SPOKANE, WASH — The GRU Augusta men’s cross country team along with Clayton State’s Job Kemboi and Flagler’s Corey Mundy competed at the 2013 NCAA Men’s Cross Country National Championships in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday. The Jaguars finished 31st in the team standings while Kemboi was 89th in the individual standings with Mundy finishing 180th.
GRU placed 31st in the field led by senior Jaiden Brandt. Brandt, who paced the Jags in all but one race on the year, led the team with a time of 31:44.5 for 67th place. Senior Dustin Ross crossed second for the Jags to take 165th in 33:05.7, sophomore Preston Jones took 207th in 33:49.1, juniorShane Huckeba finished in 34:16.0 for 220th and freshman Nick Del Guercio finished 232nd in 34:38.4.
Seniors Adam Aldridge and Matt Johnson closed out GRU, with Aldridge grabbing 234th in 35:09.3 and Johnson 35:21.8 for 238th.
Tabor Stevens, who finished third in last year's race, led Adams State to its fifth men's team title in the past six years, winning the race in a time of 29:50.1. Adams State, Grand Valley State, Augustana (S.D.), Western State, and Colorado Mines crossed in that order for the top-five teams. Grand Valley State won the women's team title and Jennifer Agnew of University of Mary won the overall 6K in 20:50.7.
The race was the last official NCAA sanctioned race for the four Jaguar seniors – Adam Aldridge, Jaiden Brandt, Matt Johnson, and Dustin Ross.
Battling a stitch over the final half of Saturday’s NCAA Division II National Championships, cross country runner Job Kemboi placed 89th at the national meet in Spokane, WA.
Kemboi started strong Saturday and was in the top-40 early in the race of almost 250 runners but fell behind after the midway point of the 10K race. He finished with a time of 32:05.9, which was still his second fastest time in the 10K.
The sophomore runner was in the 41st spot after the first 5K, running a split of 15:19.5 in the opening half of the race before being hampered by the stitch.
"Job (Kemboi) gave a valiant effort today in his first NCAA championship, said head coach Mike Mead. “He got out strong and was in the Top 40 during the first half of the race, but he developed a bad stitch about the 4-mile mark and ran in survival mode the rest of the way. A Top 100 finish in your first national meet is something he can build on. Despite the stitch, he still ran his second-fastest 10K.”
Kemboi, from Eldoret, Kenya, qualified for the meet as an individual after setting a Clayton State record in the 10K with a time of 31:09.85 at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals earlier this month. He broke former Laker Fidelis Mutiso's mark by more than four seconds, placing third in the region meet.
Corey Mundy finished in 180th place with a time of 33:15.2 over the 10K
course at the NCAA Division II Men’s Cross Country National
Championships Saturday morning at the Plantes Ferry Athletic
Mundy qualified for the national championships after finishing in sixth place at the Southeast Regional two weekends ago.