A season after establishing themselves as the top two runners in the Kenyon program, juniors Matt Davis and Patrick Meyers were looking to take things a step further during the 2010 cross country season. In order to do so they would have to set the tone for what was a very young team.
Things got off to a good start for the Lords and especially for Davis, who won the season-opening Kenyon Quad Meet with a time of 15:34. In two of the next three meets, Davis was the first Lord to cross the finish line and Meyers was the second. During that stretch, Davis' worst individual finish was 13th place and that was competing in a field of 284 runners at the Inter-Regional Rumble.
Davis never let up the rest of the season. He placed ninth at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship and 25th at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship. Those performances netted him both All-NCAC and All-Region honors.
Unfortunately, things did not go as well for Meyers. Before the Inter-Regional Rumble, Meyers was injured during practice and was lost for the remainder of the year. His exit put a dent in the team's plans and the Lords wound up turning in a seventh-place finish at the conference championship.
While Meyers was sidelined, freshman Willy Friedlander showed vast improvement and junior Dan Riggins delivered results and leadership. Friedlander wound up in Meyers' spot as the Lords' No. 2 runner and Riggins held firm as the No. 3 runner. Sophomore Jackson Cabo added some depth and typically finished as the fourth Kenyon runner to finish races.
Away from the trails, members of the team also proved they could persevere in the classroom. The 2010 Lords were named a USTFCCCA Scholar Team and ranked among NCAA Division III's top-15 teams in terms of grade point average. As a whole, the 2010 Lords posted a stellar 3.49 cumulative GPA.