INA, Ill. - The Iowa Central women's cross country team made it back-to-back NJCAA Div. I National Championships on Saturday.
Behind three top five individual performances, the No. 1 Tritons recorded just 40 points. Second-ranked Central Arizona (145) and No. 4 South Plains (156) were a distant second and third.
Fionna McKenna paced the Iowa Central women with a runner-up showing, clocking a time of 18:04. South Plains' Darroneshia Lott (17:48) was the winner.
Ebeissa Nyandwi (4th, 18:28), Jodi Miller (5th, 18:48), Jamie Neal (13th, 19:02), Laura Condron (24th, 19:24), Fort Dodge graduate Tara Jackson (27th, 19:26) and Perla Gutierrez (35th, 19:39) rounded out the Triton lineup. McKenna, Nyandwi, Miller and Neal each received NJCAA All-American recognition for their efforts.
Jackson was named a Coaches Association All-American.
"Our women crushed everybody, but that was our plan going in," said ICCC head coach Dee Brown, whose women's squad has now captured four of the past six national titles. "We had five girls run their best times of the season, which was nice to see."
On the men's side, Stanley Kebenei posted an individual victory (25:02) for the second-ranked Tritons. Other Iowa Central runners were Abbabiya Simbassa (3rd, 25:47), Jamal Boma (10th, 26:21), Alex Deir (12th, 26:26), Anthony Plourde (34th, 27:07), Levi Storjohann (37th, 27:11) and Micheal Fish (132nd, 28:47). Kebenei, Simbassa, Boma and Deir all received NJCAA All-American honors. Plourde was also a Coaches Association All-American.
"The men's race was a little more interesting since we had a violation earlier in the year and weren't able to have a team score," Brown said. "Our guys knew the odds were against them going in and were frustrated with the situation, but they still ran an amazing race on a beautiful day. Stanley was uncontested after the first mile, and Abbabiya had by far and away the best race of his career."
No. 1 Central Arizona (51) prevailed in the men's race.
Next outing for the Tritons is Saturday at the NJCAA Half Marathon Classic in Levelland, Tex. Start time is set for 8 a.m.