Cross Country Concludes Fall at NCCAA National Championships

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The Dallas Baptist University Patriot Cross Country teams concluded their 2012 season this past weekend at the NCCAA National Championships, hosted by Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. The Lady Patriots were fifth overall out of the 35 teams competing, while the Patriot men were 13th out of 39 teams.

Leading the way for the Lady Patriots with All-American honors was Kelsey Bruce. Bruce was sixth overall out of 255 runners with a time of 18:20 for the 5k course. Just missing out on All-American honors was Glynnis Meade in 17th with a time of 18:57. Meade’s time was a seasonal best for the 5k. Julie Durrwachter was the third Lady Patriot across the line in 31st with a time of 19:18. Sarah Rayas and Anna Salazar completed the scoring for the Lady Patriots in 37th and 39th with times of 19:28 and 19:30.

The Lady Patriots were just nine points out of earning All-American honors as a team.

“We ran the race we wanted to,” said Head Coach Jake Phillips. “There were just a couple of teams that ran better than us today.”

The Lady Patriots team average of 19:06 would have been third overall in the 2011 Championships.

“The ladies’ plan was to let Kelsey get out as she usually does and be a low stick for us and she did that today. Our two through seven girls were to get together and run together through the first mile, conservatively and then move up. They did that today,” added Phillips.

The Patriot men were led by freshman Chris Springer‘s 21st place finish (26:21) out of the 281 runners; Springer just missed out on All-American honors as the top 15 runners were named All-American. Jacob Phillips (26:31) andJoshua Pauley (26:32) were also in the top thirty with their 26th and 27th place finishes.

“These three men have led us all season,” said Phillips. “To have three guys in the top thirty at a National Championship meet is very good. We have to continue building from this point and continue getting better.”

The Patriots fourth and fifth runners were Joshua Hughes in 160th and Alex Gonzales in 166th.

“It’s been a very good season for us and I am very thankful for all that we’ve been able to do,” said Phillips.

The Patriots will now begin their transition into the 2012-2013 Indoor Track and Field Season which kicks off at the Missouri Southern State Early Bird Invite on December 8th, 2012 in Joplin, Missouri.