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.
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.