Cross country became Banton's specialty and at Ohio U he set a flock of records that still stamp him as one of the greatest ever to come out of Ohio. While a freshman he won the Notre Dame individual title as well as the Central Collegiate Freshman Championships. As a sophomore he led the Bobcats to the All-Ohio Team Championships. He liked the hills and dales of the cross country courses in this part of the country and it was on the particularly hilly four mile course at Michigan where he won the NCAA Championship in 1964. Twice during his career "Mo" was named to the All-American cross country team, finished as number one runner in the nation as a junior and the number two man in his senior year.