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PrattTribune - Pratt, KS
  • Lady Beavers take first

  • The Pratt Community College cross country teams kicked off the 2014 season on Aug. 22 at the King Sandwich Shop Classic hosted by Allen Community College. The women took first place defeating Allen, Coffeyville and Barton.
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  • The Pratt Community College cross country teams kicked off the 2014 season on Aug. 22 at the King Sandwich Shop Classic hosted by Allen Community College. The women took first place defeating Allen, Coffeyville and Barton.
    Grasiela Navarro lead the Beavers with a second place finish (12:30) for the two mile trek, just 11 seconds behind the winner and defending national champion Lydia Mato of Barton.
    The team then packed it in, going 6-7-8 with Elisabeth Richins, Regan Boyer and Breanna Phillips.
    “While I can’t be for sure, from the research I’ve done, this is the first invitational win for the Pratt women’s cross country team since 2002," said Coach Dan Adler. "Barton is certainly a region contender, so it was nice to put our sixth runner in front of their fourth. Grasi ran with the best the NJCAA has to offer and didn’t back down. It was a nice win for us, but the women know they are capable of running much better. I think the Monday and Wednesday workouts in near 100 degree temperatures left us dragging today.”
    The men faced a much tougher field, including two-time defending conference champion Allen and region contender Highland. Coffeyville, Barton and Hesston completed the six team field. The Pratt men finished second behind Allen.
    Fred Vega and Steve Munguia finished fifth and seventh, running 16:19 and 16:26 on the 5K course. Trae Lane was the Beaver's number three runner, finishing in 12th with a time of 16:39, 20 seconds faster than his time at the same meet last year. Andres Pelayo (21st) and Drew Zimmerman (23rd) finished out the top five for PCC.
    “The team looked exhausted, so to finish second in a meet that included four potential top 15 team national teams, I was pleased," said Adler. "The men’s race was the perfect example of why this is a team sport: our anticipated number four and five runners had off days, so our predicted six and seven stepped up to carry the load. Cross country is a team sport and teammates rise up when their brothers are struggling. Overall, the men made a statement to the conference today: Pratt is back.”
    Just one year ago Coach Adler took the Pratt team of one man and one woman in his personal car to the first meet of the season. This year, the team, 23 strong, rolled in on a bus, just another step in the process of taking Pratt’s running program to the next level.
     

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