Cougar Cross Country Finishes Top 20 at the NJCAA DIII Cross Country Championships

Emily Blenk earned Second Team All-American honors.
Emily Blenk earned Second Team All-American honors.

WESTFIELD, Mass.—The Columbus State cross country team finished top-20 in the nation at the NJCAA DIII Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 2 at Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.

The Cougars scored 493 points while averaging a 31:37.43 clip to take 20th in the 28-team, 200-strong 8-kilometer race. Mineral Area College (Park Hills, Missouri) won the men's race with 43 points and a 27:26.86 average pace.

Leading the Cougars was sophomore Kyle Roach, who crossed the line in 29:33.19 to mark the 60th spot. Crossing the line in the 100th spot was freshman Bryce Hanson, who finished in 30:53.38.

Freshman Josiah Schooler took 121st (31:41.19) while sophomore Dylan Williams and freshman Demitri Lowry finished in 143rd (32:52.60) and 147th (33:06.76) respectively.

Sophomore Nickolas Caiazza rounded out the lineup, clocking a 34:23.72 time for 167th place.

For the five-kilometer 121-strong women's race, freshman Emily Blenk crossed the line in 20:23.98 for a 10th place overall finish, earning her Second Team All-American status. This performance comes a week after she won the regional title at the NJCAA Region 12 Championships. Emily is the 8th female cross country runner to earn All-American honors and the first since Laura Hill and Stevie Shepherd in 2016.

Also running for Columbus State was Marley Hogan, who clocked in at 24:31.63 for 67th place.

Suffolk County won the women's race with an average time of 20:17.79.

This meet concludes the 2019 cross country season. Full results can be found below.

Men's Results

Women's Results