Sophomore Jake Caruso (Eastern) and freshman Mike Dowd (Williamstown) earned All-American honors in the NJCAA Division III Cross Country National Championship Meet on Saturday at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA.
Caruso finished fourth overall with a time of 26:35.3 over the 5 K Stanley Park Course. Dowd was eighth overall in 26.45.2. The race, hosted by Holyoke Community College, was won by Onondaga CC's Abshir Yerow in 26:24.8.
Harper College captured the team championship once again while RCGC finished 12th overall.
In women's competition, sophomore Jordan Austin was the Roadrunners' top finisher, taking 34th in a time of 21:29.1, while sophomore Abby Warren was 40th in 21:52.1. The Roadrunners placed 11th overall in the team race, with Harper College taking the team crown.
Results from NJCAA Women's D III National Championship
Photo: Jake Caruso (left) and Mike Dowd earned All-American honors during the NJCAA D-III Cross Country Championships on Nov. 4th.
The RCGC Men's and Women's Cross Country teams will compete in the NJCAA National Championship Meets on Saturday, November 4 at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA, hosted by Holyoke Community College.
The Men's team will race first starting at 10:00 am followed by the Women's race at 11:15 am. All-American awards are earned by the top 7 individual winners in each race.
The Men's team, meanwhile, suffered a key injury in practice the previous week with the loss of sophomore standout James Kennedy, a 2016 All-American. But, with sophomore standout Jake Caruso and freshman star Mike Dowd leading the way, the Roadrunners still hope to challenge for a team crown.
Dowd captured the individual Region XIX title last week with his best performance of the season. Caruso also earned All-Region honos. Others who look to play important roles include Jacob Smeltzer, Tyler Elliis, Anthony DeMarco, and Sam Carter.
The Women's team captured the Region XIX Championship last weekend at White Clay Creek Park in Stanton, DE Sophomore Austin Jordan earned All-Region honors, and she is a returning NJCAA All-American from 2016. Other top performers include sophomore Abigayle Warren, freshman Ally Bone, and sophomore Tori Nugent.
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