November 9, 2012
Lake Placid, NY - The Diné College Cross Country team wrapped up its final team competition of the 2012 season at the USCAA Championship on Friday, November 9.
The Warrior men’s team showed they are a young team capable of keeping the pace among the competition. The team toured the 8K course to a 2nd place finish with a total of 61 points, behind champions State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)-38 points.
The Lady Warriors finished in 4th place in their competition. Three Diné College runners-one female and two men-were awarded All-American honors.
Leading the Warriors and garnering the individual championship was Dustin Abeita of Thoreau, NM. He crossed the finish line with a time of 27:36.61 for the 4.97-mile race. His lead also brought in teammate and freshman, Ronald Hicks of Page, AZ close behind in 4th place earning them 1st Team All-American honors. Herbert Beyale III crossed the finish line in 28:28.69 for a 9th place and a spot on the Men’s 2nd Team All-Americans.
“This was by far the greatest race I’ve had, our training and conditioning for this race proved our preparedness,” said Dustin Abeita. “Its always good to win, but its better to win as a team."
For the women’s team, it was Tatiyanah Johnson who completed the 5K race for a 3rd place overall finish with a time of 24:45.99. She led teammates; Telaina Henry 15th, Tizanna Henry 19th, RaeShelle Largo 30th, and Annette Brown 44th. The race featured 127 runners from 26 teams.
“At the beginning of the race we felt pretty good about our chances, everyone on the team were excited and ready to race” said Coach Gavin Sosa. “I’m very proud of these student-athletes and how they have come together as a young team and compete at the level they performed.”