Men's cross country team takes 13th at NAIA Nationals

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Jared Carson

Jared Carson

Nov. 22, 2008

Kenosha, Wis. - After finishing 24th last season, the Shorter College Hawks men's cross country team made an even stronger statement on Saturday afternoon at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championship, taking 13th place overall, with one runner earning All-American status, the first recognition for a cross country athlete in the three-year old program.

Jared Carson finished the 8K race in 25:07, a personal best, and good enough for 24th place overall (20 points).

"Jared has been a class act since the day that he began running at Shorter," said Shorter head coach Jay Stephenson. "He ran the race of his career today and I am so proud of him."

It was a team effort, however, that allowed for the impressive finish in 13th place. Steven Rich ran a 25:47 for 52 points, and Martin Hernandez ran a 25:51 for 56 points. Josh Carson (26:20 - 93 points) and Ben Anthony (26:56 - 137 points) rounded out the top five scoring runners for Shorter, who finished with 358 points.

"The team made an exceptional improvement on last year's 24th place," added Stephenson. "I am very proud of each athlete that competed today. We had several seniors finish off their careers with character and determination."

Cyrus Wakaba (27:32) and Peter Limo (27:50) also ran as Shorter's six and seventh non-scoring participants.

Malone (Ohio) defeated Azusa Pacific (Calif.) by 57 points to win the National Championship held at the Dr. Wayne E. Dannehl Cross Country Course in Kenosha on the campus of University of Wisconsin-Parkside. The Pioneers won their second straight and third overall title.

Malone placed three runners in the top-10 and posted a score of 61 points while Azusa Pacific finished with 118 points. Aquinas (Mich.) scored 194 points for third place and Southern Oregon finished three points behind with 197 points for fourth. Indiana Tech (245 points), Concordia (Neb.) (249 points), Embry-Riddle (Fla.) (263 points), Black Hills State (S.D.) (281), Concordia (Ore.) (288 points) and Huntington (Ind.) (308) all finished in the top-10.

Aron Rono of Azusa Pacific (Calif.) won the individual title for second straight season with a time of 23:45.8 while teammate Abednego Magut cross the line third in 24 minutes 31.3 second. Malone's Nikolaus Schweikert (24:03) finished second and Aaron Melhorn (24:36.1) placed fifth. Jordan Powell of Oklahoma Christian came in fourth with a time of 24:35.1 to rounded out the top-five.

The impressive 13th place finish ends the Shorter cross country season, one in which the Hawks captured their second straight Southern States Athletic Conference title.

Shorter College Men's Cross Country
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