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The Doane men's cross country team may have put a statement in the early stages of the 2009 season as they placed ninth overall at the Woody Greeno Invite on Saturday morning. The Tigers finished ahead of NAIA No. 10 Black Hills State by 26 points and defending GPAC champion Nebraska Wesleyan by four points.
Colorado School of Mines won the overall title with 42 points and also took the college division, minus NCAA Division I squads, with 33 points. Doane placed sixth in the college division with 199 points.
Sufian Kimo led the way for Doane as he placed 13th overall with a time of 25:39. Edwin Ronoh finished 20th as he notched a time of 25:56.
Paul Garcia ran a time of 27:01 to place 73rd overall. Scott Ohlson ran a time of 27:28 to place 100th in the meet. Jarid Holliday was 105th after running a time of 27:30 to round out the Tiger scorers.
Jamil Chehade was the sixth Tiger to cross the finish line as he ran a time of 28:22 and finished 179th. Placing 188th was Jordan Pieper as he ran a time of 28:30.
Tyler Jackman placed 212th with a time of 28:54. Phil Rohde ran a time of 29:20 to place 241st. Jory Pflasterer ran a time of 29:58 and placed 271st. Omar Fernandez was right behind with a time of 29:59 to place 273rd.
Zach Sims finished 293rd with a time of 30:29. Zach Christensen ran a time of 30:50 to place 303rd. Matt Rosser ran a time of 31:19 and finished 314th while Andrew Ohlson placed 330th with a time of 32:36.
There were 341 runners and 26 teams at the meet.