November 11, 2013
Syracuse, NY - The Warrior Cross Country Team returned with much success from competition at the United States Collegiate Athletics Association (USCAA) Cross Country National Championships held at Syracuse, New York on November 7-8, 2013. After the final results of the races were posted, the Warrior men came in third place and a fourth place performance by the women. This year, the team’s accomplishments were demonstrated by the four All Americans and three Academic All American honorees. First year Head Coach, Shaun Martin was satisfied with the performance of his team.
“They did an incredible job over the season, they remained focused on competing at their potential.” said Coach Martin. He noted the team showed their commitment to their studies throughout the season. With Academic All Americans from both the men and women’s team, Coach Martin was more than pleased with this year’s outcome and is already looking forward to the upcoming season.
This year’s Academic All Americans for Diné College were sophomores, Tizanna Henry, Annette Brown and Justin Yazzie. Nearly 100 student-athletes were recognized for their academic achievements at the championship banquet at Drumlins Country Club on November 8, 2013. All-Academic recipients are student-athletes who are upperclassmen with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher while competing for their institution in their respective sport.
On race day, the women showed an impressive performance with Tatiyanah Johnson who finished 3rd place overall with a time of 24:20. Teammate, Shelby Jim rounded out the All Americans for the women coming in 11th place with a time of 25:20 on the 6K course. As a team, the women Warriors placed 4th with 133 points.
Earning All American Honors for the men were sophomores, Ronald Hicks and Dustin Abeita. Hicks crossed the finish line with a time of 27:51 on the 8K course, he was followed by teammate and last years individual winner, Dustin Abeita who finished 11th with a time of 28:41. The Warriors tallied 80 points to finished in 3rd place behind defending champions SUNY ESF and runners-up Daemen College.