Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Harper Men's Cross Country Honored for Three-Peat

At last week's Harper College Fall Sports Banquet, the Harper College men's cross country team was recognized for winning third straight national championship in dominating fashion on Nov. 9 in Northfield, Mass.  The Hawks had four runners place in the top 10 at nationals to earn All-American honors.

Brennan Albuck (/Hoffman Estates) placed as Harper's top runner at nationals, taking fourth place overall for All-American honors.  Zach Stella (Palatine, Ill./Palatine) placed fifth while Juan Barajas (Hoffman Estates, Ill./Schaumburg) and Jhoan Lino (León, Guanajuato/Streamwood) placed eighth and tenth overall to earn All-American status. Sebastian Ramirez (Lima, Peru/Palatine) also scored points for the Hawks with a 21st place finish.

"They ran like how we practiced. They gradually kept moving up, moving up, moving up," said Harper head coach Jim Macnider. "They listened to what I taught them and executed it."

Men's Cross Country: Postseason Awards 2013
Albuck, Stella, Barajas and Lino earned All-American honors for the Hawks. (Jim Cummins)
Nick Modlin (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling) and Andrew Guibord (Crystal Lake, Ill./Prairie Ridge) also ran in the national meet, placing 30th and 42nd. Macnider also recognized other members of his deepest team to date, including Vince Greco (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove)John Majerus (Elk Grove Village, Ill./Elk Grove)Connor Williams (/Wauconda)Livan Turyamusiima (/Modern Secondary School)Nick Kellerhals (/Hersey)Jordy Arriaga (Wheeling, Ill./Wheeling)and Daniel Lim (Schaumburg, Ill./Streamwood).

Men's Cross Country: Fall Sports Banquet 2013
The team has some fun with the trophy at the banquet. (Bill Smith)
The Hawks also captured top team honors at the Region IV meet, besting several Div. I schools on their way to a victory.

"It was a good group of mature adults who handled themselves really well throughout the year."

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