September 10, 2013
Tsaile, AZ - Warrior Cross Country opened their season at the George Kyte Invitational in Flagstaff, AZ on Saturday, September 7, 2013. Diné College kept the pace by bringing home second place honors for the men’s team and third place for the women. Interim Coach, Abraham Bitok is confident the teams will be competitive this season due to the training and leadership of returning athletes.
“I’m impressed with their performance, this race gave us a sense of where everyone is at right now,” said Coach Bitok. “These kids are focused and that’s what it takes at this level of competition, with the experience we have on this team I’m positive we will have some great results at our upcoming races.”
The Women’s team placed three of their runners in the top ten for third place with 82 points. Western New Mexico tallied 42 points to win the competition over Dixie State University who scored 61 points.
Leading Diné College women’s team was Tatiyanah Johnson who toured the 2.96 mile course with a time of 18:41 finishing second place. Teammate Shelby Jim clocked in a time of 19:22 for a sixth place finish for her first race as a freshman. Tizannna Henry contributed by finishing in at eighth place with a time of 19:28, rounding out Warriors who finished among the top ten.
For the men, it was sophomore standout, Dustin Abeita who led the way winning the race with a time of 26:56 on the 8K course. Ronald Hicks crossed the finish line in sixth place with a time of 28:06 followed by Darnell Ben in eighth place with a time of 28:29. The Warriors were outduelled by Mesa Community College for the championship trophy with a score of 57-61.
Diné College Cross Country Teams have two weeks to prepare for their upcoming race “Autumn Classic” in Provo, Utah September 17, 2013.