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Ben Friederichs, SWCC sophomore from Walcott, was named all region honorable mention, following a 13th place finish at the 2014 Region XI Men's Cross Country Championships in Emmetsburg on Fri., October 24, 2014.
Overall, the men placed fourth and the women placed seventh. The Spartans will travel to the National Junior College Athletic Association National Championships in Lubbock, TX, on November 8.
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.