JAMESTOWN, ND- The Blue Hawk women's and men's cross-country team took to the course having a target on their backs. Both the men and women teams won the 2015 and 2016 titles and were picked atop the North Star Athletic Association preseason polls. And throughout the fall season the two teams performed well and showed that they would be a force to reckon with in the conference championship.
The Blue Hawk women runners set a steady pace for their race. The Blue Hawks were lead by Jacey Wilson with her 18:48 time finishing second in the entire field. Freshman runner Bailey Smith finished fourth and the trio of Brittney Grove, Julia Falcon, and Lisa Townsend finished in sixth to eighth spots. Those performances were enough for the Blue Hawks to come away with the title, finishing with 27 points their nearest competitor Jamestown tallied 66 points.
The snow began to fall in between the women's and men's race as the men prepared to defend their title. The Blue Hawks have battled closely with Valley City State University throughout the year and knew they needed a strong performance to take the championship. Christopher Moreno led the Hawks through the race, his time was good enough to take sixth in the field. Following Moreno, Rodney Henry, Tristen Guillot, and Daniel Aguirre, were able to finish inside the top 10. Along with an eleventh place finish from Hunter Flynn the Blue Hawks were able to capture their third straight North Star championship.
A Look Ahead: The wins for the two teams qualifies them for the NAIA National Championship in two weeks. The event will be held in Vancouver, Washington. Visit the NAIA website for more information on the championship HERE.