Cloud County Cross Country Teams to Take Part in NJCAA Division I Championships Saturday Morning
The Cloud County Community College women's and men's cross country teams will compete in the 2021 NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held at Pole Green Park in Mechanicsville, Virginia on Saturday, November 13th.
With another season coming down to Championship Saturday, both the T-Bird women and men are poised to make another run at a top-10 finish on the national stage following strong outings at the 2021 NJCAA Region VI Cross Country Championships back on October 30th.
Winning their second-consecutive NJCAA Region VI Championship, the T-Bird women will enter the women's 5K race as the number-four ranked team nationally and highest-ranked team among Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference schools and are one of four teams to earn a first-place vote in last week's United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association NJCAA Division I Poll. The women's race is expected to be wide open with the top-seven ranked teams all vying for a strong finish after last year saw top-ranked Iowa Central unable to compete due to COVID-19. Other schools that will likely be in contention on Saturday in the team race include number two Iowa Western, number three College of Southern Idaho, number five Central Arizona, number six El Paso CC, and number seven-ranked Trinidad State.
Experience will likely play a role on the men's side for the CCCC men as four scorers from last year's fourth-place finishing team are back for the T-Birds including sixth-place individual finisher Awet Beraki. The T-Birds would wind up finishing third at the NJCAA Region VI Championships and fell out of the top-five of the latest USTFCCCA rankings for the first time this season, but are still expected to be in the top group of teams to compete for a high finish as everyone will appear to be chasing unanimous number one Iowa Central in the team race. Number two ranked and Region VI Champions Colby along with number three ranked Iowa Western are expected to be the biggest competition to the Tritons along with New Mexico Junior College, El Paso CC, and Cloud County among the group of teams with outside shots with strong performances on Saturday.
Fans wanting to follow along to the action on Saturday will be able to do so with live video of the races on the NJCAA Network along with live results (both links can be found above). The men's race 8K race will kick things off at 10:30 AM (EST) while the women will be off for their 5K race at 12 PM (EST).