NIACC Trojans Show Well at Nationals!

NIACC Trojans 2011
photo courtesy NIACC Athletics

The NIACC men’s cross country team placed fifth at the NJCAA national meet Saturday, November 10, with 211 points.  Top-ranked Central Arizona won the meet with 51 points and No. 5 Spartansburg Methodist was second with 105 points.  NIACC was led by sophomore Trent Smith (Charles City), who was 12th in a time of 26 minutes, 39.4 seconds on the 8-kilometer course. Central Arizona’s Tod Jackson was the individual champion in 25:45.5.  Also for NIACC, sophomore Sapolai Yao (Papua New Guinea) was 22nd in 26:53.7, sophomore Jonny Worley (North Butler) was 26th in 26:59.0, sophomore OJ Ojullu (Worthington, Minn.) was 79th in 28:03.2 and freshman John-Ross Tangi (Brantford, Ontario) was 92nd in 28:17.6.

The NIACC women placed 24th with 658 points. Iowa Central won the team title with 40 points.  Freshman Rachael Moore (Clarion) led the Lady Trojans with a 75th place finish in 20:21.8 on the 5-kilometer course.  Also for NIACC, freshman Emily Scharn (Sac City) was 108th in 20:58.5, freshman Lindsay Brunson (Muscatine) was 115th in 21:04.6, freshman Stephanie Faught (Clear Lake) was 232nd in 23:01.2 and freshman Rebecca Baker (Clear Lake) was 241st in 23:12.0.

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