Cross Country Headed to Nationals
GPAC Cross Country Championships
at Hastings, Neb.
The Tiger men's and women's cross country teams accomplished one of their team goals on Saturday afternoon by qualifying for the NAIA Championship meet as a team. Both squads finished third in the meet, snagging one of the conferences two automatic berths into the meet. Nebraska Wesleyan, who won both sides, is not eligible for one of the berths.
On the men's side, Sufian Kimo paced the Tigers with a fifth place finish. He ran a time of 26:09. Paul Garcia placed 12th after running a time of 26:29. Edwin Ronoh ran a time of 26:32 and placed 14th. Kimo, Garcia and Ronoh earned GPAC All-Conference honors with their Top 15 finishes.
Scott Ohlson placed 40th for Doane with a time of 27:32. Holden Kaliff rounded out the scoring for the Tigers with a 44th place finish after running a time of 27:55.
The Tiger men finished with 105 points. Nebraska Wesleyan posted 38 points while Concordia finished with 39 points. Doane finished with a team time of 2:14:39. Zach Meineke of Concordia was the individual medalist.
In women's action, Viviana Arreola led Doane with a seventh place finish. She ran a time of 19:09. Clare Hoarty ran a time of 19:20 to place tenth in the meet. Arreola and Hoarty earned all-conference honors.
Tiffany Bence finished 19th overall with a time of 19:32. Kym Bennett placed 27th after running a time of 19:54 while Yadira Salazar finished in 28th place with a time of 19:55.
Doane posted 91 points for the meet. Nebraska Wesleyan's winning total was 65 points while Concordia edged out the Tigers with 89 points. The Tiger team time was 1:37:53. Jen Kempers of Dordt College was the individual medalist.
Doane will travel to Kenosha, Wis., to participate in the NAIA Championships on November 22.