Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Harper Men Soar to First at Region IV Championship

Men's Cross Country: Team 2013
The top-ranked Hawks won the Region IV meet on Saturday. (Jim Cummins)

JOLIET, Ill. – The top-ranked Harper College men's cross country team took first of two teams at the Region IV Championships on Saturday. The Hawks also captured top team honors out of the nine teams who had enough runners to earn a team score.

Harper scored a perfect 15 points in the Div. III scoring, placing seven runners before Joliet's first runner crossed the finish line. The Wolves totaled 50 points. Including all nine teams, the Hawks earned top team honors by a wide margin, scoring 35 points to outpace nearest competitors College of DuPage (76 points) and Morton College (84 points).

Juan Barajas (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Schaumburg) once again led the Hawks, taking third place overall in the 8K race in a time of 26:25. Brennan Albuck (/Hoffman Estates) ran an outstanding race with PR time of 26:29 to take fourth place overall while Zach Stella (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) placed fifth with a time of 26:51.

Sophomores Jhoan Lino (León, Guanajuato/Streamwood)  and Nick Modlin (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) rounded out the scoring for the Hawks, as Lino finished in 27:48 to take 10th place and Modlin in 27:54 to take 11th place.

Freshman runners Sebastian Ramirez (Lima, Peru/Palatine) and Andrew Guibord (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) also had strong showings for Harper. Ramirez came in with a time of 28:17 while Guibord finished in 28:26. John Majerus (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove) also finished the race in 28:26.

The Hawks leave Thursday for the NJCAA Championships in Northfield, Mass. on a mission to capture their consecutive national title.

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