Liberty Cross Country wins first home meet

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Kelly Levering '20

The boys cross country team at the end of their pre-race huddle, “The Munch.”

Ohio Wesleyan University’s cross country program hosted an invitational meet at Liberty Park last Saturday where both girls and boys Liberty cross country teams took first place. This is considered to be the program’s first ever home meet in its history. 

The cross country teams practice at Liberty Park daily, in turn making the meet a comfortable course to run. The boys Varsity averaged a 16:30 five kilometers with senior, Jack Humenay, who led the way with a personal record of 15:57 and a first place finish. The girls Varsity team averaged a 20:03 with senior, Linnea Kunesh, who placed second overall with a time of 19:22. 

The boys cross country team always draws attention to themselves during their pre-race huddle, which they have titled “The Munch.” The entirety of the boys team creates one large circle with their arms around each other and chants “munch” over and over again. After they finish “munching,” the team goes silent, ending their huddle by shouting “trample the wounded, hurdle the dead.” The team has always been able to show off their unique tradition, and made sure to last weeks meet. 

Liberty’s cross country program continues to establish itself as a group that can continue to win races in the OCC conference. At their very home meet they proved that their team meet traditions stick and are impactful in boosting team spirit.