Men's Cross Country Takes Division Championship, Women In Second Place

Cross Country

The Louisburg College Men's Cross Country team continued their phenomenal 2014 Fall campaign with a huge Region X Championship win. The freshman only team placed 4 runners in the top 5 places to win decisively over last year's national ninth place finishers Spartanburg Methodist College as well as Wake Tech, Richard Bland and Ferrum College. Haben Zemichael lead the way for the Hurricanes running a stellar 25:59 for the 5.1 mile course. With temperatures reaching 88 degrees during the race the rest of the 'Canes ran well to follow the champion Zemichael, as Jay Spieler finished 2nd in 27:44, and Jimmy Yokel and Frisco Poole crossing the line in 28:10 and 28:11. "Honestly it was not a great day for us," said Head Coach Jay Koloseus, who was recently named Region X Men's and Women's Cross Country Coach of the year. The team will advance to the NJCAA National Meet November 9 in Levelland, Texas.

"We had three awesome athletes have not-so-good days, but we're deep enough to still win without putting our best foot forward. I am proud of us for winning; but we can be a top ten national team when we all show up. Jay Spieler, Frisco Poole, and Austin Crawford, are All-American hopefuls on the right day. We are now working for that day"

The Lady Hurricanes competed well in their inaugural Cross Country season once again, to only lose to last year's top nine national team by 2 points in the Region X Championship. Spartanburg Methodist College, who had last year's national individual runner-up, barely out paced the Lady 'Canes on the 86 degree McAlpine Park course. Once again Mariah Quintero paced Louisburg with a third place finish in 20:37 for the 3.1 mile course. "The ladies continue to surprise me, Mariah is obviously an All-American vote but Natalie (Manning) and Katey (Greer) are PR-ing continually" said Head Coach Jay Koloseus. "The women buy into the philosophy and that is why we continue to improve. We may not go (to the national championships; in Lubbock TX) this year but with amazing athletes like I have; I am ready to be a top 5 national team from here on."