Monday, October 14, 2013

Hawks Tie for Fifth at Benedictine Invitational

Men's Cross Country: Brennan Albuck 2013
Harper's Brennan Albuck ran his best race of the season. (Jim Cummins)

The Harper men's cross country team tied for fifth out of 17 teams at the Benedictine University Eagle Invitational on Friday. The Hawks scored 176 points to tie with Wilmington College, and they were the top junior college at the meet.

A trio of freshman – Juan Barajas (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Schaumburg)Zach Stella (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) and Brennan Albuck (/Hoffman Estates) – led the charge for Harper on the 8K course at the St. James Farm Forest Preserve. Barajas took 26th place, finishing in 26:41 while Stella captured 45th place with a time of 27:13. Albuck was not far behind, finishing in 48th place with a time of 27:24.

Sophomores Nick Modlin (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) and Jhoan LIno rounded out the scoring with 58th and 60thplace finishes. Modlin crossed the finish line in 27:41, and Lino was close behind with a time of 27:44.

Other Harper finishers included Sebastian Ramirez (Lima, Peru/Palatine) in 79th place, Vince Greco (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) in 96th place, Andrew Guibord (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) in 110th place, John Majerus (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) in 111th place, Jordy Arriaga (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) in 132nd place, Connor Williams(/Wauconda) in 135th place, Livan Turyamusiima (/Modern Secondary School) in 148th place and Daniel Lim (Schaumburg, Ill./Streamwood) in 176th place.

North Central College won the meet with 39 points, placing five runners in the top 11 positions. Wheaton College took second place with 46 points, and Saint Joseph's College rounded out the top three with 86 points.

Up next for the Hawks is the Bradley Classic on Friday at 3:00 PM.

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