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Two of SWCC's men's cross country runners earned top honors at the 2011 awards ceremony. Sam McKinney (at right, pictured with Coach Huntington) was named as the SWCC Male Athlete of the Year. McKinney ran for Coach Bill Huntington’s cross country team and plays baseball for SWCC’s Brian “Bull” Smith. McKinney is transferring to Chicago State University where he will run cross country and participate in their track and field program. He graduated in May 2009 from Interstate 35 High School and is the son of Mark and Laurie McKinney.
Matt Carr (at left) was also honored, being named SWCC’s Male Athlete/Scholar of the Year. Carr was selected as an NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region First Team and was an Academic All-American First Team Selection during the 2009-10 school year. He will receive his associate of arts degree with a major in criminal justice and will be pursuing a career in law enforcement.
For more information, check out SWCC Names Athletes of the Year.
Bill Huntington, Southwestern Community College head cross country coach, recently announced the latest addition to the Spartan's cross country roster. Christy Stevens will be joining the Spartans cross country squad for the 2011-12 school year.
Stevens, now a senior at Atlantic High School, was a former student in the Creston Community School District. She moved to Atlantic during her sophomore year of high school. She lettered in track her freshman season and in cross country her freshman and sophomore years for Creston. She was a state cross country qualifier in 2010 for Atlantic High School.
Stevens is the daughter of Karen Stevens.
In photo: sitting, Christy Stevens; standing (L to R), Karen Stevens, Christy’s mom; Bruce Henderson, Atlantic assistant cross country coach; Paul Iekel, Atlantic head cross country coach; and Cari Stalker, SWCC assistant cross country coach.
Bill Huntington, Southwestern Community College head cross country coach, announced two more Iowa runners who will be joining the Spartans cross country program for the 2011-12 school year. Regina Hafner (front left) of Panora, and Delaney Turner (front right) of Panora have both signed on with the Spartans. Hafner and Turner are both seniors at Panorama High School and will graduate in May as well.
In photo: sitting (L to R) Regina Hafner and Delaney Turner; standing (L to R) Jeff Hafner and Shannon Hafner, Regina’s parents; Cari Stalker, SWCC assistant cross country coach; Greg Thompson, Panorama High School head cross country coach, and Chad and Michelle Redfern, Delaney’s parents
Recruit Kenny Blass of Guthrie Center High School Guthrie Center signed a letter of intent to run on the SWCC Cross Country Team this fall.