WESTFIELD, Mass –The Columbus State men's cross country team finished in 8th place in a field of 20 teams at the NJCAA DIII National Championship on Sat, Nov. 7. A field of 153 runners competed at the brutal eight-kilometer Stanley Park course.
Kunal Verma, a sophomore from Hilliard, led the Cougars as he posted a 22nd place finish. The Cougars' number one runner all season fell on a tight path losing upwards of fifteen spots and a chance at an all-american honor. "It was disappointing what happened to Kunal, especially since he ran so well all year", said Coach Iacovone. "Despite this setback, he finished strong."
Lucas Collins, a sophomore from Pickerington, was the second Cougar to cross the finish line with a time of 30:42.6 and a 56th place finish, a career-best. Freshmen Sidney Campbell (Delaware) and Thomas Shaw (Hilliard) finished at 31:23.3 and 31:59.9 respectively.
Kevin Chenault, a sophomore from Dayton, rounded out the team scoring with a career-best 34:41.5. Jesus Davis, a freshman from Hilliard, finished close behind Chenault with 35:06.4 while Abdi Bashir, a sophomore from Westerville, wrapped things up for the team with a 41:26.3.
According to Coach Iacovone, "It was an interesting race for the men. They guys picked each other up and I was happy with their top 10 finish".
Zakaria Djouma of Mohawk Valley Community College won the race with a time of 26:15.1. Harper College took home team championship for the fifth straight year.
Complete results can be found here.