Lourdes University's men's cross country team returned to the trails on Friday afternoon, finishing in 35th place at the Jenna Strong Fall Classic held in Wilmington, Ohio as six runners turned in personal best efforts on the day.
Noah Roper (Toledo, Ohio/Saint Francis H.S.) led the way for the Gray Wolves with a time of 31:22.10 over the eight-kilometer course. He finished 25.72 seconds ahead of Stephen Carl (Anderson, Ind./Anderson H.S.) while Vince Varricchio (Mentor, Ohio/Lake Catholic H.S.) was third for the Gray Wolves with a time of 32:51.82.
Varricchio finished just 4.15 seconds, and one spot, ahead of Austin Farnsel (Evergreen, Ohio/Evergreen H.S.) while Matt Olsavsky (Waterville, Ohio/Anthony Wayne H.S.) rounded out the scoring for the Gray Wolves with a time of 33:56.78.
Drew Lepiarz (Toledo, Ohio/Start H.S.) posted a time of 35:27.62 for Lourdes while Zach Zsolcsak (Brownstown, Mich./Woodhaven H.S.) completed the lineup, crossing the finish line in 35:59.78.
Lourdes finished the meet with 1,111 points as a team, while Mount Union won the race with 102 points, 11 ahead of Indianapolis. Indianapolis' Alex Cushman won the race individually with a time of 24:58.69.
Lourdes will return to action next Saturday, taking part in the NAIA Great Lakes Challenge. The gun will fire at 11 a.m. at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids, Mich.