GC cross country teams shine on national stage


November 11, 2013                                                                                                       

Wendy Smith (307) 674-6446 ext. 2801/Email wsmith@sheridan.edu

Gillette College cross country teams shine on national stage

The Gillette College cross country teams dazzled at the NJCAA DI National Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 9, in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

In the women’s 5K field of 60 teams, the Gillette squad raced to a third place team finish.

At the 1 mile mark, the Pronghorns were in 13th place as a team with a score of 404.

“The entire team executed our race plan perfectly and continued to move up through the field. By the end of the 3.1 miles, our girls had moved up by a combined 234 places, and finished with a team score of 170,” Gillette coach Christopher Kozlowski said. “That score was good enough to take third place overall, for our best finish ever. And we took home some nice hardware for the effort.”

In a talented field of 281 runners, Makala Diggs of Box Elder, S.D., guided Gillette, placing 14th to take home both the NJCAA and Coaches Association All-American awards. Brielle Davis of Billings, Mont., was 29th, Reanna Jereb was 39th, Myrissa Clark was 40th, Peggy Clark was 81st, Amanda Hutchinson was 107th, and Maria Owen placed 192nd.

The Pronghorn men finished ninth out of a field of 58 teams. Cheyenne native Mike Nelson led the way with a time of 25 minutes, 54.3 seconds, good for 12th place out of 298 runners in the 8K race.

Nelson earned both NJCAA and Coaches Association All-American honors.

Alejandro Garcia, a product of Pine Bluffs, Wyo., ended in 30th place with a 26:40.4, also taking home All-American honors. Matt Jackson was 48th with a 26:52.3. Kyle Dietsche was 73rd with a 27:27.8 and Bryce Parmely took 90th after posting a time of 27:45.7.

Isaac Baca and Nigel Christianson ended 162th and 176th, netting times of 29:11.3 and 29:33.3.

Iowa Central Community College hosted the race at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course.


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