Arthur Crowned Regional Champ


Courtesy of Oberlin College Athletics

Senior Geno Arthur pulls out to pass the pack at the NCAA Great Lakes Division-III Regional Championships on Saturday. Both the Yeomen and the Yeowomen earned sixth-place team finishes in the competition.

Sarena Malsin, Sports Editor

The cross country team left their mark on the famous LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the regional championship this weekend, with five runners earning All-Region honors and senior Geno Arthur be­coming the first individual re­gional champion in program history.

Head Coach Ray Appen­heimer saw the Yeomen’s result as a sign of a turning point for their team. “The men’s team is looking like a better team, and they’ve fin­ished the highest ever,” he said. “Their experience was really reflected this weekend.”

The All-Region runners — first-year Linnea Halsten, juniors E.J. Douglass and Em­ily Curley and seniors Sarel Loewus and Arthur — helped both the Yeomen and Yeo­women to each finish sixth in overall team standings. Though the Yeowomen are no strangers to high-powered regional performances, the Yeomen’s finish set another program record.

Douglass said that he thought the Yeomen owed their program best to their sense of focus approaching the race.

“I think each teammate was thinking something dif­ferent, [but] the overall men­tality could be described as fo­cused and ready to compete,” he said.

Arthur tore through the eight-kilometer course in 25 minutes and 13.7 seconds, putting 10 seconds between himself and the second-place finisher Logan Steiner of Al­legheny College — an unusu­ally wide margin for such a competitive meet.

According to Arthur, his game plan of maintaining contact with the front runner, originally Steiner, served him well in his regional race.

“For my race, the part I was most proud of was that [Steiner] started to make his move 10 to 15 meters ahead of the pack, then I caught up with him, and I was happy with how I kept with him and moved on from there,” Arthur said.

However, despite his col­lection of accolades in his Oberlin career and his region­al honors, Arthur made sure to emphasize that he and the Yeomen were racing with a team mentality.

“When I finished, my im­mediate reaction was to look back and see where everyone was, how everyone was do­ing,” he said. “Our biggest goal going into regionals was suc­ceeding as a team; everyone had the mentality of ‘I’m going to score for the team and make an impact.’”

Next to cross the finish line for the Yeomen was Dou­glass, his time of 26:06.3 earn­ing him a 31st-place finish. His teammates senior Joshua Urso, junior Bradley Hamilton and senior co-captain Robert Moreton made up the rest of the Yeomen’s top five finishers, finishing 36th place at 26:13.3, 56th place at 26:31.9 and 68th place at 26:48.9, respectively.

Moreton’s race came as a personal victory, as it capped off a roller coaster of a season muddled with recurring knee injuries.

“We went to Conferences, and I didn’t have nearly as good of a race as I was hoping for,” he said. “Then we went to regionals, and I had one of the best races of my life. The most exciting part of my race hap­pened around the first mile mark. That’s when I knew, based on my position in the pack and how I was feeling, that I was going to have an amazing race.”

The competition also marked a personal achieve­ment for Halsten, as she con­cluded her regional debut fin­ishing first for the Yeowomen in 20th place, clocking in an impressive time of 22:39.6 on the women’s course. Curley and Loewus finished nearly in tandem following Hal­sten at 23:01.1 and 23:01.3, taking 34th and 35th place, respectively.

Curley said the location of the race contributed to the meet’s competitive at­mosphere. “The atmosphere was really incredible, and the excitement was amplified by being at Terra Haute and hav­ing the opportunity to race on such a famous and historic cross country course,” she said.

The LaVern Gibson Cham­pionship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, IN, is known for being one of the only courses in the world built specifically for cross country races.

Arthur and Head Coach Ray Appenheimer are now travel­ing to Winneconne, WI, for the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships. Arthur will compete for a national title on Saturday, Nov. 21.