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The Southwestern Spartans men's and women's cross country teams ended a great 2014 season with some outstanding individual and team finishes over the weekend at the NJCAA Cross Country Championships in Lubbock, TX.
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.