WESTFIELD, Mass.—The No. 4 Columbus State cross country team finished top-15 in the nation at the NJCAA DIII Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 3.
The Cougars scored 352 points to take 14thin the 23-team race over the 8-kilometer championship race at Stanley Park. A total of 176 runners competed in the meet.
Leading the Cougars was freshman Kyle Roach, who crossed the line in 29:29.33 to mark the 42ndspot. The other sub-30 finisher for Columbus State was sophomore Aaron Kennelly, who finished in 29:54.92 for a 53rdplace finish.
Freshman Anas Nur took 78th (30:52.73) while fellow newcomers Dylan Williams and Nickolas Caiazza finished in 106th (32:22.48) and 120th (33:13.41) respectively. Sophomores Laithe Abu-Obeid (33:15.64, 121st) and Anthony Gripper (33:23.79, 124th) rounded out the lineup for Columbus State.
Since reinstating the program in 2015, the Cougars have had three top-15 showings, the highest being an 8th place finish.
The Cougars edged out region rival Lorain County, who finished 18thoverall. Columbus State was only 2 points from moving up to a 13thplace finish and 25 points from a top-ten finish.
For the eighth consecutive year, Harper College won the championship with 38 points.
For the five-kilometer women's race, freshman Maribel Nava crossed the line in 28:10.00 for an 111thplace finish.
This meet concludes the 2018 cross country season.