Ditri, Smith gain all-MIAA awards in cross country

Ditri, Smith gain all-MIAA awards in cross country

ANGOLA, Ind. – Adam Ditri and Kiehl Smith ran to all-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association status as Albion College raced to a third place finish in the MIAA Men's Cross Country Championship at the Zollner Golf Course.

Albion and Hope College tied for third with totals of 113. Calvin University had the first five runners at the finish for a perfect score of 15. Trine University was the runner up with a score of 51.

Ditri set his third-fastest time in an 8K race this season, 26:26.2, to finish sixth among individual runners. A senior from Novi, Mich., Ditri achieved all-MIAA first team status for the second time in his cross country career.

Smith, a senior from Jonesville, Mich., was 34 seconds off Ditri's pace. He finished 11th, crossing the finish line in 27:01.3 to earn an all-MIAA second team award.

Four sophomores and a first-year runner completed Albion's top seven.

  • Aaron Weimer, a sophomore, finished 29th with a time of 28:01.6
  • Nathaniel Jennings, a sophomore, finished 42nd with a time of 28:43.2
  • Liam Smith, a sophomore, finished 55th with a time of 29:21.0
  • First-year runner Paul Sutton set a time of 29:37.1 in finishing 58th
  • Jayden Vanmaurick, a sophomore, came in 60th at 29:39.2

Albion has a week off to prepare for the Great Lakes Regional meet in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Nov. 16.

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Joe and Julie Serra have given a $5 million leadership gift to launch a fundraising initiative to make two dreams a reality at Albion College. The first is a newly expanded fitness and student activity facility at the site of the current Dow Recreation and Wellness Center. The second is a new or renovated competition facility for the volleyball, men's basketball and women's basketball teams that currently call Kresge Gymnasium home.

The College is continuing to raise funds in support of both projects. To learn more, call 517/629-0446 or email advancement@albion.edu