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Harper College men take 8th straight cross country NJCAA title


By Glenn Minnis | Nov 27, 2018

Jim Macnider

The top-ranked Harper College men’s cross country team can now lay claim to eight straight NJCAA national titles.

Earlier this month in Holyoke, Massachusetts, all five players that scored for the Hawks finished in the top 12, leading the victors to a meet-low 38 points, according to the school's website.

Michael Sisko set the pace for Harper, finishing fifth overall with a time of 27:40.46. Teammates Tony Espinosa (27:44.31), Jacob Melgosa (27:40.70) and Jeff Glatz (27:51.76) occupied the next top three spots, with Jack Casey finishing 12th for Harper at 28:01.16.

Harper’s 38 points was the second lowest score the team has posted over its eight-year run of dominance, trailing only the 2014 team, which scored an incredible 28 points.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) recently named Harper's coach, Jim Macnider, National Men's Coach of the Year, and Sisko, Espinoza, Melgosa, Glatz and Casey were namedAll-Americans.

USTFCCCA also named Macnider the National Women's Coach of the Year, along with tabbing Misbah Baig, Rachael Temple, Taylor Kriess and Jessi Gessner as All-Americans. Baig was also named

Women's Athlete of the Year.

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