November 12, 2012

Saints take 10th at NJCAA Championships


---- — DELHI — The North Country Community College men and women competed Saturday in the National Junior College Athletic Association Cross-Country Championship held at SUNY Delhi.

Twenty-six of the member schools took part.

On the men’s side, Troy Cunningham led Harper College to the team championship by finishing first overall out of 125 runners in 27 minutes, 53 seconds over five miles.

Harper recorded 59 points and was the easy winner, with Gloucester County Community College second with 98 points.

The North Country men beat out Onondaga Community College for a 10th-place finish. The finish position coincides with the final national rankings of the season.

The Saints’ Josh Cook closed out a strong season by improving on last year’s 30th-place finish with a 23rd-place effort this year. His time was 29:46, and he was just eight positions off All-American status.

The Saints’ Llaney Hernandez and Jeremy Jones both were in the top four team all-time finishes at the college. Hernandez ran a 30:19 for 36th and Jones a 31:28 for 59th.

Jordan Haviland (33:23, 90th) and Zach Peltier (35:21, 105th) contributed to North Country’s 10th-place finish. Chris Elliott rounded out the Saints’ runners, ending up with a 46:34 for 122nd.

In the women’s race, Ocean County Community College’s Samantha Farina won the overall race in a time of 20:27 over the 5K course.

Gloucester County won the team event with 44 points, followed by Mohawk Valley Community College with 66.

North Country’s Kaylan Short ran her best race of the season, finishing just off the midpoint of the competitors with a 24:32 time and a 53rd-place finish out of 100 runners.

Teammates Britney Clay and Clarissa Mango also had their best races of the season. Clay ran a 26:48 for 80th and Mango a 27:07 for 82nd.