DELHI - The North Country Community College men's cross country team placed 10th out of 26 teams at the National Junior College Athletic Association Championship on Saturday.
Harper Community College won the men's team title, outscoring second-place Gloucester County 59-98. North Country scored 271 points as a team.
Josh Cook turned in the top performance for the Saints by placing 23rd out of 125 runners with a time of 29:46 over the 5-mile course.
The North Country Community College men’s and women’s cross country teams have come a long way in just their third year as a program. The men’s team of Josh Cook, Chris Elliott, Jordan Haviland, Llaney Hernandez, Jeremy Jones, Jake Kent, Octavio Navarro and Zacharia Peltier finished the season ranked 10th in the nation. The women’s team is comprised of Britney Clay, Clarissa Mango and Kaylan Short. The teams are coached by Dave Tyldesley.
"Josh Cook ended a very strong season by leading the team and improving on last year's 30th place finish (with) a very strong effort," said North Country coach Dave Tyldesley. "Josh was just eight positions off All-American status. Josh will be missed on the Saints roster as a consistent leader of the team for the last two seasons."
Troy Cunningham of Harper College won the race in 27:53, followed by Korey Jeffries of Gloucester who crossed the line in 27:57.
Other North Country finishers were Llaney Hernandez (36th place, 30:19), Jeremy Jones (59th, 31:28), Jordan Haviland (90th, 33:23), Zach Peltier (105th, 35:21) and Chris Elliott (122nd, 46:34).
On the women's side, Kaylan Short was North Country's top runner after finishing 53rd in 24:32 over the 5-kilometer course. Britney Clay covered the distance in 26:48 for 80th place and Clarissa Mango was 82nd in 27:07.
Samantha Farina of Ocean County Community College won the women's individual title in 20:27, while Gloucester County was the team champion with 44 points. Mohawk Valley was second with 66 team points.
The Saints cross country program was started three years ago.