Men Cross Country Competes CCAC Championships
The men’s cross country team placed 5th in the CCAC Championship Meet over the weekend.
This was a great accomplishment for the men’s squad as they continue to take steps forward as a program.
Freshman Jeff Potat led the way for the Crimson Wave by finishing 26th overall with a time of 28:20.1. Three places later, Hector Lopez finished with 28:38.6. Phil Strader, Tom Cunningham, Felipe Rivera, and Brayan Elias came in at 29:30.6, 30:21.9, 30:40.7, and 30:56.8 respectively.
This was the final meet of the 2013 campaign for the Crimson Wave.
Cross Country Competes at NAIA Great Lakes Challenge
The Crimson Wave men’s cross country team competed in the NAIA Great Lakes Invite over the weekend at Aquinas College. There were more than thirty colleges and universities participating in this event. Overall the men finished 25th. Hector Lopez was the first CCSJ runner across the line with a time of 26:53.24. This was good enough for 91st overall. Phil Strader posted 28:29.96 that gave him 212th.
“We had some really nice performances at the Great Lakes Challenge today and it comes at the perfect time of the season. Senior Phil Strader continues to drop time running a season PR and I expect a bigger drop at conference. Junior Hector Lopez ran one of the fastest times in program history leading the men once again. I am very excited for conference as this team has the opportunity to be the most successful team in program history,” said Coach Paterson.
The Crimson Wave will return to action when they compete in the CCAC Championship in Valparaiso Indiana on November 9th.
Cross Country Competes at the Lansing Invitational
The Crimson Wave men’s cross country team competed in the Lansing Invitational. The difficult course was host to over twenty five colleges which made for an exciting race day. With over 250 runners, this turned into a great race. This was the fourth event for the men’s team. Jeff Potat led the Crimson Wave yet again by posting 27:46.7 which was good enough for 90th overall. Hector Lopez was the next CCSJ runner to finish with a 28:24.5. The Crimson Wave would go on to finish 18th as a team.
“We took another step towards our goals today. Jeff Potat and Phil Strader both set season PR’s today and that will really help strengthen out top 5. This is a difficult time of the year with the summer mileage and season workouts are really taking their toll on the athletes. I’ve been really proud the way our team keeps fighting every single meet. Fast times are right around the corner for the crimson wave,” said Coach Paterson.
The Crimson Wave will look to keep the momentum rolling as they get ready for the Fighting Bee Invite at St. Ambrose University on October 12th.