Monday, October 21, 2013

Hawks Place Second at Bradley Classic

Men's Cross Country: Jhoan Lino 2013
The Hawks captured second place at the Bradley Classic. (Jim Cummins)

PEORIA, Ill. – 
The Harper men's cross country team put together another strong showing, placing second out of 13 teams at the Bradley Classic on Friday. The Hawks scored 51 points in the meet, finishing behind only meet champion IUPUI (27 points).

Greenville College (58 points) was a close third place, followed by College of DuPage in fourth place (133 points).

Juan Barajas (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Schaumburg) once again led the Hawks with a 10th place finish in 26:40. Fellow freshman Zach Stella (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) was close behind, running a season-best time of 26:43 to take 13th place overall. Brennan Albuck (/Hoffman Estates) was Harper's third runner to finish, coming in at a season-best 27:00 and a 20th place finish.

Sophomores Nick Modlin (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) and Jhoan Lino (León, Guanajuato/Streamwood) rounded out the top five for Harper, as Modlin took 26th place in 27:37 while Lino finished in 34th place in 27:53.

"I thought the men ran very well," said Harper head coach Jim Macnider. "We are continuing to improve with three weeks to go until nationals."

In two weeks, the Hawks travel to Joliet for the Region IV Championship. The team is currently ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA National Poll.

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