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The NJCAA national DI cross country week one polls were announced recently. Both the Spartan men’s and women’s teams were included in the rankings. The Spartan men, ranked tenth, are among five other Iowa community colleges to make the top 20. The Spartan women, ranked 13th, are also among several Iowa community colleges to be nationally ranked. The high concentration of Region XI colleges in the ranking is a true testament of the high level of cross country competition there is in Iowa.
The Spartan cross country teams competed in the Region XI time trial in Emmetsburg on August 23. The Men place fourth behind, Iowa Western, Iowa Central, and NIACC. The Women placed eighth, just ahead of Indian Hills.
Jack Jones and Eric Freed, both seniors at Mt Ayr Community High School, have signed letters of intent to run cross country and track and field at Southwestern Community College starting with the fall 2014 semester.
Head Coach Bill Huntington has nothing but praise for these two athletes. "We see a lot of potential in these young men, who are both successful multi-sport athletes," Huntington explained. "Eric was a state place winner in wrestling and Jack was an outstanding basketball player. Their times in cross country and track lead us to believe that they will be very successful for us." Huntington said Jones and Freed, who are coming from a very good track and field program led by Coach Brad Elliott, understand the commitment that it takes to be at the top.
Minutes before the cannon boomed to start the National Junior College Athletic Association's national championship meet, held in Fort Dodge last Saturday, the Spartan men huddled for the final time in 2013 about 100 meters from the starting line.
"Remember our team rules — always do what is right, never what is wrong, do everything to the best of your ability and show people you really care," said SWCC Head Coach Bill Huntington from the middle of the huddle. "Let's be great Spartans."
In a field of 55 represented teams, the Southwestern Community College men finished 26th at the national championship meet, improving seven spots from the previous season.
Freshman Ben Friederichs led the squad, covering the 8K course in 28:12 and finished 114th out of the 298 runners.
Sophomores Gage Beers and Joe Bierl followed in 28:52 and 29:02 respectively.
"Ben and I being able to run together really made a difference in my race," Beers said. "I feel if he wouldn't have been there, I wouldn't have ran as well and he told me after the race I helped him, otherwise he wouldn't have ran as well as he did."