On a cool, but sunny morning, the RCGC men's and women's cross country teams emerged with several honors during the NJCAA Region XIX Championships at White Clay Creek Park in Stanton, DE.
Behind All-Region XIX performer Jordan Austin, who placed fifth overall in 22 minutes, 44 seconds, the women's team captured the Region XIX team championship with 21 points. Other top finishers included Abby Warren (9th, 23:04), Ally Bone (14th, 26:52), Tori Nugent (15th, 27:04) and Katie Dunn (19th, 28:16).
The top seven individual finishers earned All-Region honors.
"We're very happy with how we ran as a team today," said Austin, who earned All-American honors in 2016. "We encourage each other all the time, and it really made a difference today."
The men's team, behind individual champion Mike Dowd, placed fourth in the team championship race, won by Raritan Valley.
Dowd captured All-Region honors with his first place overall finish in the men's race in 27:50 over the hilly White Clay Creek Park course. Jake Caruso also earned All-Region honors with a fourth place showing in 28:30.
For Dowd, a former Williamstown High standout, the regional race was perhaps his best of his short collegiate career. He paced the course well and took a commanding lead with about 2 miles to go, never looking back.
"I enjoy racing in the cooler weather like we did today," he commented. "And for some reason, I do well on hills, although I don't like running them. I was happy with my individual race, and hopefully we can do better as a team at Nationals next week."
The NJCAA Division III National Championships will be hosted by Holyoke Community College at Stanley Park in Westfield, MA on Nov. 4.
Photo -- Women's cross country team celebrate their Region XIX Championship
Photo (Home Page inset) -- Coach Ryan Hughes and Men's individual champion Mike Dowd,