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Jets cross country teams compete at Nationals
Congratulations to the JCC women’s and men’s cross country teams, who ran Saturday in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Cross Country Championship at Spartanburg Methodist College in Spartanburg, S.C.
The women’s team fielded six runners and the men’s team five. The women finished in 16th place overall out of 38 teams.
“The women’s team ran exceptionally well and finished as expected,” said Brian Olsen, cross country coach. “The 16th place finish equals JCC’s best performance at the National level, when our men’s team finished 16th three years ago. It is the best performance for our women’s team in the history (past and present) of JCC women’s sports.”
Cayla Nousain, sophomore from Concord, was the Jets top finisher in 63rd place with a time of 19:52. Catie Dulworth, freshman from Jackson High, finished 85th with a time of 20:17; Jody Nicholson, sophomore from Hanover-Horton High, finished 94th with a time of 20:25; Allison Grimm, freshman from Waldron High, finished 152nd with a time of 21:21; Audrey Spring, sophomore from Lumen Christi High, finished 180th with a time of 21:52; and Taylor Woodruff, freshman from Western High, finished 219th with a time of 22:30. There were 286 women running from across the country.
“We plan to improve on that finish next year with the athletes returning and the recruiting process bringing in talented runners from the local area,” Olsen said.
The men’s team finished 33rd overall out of 37 teams. Ryan Donahue, sophomore from Lumen Christi High, was the Jets first runner, finishing 156th with a time of 28:11; Jordan Tripp, sophomore from Northwest High, finished 176th with a time of 28:39; Vince Mastin, freshman from Albion High, finished 181st with a time of 28:46; Joel Medina, sophomore from Lumen Christi High, finished 213th with a time of 29:41; and Rob Parrott, freshman from Lumen Christi High, finished 238th with a time of 31:30. There were 261 men running from across the country.