Thursday, October 3, 2013

Harper Men Top JC, Sixth Overall at DuPage

Men's Cross Country: Zach Stella 2013
Zach Stella was Harper's second finisher, taking 39th place in a time of 27:09.7. (Jim Cummins)

WARRENVILLE, Ill. – The Harper College men's cross country team had a strong showing at the College of DuPage Invitational on Friday. The Hawks were the top junior college of 10 teams and finished sixth overall of 25 teams at the meet.

The talented freshman duo of Juan Barajas (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Schaumburg) and Zach Stella (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) once again led the Hawks. Barajas took 33rd overall out of 202 runners in the 8K race, finishing in a time of 26:58.9, and Stella captured 39th place in 27:09.7.

Sophomores Nick Modlin (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) and Jhoan Lino (León, Guanajuato/Streamwood) weren't far behind, as Modlin took 52nd place in 27:48.6 and Lino took 58th place in 27:49.6. Freshman Sebastian Ramirez(Lima, Peru/Palatine) rounded out the top five for the Hawks with a season-best time of 28:09.4, good for 60th place.

"They ran a textbook race and a much more aggressive race," said Harper head coach Jim Macnider of his team. "I thought it was our best race yet."

Harper scored 35 points among the junior colleges to outpace College of Lake County (64 points). The Hawks finished with 215 points in the overall competition.

North Central College won the overall meet with 21 points, followed by UIC (47 points) and UW-Milwaukee (80 points).

The Hawks will continue to train in preparation for the Benedictine Invitational on Oct. 11.

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