CANANDAIGUA, New York – The Columbus State men's cross country team finished in ninth place out of 25 teams on Sat, Nov. 12 at the NJCAA DIII Cross Country National Championships at the Finger Lakes XC Course. The men were led by all-American Cody Null, who finished fifth overall.
The Cougars came into the meet ranked No. 8 in the country. No. 1 Harper College won the meet scoring 65 points and averaging an 8k time of 30:00.6 while Columbus State scored 255 points and averaged a 32:05.3 finish.
Null's time of 29:31.7 and fifth place finish put him at first-team all-American status, something that men's cross country runner hasn't achieved since Ryan Williams did in 1995.
Freshman Adam Glass delivered a solid performance, finishing in 31:04.1 for a 36th place finish. Sophomore Thomas Shaw and freshman Zach Leahy filled the three and four spots with times of 33:03.3 and 33:09.4 respectively.
Sophomore Jesus Davis rounded out the Cougars scoring with 33:38.1.
This year marks the eleventh time the men's cross country team has made the trip to the NJCAA DIII National Championships.