UA junior Sarah Baker came in eighth with a time of 18:25.85.
The University of Akron got its 700th win in the programís history with a 3-2 win over Miami at Rhodes Arena on Saturday night.
The Zips lost the first set 25-23 and the third set 25-18, but won the second set 25-22, the fourth 25-21 and then finally put away the RedHawks 15-8 in the final set.
UAís Tina Dimitrijevs was aggressive and led both teams in kills with 27. Teammate Paiton Twitty smacked down 14 kills, and Alex Cocklin added 11 kills and 10 digs.
Morgan Kuhn had 41 digs and Ashley Holder registered 18 digs for the Zips.
The Zips are off until Friday, when they play Ohio.
The University of Akron women enter the final round of the Nittany Lion Invitational in 13th place at the Penn State Golf Course following the second round on Saturday.
The Zips posted a round of 312 (+24) to finish with a two-day score of 628 (+52). Tournament host and No. 37-ranked Penn State holds a 20-shot lead on the field with a score of 575 (-1).
Freshman Frida Fougberg and redshirt senior Hanna Ek tied for the top round for Akron on the day, carding rounds of 5-over 77. Fougberg is tied for 42nd place (155, +11) while Ek is tied for 60th place (158, +14).
Sophomore Laura Murray is tied for 56th place with a two-day score of 157 (+13) while junior Sara Chaves is tied for 66th place (160, +16).
Round three will begin with a shotgun start this morning at 8:30.
ó Staff report