Cougars race to 8th place finish at national championship meet

Cougars race to 8th place finish at national championship meet

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.