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Wed, Nov. 16, 2011 - [Cross Country Men]

Cedarville, Ohio --- After a season of hard work, the Lions cross country team had the privilege to run in the NCCAA National Championships in Cedarville, Ohio. Although the windy weather challenged the men, they were able to finish 9th out of 30 teams. The event was hosted by Cedarville University at the ElvinR. King Cross Country Course on Saturday, November 12th.

Leading the Lions was freshman Rashaun Tanner who respectfully clocked a 27:46.68. "The meet went pretty good considering the fact that we ran hard the week before. I would just like to thank God for blessing us with talent so that we can run for His glory," shared Tanner.

Following Tanner were freshman Ethan Alexander (27:53.30), sophomore Jonah Holbert (27:57.48), freshman Leo Ayala (28:15.99), and freshman Carson Massey (28:22.74).  

"I felt like we competed really well. I've come to expect a level of focus and intensity from our runners. Championship racing is completely different than early season racing. I'm so proud that both teams understand this difference very well. Also, with this being a first year program, I really couldn't script the season's outcome any better," shared Coach Jose Larios.

Three of our own Lions will be traveling to Vancouver, Washington to compete in the NAIA National Championships. Leo Ayala, Rashaun Tanner, and Ethan Alexander are the three freshmen that qualified to run this weekend in Vancouver.

"After the NAIA National Championships, it's time to rest and recover for a short time before we get going with indoor track," shared Larios.

Written by: Samantha Finello