Men's Cross Country Hosts Pat Thomas Invitational on Saturday

Men's Cross Country Hosts Pat Thomas Invitational on Saturday

RICHMOND, Indiana – The Earlham College men's cross country team hosts the second annual Pat Thomas Invitational on campus this Saturday.

The Invitational: Named after former long-time Earlham cross country coach Pat Thomas, the six-kilometer course will be run at the College and begin at approximately 11:30 a.m.

The Teams: Earlham will be joined by Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) member Anderson University as well as Indiana University Northwest.

The Coaches: Claire and Rob Hewitt both enter their second seasons at co-head cross country coaches at Earlham. Last season, the Hewitt's led the Quakers to a sixth-place finish in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) conference. Prior to coming to Earlham, Claire worked at the University of Pennsylvania as an assistant women's cross country coach while Rob had been a high school cross country and track & field coach at national powerhouse Germantown Friends High School (Pennsylvania) since 2004.

The Runners: Earlham has yet to run a six-kilometer race this year, but have done well in both five-kilometer and eight-kilometer races thus far. Senior Gabriel Penk and freshman Nate Papachristos finished the eight-kilometer Indiana Intercollegiate Championships in under 28 minutes while freshmen Noah Scherf and Bineyam Tumbo both ran the course in under 29 minutes.

Coverage: Follow @EarlhamQuakers and @EarlhamXCTF on social media for updates on the meet.

Social Media: Earlham athletics is represented on Facebook (Earlham Quakers Athletics), Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (@Earlham Quakers). The Quakers also have a mobile application (Earlham Athletics Front Row) available for download on the App Store and Google Play.

Up Next: Earlham has a week off before traveling to the East Coast for the Inter-Regional Boarder Battle hosted by Rowan University (New Jersey) on Oct. 14.